Southern Indie Bestsellers

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. My Name Is Lucy Barton
Elizabeth Strout, Random House, $26, 9781400067695
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. The Forgotten Room
Karen White, et al., NAL, $26, 9780451474629

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. The Road to Little Dribbling
Bill Bryson, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385539289
2. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
3. Dark Money
Jane Mayer, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385535595
4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547

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Simon Winchester takes on the Pacific Ocean in his latest popular history.

To tackle a topic that is too big to adequately cover in a one volume, Winchester instead tells 10 different stories that all have the Pacific as a common thread. From nuclear testing on Bikini Island to the transfer of Hong Kong from Britian to China, Winchester illustrates the wide and varied impact the Pacific has had and continues to have on our planet.

Whereas the Mediterranean was the focus of the ancient world and the Atlantic the center of current times, the author convincingly argues that the Pacific will be the most important ocean in our future.

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision by Simon Winchester (Harper) Recommended by Andy Brennan at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

Hedgehogs are all the rage in 2016. Even in picture books! 

In this adorable story, hedgehogs Horace and Hattie are BFFs. But they can’t hug because they’re too spiky.

Will they find a way to overcome their spikiness?


Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson, Lucy Tapper (Henry Holt & Company) Recommended by Rae Ann Parker at Parnassus Books Nashville TN

Okra Picks

ForsakenForsaken is a gripping, beautifully realized work of historical fiction by Ross Howell Jr. It tells the story of the sensational crime committed by Virginia Christian, a young black girl who, in 1912 Virginia, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the electric chair. Charlie Mears, a white man, covered the case as a rookie reporter. The book chronicles the story of the trial and its aftermath as seen through Mears’s eyes. The novel’s premise is ambitious, its events striking and tragic, and fiction and non-fiction are deftly blended in this powerful read on the themes of injustice, corruption, and racial conflict set in the poisonous epoch known as Jim Crow.

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Have some music with your words, some art with your music.

In which Ms. Celeste Fletcher McHale remembers an lost friend in fiction, Mr. Taylor Brown discovers that he has lived in a whorehouse, and the Decatur Library brings together a hillbilly wannabe, an Arkansas Living Treasure, a CMA musician of the year, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and a recovering heroin addict and puts them all in the same room.
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book

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Parapalooza!

Parapalooza

paragraphs worth spreading

Jamie Kornegay and Tiffany Quay Tyson

Jamie KornegayTiffany Quay Tyson

I learned to “shut up and listen.”

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SIBA Book Award

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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Free BookWe understand that you can buy books anywhere.  You understand that while loving independent bookstores is a wonderful thing, loving them with your shopping dollars is even more wonderful! 
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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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