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Great Southern literature, as chosen by Southern indie booksellers.

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The Gulf

The Making of An American Sea

By Jack E. Davis
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 20 hours 45 minutes

Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction—the tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic.

When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its "special kind of providence." Indeed, the Gulf presented itself as America' Read more »s...
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I Miss You When I Blink

Essays

By Mary Laura Philpott
Narrated by: Mary Laura Philpott
Length: 6 hours 5 minutes

I Miss You When I Blink

“Mary Laura Philpott writes about today’s American woman in her marvelously frank and witty book of essays, I Miss You When I Blink. Women of all ages will nod their heads when reading about the decision to have babies (or not), the pitfalls of volunteering, the difficulty of getting a cat out from under the bed, the reward of crossing things off ‘the list,’ the challenge of finding time for relaxation, and, above all, the acceleration of time as we age. Philpott shares pivotal moments from her life in such a relatable way that, through both laughter and tears, readers will exclaim, ‘Yes, yes, this is ME!’ Don’t miss this gem!”

Vault Books and Brew image Nancy Simpson-Brice, Vault Books and Brew
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The Magnetic Girl

A Novel

By Jessica Handler
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley & Andrew Eiden
Length: 9 hours 18 minutes

The Magnetic Girl

“We’ve known that Jessica Handler could write the heck out of a sentence since her moving account of surviving the deaths of her sisters in her memoir, Invisible Sisters. What we didn’t yet fully understand is the way that her nonfiction would prepare her so uniquely to write this strange and lovely book about a girl coming into her power — a feminist historical novel of grit and mystery. Handler knows from her own life that the flip side of grief and loss can sometimes be wonder and awe. What a pleasure to have her take us by the hand and show us that truth in the life of Lulu Hurst, who becomes a vaudeville star with ‘magical’ powers but yearns most to heal her little brother back at home.”

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Southern Lady Code

Essays

By Helen Ellis
Narrated by: Helen Ellis
Length: 3 hours 10 minutes

Southern Lady Code

“I had forgotten how to laugh, but after opening this book and starting to read, I couldn’t help myself—it just came bubbling up. What a wonderful thing it is to hold in your hands something that has the power to make one erupt with hoots and howls. Helen Ellis is a treasure and a gift from the gods; she tells it like it is in Southern lady speak and we love her all the more for the joy she has given us.”

Norwich Bookstore image Beth Reynolds, Norwich Bookstore
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Like Lions

A Novel

By Brian Panowich
Narrated by: Brian Troxell
Length: 9 hours 10 minutes

“Brian Panowich’s glorious return to Bull Mountain is another sprawling, brutal, no-holds-barred novel that held me in a death grip from page one until it kicked me out of the door with an ending I never saw coming.” — C.J. Box

A powerful follow up to multiple award-winning debut Bull Mountain.

Brian Panowich burst onto the crime fiction scene in... Read more »

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A Novel

By Kim Michele Richardson
Narrated by: Katie Schorr
Length: 9 hours 25 minutes

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

“Based on the true story of the Pack Horse Library Project which operated in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1930s and 40s, and inspired by the real life “blue people” of Kentucky (a family with a recessive gene that led to methemoglobinemia, a medical condition that turned skin blue), this historical fiction novel follows the life of Cussy Mary Carter - outcast for her blue skin, determined pack horse librarian. Written by a proud Kentuckian, everything from the dialect to the flora and fauna to the family dynamics is fiercely evocative of a time and place still visible today. ”

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The Travelers

A Novel

By Regina Porter
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin & Dominic Hoffman
Length: 11 hours 17 minutes

The Travelers

“Spanning over 50 years and the intersection of two centuries, The Travelers weaves together the stories of two families and in the process gives an incisive portrait of a country and society in the midst of massive social change. The author artfully moves back and forth in time as the stories emerge and converge, probing the dynamics of love and family and the bounds and conflicts inherent in both. This novel is the story of two families but universal in the America it portrays.”

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