Southern Indie Bestsellers

  

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. Everybody's Fool
Richard Russo, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307270641
okra2. Redemption Road
John Hart, Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99, 9780312380366
3. The Last Mile
David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29, 9781455586455
4. Zero K
Don DeLillo, Scribner, $27, 9781501135392
5. The Nest
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Ecco, $26.99, 9780062414212
6. LaRose
Louise Erdrich, Harper, $27.99, 9780062277022
7. The Nightingale
Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 9780312577223
8. The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669
9. The Summer Before the War
Helen Simonson, Random House, $28, 9780812993103
10. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
Chris Cleave, S&S, $26.99, 9781501124372
11. The Noise of Time
Julian Barnes, Knopf, $25.95, 9781101947241
12. Extreme Prey
John Sandford, Putnam, $29, 9780399176050
13. The Swans of Fifth Avenue
Melanie Benjamin, Delacorte, $28, 9780345528698
14. All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586
15. Eligible
Curtis Sittenfeld, Random House, $28, 9781400068326

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi, Random House, $25, 9780812988406
2. The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Anderson Cooper, Gloria Vanderbilt, Harper, $27.99, 9780062454942
3. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind
Vishen Lakhiani, Rodale, $26.99, 9781623367084
okra4. Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Lee Smith, Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616205027
5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307
6. Valiant Ambition
Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, $30, 9780525426783
7. Being Mortal
Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
8. Lab Girl
Hope Jahren, Knopf, $26.95, 9781101874936
9. Hamilton: The Revolution
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Grand Central, $40, 9781455539741
10. The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas, 1939-1945
Max Hastings, Harper, $35, 9780062259271
11. The Romanovs: 1613-1918
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Knopf, $35, 9780307266521
12. Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547
13. First Women
Kate Andersen Brower, Harper, $28.99, 9780062439659
14. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Carlo Rovelli, Riverhead, $18, 9780399184413
15. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight, Scribner, $29, 9781501135910

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Written with surprising clarity and insight, this novel gives a heartbreaking account of life in England before the US joined in World War II.

Mary North comes from an aristocratic family who detests her involvement teaching the children who have no way of escaping the violence in the city. Mary learns about love and trust through her time as a teacher and later as an ambulance driver helping victims of the relentless bombing of the city. Her boyfriend, Tom, and his roommate, Alistair, learn that doing your part in the war effort often becomes the greatest sacrifice.

This novel will stay with you for a long time!

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (Simon & Schuster) Recommended by Linda at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC

 

 A realistic look at life in 1890s New York. 

Callaway's prose will awaken all your senses to everyday life in the growing city. She tells the story of Virginia, a writer in a family full of creativity. Virginia finds that you can never forget your first love and that finding love elsewhere can also be problematic.

The society of artists that Ginny discovers helps her find a new focus on her life. Through several tragedies, she finds purpose in her writing even while losing those who are closest to her.

The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway (Harper) Recommended by Linda at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC

Elizabeth has devoted her life to being a witch hunter, and she's one of the best in the land.

Then she's accused of being a witch herself and sentenced to burn at the stake. On the run from the most powerful man in the kingdom, she makes new friends with actual witches and wizards, people she'd always thought were her enemies but who end up becoming more of a family than she's ever had.

Fans of Graceling will love the action and romance in this medieval fantasy.

 

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) Recommended by Melissa at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC

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"Before he went to sleep in the clean bed in the room downstairs, Jonah asked himself whether he should continue running . . . It was impossible to know how safe he was. But Jonah was worn out from running, and he didn’t want to go on . . . He’d stop here for a few days or weeks and see what happened. If he was caught, he would be caught. He just didn’t feel like running any more."

In his latest historical novel, bestselling author Robert Morgan brings to full and vivid life the story of Jonah Williams, who, in 1850, on his eighteenth birthday, flees the South Carolina plantation on which he was born a slave. He takes with him only a few stolen coins, a knife, and the clothes on his back—no shoes, no map, no clear idea of where to head, except north, following a star that he prays will be his guide.

Hiding during the day and running through the night, Jonah must elude the men sent to capture him and the bounty hunters out to claim the reward on his head. There is one person, however, who, once on his trail, never lets him fully out of sight: Angel, herself a slave, yet with a remarkably free spirit.

In Jonah, she sees her own way to freedom, and so sets out to follow him.

Bristling with breathtaking adventure, CHASING THE NORTH STAR is deftly grounded in historical fact yet always gripping and poignant as the story follows Jonah and Angel through the close calls and narrow escapes of a fearsome world. It is a celebration of the power of the human spirit to persevere in the face of great adversity. And it is Robert Morgan at his considerable best.

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A tragicomic tour de force about one man's redemption through love and art.

"You have lost everything, yes?"

Everything? Henry thought; he considered the word. Had he lost everything?

Fleeing New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Henry Garrett is haunted by the ruins of his marriage, a squandered inheritance, and the teaching job he inexplicably quit. He pulls into a small Virginia town after three days on the road, hoping to silence the ceaseless clamor in his head. But this quest for peace and quiet as the only guest at a roadside motel is destroyed when Henry finds himself at the center of a bizarre and violent tragedy. As a result, Henry winds up stranded at the ramshackle motel just outside the small town of Marimore, but it’s there that he is pulled into the lives of those around him: Latangi, the motel’s recently widowed proprietor who seems to have a plan for Henry; Marge, a local secretary who marshals the collective energy of her women’s church group; and the family of an old man, a prisoner, who dies in a desperate effort to provide for his infirm wife.

For his previous novels John Gregory Brown has been lauded for his "compassionate vision of human destiny" as well as his "melodic, haunting and rhythmic prose." With A THOUSAND MILES FROM NOWHERE, he assumes his place in the tradition of such masterful storytellers as Flannery O’Conner and Walker Percy, offering to readers a tragicomic tour de force about the power of art and compassion and one man’s search for faith, love, and redemption.

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The 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize [Short List]

Foster's Market Favorites
by Sara Foster 
Story Farm, Hardcover, 9780990520573, 336pp

Sara Foster's love of Southern fare began in her Granny Foster's Tennessee kitchen. There, the combination of down-home comfort, fresh-from-the-farm ingredients, and dedicated preparation hooked her for life. Now, in FOSTER'S MARKET FAVORITES: 25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, Sara Foster serves up more than 150 recipes, sharing with readers the dishes that have kept diners coming back to the beloved Durham, NC eatery that she opened in 1990. In FOSTER'S MARKET FAVORITES, the award-winning cookbook author and restaurateur continues the tradition of soulful yet simple, seasonally inspired cooking, where tradition meets modern. These fresh, satisfying creations are casual enough for everyday family meals, but special enough to serve friends and guests. Some of Sara's mouth-watering recipes include: Pimiento Cheese Puffs, Pecan Sweet Potato Sticky Buns, Chicken and Black-Eyed Pea Soup, Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken with Sriracha Honey, Chile-Braised Pork Shoulder with Taco Fixings, Heirloom and Shell Bean Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette, Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Bread Pudding with Bourbon Hard Sauce, and Brown Sugar Apple Crisp with Crumb Topping. FOSTER'S MARKET FAVORITES is an all-inclusive collection of Southern cooking in which simple feasts meet artisanal ingredients, traditional tastes meet modern methods, and fantastic flavors make every bite a succulent mouthful of Southern comfort.

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Above the Waterfall
by Ron Rash 
Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780062349316, 272pp.

In this poetic and haunting tale set in contemporary Appalachia, New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash illuminates lives shaped by violence and a powerful connection to the land.

Les, a long-time sheriff just three-weeks from retirement, contends with the ravages of crystal meth and his own duplicity in his small Appalachian town.

Becky, a park ranger with a harrowing past, finds solace amid the lyrical beauty of this patch of North Carolina.

Enduring the mistakes and tragedies that have indelibly marked them, they are drawn together by a reverence for the natural world. When an irascible elderly local is accused of poisoning a trout stream, Les and Becky are plunged into deep and dangerous waters, forced to navigate currents of disillusionment and betrayal that will force them to question themselves and test their tentative bond - and threaten to carry them over the edge.

Echoing the heartbreaking beauty of William Faulkner and the spiritual isolation of Carson McCullers, Above the Waterfall demonstrates once again the prodigious talent of "a gorgeous, brutal writer" (Richard Price) hailed as "one of the great American authors at work today" (Janet Maslin, New York Times).

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Tales of Edgar Allan PoeBetty Crocker CookbookThe Thorn Birds

We had three books at home when I was growing up: The Tales of Edgar Allan PoeBetty Crocker Cookbook and The Thorn Birds.  Not exactly great options for a curious kid.  Luckily, Mom took my sister and me to the public library, where she allowed us to choose our own books.

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HOLD LOVE STRONG by MATTHEW AARON GOODMAN – “Goodman’s relevant and enlightening debut novel belongs somewhere on the shelf between Richard Wright’s Native Son and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, both for its social importance and literary beauty. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and centers around Abraham Singleton, a young man using all his available resources to navigate the housing projects of New York City. For Abraham, desperation and hope always coexist, but with the ups and downs of his life he finds one constant: the enduring love of his family. A brilliant read, everyone should be able to get into this coming of age story.” Amanda at Inkwood Book in Tampa, FL


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Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

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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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