{On wanting to tell the whole story.}

In which Mr. Cliff Cash insists that he is funnier than his brother, Mr. William Faulkner is an unreliable postmaster, Fiction Addiction Books asks its customers to take a trust fall, (and they do), and Miss Ada Combs plays a banjo bedecked in purple ribbons.

February 16, 2014

Dearest Readers,

Last week her ladyship, the editor, like many across the southeast, was forced to spend a few chilly days holed up in her house with neither heat nor power, while outside a late winter ice storm turned everything she could see into wet, shining glass.

The Enchanted WandererThere is really only one thing to be done in such a situation. Her ladyship, and her ladyship’s dogs, plus several of her cats, all burrowed under a pile of down blankets armed with several fat books, a flashlight, and a pile of back up batteries. Her ladyship spent the next day and a half reading either by flashlight or candlelight, mostly to herself but occasionally out loud to the dogs, who seemed to enjoy various excerpts from The Enchanted Wanderer. After all, if one must endure an ice storm in a house without heat, one might as well be reading the Russians.

Once the power came back on, her ladyship spent the following hours doing various tasks that required abundant heat and hot water.  And the next book she picked up was set in Jamaica.

Read independently!

her ladyship, the editor

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week

Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.

Ada Combs & Fred McDowell

The Southern Journey of Alan LomaxAda Combs

Ada Combs was an 86-year-old banjo player who lived alone in a mountain shack a few miles from the nearest road in Whitesburg, Kentucky. She greeted Lomax and Collins wearing her best--and only--dress and carrying an "old wooden banjo...bedecked with purple ribbons" in her "brilliantly varnished fingers." Although her hands were shaking too badly to play more than a few songs, she entertained her visitors with stories about topics ranging from snake handlers to murder, square dances, and reading children.

Fred McDowell

"I shall never forget," wrote Shirely Collins, "the first sight I had of Fred in his dungarees, carrying his guitar and walking out of the woods towards us in a Mississippi night." Of all the musicians recorded on the Journey, Fred McDowell became the most Fameous. Lomax recorded him over four nights in 1959 because during the day McDowell was busy picking cotton. A sharecropper who sang and played slide guitar in juke joints and at dances, he embodied a legacy of black work songs and field hollers. When he performed his "61 Highway Blues" for Lomax, the folklorist wrote a single word beside the entry in his field log: "Perfect."

--The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax, Library of Congress with Tom Piazza (WW Norton, 2012) 9780393081077

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Book & Author Gossip

Uncollected StoriesThe story behind the stamp

The American novelist, short story writer and Nobel Laureate was honored on Aug. 3, 1987, with the release of a 22-cent United States commemorative stamp in his hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. The stamp is part of the Literary Arts series.   There is a bit of irony in the honor extended to Mr. Faulkner by the U.S. Post Office. The author held the title of postmaster at The University of Mississippi for three years, and by a number of accounts, he was not a model postmaster. It is said that Faulkner would ignore patrons who called at the window, and delayed taking outgoing mail to the train station. 9780375701092

okra2013 Juvenile Literature Award to Kelly Starling Lyons

Tea Cakes for Tosh AAUW of North Carolina is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Juvenile Literature Award: Kelly Starling Lyons for Tea Cakes for Tosh. For 60 years, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Society has administered this award to a North Carolinian for the best example of juvenile literature published in the previous year. 9780399252136

The Dan River

On this day, more than 200 years ago, the Dan was the finish line in a race between two armies, a race that determined the course of the War for Independence.  If the Southern Department of the Continental Army, led by Nathanael Greene, crossed the Dan first, they could find rest, recruits, and re-supply in Virginia, which the war had not yet ravaged as it had the Carolinas.  If the British Army in the South, led by General Charles, Lord Cornwallis, caught Greene before he reached the Dan, they could force the weakened Continentals into an unwinnable all-out battle. Cornwallis could end the rebellion in the South, split the infant nation in two, and move north to corner and crush the bulk of the Continental Army under George Washington.

A conversation with Brad Watson

The heaven of MercuryI wasn’t really a very good journalist. I was just a writer who happened to work for a newspaper for a while. They were always on my ass to keep it briefer, stop elaborating. Every time I got onto a good story I felt like I had to write everything I knew about it. I wanted to tell the whole story. 9780393324655





okraThe Amazing Cash Brothers

This Dark Road to MercyCliff Cash likes to quip that he’s the funny brother, and his older brother, Wiley Cash, is the skinny, smart, successful one. Which is one way to look at it.  True, the better known is Wiley, a Gastonia native whose 2012 debut novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” became a best-seller and New York Times Notable Book.  But Cliff is also a storyteller. He’s a comedian who skewers a certain kind of Southerner – the redneck who believes President Barack Obama is a secret Muslim and that Dale Earnhardt died because God needed a driver. 9780062088253

okraSummer Series of The Astronaut Wives Club

The Astronaut Wives ClubJoAnna Garcia Swisher is set as one of the leads in ABC‘s drama Astronaut Wives Club, recently picked up for summer with a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The project, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Michael London’s Groundswell Prods and ABC Studios, was written by Savage based on Lily Koppel’s novel. It tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. 9781455503254

Writing The Inventor and the Tycoon

The Inventor and the Tycoon“The similarity in writing ‘The Inventor and the Tycoon’ and writing ‘Slaves in the Family’ is that the records of plantations are sitting in archives just like these guys in California. ... You go to the archives and study these dusty old documents and try to extract a story from them.  “But with ‘The Inventor and the Tycoon,’ I didn’t have a personal stake in Muybridge and Stanford, but I had a deep personal stake in telling the story of the Ball family and the people enslaved.” 9780767929400


Out of commitment comes tenderness

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage''There are always those perfect times with the people we love … These moments are the foundation upon which we build the house that will shelter us into our final years, so that when love calls out, 'How far would you go for me?', you can look it in the eye and say truthfully, 'Farther than you would ever have thought was possible'.'' 9780062236678




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STARS Authors: Meet Larissa Reinhart

STARSWhat are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.

Larissa Reinhart

Larissa ReinhartAfter teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa Reinhart enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. The first in the best selling, humorous Cherry Tucker Mystery series (Henery Press), PORTRAIT OF A DEAD GUY, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. STILL LIFE IN BRUNSWICK STEW (2013), HIJACK IN ABSTRACT (2013), and DEATH IN PERSPECTIVE (June 2014) follow, with the Cherry Tucker novella, QUICK SKETCH, in the 2013 anthology, HEARTACHE MOTEL, as a prequel to PORTRAIT. Larissa lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, where they have their own adventures home and abroad. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, or find her chatting at her Facebook page; Twitter; and on Goodreads.

Larissa's Touring Schedule:

  • Georgia, Smyrna | 03/08/2014 to 03/09/2014
  • Maryland, Bethesda | 05/02/2014 to 05/04/2014
  • North Carolina, Asheville | 08/01/2014 to 08/03/2014
  • Tennessee, Nashville | 08/21/2014 to 08/24/2014
  • Georgia, Evans | 11/08/2014 to 11/09/2014

Request Larissa for a book club or event

Larissa's Profile Page on STARS

Portrait of a Dead GuyPortrait of a Dead Guy

In Halo, Georgia, folks know Cherry Tucker as big in mouth, small in stature, and able to sketch a portrait faster than buckshot rips from a ten gauge — but commissions are scarce. So when the well-heeled Branson family wants to memorialize their murdered son in a coffin portrait, Cherry scrambles to win their patronage from her small town rival. As the clock ticks toward the deadline, Cherry faces more trouble than just a controversial subject. Between ex-boyfriends, her flaky family, an illegal gambling ring, and outwitting a killer on a spree, Cherry finds herself painted into a corner she’ll be lucky to survive.

See the full list of authors in the STARS Program online here and find the authors touring in your area here

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Bookstore Gossip

Fiction Addiction's 'Trust Fall'

In January, Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, Greenville, S.C., sent an e-mail to customers asking, "How much do you trust Fiction Addiction? Will you take a trust fall with us?" Noting that she had fallen in love with a debut hardcover novel (that would be released in February) and had "coerced" friends, family and staff to read it, Hendrix proposed the following deal: "I know you will all love it as well, but I'm afraid that the title/cover will turn you off. So, what I want to know is whether you'll agree to pre-order this book, sight unseen, just based on our love for it if we give you a full money-back guarantee if you read it but don't love it as much as we have." 

Monday, she offered an update on Facebook: "We had a great response to our Trust Fall promotion; 53 of you have now picked up your book and we're starting to get some feedback from those who've read it. So far, we've heard it's 'captivating'... 'all I want to do is sit here and keep reading [it]'... and 'I'm enjoying the heck out of it.' If you've read or started the book, please let us know your thoughts. But try to keep the title and author secret for a little while longer as we still have about 15 people who haven't yet picked up their book. If you didn't already take the fall, we have extra copies available--just let us know you're interested!"

Pandora’s Books closing

Pandora's Books, Lexington, N.C., is closing some time next month. Owners Pandora and Ronnie Hamilton opened the store in 2007, after a longtime store in the town closed. Saying they "made this difficult decision with heavy hearts," the Hamiltons attributed the closing to "the poor economy, onset of e-books and Internet sales."

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Lady Banks' {Book} Trailer Park:
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

One Way Out

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Read This! Okra Picks & Recommended Reading from Southern Booksellers

Okra Picks

From the Okra Picks

One Way Out by Alan Paul
St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, February

One Way OutOne Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows. He has interviewed every living band member for this book as well as managers, roadies, and contemporaries, including: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, the late Allen Woody, Jimmy Herring, Eric Clapton, Bob Weir, and many others.

One ay OutTracking the band's career from their 1969 formation to today, One Way Out is filled with musical and cultural insights, riveting tales of sometimes violent personality conflicts and betrayals, drug and alcohol use, murder allegations and exoneration, tragic early deaths, road stories, and much more, including the most in-depth look at the acrimonious 2000 parting with founding guitarist Dickey Betts and behind-the-scenes information on the recording of At Fillmore East, Layla, Eat A Peach, Brothers and Sisters, and other classic albums.

More Okra Picks!

Read This! Recommendations from Southern Indie Booksellers

Recommended by the staff and customers of Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, North Carolina:

Knocking On Heaven's Door From Nancy:

This has been a nonfiction week. Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler (Scribner $25) is a must read about the inevitable—your own path or helping your aging parents to a “good death”. It's a difficult book to read—disturbing, profoundly moving and enlightening—and I had to put it down many times to process what I'd read. Hospitals, insurance companies, doctors, pacemakers—you'll learn about every aspect of the health care system through the experiences of a journalist whose father suffered a stroke, and though severely debilitated physically and mentally, his life was extended for six excruciating years, also devastating for his wife and family. Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Die, says: “This is a book so honest, so insightful and so achingly beautiful that its poetic essence transcends even the anguished story that it tells.” 9781451641974

Out of the WoodsOn the other end of the nonfiction spectrum is a most pleasurable book: Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding by Lynn Darling (Harper $25.99), author of Necessary Sins. The author, a widow, tells of her quest for a meaningful life after her only child goes off to college. After living in NYC for 23 years, she buys a “cranky little house” in a remote area of Vermont to find a new sense of direction, both metaphorically and literally, with dramatic results. A delightful book that will keep the pages turning. 9780061710247


From Trish:

Museum of Extraordinary thingsThe Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (Scribner $27.99). A beautiful, haunting story set in New York in 1911. The city and its history are lovingly woven into the lives of Eddie, a photographer, and Coralie, a 'mermaid' from the Museum of Extraordinary Things. A murder brings them together after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire when they try to discover what happened to a young woman who worked at the factory and disappeared after the fire. 9781451693560


From Carol:

MidwinterbloodMidwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook $17.99). The year is 2073 when a visitor comes to a very remote island. It is a stunningly, disturbingly perfect place. No one even ages. In seven stories going back, way back, in time we see a painter, vampire, Viking, and others that are connected to this island and bound in some way by an agonizing love. The writing is breathtaking and powerful art. You won't be able to put this book down or stop thinking of it. Worthy of its 2014 Printz Award. For ages 14 and up. 9781596438002


From Sue:

Zbinden's ProgressZbinden's Progress by Christoph Simon (And Other Stories $15.95). This charming novel is a character study of an elderly Swiss man who loves life, loves people—his wife especially—loves to walk, and loves to talk, but struggles to make a connection with his son. This is just the book to read on a rainy day, perhaps in front of a fire with a cup of cocoa. Or if you want to slow yourself down to enjoy more of your life. 9781908276100



Two from Martha:

The CallThe Call by Yannick Murphy (Harper $14.99). Loved it! Go read it! Especially if you're willing to experiment with structure of the narrative, and if you like books about forgiveness, redemption and animals. 9780062023148






Does This Church Make Me Look FatDoes This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems by Rhoda Janzen (Grand Central $24.99). This book will find a different audience than her earlier, hugely popular Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. This memoir is much more of a faith journey, yet still has her great sense of humor and a good pacing to it. I think many church book groups would find her account rich with the connections: of being at peace with embracing many of the elements of a pentecostal church while still respecting many of the traditions of her earlier Mennonite upbringing, and even holding on to a belief in nonliteral interpretation of the bible. And it has lots of jump off points for discussions of readers' own journeys. The audio is read well by the author. 9781455502882

More recommended reading from southern bookstores

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Southern Indie Bestsellers

For the week ending February 9, 2014. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

- A STARS Author | Okra Pick! - A SIBA Okra Pick 
Titles in red are SIBA Book Award winners and finalists!
Printable versions: Hardcover | Paperback | Children.


okra1. The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd, Viking, $27.95, 9780670024780

2. The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt, Little Brown, $30, 9780316055437
3. Still Life With Bread Crumbs
Anna Quindlen, Random House, $26, 9781400065752
okra4. This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062088253

5. An Officer and a Spy
Robert Harris, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385349581
6. The Days of Anna Madrigal
Armistead Maupin, Harper, $26.99, 9780062196248
7. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
B.J. Novak, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385351836
8. Ripper
Isabel Allende, Harper, $28.99, 9780062291400
9. Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Nancy Horan, Ballantine, $26, 9780345516534
10. Sycamore Row
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537131
11. Tiger Shrimp Tango
Tim Dorsey, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062092816
12. The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty, Amy Einhorn Books, $25.95, 9780399159343
13. Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364
14. Lost Lake
Sarah Addison Allen, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250019806
15. The Gods of Guilt
Michael Connelly, Little Brown, $28, 9780316069519


1. Duty
Robert M. Gates, Knopf, $35, 9780307959478
2. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
3. Things That Matter
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $28, 9780385349178
4. David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, $29, 9780316204361
5. Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example
Steve McClatchy, Wiley, $23, 9781118554388
6. Grain Brain
David Perlmutter, Little Brown, $27, 9780316234801
7. The Boys in the Boat
Daniel James Brown, Viking, $28.95, 9780670025817
8. I Could Pee on This
Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585
9. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood
Jennifer Senior, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062072221
10. Glitter and Glue: A Memoir
Kelly Corrigan, Ballantine, $26, 9780345532831
11. The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
Garden & Gun Magazine, HarperWave, $27.99, 9780062242389
12. Little Failure
Gary Shteyngart, Random House, $27, 9780679643753
13. The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
Alan P. Lightman, Pantheon, $24, 9780307908582
14. The Death of Santini
Pat Conroy, Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385530903
15. My Promised Land
Ari Shavit, Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385521703


1. Life After Life
Kate Atkinson, Back Bay, $18, 9780316176491
2. Dear Life
Alice Munro, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307743725
3. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes, Penguin, $16, 9780143124542
okra4. A Land More Kind Than Home
Wiley Cash, Morrow, $14.99, 9780062088239

5. The Aviator's Wife
Melanie Benjamin, Bantam, $15, 9780345528681
6. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262
7. Beautiful Ruins
Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178
8. The Dinner
Herman Koch, Hogarth, $14, 9780385346856
9. A Tale for the Time Being
Ruth L. Ozeki, Penguin, $16, 9780143124870
10. Tenth of December
George Saunders, Random House, $15, 9780812984255
11. A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307475503
12. The Light Between Oceans
M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758
13. Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline, Morrow, $14.99, 9780061950728
14. The Woman Upstairs
Claire Messud, Vintage, $15, 9780307743763
15. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
Katherine Pancol, Penguin, $16, 9780143121558


1. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Back Bay, $17, 9780316240055
2. Lone Survivor
Marcus Luttrell, Back Bay, $17, 9780316324106
3. Dance of the Reptiles
Carl Hiaasen, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345807021
4. Philomena
Martin Sixsmith, Penguin, $16, 9780143124726
5. Quiet
Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156
6. The Wolf of Wall Street
Jordan Belfort, Bantam, $16, 9780345549334
7. Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh, Touchstone, $17.99, 9781451666175
8. Detroit: An American Autopsy
Charlie LeDuff, Penguin, $17, 9780143124467
9. Wild
Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074
10. Unlikely Loves
Jennifer S. Holland, Workman, $13.95, 9780761174424
11. The Secret Rooms
Catherine Bailey, Penguin, $16, 9780143124733
12. Brain on Fire
Susannah Cahalan, S&S, $16, 9781451621389
13. The Forest Unseen
David George Haskell, Penguin, $16, 9780143122944
14. My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayor, Vintage, $15.95, 9780345804839
15. Think Happy, Be Happy
Workman, $8.95, 9780761177579


1. The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488
2. To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee, Grand Central, $7.99, 9780446310789
3. 1984
George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935
4. The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank, Bantam, $7.99, 9780553577129
5. A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429
6. Days of Wine and Roquefort
Avery Aames, Berkley, $7.99, 9780425255551
7. A Dance With Dragons
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582017
8. The Monuments Men
Robert M. Edsel, Little Brown, $10, 9780316240079
9. A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716
10. Best Kept Secret
Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin's, $9.99, 9781250040770


1. Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day Is Cool
Kimberly Dean, James Dean (Illus.), HarperFestival, $9.99, 9780062198655
2. Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617
3. The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373
4. The I Love You Book
Todd Parr, LB Kids, $6.99, 9780316247566
5. Pat the Bunny
Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007
6. Elmo Loves You
Sarah Albee, Maggie Swanson (Illus.), Golden Books, $3.99, 9780385372831
7. Founding Mothers
Cokie Roberts, Diane Goode (Illus.), Harper, $17.99, 9780060780029
8. Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
9. Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss, Random House, $17.99, 9780679805274
10. Locomotive
Brian Floca, Atheneum, $17.99, 9781416994152


1. The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812
2. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo, K.G. Campbell (Illus.), Candlewick, $17.99, 9780763660406
3. The Book Thief
Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780385754729
4. Wonder
R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020
5. Looking for Alaska
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511
okra6. Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage, Puffin, $7.99, 9780142426050

7. Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin's Griffin, $18.99, 9781250012579
8. Hatchet
Gary Paulsen, Aladdin, $6.99, 9781416936473
9. Every Day
David Levithan, Ember, $9.99, 9780307931894
10. Paper Towns
John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934


1. Divergent
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039
2. Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046
3. Hollow City (The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $17.99, 9781594746123
4. Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)
Marissa Meyer, Feiwel & Friends, $18.99, 9780312642976
5. Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 9780062024060
6. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031
7. I Am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People The Change World)
Brad Meltzer, Christopher Eliopoulos (Illus.), Dial, $12.99, 9780803740822
8. The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117
9. It's Valentine's Day (I Can Read Books: Level 2)
Jack Prelutsky, Marylin Hafner (Illus.), Greenwillow, $3.99, 9780060537142
10. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $18.99, 9780439023511

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In This Issue

Special to the Southern List

Click on a book to purchase from a great indie bookstore! See the full Southern Indie Bestseller list here.

This Dark Road to Mercy
Tiger Shrimp Tango
The Husband's Secret
Lost Lake
The Gods of Guilt
Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example
The Boys in the Boat
The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness
The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
The Death of Santini
My Promised Land
A Land More Kind Than Home
The Aviator's Wife
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
The Secret Rooms
Brain on Fire
The Forest Unseen
Think Happy, Be Happy
The Diary of a Young Girl
Days of Wine and Roquefort
The Monuments Men
Best Kept Secret
Elmo Loves You
Founding Mothers
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Every Day


Events at Southen Indie Bookstores 

Shelly Gitlow - Dispatches From Paradise  (author appearance)
Shelly Gitlow
02/21/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

L. Bud Meyer - Mother Fracker  (author appearance)
L. Bud Meyer
02/21/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

George Windish- Meet the Author & Book Signing  (author appearance)
George Windish
02/21/2014, 11:00 am
Hooked On Books
Islamorada, FL

Robert Gordon Book Signing  (author appearance)
Robert Gordon
02/21/2014, 07:00 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Meet Author Sam Starnes  (author appearance)
Sam Starnes
02/21/2014, 06:30 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Alice Hoffman explores The Museum of Extraordinary Things at SCAD  (author appearance)
Alice Hoffman
02/21/2014, 06:00 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Dark Days Authors - Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, Kiersten White, Sophie Jordan, and Claudia Gray  (author appearance)
Tahereh Mafi
02/21/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

The Lovestruck Tour of YA authors  (author appearance)
Megan Miranda
02/21/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Martha Graybeal Rowlett Meet and Greet and Booksigning  (author appearance)
Martha Graybeal Rowlett
02/21/2014, 12:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

SHAKESPEARE SALON: As You Like It  (other event)
02/21/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Love, Loss and What I Wore  (other event)
02/21/2014, 07:30 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Carla Buckley, Author, The Deepest Secret  (author appearance)
Carla Buckley
02/21/2014, 11:00 am
Litchfield Books
Pawleys Island, SC

Leadership Breakfast with Malcolm Gladwell - Author of David and Goliath  (author appearance)
Malcolm Gladwell
02/21/2014, 07:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Brys Stephens - The New Southern Table  (author appearance)
Brys Stephens
02/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

The Rev Clint Schnekloth Book Release  (author appearance)
Clint Schnekloth
02/22/2014, 06:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Artie Sandstone   (author appearance)
Artie Sandstone
02/22/2014, 10:00 am
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Sam Zygner - The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins  (author appearance)
Sam Zygner
02/22/2014, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Hugo Fontana - Tierra firme  (author appearance)
Hugo Fontana
02/22/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

B.J Novak - One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  (author appearance)
02/22/2014, 07:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

George Windish- Meet the Author & Book Signing  (author appearance)
George Windish
02/22/2014, 11:00 am
Hooked On Books
Islamorada, FL

Brad Bertelli and Jerry Wilkinson- Meet the Author & Book Signing   (author appearance)
Brad Bertelli
02/22/2014, 03:00 pm
Hooked On Books
Islamorada, FL

Paul Muldoon at Emory  (author appearance)
Paul Muldoon
02/22/2014, 04:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Laurel Snyder Author Event!  (author appearance)
02/22/2014, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Jacar Press Anthology Poetry Reading  (other event)
02/22/2014, 03:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
Sylva, NC

Demetrise Stephenson Cobb discusses her book Repairer of the Breach  (author appearance)
Demetrise Stephenson Cobb
02/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Vanessa Brantley-Newton
02/22/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Clifford Garstang – What the Zhang Boys Know  (author appearance)
Clifford Garstang
02/22/2014, 11:00 am
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Celebrate Your Local Authors!  (other event)
02/22/2014, 07:30 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

An Evening with the Authors  (author appearance)
02/22/2014, 06:00 pm
Page After Page
Elizabeth City, NC

Author event: Jack Hemphill - Redbriar  (author appearance)
Jack Hemphill
02/22/2014, 11:00 am
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Author event: Bryan Robinson - Limestone Gumption  (author appearance)
Bryan Robinson
02/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Shelia Moses  (author appearance)
Shelia P Moses
02/22/2014, 03:30 pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC

Ann Millett-Gallant  (author appearance)
Ann Millett-Gallant
02/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Regulator Bookshop
durham, NC

Storytime and Booksigning with Cathy Tolley - A Weed in the Garden  (author appearance)
Cathy Tolley
02/22/2014, 10:30 am
Books on Broad
Camden, SC

Lovestruck YA Talk & Signing  (author appearance)
Megan Shepherd
02/22/2014, 04:00 pm
Fiction Addiction
Greenville, SC

Celebrate Black History Month with Gigi Amateau at Dinwiddie Library  (author appearance)
Gigi Amateau
02/22/2014, 11:00 am
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Meet Six of the Contributors to Virginia is for Mysteries: A Sisters In Crime Event!  (other event)
02/22/2014, 02:00 pm
Fountain Bookstore
Richmond, VA

Michael Piafsky  (author appearance)
Michael Piafsky
02/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

Jane Allen Petrick - Hidden in Plain Sight: The Other People in Norman Rockwell's America  (author appearance)
Jane Allen Petrick
02/23/2014, 04:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

George Zimmerman  (author appearance)
George Zimmerman
02/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

DEEPAK CHOPRA at THE STRAZ CENTER  (author appearance)
Deepak Chopra
02/23/2014, 07:30 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Sunday Sleuths  (book club)
02/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

New & Notable Book Club: DEPT. OF SPECULATION  (book club)
02/23/2014, 06:15 pm
Avid Bookshop
Athens, GA

Jessica Handler
02/23/2014, 03:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

North Carolina Poetry Society Readings with Beth Cagle, Leslie Rupracht, & Lisa Zerkle  (other event)
02/23/2014, 02:00 pm
McIntyre's Fine Books
Pittsboro, NC

Author event: Jenny Hubbard - And We Stay  (author appearance)
Jenny Hubbard
02/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Park Road Books
Charlotte, NC

Mary Ruffin McCue- Raising the Blinds  (author appearance)
Mary Ruffin McCue
02/23/2014, 02:00 pm
Prince Books
Norfolk, VA

Reader's Circle Book Club -- Cross Creek  (book club)
02/24/2014, 06:00 pm
Copperfish Books

Tim Dorsey signs Tiger Shrimp Tango  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey
02/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Lincoln Paine  (author appearance)
Lincoln Paine
02/24/2014, 02:00 pm
Page & Palette
Fairhope, AL

SciFi Book Club  (book club)
02/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Iris Krasnow - Sex After...:Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes  (author appearance)
Iris Krasnow
02/24/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Lynn Waddell-Fringe Florida  (author appearance)
Lynn Waddell
02/24/2014, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

Maurice C. Daniels Book Signing  (author appearance)
Maurice C. Daniels
02/24/2014, 07:15 pm
A Cappella Books
Atlanta, GA

Writing With Intent: Voice and Values, Conveying Character in Poetry and Prose  (writers group)
02/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA

Lovestruck Tour  (author appearance)
Robin Constantine
02/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Little Shop of Stories
Decatur, GA

Tung-Hui Hu and Terry L. Kennedy discuss their poetry collections Greenhouses, Lighthouses and New River Breakdown  (author appearance)
Tung-Hui Hu
02/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Politics of Food Book Club  (book club)
02/24/2014, 07:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Author event with Matthew Quick, author of The Good Luck of Right Now  (author appearance)
Matthew Quick
02/24/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Tim Halloran signs Romancing The Brand  (author appearance)
Tim Halloran
02/25/2014, 07:00 pm
Eagle Eye Bookshop

Keith Thomson - 7 Grams of Lead  (author appearance)
Keith Thomson
02/25/2014, 04:00 pm
Alabama Booksmith
Birmingham, AL

Fiction Book Club  (book club)
02/25/2014, 05:00 pm
Nightbird Books
Fayetteville, AR

Ruth Vander Zee - Erika's Story  (author appearance)
Ruth Vander Zee
02/25/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Letra Urbana Encuentros  (other event)
02/25/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

The Hillsborough County Bar Association welcomes GILBERT KING  (author appearance)
Gilbert King
02/25/2014, 11:30 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

TIM DORSEY, TIGER SHRIMP TANGO  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey
02/25/2014, 06:30 pm
FoxTale Book Shoppe
Woodstock, GA

Lincoln Paine – THE SEA & CIVILIZATION: A Maritime History of the World  (author appearance)
Lincoln Paine
02/25/2014, 06:00 pm
Octavia Books
New Orleans, LA

Aram Goudsouzian signs DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS  (author appearance)
Aram Goudsouzian
02/25/2014, 05:00 pm
Square Books
Oxford, MS

UNC Humanities' Spotlight on Scholars: An Oscars Preview with Dana Coen and Scott Myers  (other event)
02/25/2014, 04:30 pm
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC

Young Adult/Teen Book Club *New*  (book club)
02/25/2014, 05:00 pm
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Asheville, NC

Tim Peeler -Rough Beast  (author appearance)
Tim Peeler
02/25/2014, 08:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop
Spartanburg, SC

Author event with Courtney C. Stevens, author of Faking Norm  (author appearance)
Courtney C. Stevens
02/25/2014, 06:30 pm
Parnassus Books
Nashville, TN

Fringe Florida Author Lynn Waddell  (author appearance)
Lynn Waddell
02/26/2014, 05:30 pm
Copperfish Books

Shamar Rinpoche - The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism's Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness  (author appearance)
Shamar Rinpoche
02/26/2014, 06:30 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Susanne Woods -- Milton and the Poetics of Freedom   (author appearance)
Susanne Woods
02/26/2014, 08:00 pm
Books & Books Inc
Coral Gables, FL

Book Study Club  (book club)
02/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

Book Study Club  (book club)
Lawrence Wright
02/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Sarasota, FL

MY HALEY discusses and signs THE TREASON OF MARY LOUVESTRE  (author appearance)
My Haley
02/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Inkwood Books
Tampa, FL

Laura Lippman Booksigning  (author appearance)
Laura Lippman
02/26/2014, 07:00 pm
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Delray Beach, FL

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Michael Sears & Reed Farrel Coleman  (author appearance)
Hank Phillippi Ryan
02/26/2014, 06:00 pm
Vero Beach Book Center
Vero Beach, FL

The Error of Nostalgia by Richard Boada  (author appearance)
Richard Boada
02/26/2014, 05:00 pm
Lemuria Books

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