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.


Recommended reading from Tom H.

Local bookstores rarely make national news, and certainly don’t end up with one of those often hilarious mini-cinematic productions called “commercials” that many people prefer to watch instead of the game during the Super Bowl. But talk show host Stephen Colbert decided to rectify that omission this week and created a post-game commercial for Foggy Pine Books in Boone, North Carolina.

Yes, that is the voice of Sam Elliott that you hear advising you to “visit The Pine.” But of course, what any book lover really wants to know is what to read next. Here are the books that customer “Tom H.” was waving around in front of the camera:

The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester
War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan
1939: The Lost World of the Fair by David Gelernter
Swan Song 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich by Walter Kempowski

Foggy Pine Books posted to their Facebook page last week that they need to sell 1350 books a month to keep the doors open. They fell short in January. Thanks to Colbert, Sam Elliot, and Tom H. they are ahead of the game this month. Visit to order some the books Tom likes to read.

Or, because your own local bookshop also has a magic number of books they have to sell to stay in business, visit them instead.

In this issue:
Bookseller Buzz: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
Reviews of My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee, Four Lost Cities by Annalee Newitz, Just Our Luck by Julia Walton, What Could Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore, and The Project by Courtney Summers.

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