Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult, Ballantine, $28, 9780345544926
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett, Dutton, $36, 9780525953098
4. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447
5. The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Richard Flanagan, Knopf, $26.95, 9780385352857

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
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
4. The Innovators
Walter Isaacson, S&S, $35, 9781476708690
5. Worthy Fights
Leon Panetta, Penguin Press, $36, 9781594205965

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-The world is a beautiful place, don't you think? Not because it is, but because I see it that way.-

The title is the first thing I noticed about this book, but it definitely wasn't what kept me reading it - the writing itself took care of that.

This entire novel is ONE sentence. This is a book meant to be devoured in one sitting - you may not stop to catch your breath. Hrabal is a master and he does something really special here. 

Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age By Bohumil Hrabal (NYRB Classics) Recommended by O.B. at Scuppernong Books Greensboro NC

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Citizens Creek by Lalita TademyThe "New York Times "bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club Pick "Cane River" brings us the evocative story of a once-enslaved man who buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars, and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage. 

Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money--but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward? 

Cow Tom's legacy lives on--especially in the courageous spirit of his granddaughter Rose. She rises to leadership of the family as they struggle against political and societal hostility intent on keeping blacks and Indians oppressed. But through it all, her grandfather's indelible mark of courage inspires her--in mind, in spirit, and in a family legacy that never dies. 
Written in two parts portraying the parallel lives of Cow Tom and Rose, "Citizens Creek" is a beautifully rendered novel that takes the reader deep into a little known chapter of American history. It is a breathtaking tale of identity, community, family--and above all, the power of an individual's will to make a difference.

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Can you play rock'n'roll and still go to heaven?

In which her ladyship ponders a particular species of haunted house, Mr. Sean Brock explains why his grandmother's recipe for Hillybilly Black Walnut Fudge includes one pound of Velveeta Cheese, and Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis asks a question that Elvis Presley refuses to answer. Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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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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Ann PatchettLiterary novelist Ann Patchett's fight to save independent bookshops, which has seen her open her own shop in Tennessee and champion the importance of bookselling on American television, has led to her nomination as one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world.



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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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