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LADY BANKS COMMONPLACE BOOK
 
Week of January 3, 2019
 
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The Commonplace Book | Read This! | Okra Picks | Southern Indie Bestsellers | Events
 
 
{The pleasures of family visits.}
 
In which her ladyship, the editor, attempts not to give her relatives food poisoning, 5th graders critique Ghost Boy by Ms. Jewel Parker Rhodes, and if you are thinking of opening a bookstore, four booksellers have some very good advice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Dearest Readers

 

The past couple weeks her ladyship, the editor, has been entertaining visiting family -- which largely means using her folk as test subjects for untried recipes (they are still among the living), setting them to weed her garden (they do a better job than she ever has), and exchanging books. Of course, exchanging books.

Her mother, who for some reason always brings books when coming to visit even when she knows better, this holiday brought along a copy of an exhibition book of the work of fabric artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, "Memories of Survival" and a book somebody put together of the history of the poker group her ladyship's father has been playing with for the last 50 years (think clouds of cigar smoke and piles of nickels or, eventually, quarters. Inflation.).

Then, everyone traded books. Her ladyship loaded her mother down with The Overstory, The Cooking Gene, The Library Book, and When Women Were Birds. Her father got a copy of The Tangled Tree.

 

The OverstoryThe Library BookThe Cooking GeneThe Tangled TreeWhen Women Were Birds

 

Next was a visit to the art museum to see a Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit -- which meant picking up more exhibit catalogs (although her ladyship was oddly tempted by the reproductions of Ms. O'Keeffe's artist smock. It had very large pockets).

Riley the store puppy

And finally, there was a trip to Page 158 Books, where everyone came home with a stack of books (who knew there is a cookbook out there devoted entirely to Maple Syrup?) and her ladyship, the editor, almost wouldn't give up the store puppy.

Returning home, more books were discovered on the front porch, courtesy of the UPS man. These turned out to be copies of some of the newest collection of Okra Picks, which were just announced a few days ago. Her ladyship, the editor, lasted all of an hour and a half before calling her bookstore to place an order.

It was a typical family get-together, where every activity is marked by something new to read. Always the best kind.

Read independently, and shop local.

 
 
her ladyship, the editar
her ladyship, the editor
 
 
 
 
Lady Banks' Pick of the Week
 
 
 
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book
 
Excerpted noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.
 

Sugar Run

July 2007

In the yellow corridor they marched the women single file. Jodi, feeling the worry of the eight at her back, wondered what significance to attach to her position as first behind the sergeant. Not much at Jaxton was left to chance. Oldest, she thought, but that may not have been true; thirty-five was perhaps more of an average age. The rest of the women, all from other units, all nameless and unknown to her, did look more youthful, though. She glanced at the one behind her, reddish banks combed high and a rose-print blouse tucked into blue jeans. Younger or cleaner or something.

"Stop," the sergeant said, spreading out his arms as if the women might all run on past and taste freedom too soon. Beyond him, at the end of the hall, was a bolted door with a single fogged window in the center.

Perhaps, Jodi thought, release was like diving, or rising rather. You could die from that, she'd heard, coming up from the ocean floor altogether too fast. Something got in your blood.

--Mesha Maren, Sugar Run (Algonquin Books, 2018) 9781616206215

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Read This! Books with Street Cred
 
Recommended reading from Southern Indie Booksellers


#Chill by Bryan E. Robinson
Robinson's approach to workaholism comes from his own experience, so it is a compassionate and knowing approach to a subject that could otherwise get thorny. Still, you'll want to give it to your boss and your boss's boss, and anyone else whose own workaholism keeps you at your desk after hours. 

#Chill by Bryan E. Robinson ($22.99*, William Morrow), recommended by Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Adults by Caroline Hulse
Exes Matt and Claire are spending the Christmas holiday with their daughter and their new partners--what could go wrong? This opens with the reveal of an injury caused by an unknown assailant to one of the adult partners, and the story emerges chapter by chapter.

Friendly exes and not-so-friendly new partners struggle to keep the peace for young Scarlett, who complicates things with her imaginary bunny friend Posey. Emotions run high as the BAC raises in the adults and the Mexican standoff at the end is hilarious even during its tense moments.

This is an honest look at how to keep parental relationships good while blending new partners into the mix, and it will make you feel great about your own dysfunctional family.

The Adults by Caroline Hulse ($26.00*, Random House), recommended by Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA.


The Disasters by M.K. EnglandImmensely original and unbelievably fun! The Disasters is a heart stopping space opera, where teen galactic outcasts are the stars.  Full of diversity, humor, and amazing worldbuilding, the action starts in the first chapter and only increases as Nax and his fellow space misfits run, hide and fight to uncover a vast conspiracy. One of the best debuts I've read of 2018! 

The Disasters by M.K. England ($17.99*, HarperTeen), recommended by Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA.

 
More bookseller recommendations

Gossip

 

News of a literary nature

Ghost Boys"The intensity of this book sucks you into the problem, the excitement and the sorrow."

keep reading: 5th and 6th graders read Ghost Boys

 

"We know that after 43 years in the same location this move will be a big change for our customers"

keep reading: Highland Books is moving

 

(Don't) Call Me Crazy"Old Town Books’ first live event, a panel discussion on Kelly Jensen’s mental health anthology (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, drew a standing room only crowd on the store’s third day of being open. “It was really moving to have an important, in-person, discussion, a physical gathering; you can't get that online. Bookstores are places for people to connect. They're about experiences that bring people together."

keep reading: So you want to open a bookstore?

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The Okra Picks: The winter season

 

Make a New Year’s Resolution to read more Okra! Southern Independent booksellers have chosen the 2019 Winter Okra Picks – a collection of the best forthcoming Southern books of the season. Each of the 18 books selected have a couple things in common: The are Southern in nature, they are coming out sometime in the next three months (January, February, March), and they have a following among Southern indie booksellers, who can’t wait to introduce them to new readers. Add a bit of tasty reading to your literary diet. Serve yourself a helping of Okra Picks.

 

"This is the gritty Southern novel I've always wanted." --Maggie, Carmichael's Bookstore, Louisville, KY

Sugar Run by Mesha MarenIn 1989, Jodi McCarty is seventeen years old when she’s sentenced to life in prison. When she’s released eighteen years later, she finds herself at a Greyhound bus stop, reeling from the shock of unexpected freedom but determined to chart a better course for herself. Not yet able to return to her lost home in the Appalachian Mountains, she heads south in search of someone she left behind, as a way of finally making amends. There, she meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother living in a motel room with her children. Together they head toward what they hope will be a fresh start. But what do you do with your past—and with a town and a family that refuses to forget, or to change?

Set within the charged insularity of rural West Virginia, Mesha Maren’s Sugar Run is a searing and gritty debut about making a break for another life, the use and treachery of makeshift families, and how, no matter the distance we think we’ve traveled from the mistakes we’ve made, too often we find ourselves standing in precisely the place we began.

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
January 8, 2019 | Algonquin Books | 9781616206215 | Buy

Sugar Run


Meet Miss Fancy by Irene LathamA charming and significant story set prior to the Civil Rights Movement about a boy who finds a way to challenge segregation laws.

Frank has always been obsessed with elephants. He loves their hosepipe trunks, tree stump feet, and swish-swish tails. So when Miss Fancy, the elephant, retires from the circus and moves two blocks from his house to Avondale Park, he’s over the moon! Frank really wants to pet her. But Avondale Park is just for white people, so Frank is not allowed to see Miss Fancy. Frank is heartbroken but he doesn’t give up: instead he makes a plan!

Frank writes to the City Council so his church can host a picnic in the park, and he can finally meet Miss Fancy. All of his neighbors sign the letter, but when some protest, the picnic is cancelled and Frank is heartbroken all over again. Then Miss Fancy escapes the zoo, and it’s up to Frank to find her before she gets hurt.

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham
January 8, 2019 | (PRH) G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR | 9780399546686 | Buy

 

 

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Southern Indie Bestsellers
 

For the week ending December 30. Books on the Southern Indie Bestseller List that are southern in nature or have been recently recommended by southern indie booksellers.

 

Southern Indie Bestsellers

 
See the full list here.
The Southern Book Prize | A SIBA Okra Pick
Special to the Southern List | Read This Next!
Printable versions (PDF): Hardcover | Paperback | Children's
 
 
 
HARDCOVER FICTION
 

1. The Reckoning
John Grisham, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385544153
2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
3. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $29.99, 9780062684561
4. Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty, Flatiron Books, $28.99, 9781250069825
5. There There
Tommy Orange, Knopf, $25.95, 9780525520375

 
HARDCOVER NONFICTION
 
1. Becoming
Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138
2. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
3. Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents
Pete Souza, Little Brown, $30, 9780316421829
4. The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $28, 9781984825483
5. The Fifth Risk
Michael Lewis, Norton, $26.95, 9781324002642
 
Special to the Southern List
 

Long Road to Mercy David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29,  The Last Castle Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17, Little Owl's Snow Divya Srinivasan, Viking Books for Young Readers, $17.99, The Land of Stories: The Ultimate Book Hugger's Guide Chris Colfer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 

 
 
 
FICTION of note
 

2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
9. Long Road to Mercy

David Baldacci, Grand Central, $29, 9781538761571
10. Every Breath
Nicholas Sparks, Grand Central, $28, 9781538728529
12. The President Is Missing

Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Little Brown, $30, 9780316412698
15. Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $17, 9781501126079

 
NONFICTION of note
 
8. Hillbilly Elegy
J.D. Vance, Harper, $16.99, 9780062300553
14. The Last Castle

Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $17, 9781476794051
 
         
 
 
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Events
 
What's happening at Southern Indies across the South?
 
See the full calendar | Find a Southern Indie Bookstore near you.
 

First Friday Authors  (author appearance)
Zeteri M. Hodges | 01/04/2019, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Wolfgang Kaleck  (author appearance)
Wolfgang Kaleck | 01/05/2019, 06:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Jenipher Lyn  (author appearance)
Jenipher Lyn | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Joe Farcus  (author appearance)
Joe Farcus | 01/06/2019, 04:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Organizer of Poetry LocalMic with Frances Bloom, Linda Goodman Robiner and Donald McLagan  (author appearance)
Don McLagan | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Brandi Perry: Splintered   (author appearance)
Brandi Perry | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Fresh Starts with Delicious and Nutritious Super Foods with Sheri Castle  (author appearance)
Sheri Castle | 01/06/2019, 03:00 pm | McIntyre's Books | Pittsboro, NC

Author Event: Joyce Cooper - High School Stories, Life Interrupted  (author appearance)
Joyce Cooper | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with Elizabeth K. Goetsch author of Lost Nashville  (author appearance)
Elizabeth K. Goetsch | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Molly Grantham: Small Victories  (author appearance)
Molly Grantham | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Elizabeth K. Goetsch, author of Lost Nashville  (author appearance)
Elizabeth K. Goetsch | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Brooks Lamb with Overton Park: A People's History  (author appearance)
Brooks Lamb | 01/06/2019, 02:00 pm | novel. | Memphis, TN

Laura Vergara  (author appearance)
Laura Vergara | 01/07/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Author event with Bill Ivey author of Rebuilding an Enlightened World  (author appearance)
Bill Ivey | 01/07/2019, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Author event with Bill Ivey, author of Rebuilding an Enlightened World  (author appearance)
Bill Ivey | 01/07/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Mike Fawer: From the Bronx to the Bayou  (author appearance)
Mike Fawer | 01/08/2019, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Mesha Maren presents Sugar Run with Mamone of Queer Appalachia and Electric Dirt  (author appearance)
Mesha Maren | 01/08/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Dave Eggers with Mohktar Alkanshali  (author appearance)
Dave Eggers | 01/09/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Herald Tribune Journalist Carrie Seidman in Conversation with Elsie Souza  (author appearance)
Carrie Seidman | 01/09/2019, 02:00 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Guneeta Singh Presents: Somatic Tools for Working with Trauma  (author appearance)
Guneeta Singh | 01/09/2019, 07:30 pm | Charis Books & More | Atlanta, GA

Dwayne Walls Jr. - Backstage at The Lost Colony  (author appearance)
Dwayne Walls | 01/09/2019, 05:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Lt. Col. Allen B. West (Ret.)  (author appearance)
Allen B. West | 01/10/2019, 06:00 am | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Charles D. Brown: Looking Back on Sodom  (author appearance)
Charles D. Brown | 01/10/2019, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Derby Gisclair - THE OLYMPIC CLUB OF NEW ORLEANS  (author appearance)
Derby Gisclair | 01/10/2019, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Holly Black discusses her new novel The Wicked King (@ CHPL)  (author appearance)
Holly Black | 01/10/2019, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Book Talk: Hank McGovern and Former Mayor Jennifer Roberts  (author appearance)
Hank McGovern | 01/10/2019, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Jeff Jackson - Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel (A Books & Beer Event at Crank Arm Brewing)  (author appearance)
Jeff Jackson | 01/10/2019, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Jeff Jackson - Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel (A Books & Beer Event at Crank Arm Brewing)  (author appearance)
Jeff Jackson | 01/10/2019, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Bill Haltom: Full Court Press  (author appearance)
Bill Haltom | 01/10/2019, 06:00 pm | novel. | Memphis, TN

Chigozie Obioma  (author appearance)
Chigozie Obioma | 01/11/2019, 07:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Joseph E. Uscinski  (author appearance)
Joseph E. Uscinski | 01/11/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Gale Massey - The Girl from Blind River  (author appearance)
Gail Massey | 01/11/2019, 06:00 pm | Midtown Reader | Tallahassee, FL

M.C.V. Egan Booksigning  (author appearance)
M.C.V. Egan | 01/11/2019, 07:00 pm | Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore | Delray Beach, FL

BRAD MELTZER, THE FIRST CONSPIRACY: THE SECRET PLOT TO KILL GEORGE WASHINGTON  (author appearance)
Brad Meltzer | 01/11/2019, 07:00 pm | Atlanta History Center | Atlanta, GA

Caroline Eubanks: THIS IS MY SOUTH: THE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE SOUTHERN STATES  (author appearance)
Caroline Eubanks | 01/11/2019, 06:30 pm | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

Mesha Maren discusses her debut novel Sugar Run  (author appearance)
Mesha Maren | 01/11/2019, 06:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Bryan Robinson launches #Chill in conversation with Maryedith Burrell  (author appearance)
Bryan Robinson | 01/11/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

YA author event with Holly Black, author of The Wicked King  (author appearance)
Holly Black | 01/11/2019, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Ruth Miller & Linda Lennon Authors of The Angel Oak Story  (author appearance)
Ruth Miller | 01/11/2019, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

YA author event with Holly Black, author of The Wicked King  (author appearance)
Holly Black | 01/11/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

 
Authors Round the South | www.authorsroundthesouth.com
 
 
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