Fiction

Summer of Southern Women: To Kill a Mockingbird

We've been reading all summer, wading through awakenings, purple things, and even some blood with strangely wise qualities to finally make it to the inimitable and legendary Harper Lee. Michelle and I have just finished Lee's 55-year-old classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, and we're finally ready to discuss our thoughts and feelings on such a momentous book:

Summer of Southern Women: Wise Blood

We end our jaunt into the wild and weird world of Flannery O'Connor in the midst of Harper Lee fever with the recent release of Go Set a Watchman. But before we can dive into the book that everyone is talking about, Victoria and I first got together to discuss O'Connor and Wise Blood.

2015 SIBA Book Award Winners

The Southern Independent Bookseller's Alliance, or SIBA, choses six books each year from the best in southern literature. One title is chosen from each category: Children's, Young Adult, Cooking, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The titles are nominated by southern, independent booksellers (like me) and their customers (like you). While we are all reading globally, it is nice to have a regional minded award list compiled by the people who are at the forefront of localmindedness. I look forward to reading this year's SIBA award winners that I have not encountered yet.

SIBA Summer Okra Picks

Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks --great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one! The SIBA Okra picks offer a curated reading list for every season.

Here are this year's picks:

Summer of Southern Women: The Color Purple

We're back at the end of week two with another novel crossed off our list! Michelle and I have just  finished up Alice Walker's beautiful novel, The Color Purple, and we're ready to give our thoughts on this much-loved classic.

V: I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't always a happy book, but it gave me good feelings, mostly, to read it, if that makes any sense. The novel is filled to the brim with sayings, characters, and situations that make you think and make you reconsider your own viewpoint on life, and reading it was a wonderful experience.

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