Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
2. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148
okra3. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good
Jan Karon, Putnam Adult, $27.95, 9780399167447

4. Redeployment
Phil Klay, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999
5. Let Me Be Frank With You
Richard Ford, Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. Small Victories
Anne Lamott, Riverhead, $22.95, 9781594486296
2. Killing Patton
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Holt, $30, 9780805096682
okra3. Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story
Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis, Harper, $27.99, 9780062078223

4. Yes Please
Amy Poehler, Dey Street, $28.99, 9780062268341
5. 41: A Portrait of My Father
George W. Bush, Crown, $28, 9780553447781

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I read all kinds of fantasy novels and it takes new ideas to capture me like California Bones did. 

I have never come up against the idea of Osteomancy being the bringer of magic.  Osteomancy is the use of bones in magic.  That is a simple explanation, but it means that the magic comes from consuming the bones of magical creatures in a kind of soup.


This book takes place in California, a California that has seceded from the United States.  The places that we know as Amusement Parks, Disneyland and others are, real places of magic.  There is so much magic in this book that you can almost smell it, like the characters can in the story. 

I recommend you read California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout if you want to go on a magic carpet ride.

California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout (Tor Books) Recommended by Molly at The Fountainhead Bookstore Hendersonville NC

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Risky Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery by Mark de CastriqueWhen Cherokee burial remains are unearthed on the site expanding a local cemetery, the dual occupations of Barry Clayton, part-time deputy and full-time undertaker, collide. Then, during the interment of the wife of one of Gainesboro, North Carolina s most prominent citizens, Cherokee activist Jimmy Panther leads a protest. Words and - fists fly. When Panther turns up executed on the grave of the deceased woman, Barry is forced to confront her family as the chief suspects. But the case lurches in a new direction with the arrival of Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkin s Army pal, Boston cop Kevin Malone. He s on the trail of a Boston hit man who arrived at the Cherokee reservation only days before the murder. Malone is convinced his quarry is the triggerman. But who paid him? And why? The accelerating investigation draws Barry onto the reservation where Panther s efforts to preserve Cherokee traditions threatened the development of a new casino, a casino bringing millions of dollars of construction plus huge yearly payouts to every member of the tribe. Leading an unlikely team his childhood nemesis Archie Donovan and his elderly fellow undertaker Uncle Wayne Barry goes undercover. But the stakes are higher than he realized in this risky undertaking. And the life of a Cherokee boy becomes the wager. Barry must play his cards very carefully

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On discovering things in the dirt.

In which it is determined that there are sixteen books that every Southerner absolutely ought to have, Mr. Mac Stone attempts to avoid the alligators in the dark, and Mr. Rick Bragg reflects on the things you can grow in the red dirt of Alabama. 

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Lalita Tademy

Lalita Tademy
“I worry about everything. As a writer, that’s my job.”

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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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