1. Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee, Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850 2. The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins, Riverhead, $26.95, 9781594633669 3. Circling the Sun Paula McLain, Ballantine, $28, 9780345534187 4. All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr, Scribner, $27, 9781476746586 5. The Nightingale Kristin Hannah, St. Martin's, $27.99, 97803125772239780345534187
1. Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates, Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547 2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo, Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9781607747307 3. The Wright Brothers David McCullough, S&S, $30, 9781476728742 4. Dead Wake Erik Larson, Crown, $28, 9780307408860 5. Being Mortal Atul Gawande, Metropolitan, $26, 9780805095159
The Descent of Alette
This book-length poem invites us to look and look again at the world we inhabit and the people we often choose not to see.
The Descent of Alette reinvents the epic through its use of quotation marks to create a new poetic “foot,” inviting the reader to linger over each phrase or read through the divisions, drawing attention to similar choices in our daily lives.
A compelling narrative unfolds within this dynamic form of a woman moving through an underground world to confront a Tyrant who rules from a daylight realm.
The voices of the wounded, the homeless, the forgotten, those who blur the stark lines of light and shadow, all are present in this journey of transformation. The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley (Penguin) Recommended by Heather at Quail Ridge Books Raleigh NC
Yard War by Taylor Kitchings
It's 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, deep in the civil rights movement, and the one black person twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook knows well is Willie Jane, the family maid, who has been a second mother to him. When Trip invites her son, Dee, to play football in the yard, Trip discovers the ugly side ofhis smiling neighbors.Even his loving grandparents don t approve. But getting to know Dee and playing football, being part of a team, changes Trip. He begins to see all the unspoken rules he lives by but doesn t agree with, such as "respect your elders." What if he thinks their views are wrong? This engaging, honest, and hopeful novel is full of memorable characters, and brings the civil rights era South alive for young readers.
In which Ms. Eudora Welty appreciates the time when Mr. William Maxwell did not have anything to say about her novel, the booksellers at TurnRow Book Company decide that the play's the thing, and Mr. John Grisham admits that losing an election was the best thing that could have happened to his literary career.
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
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.