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LADY BANKS COMMONPLACE BOOK
 
Week of January 10, 2019
 
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{The cure for the common cold.}
 
In which the students of a Johnson City School won't stop reading, two young women decide to create a black feminist nerd utopia (on wheels)-- and isn't it about time for that to happen? And her ladyship, the editor, by contrast, huddles under a blanket with a cup of hot tea and a stack of books in an attempt to ward off a winter cold.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Dearest Readers

 

What do you do when you are sick?

One of the inevitable results of a Southern "winter" (having grown up in Buffalo, NY, her ladyship, the editor, can't help but put the word in quotes) is that at some point the wild vacillations in temperatures -- nearly 70F one day, mid-30s the next -- will cause her ladyship to get sick. Today is one of those days.

Sick Day ReadingShe has a routine for such occasions. When she wakes with a scratchy throat and foggy, pounding skull, her ladyship sets extra pillows and blankets on the couch, puts a pot of soup to simmer on the stove, and places a tray near at hand with a bowl of oranges, a glass of juice, and a teapot filled with freshly brewed Earl Grey tea.

She sets a stack of books at her feet, crawls under the blankets, and refuses to come out for any other reason than to let the dogs in and out of the house.

These precautions always guarantee that the offending malaise never lasts longer than a couple days. The success of the routine is entirely dependent on the supply of tea, and the quality of the books:

 

Magnetic Girl  Atlas of Reds and Blues  Chill How Do We Look Slave Old Man

 

The better the reading, the shorter the winter cold.

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.
 

The Elephant in the Room

The slice of cheese is the color of the sun. I'm three or four years old, alone in the dirt yard of our little house on St. Simons Island, down on the Georgia coast, halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville. Next door is a kindergarten called Alice's Wonderland. Some older kids are over there playing kickball. They won't pay me any attention. So I go inside and open the fridge and grab a slice of individually wrapped processed American cheese -- waxy and square, yellow and orange, perfect and beautiful. I unwrap it and fold it into quarters so it will pass through the chain-link fence. I go back outside and now the kids notice me. A couple of them come over and take the pieces. One of them throws me the ball. We kick it back and forth over the fence until they have to go inside. Then I go back in to get a slice of my own.

From then on I knew: Food is connection, food is friendship, food is a certain kind of love.

...

We lived four blocks from the ocean in a house with a chartreuse fiberglass awning and a palm tree in the yard. Those years come back to me in smells. The salty funk of the breeze coming off of the marsh. The rotten-egg stench of the pulp mills from over on the mainland in Brunswick. The DDT from the mosquito truck that rode down our street at dusk, blowing clouds of bug poison from a nozzle in the truck bed.

And, most of all, the aroma of catfish frying in our kitchen. You could hand me a bushel of honeysuckle and it wouldn't smell as sweet as that grease in my mama's cast-iron pan.

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--Tommy Tomlinson, The Elephant in the Room (Simon & Schuster, 2019) 9781616206215

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


The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
Haunting. Mackintosh manages a new take on the unreliable narrator: at times the sisters don't know what to believe about their world and I so related to the spot-on depictions of sisterly devotion, even as the extremity of their lives what shocking and brutal.  Masterful and perfect for anyone who loved Red Clocks by Leni Zumas. 

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh ($25.95*, Doubleday), recommended by Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Wicked King by Holly Black
If like me, you devoured The Cruel Prince, it's impossible to begin this new installment without a fair amount of trepidation--and Holly Black does not disappoint. In this novel, the faerie world expands significantly and Jude's brilliant scheming must face the test of time and several new players. Jude remains an impressively fierce heroine, but she may have met her match...I really don't know how I'll survive the wait for book three!

The Wicked King by Holly Black ($19.99*, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), recommended by Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL.

 

 

 

 



The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
I read this madly in 24 hours and couldn’t put it down. The Winter of the Witch sees Vasya Petrovna come fully into her power in every dimension. Each volume in the Winternight Trilogy has been even more enthralling than the first, and this is a richly satisfying conclusion on so many levels, narratively, historically, romantically, and emotionally! It makes me want to start The Bear and the Nightingale all over again!

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden ($28.00*, Del Rey), recommended by Underground Books, Carrollton, GA.

 
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Monument"The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey have been named its newest Chancellors, an honorary position that has been held by some of the most distinguished poets in the United States, including W. H. Auden, John AshberyElizabeth BishopLucille CliftonYusef KomunyakaaAdrienne Rich, and Mark Strand. ."

keep reading: Natasha Trethewey named AAP Chancellor

 

"With the Durham Public Library under renovation until 2020 and the selections at local stores lacking, Gumbs and her counterparts decided to take action: The trio is transforming an Airstream trailer into what Gumbs called “a tiny, black feminist nerd utopia."

keep reading: Black Feminist Bookmobiles

 

Willa of the Wood"The students don't want to quit reading when we are doing the book study. They persuaded other teachers and students in our school to read them. Other teachers come into our room to do the book study with us. The P.E. teacher Mr. Watson always comes in during our Socratic seminars. He loves to hear the students' thoughts during the seminars. Mrs. Burgner was excited that some of her students found a love for reading for the first time with "Serafina."

keep reading: Robert Beatty gives books to Johnson City school 4th grade class

 

Amidst This Fading Light"I think that I couldn’t live without writing — and I don’t mean to sound over-dramatic. Writing is something that I am compelled to do."

keep reading: Writing the Southern Gothic

 

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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.

 

"Honest, heart-breaking, and affirming. This is not your run-of-the-mill diet book, or just someone crowing about their weight loss. It's an in-depth spiritual investigation of why and how a person becomes and stays fat. I also enjoyed reading about Tommy's career in newspapers and sports. He's such a gifted writer."

--Angela, Sunrise Books, High Point, NC

The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson In the tradition of Roxane Gay’s Hunger, a searing, honest, and candid exploration of what it’s like to live as a fat man, from acclaimed journalist Tommy Tomlinson, who decided he had to change his life as he neared the age of fifty weighing in at 460 pounds.

When he was almost fifty years old, Tommy Tomlinson weighed an astonishing—and dangerous—460 pounds, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, unable to climb a flight of stairs without having to catch his breath, or travel on an airplane without buying two seats. Raised in a family that loved food, he had been aware of the problem for years, seeing doctors and trying diets from the time he was a preteen. But nothing worked, and every time he tried to make a change, it didn’t go the way he planned—in fact, he wasn’t sure that he really wanted to change.



He was only one of millions of Americans struggling with weight, body image, and a relationship with food that puts them at major risk. Intimate and insightful, The Elephant in the Room is Tomlinson’s chronicle of meeting those people, taking the first steps towards health, and trying to understand how, as a nation, we got to this point. From buying a FitBit and setting an exercise goal to contemplating the Heart Attack Grill, America’s “capital of food porn,” and modifying his own diet, Tomlinson brings us along on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery that is a candid and sometimes brutal look at the everyday experience of being constantly aware of your size. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take—big and small—to lose weight by the end.

The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson
January 15, 2019 | Simon & Schuster | 9781501111617 | Buy

 

 

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Southern Indie Bestsellers
 

For the week ending January 7. 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. Nine Perfect Strangers
Liane Moriarty, Flatiron Books, $28.99, 9781250069825
4. There There
Tommy Orange, Knopf, $25.95, 9780525520375
5. Unsheltered
Barbara Kingsolver, Harper, $29.99, 9780062684561

 
HARDCOVER NONFICTION
 
1. Becoming
Michelle Obama, Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138
2. Educated
Tara Westover, Random House, $28, 9780399590504
3. The Point of It All
Charles Krauthammer, Crown Forum, $28, 9781984825483
4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Norton, $18.95, 9780393609394
5. The Fifth Risk
Michael Lewis, Norton, $26.95, 9781324002642
 
Special to the Southern List
 

A Well-Behaved Woman Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Press, $27.99,  Churchill: Walking with Destiny Andrew Roberts, Viking, $40, Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $17, On Tyranny Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, $8.99, 

 
 
 
FICTION of note
 

2. Where the Crawdads Sing
Delia Owens, Putnam, $26, 9780735219090
10. A Well-Behaved Woman

Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250095473
11. An American Marriage
Tayari Jones, Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616208776
13. Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Patti Callahan, Thomas Nelson, $25.99, 9780785224501
12. Rich People Problems
Kevin Kwan, Anchor, $16.95, 9780525432371

15. Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward, Scribner, $17, 9781501126079

 
NONFICTION of note
 
9. You Are a Badass Every Day
Jen Sincero, Viking, $20, 9780525561644
11. Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Andrew Roberts, Viking, $40, 9781101980996
14. Calypso

David Sedaris, Little Brown, $28, 9780316392389
12. Rich People Problems

Kevin Kwan, Anchor, $16.95, 9780525432371
9. Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

John Guy, Mariner, $17.99, 9781328638991
12. On Tyranny

Timothy Snyder, Tim Duggan Books, $8.99, 9780804190114
13. Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
Adrienne Maree Brown, AK Press, $16, 9781849352604
14. Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman, FSG, $17, 9780374533557
15. The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
Joan Chittister, BlueBridge, $13.95, 9781933346335

 
         
 
 
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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.
 

Tara Mulroy  (author appearance)
Tara Mulroy | 01/12/2019, 05:00 pm | Bookish: An Indie Shop for Folks Who Read | Fort Smith, AR

Brad Meltzer  (author appearance)
Brad Meltzer | 01/12/2019, 07:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

JENIPHER LYN Book Signing: Find Your Rainbow  (author appearance)
Jenipher Lyn | 01/12/2019, 11:00 am | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Brad Taylor presents Daughter Of War A Pike Logan Thriller  (author appearance)
Brad Taylor | 01/12/2019, 03:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Chris Bohjalian, The Flight attendant  (author appearance)
Chris Bohjalian | 01/12/2019, 01:00 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

TARI ROBINSON  (author appearance)
Tari Robinson | 01/12/2019, 01:00 pm | The Book Worm Bookstore | Powder Springs, GA

Bobby Sullivan Presents Revolutionary Threads with Orus Barker  (author appearance)
Bobby Sullivan | 01/12/2019, 03:00 pm | Firestorm Books & Coffee | Asheville, NC

Author event will Bill Brown author of The Cairns  (author appearance)
Bill Brown | 01/12/2019, 03:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Dana Trent: One Breath At a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation  (author appearance)
Dana Trent | 01/12/2019, 03:00 pm | The Country Bookshop | Southern Pines, NC

Author event with Bill Brown, author of The Cairns  (author appearance)
Bill Brown | 01/12/2019, 02:00 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Novel & Libro Present: Lit & Libations with Lyndsay Faye  (author appearance)
Lyndsay Faye | 01/12/2019, 06:00 pm | novel. | Memphis, TN

Chief Investigating Officer David Reichenbaugh On The Hunt for the Beltway Snipers  (author appearance)
David Reichenbaugh | 01/12/2019, 02:00 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Mac Barnett  (author appearance)
Mac Barnett | 01/13/2019, 02:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Lou Hernández  (author appearance)
Lou Hernández | 01/13/2019, 06:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Brad Meltzer presenting The First Conspiracy  (author appearance)
Brad Meltzer | 01/13/2019, 02:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Rory O'Neill Schmidt and Rosary Hartel O'Neill: New Orleans Voodoo: A Cultural History  (author appearance)
Rory O'Neill Schmidt | 01/13/2019, 02:30 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Tom Hansell presents After Coal  (author appearance)
Tom Hansell | 01/13/2019, 03:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Carlissa Shaw: Twenty Something  (author appearance)
Carlissa Shaw | 01/13/2019, 02:00 pm | novel. | Memphis, TN

Jamie Bernstein - "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein" Chat and Signing  (author appearance)
Jamie Bernstein | 01/14/2019, 05:30 pm | Bookstore 1 Sarasota | Sarasota, FL

Natasha Newton, Southern Keto  (author appearance)
Natasha Newton | 01/14/2019, 06:30 pm | FoxTale Book Shoppe | Woodstock, GA

Gene R. Nichol discusses his book The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina  (author appearance)
Gene R. Nichol | 01/14/2019, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright - Lola Dutch When I Grow Up  (author appearance)
Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright | 01/14/2019, 05:45 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright - Lola Dutch When I Grow Up  (author appearance)
Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright | 01/14/2019, 05:45 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

Preston Lauterbach with Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers  (author appearance)
Preston Lauterbach | 01/14/2019, 06:00 pm | novel. | Memphis, TN

F. W. Rustmann Jr.  (author appearance)
F. W. Rustmann Jr. | 01/15/2019, 06:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Kevin Curry  (author appearance)
Kevin Curry | 01/15/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Jen Sincero: You Are A Badass Everyday  (author appearance)
Jen Sincero | 01/15/2019, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Mike Fawer - FROM THE BRONX TO THE BAYOU  (author appearance)
Mike Fawer | 01/15/2019, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Preston Lauterbach with BLUFF CITY   (author appearance)
Preston Lauterbach | 01/15/2019, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Author Event: Tommy Tomlinson - Elephant in the Room  (author appearance)
Tommy Tomlinson | 01/15/2019, 07:00 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Children's book launch event with Greg Howard, author of The Whispers  (author appearance)
Greg Howard | 01/15/2019, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

In Conversation with Frye Gaillard  (author appearance)
Frye Gaillard | 01/15/2019, 07:00 pm | Hub City Books | Spartanburg, SC

Children's book launch event with Greg Howard, author of The Whispers  (author appearance)
Greg Howard | 01/15/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Sharon Koenig  (author appearance)
Sharon Koenig | 01/16/2019, 09:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Andrew Gross presents Button Man  (author appearance)
Andrew Gross | 01/16/2019, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Chef Jeanie Roland  (author appearance)
Jeanie Roland | 01/16/2019, 06:00 pm | Copperfish Books | Punta Gorda, FL

Mesha Maren with SUGAR RUN  (author appearance)
Mesha Maren | 01/16/2019, 05:00 pm | Square Books | Oxford, MS

Mesha Maren- Sugar Run  (author appearance)
Mesha Maren | 01/16/2019, 12:00 pm | Turnrow Books | Greenwood, MS

Michael Muhammad Knight discusses his book Muhammad: Forty   (author appearance)
Michael Muhammad Knight | 01/16/2019, 07:00 pm | Flyleaf Books | Chapel Hill, NC

Webb Hubbell presents The Eighteenth Green in conversation with Mark de Castrique  (author appearance)
Webb Hubbell | 01/16/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

Ketch Secor  (author appearance)
Ketch Secor | 01/16/2019, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

Spencer Wise & Bethany Ball @ B'Nai Zion Synagogue THE EMPEROR OF SHOES & WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SOLOMONS  (author appearance)
Bethany Ball | 01/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Books & Books at the Studios | Key West, FL

Alpesh Kantilal Patel  (author appearance)
Alpesh Kantilal Patel | 01/17/2019, 07:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Dani Shapiro  (author appearance)
Dani Shapiro | 01/17/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

TIM DORSEY Book Signing: No Sunscreen for the Dead  (author appearance)
Tim Dorsey | 01/17/2019, 06:30 pm | Inkwood Books | Tampa, FL

Larry Loftis presenting Code Name Lise  (author appearance)
Larry Loftis | 01/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Vero Beach Book Center | Vero Beach, FL

Writers at the Wrecking Bar - Soniah Kamal - Unmarriageable  (author appearance)
Soniah Kamal | 01/17/2019, 07:00 pm | A Cappella Books | Atlanta, GA

Mesha Maren: Sugar Run  (author appearance)
Mesha Maren | 01/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Mesha Maren: Sugar Run  (author appearance)
Mesha Maren | 01/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Garden District Book Shop | New Orleans, LA

Preston Lauterbach - BLUFF CITY: The Secret Life of Photographer Earnest Withers  (author appearance)
Preston Lauterbach | 01/17/2019, 06:00 pm | Octavia Books | New Orleans, LA

Author event with Amanda Flower and Kathleen Fuller  (author appearance)
Amanda Flower | 01/17/2019, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Tommy Tomlinson - The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America  (author appearance)
Tommy Tomlinson | 01/17/2019, 07:00 pm | Quail Ridge Books | Raleigh, NC

NPR Commentator and Award-Winning Essayist Marion Winik Presents Her Powerful Collection  (author appearance)
Marion Winik | 01/17/2019, 06:30 pm | Fountain Bookstore | Richmond, VA

Marie Benedict  (author appearance)
Marie Benedict | 01/18/2019, 06:00 pm | Page & Palette | Fairhope, AL

Caitlin Kunkel  (author appearance)
Caitlin Kunkel | 01/18/2019, 06:30 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Victoria Johnson  (author appearance)
Victoria Johnson | 01/18/2019, 08:00 pm | Books & Books, Inc. | Coral Gables, FL

Jen Sincero: THE BADASS BOOK TOUR @ The Foundry  (author appearance)
Jen Sincero | 01/18/2019, 07:00 am | Avid Bookshop | Athens, GA

M. K. England presents The Disasters in conversation with Beth Revis  (author appearance)
M.K. England | 01/18/2019, 06:00 pm | Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe | Asheville, NC

YA book launch event with Kristin Russell, author of A Sky For Us Alone  (author appearance)
Kristin Russell | 01/18/2019, 06:30 pm | Park Road Books | Charlotte, NC

Webb Hubbell Author of The Eighteenth Green  (author appearance)
Webb Hubbell | 01/18/2019, 11:00 am | Litchfield Books | Pawleys Island, SC

YA book launch event with Kristin Russell, author of A Sky For Us Alone  (author appearance)
Kristin Russell | 01/18/2019, 06:30 pm | Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN

Greg Howard- Whispers  (author appearance)
Greg Howard | 01/18/2019, 06:00 pm | Union Avenue Books | Knoxville, TN

 
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