Southern Indie Bestsellers

  

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. Everybody's Fool
Richard Russo, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307270641
2. The Weekenders
Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9781250065940
3. The Fireman
Joe Hill, Morrow, $28.99, 9780062200631
4. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
5. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
6. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
okra7. Redemption Road
John Hart, Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99, 9780312380366
8. The Last Mile
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29, 9781455586455
9. LaRose
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062277022
10. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
Chris Cleave, S&S, $26.99, 9781501124372
11. Zero K
Don DeLillo, Scribner, $27, 9781501135392
12. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
13. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
14. The After Party
Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $26, 9781594633164
15. Lilac Girls
Martha Hall Kelly, Ballantine, $26, 9781101883075

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942
2. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413
3. The Gene: An Intimate History
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner, $32, 9781476733500
4. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
5. Valiant Ambition
Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, $30, 9780525426783
okra6. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027
7. The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-Boats
William Geroux, Viking, $28, 9780525428152
8. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
9. Lab Girl
Hope Jahren, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101874936
10. Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon
Bronwen Dickey, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307961761
11. The Abundance
Annie Dillard, Ecco, $25.99, 9780062432971
12. The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir
Betsy Lerner, Harper Wave, $25.99, 9780062354464
13. Shoe Dog
Phil Knight, Scribner, $29, 9781501135910
14. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
15. Hold Still
Sally Mann, Little Brown, $32, 9780316247764

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In this fascinating history, big personalities emerge. 

Benedict Arnold, charismatic, arrogant, and reckless, verges on madness in battle.  George Washington, indecisive at first, evolves into a strategic military leader and eventually figures out how to win. 

You realize that things like the direction of the wind or when a river freezes or who gets promoted determine victory or defeat.

This book includes 100 pages of notes and sources, lots of maps, many portraits, and Benedict Arnold's treasonous coded letter!

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking) Recommended by Helen at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC

 

Written with surprising clarity and insight, this novel gives a heartbreaking account of life in England before the US joined in World War II.

Mary North comes from an aristocratic family who detests her involvement teaching the children who have no way of escaping the violence in the city. Mary learns about love and trust through her time as a teacher and later as an ambulance driver helping victims of the relentless bombing of the city. Her boyfriend, Tom, and his roommate, Alistair, learn that doing your part in the war effort often becomes the greatest sacrifice.

This novel will stay with you for a long time!

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster) Recommended by Linda at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC

 

 A realistic look at life in 1890s New York. 

Callaway's prose will awaken all your senses to everyday life in the growing city. She tells the story of Virginia, a writer in a family full of creativity. Virginia finds that you can never forget your first love and that finding love elsewhere can also be problematic.

The society of artists that Ginny discovers helps her find a new focus on her life. Through several tragedies, she finds purpose in her writing even while losing those who are closest to her.

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway (Harper) Recommended by Linda at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC

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Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo returns to her roots with a moving, masterful story of an unforgettable summer friendship.

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"Before he went to sleep in the clean bed in the room downstairs, Jonah asked himself whether he should continue running . . . It was impossible to know how safe he was. But Jonah was worn out from running, and he didn’t want to go on . . . He’d stop here for a few days or weeks and see what happened. If he was caught, he would be caught. He just didn’t feel like running any more."

In his latest historical novel, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, who, in 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back—no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide.

Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head. There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit.

In Jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him.

Bristling with breathtaking adventure, CHASING THE NORTH STAR is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity. And it is Robert Morgan at his considerable best.

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The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize [Short List]

Calloustown
by George Singleton 
Dzanc Books, Paperback, 9781938103162, 288pp

Calloustown, the seventh collection from master raconteur George Singleton, who's been praised by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the "unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story," finds the author at the absolute top of his game as he traces the unlikely inhabitants of the titular Calloustown in all their humanity. Whether exploring family, religion, politics or the true meaning of home, these stories range from deeply affecting to wildly absurd and back again, all in the blink of an eye.

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Anything Could Happen
by Will Walton 
Push, Hardcover, 9780545709545, 288pp.

When you're in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.

Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody's in everybody else's business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend. For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels and Tretch can't tell whether that makes it better or worse.

The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn't just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he's really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who's a thorn in Tretch's side doesn't realize how close to the truth he's hitting.

Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he's got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world. Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained. 

Anything Could Happen is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.

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We had three books at home when I was growing up: The Tales of Edgar Allan PoeBetty Crocker Cookbook and The Thorn Birds.  Not exactly great options for a curious kid.  Luckily, Mom took my sister and me to the public library, where she allowed us to choose our own books.

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Downtown Knoxville has another reason to celebrate, as the Grand Opening of UNION AVE BOOKS is slated for June 18, 2011. This new Independent Bookstore specializes in new and used books, plus decorative arts and gifts, and looks to be a gathering place for downtown shoppers and dwellers and the business community, as well as the faithful of the former Carpe Librum Bookstore which closed at the end of 2010.

The bookstore, located at 517 Union Avenue in Knoxville will carry a diverse inventory of local and regional titles, as well as fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and feature a special Kids' Corner. In addition, UNION AVE BOOKS will host book signings, special holiday events, and Saturday activities for children. The store will also be available to Knoxville's numerous book clubs for meetings and after-hours events.

"Downtown Knoxville has exploded in the best possible way over the last few years," said Melinda Meador, one of the new owners and an attorney at the downtown law firm Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C.  "We want to be a part of this exciting time for our city, and selling books - especially given Knoxville's rich literary tradition - is a great way to do it."

Meador has teamed with former Carpe Librum owner Flossie McNabb, who brings to UNION AVE BOOKS an unparalleled expertise in bookselling. McNabb said the new store is a "fresh start" for her and her daughter Bunnie Presswood, who will be the store's business manager.  Rounding out this collaborative family business is Meador's son, Jake Knanishu, a junior at Washington University in St. Louis, who will serve as content and marketing consultant as well as bookseller during holiday seasons. "We want to be a home away from home for booklovers," said McNabb.



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Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

How well do you know your Southern lit?

We dare you to use a pen on these crossword puzzles, each inspired by one of the winning titles of the SIBA Book Award, honoring ten years of the very best in Southern literature as chosen by the people who would know...Southern Independent Booksellers! A great gift for your book club, for puzzle-lovers, and anyone who loves Southern literature. $9.95 paperback. Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.

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