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2017 Okra Picks

Great Southern literature, as chosen by Southern indie booksellers.

The Last Ballad

A Novel
By Wiley Cash
Narrated by Karen White & Elizabeth Wiley /  14 hours 6 minutes

The Last Ballad

“Ella May has never had much of anything. She labors long hours in a textile mill in North Carolina trying to feed her four young children on nine dollars a week. When Ella sings one of her songs at a meeting of workers who are hoping to form a union, she finds herself something of a local celebrity. Written in beautifully evocative prose, this novel about bigotry and labor unrest in the 1930s exerts a powerful impact that pulls the reader into the vortex of the struggle for social justice. It deserves a place of honor in the canon of great Southern literature.”

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$32.19

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The Indigo Girl

A Novel
By Natasha Boyd
Narrated by Saskia Maarleveld /  10 hours 31 minutes

The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family's three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British, and with the Spanish in Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves... Read More »

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$22.94

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Hotel Scarface

Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami
By Roben Farzad
Narrated by Jonathan Davis /  9 hours 17 minutes

The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami’s cocaine cowboys heyday—and an inspiration for the blockbuster film, Scarface...

In the seventies, coke hit Miami with the full force of a hurricane, and no place attracted dealers and dopers like Coconut Grove’s Mutiny at Sailboat Bay. Hollywood royalty,... Read More »

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$21.00

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Dear Martin

By Nic Stone
Narrated by Dion Graham /  4 hours 32 minutes

"Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"Raw and gripping." –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys

"A must-read!” –ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry...
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$18.00

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The Bookshop at Water's End

By Patti Callahan Henry
Narrated by Andi Arndt, Lauren Fortgang, Shannon McManus & Dorothy Dillingham Blue /  10 hours 28 minutes

The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it...

Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they... Read More »

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$24.00

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The Almost Sisters

A Novel
By Joshilyn Jackson
Narrated by Joshilyn Jackson /  12 hours 39 minutes

If you enjoyed The Forever Summer, then you’ll love The Almost Sisters.

“Strong female lead and similarly charming big-city-to-small-town plot points.”

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$28.74

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Refugee

By Alan Gratz
7 hours 36 minutes

Refugee

“This book could not be more timely. At times heart-breaking and encouraging, the three narrators weave in the fictional stories of a refugee from Germany, from Cuba, and from Syria that show the echos of hope and hate that haunt the world time and again. For older children 10 and up who have questions about what they see on the news. Be prepared for a discussion.”

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A Kind of Freedom

A Novel
By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Narrated by Kevin Kenerly, Bahni Turpin & Adenrele Ojo /  8 hours 12 minutes

Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of black society, and when she falls for no-name Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves.In 1982, Evelyn’s daughter Jackie is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent... Read More »

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

A Novel
By Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk & Rutina Wesley /  8 hours 22 minutes

Sing, Unburied, Sing

“Sing, Unburied, Sing is a dark and gorgeous song of love and heartbreak, haunting and tragic and disorienting in its timelessness. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill anchors Ward's tale to Mississippi today, which is almost indistinguishable from its notorious yesterday, a present and past (ironically) made more alive in the novel by ghosts and where everyone suffers from the cancers of buried sins. On Jojo's 13th birthday, while Mam is dying and Pop struggles to keep everyone safe, Leonie plans a road trip to the prison to pick up Michael, Jojo and baby Kayla's father. It's The Odyssey meets the Delta blues meets William Faulkner and Toni Morrison and some ineffable something that is Jesmyn Ward's own magic.”

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$22.99

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The Hidden Light of Northern Fires

A Novel
By Daren Wang
Narrated by Robin Miles /  11 hours 29 minutes

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires

“In The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, a town on the Underground Railroad secedes from the Union after it becomes fractured by the politics of the American Civil War. As a huge geek on the subject, I'm often skeptical of historical fiction relating to it. While Wang's tale benefits from being based on truth, that is a moot point. His well-developed, very real characters and masterful writing are all that's needed for an incredible debut. Though a novel of the home front, it is nonetheless a war novel focusing on how conflict brings out the best and worst in people. It is one of the best works of historical fiction on the Civil War that I've ever read, and perhaps even that exists.”

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$31.04

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The Salt Line

By Holly Goddard Jones
Narrated by Hillary Huber /  15 hours 15 minutes

"Great, near-future sci-fi...A propulsive, character-driven thriller...I really love this book."—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity...
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$30.00

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