Southern Indie Bestsellers

 

HARDCOVER FICTION


1. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
2. A Spool of Blue Thread
Anne Tyler, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101874271
3. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
4. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
5. Gray Mountain
John Grisham, Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385537148

HARDCOVER NONFICTION


1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
2. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
3. H Is for Hawk
Helen MacDonald, Grove Press, $26, 9780802123411
4. Girl in a Band: A Memoir
Kim Gordon, Dey Street, $27.99, 9780062295897
5. Leaving Before the Rains Come
Alexandra Fuller, Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594205866

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I like a certain amount of surprise in my life, but when it comes to getting older I've found I'd like to have fair warning about what to expect.

Donald Hall, a former Poet Laureate and National Medal of the Art winner, has written a beautiful collection of essays from the vantage point of 86 years old.

They are funnier than I imagined they would be, as well as inspiring and heartening, and the prose is pitch perfect.


Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin) Recommended by Amanda at Inkwood Books Tampa FL 
9780544287044

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Blackbird FlyFuture rock star, or friendless misfit? That's no choice at all. Apple Yengko moved from the Philippines to Louisiana when she was little, and now that she is in middle school, she grapples with being different, with friends and backstabbers, and with following her dreams.

Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. Her mother still cooks Filipino foods, speaks a mix of English and Cebuano, and chastises Apple for becoming "too American." It becomes unbearable in middle school, when the boys--the stupid, stupid boys--in Apple's class put her name on the Dog Log, the list of the most unpopular girls in school. When Apple's friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . or it might be her two new friends, who show how special she really is. Erin Entrada Kelly deftly brings Apple's conflicted emotions to the page in her debut novel about family, friendship, popularity, and going your own way.

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The ultimate southern lit reading list.

In which the historic bridge to Hobba (and Mr. Faulkner's liquor) is coming down, southern booksellers offer a long, long, looonnng reading list, and Mr. John T. Edge explains why Korean barbecue is definitely Southern barbecue.

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Parapalooza

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Kathy & Becky Hepinstall

Kathy & Becky Hepinstall
“Women often fought in wars disguised as men. Many women died doing it – it’s a fascinating story of women that needs to be heard..”

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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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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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