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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.

Summer of Southern Women: The Awakening

M: Welcome back to the CHB Summer Book Club! Hopefully you are following along with #CHBSummer on our various social media (links below). Victoria and I are super excited to be highlighting southern women this summer and we wanted to kick it off with Kate Chopin's The Awakening. There has been a lot written about The Awakening (and indeed all of the books we are reading this summer have mountains of criticism behind them) and so my first question to you is, do you read introductory materials before beginning a classic novel or do you prefer to dive right in and make your own way?

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