Southern Indie Bestsellers


1. The Girl in the Spider's Web
David Lagercrantz, Knopf, $27.95, 9780385354288
2. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
3. Go Set a Watchman
Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850
4. Come Rain or Come Shine
Jan Karon, G.P. Putnam's Sons, $27.95, 9780399167454
5. Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594634475


1. Big Magic
Elizabeth Gilbert, Riverhead, $24.95, 9781594634710
2. Killing Reagan
Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, Henry Holt & Company, $30, 9781627792417
3. Furiously Happy
Jenny Lawson, Flatiron Books, $26.99, 9781250077004
4. The Wright Brothers
David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742
5. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547

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Quite simply, this collection reminds you just how jaw-droppingly awesome the short story form can be.

From realism to hyper-realism to post-modernism to post-post-modernism to so-far-after-modernism-that-we-don’t-even-know-what-to-call-it-anymore-modernism.

Everything in this anthology is pulsing and alive, and there’s not a story in here that won’t stick with you in the days to follow despite your best attempts to shake it off. Marcus does a phenomenal job finding the very best and stylistically diverse writers working today, and if you’re at all interested in where fiction’s going and just what amazing, weird, crazy awesome things it’s doing right now, then you have to read this book.

New American Stories by Ben Marcus (Vintage) Recommended by Donovan at Inkwood Books Tampa FL

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My Sweet VidaliaOn July 4, 1955, in rural Georgia, an act of violence threatens the life of Vidalia Lee Kandal's pre-born daughter. Despite the direst of circumstances, the spirit of the lost child refuses to leave her ill-equipped young mother's side.

For as long as she is needed through troubled pregnancies, through poverty, through spousal abuse and agonizing betrayals Cieli Mae, the determined spirit child, narrates their journey. Serving as a safe place and sounding board for Vidalia's innermost thoughts and confusions, lending a strength to her momma's emerging voice, Cieli Mae provides her own special brand of comfort and encouragement, all the while honoring the restrictions imposed by her otherworldly status.

Vidalia finds further support in such unlikely townsfolk and relations as Doc Feldman, Gamma Gert and her Wild Women of God, and, most particularly, in Ruby Pearl Banks, the kind, courageous church lady, who has suffered her own share of heartache in their small Southern town of yesteryear's prejudices and presumptions.

"My Sweet Vidalia" is wise and witty, outstanding for its use of vibrant, poetic language and understated Southern dialect, as well as Mantella's clear-eyed observations of "race relations" as "human relations," a cast of unforgettable characters, an in-depth exploration of the ties that bind, and its creative perspective. My Sweet Vidalia is a rare, wonderful, and complex look at hope, strength, the unparalleled power of unconditional love, and a young mother's refusal to give up.


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Food, people, memories. Corn whiskey, meth, and beauty.

In which a new book festival rises from the ashes of the old, Mr. Barry Moser notes you can't get rich pumping gas, and Ms. Stefani Beddingfield threatens would-be robbers with lengthy recitations from James Joyce's Ulysses.
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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


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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