Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. Lila
Marilynne Robinson, FSG, $26, 9780374187613
2. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447
3. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
4. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
5. The Children Act
Ian McEwan, Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
2. Not That Kind of Girl
Lena Dunham, Random House, $28, 9780812994995
3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
4. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Diane Muldrow, Golden Books, $9.99, 9780307977618
5. Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace
Leon Panetta, Penguin Press, $36, 9781594205965

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After a famous mathematician’s death, her colleagues and rivals from all over the world gather along with the family to sit shiva and honor her memory.

Certain that the late Rachela Karnokovitch has solved the Navier-Stokes problem and taken the solution to her grave, the group looks for clues under floorboards, interrogates her pet parrot, and searches the house.

Readers, whether they have an appreciation of mathematics or not, will appreciate the love, family, and beauty of this novel.

The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer (Penguin) Recommended by Lyn at Square Books Oxford MI
 

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Each Shining HourWelcome to the timeless charms of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee—where young Dr. Luke Bradford is beginning to feel at home… 

When he comes to the aid of a woman at the grocery store, Luke is fascinated to learn she is Estelle Pillow, the cheery sister to his prickly housekeeper, Connie. Estelle wants to open a bakery in town—and Connie’s disapproval of the venture stirs up a whirlwind of emotions between the siblings. But Luke’s attention is soon diverted when he learns about a long-ago double murder. . .

During World War II, an unknown traveler arrived in town, and before the day was over, he and the local baker lay dead near the bandstand at the local lake. The incident has since been exaggerated into Watervalley lore—with the newcomer rumored to have been a German spy. As Luke pieces together exactly what happened, he realizes that the consequences of this event have rippled painfully into the lives of townsfolk he has come to know.

As winter gives way to spring, Luke keeps busy at the medical clinic and enters a tentative, exhilarating romance. And when his support of Estelle’s bakery collides with new revelations about the old murder, Luke witnesses the true power of reconciliation working in the hearts of those he holds dear—a revelation that will change his life.

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On musical journeys and jars of chow-chow.

In which her ladyship remembers the music, there are things one should not ask of a jar of pickles, Ms. Cassandra King explains why she does not own a dress, and Sheila Kay Adams's mama explains that it's called "country" for a reason. Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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Parapalooza

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Jon Mayes and Will Harlan

Jon Mayes and Will Harlan
“One of the big reasons I moved to the mountains was so I could see the stars at night.”

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SIBA Book Award

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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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