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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“Quite aside from being one of our finest storytellers, in his first crime novel Chris Offutt reminds us as always of how much we’ve pushed The Southern Bookseller Review congratulates historian and journalist David Zucchino, who received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction for his book Wilmington’s Lie.

Next Thursday, June 17th, Chris Offutt will be joining Reader Meet Writer. His new novel, The Killing Hills, is a “debut” of sorts for the author. Zucchino appeared on the Reader Meet Writer series in January, shortly after his book was published in paperback. The book covers the events that lead up to, and the repercussions of what has been deemed the only successful coup in American history — The 1898 Race Massacre in Wilmington, North Carolina.

What booksellers have to say about Wilmington’s Lie:

Rosemary Pugliese from Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC:
“This is truly a book to shake your world view. To know violence could occur so openly in the U.S., and be fairly hidden for decades, is to begin to face how deeply ingrained racism is in our history – particularly in the South. Wilmington’s Lie is a “must read,” even as it sickens, shocks, and educates.”
Buy from Malaprop’s

Samantha Flynn from Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC:
“Zucchino brings the high standards of journalistic excellence for which he is known to this exposé of the despicable events of 1898. While there is much we may never know about that painful period, this book provides a long overdue insight into the “white supremacy” movement after Reconstruction, and the horrific treatment of black citizens by its proponents to achieve their ends.”
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More bookseller reviews at SBR:

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In this issue:
Bookseller Buzz: The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt
Reviews of The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo. Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng, Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon, Becoming Vanessa by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt

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