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Okra Picks

Great Southern literature, as chosen by Southern indie booksellers.

The Gulf

The Making of An American Sea
By Jack E. Davis
Narrated by Tom Perkins /  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's... Read More »

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$34.49 USD

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I Miss You When I Blink

Essays
By Mary Laura Philpott
Narrated by Mary Laura Philpott /  6 hours 24 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!”

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$20.69 USD

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The Magnetic Girl

A Novel
By Jessica Handler
Narrated by Brittany Pressley & Andrew Eiden /  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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$22.94 USD

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Southern Lady Code

Essays
By Helen Ellis
Narrated by Helen Ellis /  3 hours 10 minutes

Southern Lady Code

“SOUTHERN LADY CODE is Southern Lady Code for the perfect essay collection. It's sharper than a shattered Christmas ornament, but an ornament with a sense of humor. You might cut yourself, but you'll laugh about it. Would I give just about anything to spend a Friday night at her apartment, drinking and puzzling? Why, yes. Yes, I would.”

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$21.00 USD

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Like Lions

A Novel
By Brian Panowich
Narrated by Brian Troxell /  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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$31.04 USD

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Publication Date: April 30, 2019

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

A Novel
By Kim Michele Richardson
Narrated by Katie Schorr /  9 hours 25 minutes

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything-everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most... Read More »

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$22.94 USD

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Publication Date: May 07, 2019

The Travelers

A Novel
By Regina Porter
Narrated by Bahni Turpin & Dominic Hoffman / 

The adventures of two families unfold and intertwine—across continents and generations, spanning the 1950s through Obama’s first year as president—in The Travelers, an absorbing tale of family, history, and the persistence of love.

Meet James Samuel Vincent, an affluent Manhattan attorney who shirks his modest Irish American background but hews... Read More »

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$31.50 USD

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Publication Date: June 18, 2019

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