The Southern Bookseller Review brings you half a dozen great books to add to your already teetering bedside stack.  Recommended by Southern indie booksellers, in the belief that there is a book for every reader.


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The Southern Book Prize ballot will close on February 1st. Your vote enters you into a raffle to receive a full set of the SBP Finalists–fifteen books in all! Cast your ballot at

Can you guess which SBP Finalist books these bookseller reviews are about?

Civil and political history, culture, and legend combine to create a fantastical and horrifying story set in 1922 Southern United States, where a monstrous movement is spreading. This book was so compellingly vivid, thrilling, and powerful, and I’m so excited to pass along to readers. –Cat Chapman, Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

If Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Confederates in the Attic had a literary love child that somehow managed to be more strange than both of them put together, it would be this book. –Kelly Justice, Fountain Books, Richmond, VA

This might be my new favorite picture book! A wonderfully weird and completely hilarious story about the power of art and squids. –Zach Claypole White, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

This book was terrifying and vividly capturing. I had to put it down between chapters just to remind myself where I was. It’s also hysterical; I laughed so hard I scared my neighbor’s dog more than once. –Lizy Coale, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

A story of racial and cultural divide that is brilliantly narrated in a collective voice with the feel of a Greek chorus. This important and competently crafted tale will provide fodder for book clubs and community discussions for years to come. –Damita Nocton, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, SC

This is totally the queer Grease retelling you didn’t know you needed in your life. This book gave me all the feels…I laughed, I cried, I was angry… I very much recommend. –Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

In this issue:
Bookseller Buzz: A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
Reviews of Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert, Marsha Is Magnetic by Beth Ferry, Lorena Alvarez (Illus.), Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis, Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders, and The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

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