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The Southern Bookseller Review 8/9/22

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The week of August 9, 2022

What independent bookstores mean to us

Matthew Quick

Recently one of our favorite book blogs, Advance Reading Copy, interviewed Outer Banks author Matthew Quick about his new novel, We Are the Light. At one point in the interview, Quick describes attending an author reading event (not his own) at his local bookstore, Downtown Books on Manteo Island, NC:

"As I watched and listened to authors of all ages proudly read from their novels and picture books and in one case a deceased spouse’s secret poetry stash, I was struck by how captivated the audience was. Everyone was standing—on concrete—for an hour, listening respectfully in 2021 to writers doing nothing more than reading aloud. People applauded generously. They did not seem restless. They were not looking at their phones. They seemed fully present and glad to be listening to local authors read on a Saturday morning. Shortly after the event began, I got a good tingling sensation in my body that reminded me of when I used to be a teacher of literature and my young students were fully participating—when they were supporting each other not for grades, but because they really were starting to believe in the necessary and transformative power of the written word."

Downtown Books

We often talk about the importance of independent bookstores to their communities. Perhaps people think of the role they play as small businesses, the local charities they donate to, the local authors they support. But what they are doing at the most fundamental level, is helping to grow a community of readers. Of people who believe in the transformative power of the written word.

"It’s tempting to focus on the transactional handselling aspect of the above story," Quick goes on to say, "Believe me, we are very grateful for the sales. But that Saturday morning when a small crowd willingly stood on unforgiving concrete for an hour to listen to local writers read—that’s a testament to the true power and beauty of the local bookshop. And I think we need that now more than ever."

Yes we do.

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We Are the Light

What Jamie Anderson of Downtown Books has to say about Matthew Quick’s new novel:

We Are the Light is the book we all need to be reading in 2022. In one headline after another we’ve been reading about mass shootings in our malls, our schools, our small towns, our communities… but what happens to those communities in the weeks, months, years after these tragedies occur- changing so many lives forever? Matthew Quick takes on this subject and explores the question through the eyes of Lucas Goodgame, a Christmas-time movie house shooting survivor who lost his wife, friends and neighbors in a scene that is all too familiar to us now- but shouldn’t be…We Are the Light is a book to read slowly, with big inhales, taking in every feeling of every character no matter how painful. It is a book everyone everywhere should be reading – because as we have been reminded all year, what happens in Quick’s book, in the little town of Majestic, PA, can happen anywhere. –Jamie Anderson, Downtown Books | BUY

And just in case you think she’s biases (she is, but in the best kind of way), here are what some other booksellers think:

Written as letters to Lucas’s Jungian analyst, We Are the Light is a moving story of love and hope in the midst of grief and despair, and how much of a difference loving support can make on a journey of healing. — Melissa Oates, Fiction-Addiction in Greenville, SC | BUY

Where do I begin? Matthew Quick’s We Are the Light is an extraordinary story that struck me to the core. This remarkable novel is overflowing with emotion…joy and despair, loneliness and hope — so, so much hope. It is an unforgettable, heartfelt tribute to the many ways in which our communities can lift us up and help us heal. –Anderson McKean, Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL | BUY


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Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger

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Fox Creek by William Kent Krueger
Atria Books / August 2022


More Reviews from Wordsworth Books

This fast-paced story is told through alternating perspectives of the hunters and the hunted as mercenaries seek a woman for reasons unknown to her, Cork and his wife. At the center of the story a wise and elderly healer helps the hunted survive in the Boundary Waters wilderness. Another great addition to the Cork O’Conner mystery series.

Reviewed by Lia Lent, Wordsworth Books in Little Rock, Arkansas



Bookseller Buzz

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Spotlight on: Shutter by Ramona Emerson

 

Ramona Emerson

It was important to me to share a contemporary story of a Navajo woman living today. Being Navajo is a small part; the book is about a woman and her work. That’s what’s different. It’s not about creating a Navajo persona, or about delegating myself to show a certain way of life for a woman. I have a responsibility to Navajo people, and to all people, to tell the truth. I want people to see that Navajos are dynamic and that they do a million different things. I show some of them.” –Ramona Emerson, Interview, Terrain.org

What booksellers are saying about Shutter

Shutter by Ramona Emerson
  • Rita Todacheene has seen ghosts since she was a child growing up in the Navajo Nation. Now a forensic photographer, Rita’s life is upended by these spirits seeking justice for their murders, while her friends and coworkers question her sanity. This thrilling mystery left me hoping to see more of Rita Todacheene in future novels. ―Lia Lent from Wordsworth Books in Little Rock, Arkansas
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  • I really enjoyed this story about an indigenous crime scene photographer who can see ghosts. Dark and atmospheric! I’ll recommend Shutter to mystery and psychological suspense readers. Loved the dual timeline of present day and main character’s childhood.
      ―Jessica Nock from Main Street Books in Davidson, North Carolina
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  • What a stunner! I couldn’t put down this story of a young Navajo forensic photographer in Albuquerque, New Mexico who can also communicate with the lost spirits of the dead. A mystery mixed with the myth and mysticism of the Navajo people with was a page turner that almost had me calling in sick to work because I wanted to read this from cover to cover, and almost did much to my boss’s chagrin.  ―Pete Mock from McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, North Carolina
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About Ramona Emerson

Ramona Emerson is a Diné writer and filmmaker originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She has a bachelor’s in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. After starting in forensic videography, she embarked upon a career as a photographer, writer, and editor. She is an Emmy nominee, a Sundance Native Lab Fellow, a Time-Warner Storyteller Fellow, a Tribeca All-Access Grantee and a WGBH Producer Fellow. In 2020, Emerson was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries for the State of New Mexico. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she and her husband, the producer Kelly Byars, run their production company Reel Indian Pictures. Shutter is her first novel.

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Sugar and Salt by Susan Wiggs

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Sugar and Salt by Susan Wiggs
William Morrow / July 2022


More Reviews from Bookmiser

I so enjoyed reading this book. The story centers around Margie Slinas/Margo Salton and jumps from present to past to see how Margie evolved into a first rate barbecue chef named Margot. She decides to open a barbecue restaurant and names it Salt. Margot shares the building with a bakery named Sugar. She begins a relationship with one of the owners, Jerome. As their relationship progresses and Margot starts to fall in love with Jerome, she know it’s time to tell him about her past as Marjorie Salinas. While some of the parts of the book were a bit rough, it was a great story filled with love and redemption.

Reviewed by Pam Crawford, Bookmiser in Marietta, Georgia



Flip It Like This! by David Hayward,

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Flip It Like This! by David Hayward
Broadleaf Books / July 2022


More Reviews from Fiction Addiction

David Hayward, @NakedPastor, has brought his wit, his artistic skill, and his frankness into Flip It Like This! This book is for anyone who has ever questioned their faith, been undermined by their experiences, or turned away because of who they are. Within these simple pages holds the passion and love of an artist that is screaming out: I See you and I love you.

Reviewed by Gretchen Shuler, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldy Moldavsky

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Lord of the Fly Fest by Goldy Moldavsky
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) / August 2022


More Reviews from Fountain Bookstore

A modern retelling of Lord of the Flies, set in a trash fire of a hipster festival? YES PLEASE. Rafi is a true-crime podcaster on the trail of a hot story who finagles tickets to the exclusive Fly Fest. The headliner is an adored indie musician who may have had something to do with the mysterious disappearance of his first girlfriend and Rafi is determined to get to the bottom of the case. Arriving on the island, hordes of spoiled influencers realize they’ve been set up – there is no food, no shelter, and (gasp!) no wifi! Can they all get out safely? Can Rafi uncover River Stone’s secrets? Can they survive without the constant reassurance of IG likes? Moldavsky has crafted an ingenious update on a classic mini-society gone wrong and I loved every second of it.

Reviewed by Andrea Richardson, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back by Jonathan Stutzman

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The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back by Jonathan Stutzman
Candlewick / August 2022


More Reviews from Books and Books

Whimsical and sweet, The Mouse Who Carried a House on His Back is about acts of kindness and generosity. Beautifully illustrated, and written like a classic fable, this one will make a lovely read-aloud and gift. We should all be so lucky to come across the mouse with boots on his feet, a hat on his head, and a house on his back when we’re in need.

Reviewed by Cristina Russell, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida

Silk Hills by Ryan Ferrier

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Silk Hills by Ryan Ferrier
Oni Press / June 2022


More Reviews from Foggy Pine Books

Something weird is happening in Silk Hills and it’s not just the local obsession with Mothman. However, the unique, hallucination inducing moths that are native to this region of Appalachia are central to the story & the eccentric researcher who studies them assists our main character, Beth, who has been hired to find a missing man. Absolutely nothing goes to plan though and there’s more hiding in these hills than Beth was counting on. Fans of The X-Files will really enjoy this graphic novel & I really appreciated the Appalachian setting. I’d love to see more from these authors & artists!

Reviewed by Max Ruthless, Foggy Pine Books in Boone, North Carolina

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Stories from The Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana

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Stories from The Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana
 Riverhead Books / August 2022


More Reviews from Avid Bookshop

An August 2022 Read This Next! Title

Sidik Fofana’s first book is a series of connected stories written from the perspectives of the tenants of a residential building in Harlem. The chapters in Stories From the Tenants Downstairs are solely unique as each tenant’s struggles with rising rent cause different outcomes and each person tells their story in different formats and styles. This book shines a light on what millions of Americans are experiencing today: the exhausting, funny, desperate, and hopeful human experience.

Reviewed by Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

Southern Bestsellers

What’s popular this week with Southern Readers.

Portrait of an Unknown Woman Leadership: Six Studies in the World Strategy Ugly Love
This is Your Mind on Plants Mister Seahorse

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Parting Thought

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.”
– Isabel Allende

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The Southern Bookseller Review 8/2/22

The Southern Bookseller Review Newsletter for the week of August 2, 2022

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The Summer Reading List

Barack Obama's Summer Reading List

Last week former President Barack Obama let people know what books were on his summer reading list. It always makes booksellers happy to see it, because it is always an interesting list and usually includes some of the books they have also been reading and giving to their customers. Here is what southern booksellers have to say about some of the books on this year’s list:

A Little Devil in America : In Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib
Anything new by Hanif Abdurraqib is something to celebrate. He’s quickly become one of my favorite writers. This one made me laugh, it made me angry, it made me think, and it made me look up old clips from Soul Train on YouTube.
–Chelsea Bauer at union ave books in Knoxville, Tennessee | Buy

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
I cannot stop thinking about it. A dystopian reality that is just close enough to the way our society judges mothers makes this novel even more of a mind bender.  In a society where women only exist in relation to their children, what happens when their children are taken away? The School for Good Mothers evoked a strong emotional response, as the best novels do, and would be a perfect book club pick!
–Jessica Nock at Main Street Books in Davidson, North Carolina | Buy

The Family Chao : A Novel by Lan Samantha Chang
I really enjoyed this! It had a sort of a Corrections kind of feel to it with the whole dysfunctional family thing going on except here it’s more of a cultural mis-assimilation as much as anything else and it really yanks at the heart strings. So well written, so smooth construct, this will be a good one to help cure the winter time blues.
–Pete Mock in McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, North Carolina | Buy

The Candy House : A Novel by Jennifer Egan
I loved this novel. As soon as I finished reading Jennifer Egan‘s The Candy House, I went back to page one to see how she pulled off this intricate magic trick. Five stars.
–Janet Geddis in Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia | Buy

Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson
What a fun read! Framed as a conversation, this is a riveting tale of a person’s life, and how a single decision can change everything. It made me feel tense, introspective, and annoyed at the main character (at times). Very well crafted, and had a really wonderful last sentence that changed the book’s meaning.
– Daniel Jordan in Pearl’s Books in Fayetteville, Arkansas | Buy

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Recommended by Southern indies…

Die Around Sundown by Mark Pryor

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Die Around Sundown by Mark Pryor
Riverhead Books / August 2022


More Reviews from Copperfish Books

I became a fan of Mark Pryor after reading The Bookseller (and subsequent books) and meeting his protagonist, Hugo Marston. So, what a surprise to be introduced to a new protagonist, Inspector Henri Lefort. Occupied Paris in 1940 was a Nazi nightmare, but even worse, the murder of an SS officer could not be tolerated by "the enemy." The storyline bends and twists while the Inspector has been given 5 days to solve the murder…"or else." The Inspector, with his dry sense of humor, along with the characters (including Pablo Picasso) introduced as the story unfolds, help to create an intriguing mystery. Truly enjoyed the book!

Reviewed by Karen Solar, Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida



Bookseller Buzz

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Spotlight on: The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

 

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I love genre fiction, and I love horror. Poor horror gets treated like the cousin we don’t talk about. He doesn’t get invited to dinner. On the one hand, I joke that the industry that gave us  Crabs: The Human Sacrifice—please look up the 1988 cover of that book—can’t be taken very seriously after going there. And the horror boom of the ’80s produced plenty of dreck. But between possessed children and sewer mutants, there’s sometimes a space to touch on something special and no less poignant than a realistic drama. It’s the space of shadows on the wall that we stared at before we went to sleep when we were children and the frightful darkness around a campfire.” –Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Interview, Pen America

What booksellers are saying about The Daughter of Doctor Moreau

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Carlota loves her life in Yaxaktun, nestled in the jungles of Yucatan. She is a devoted daughter, even though her God-complex having mad scientist father is raising animal-human hybrids to work the lands of the Hacienda. Unfortunately, Carlota soon finds out that she is on borrowed time and borrowed land. Carlota must wrestle with being a good daughter and doing what she knows is right. Also, the author did her research! Moreno-Garcia weaves the history of the Caste War of Yucatan as well Yucatec Mayan language and myths into a beautiful story. ―Kate Smith from Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews in Chapel Hill, NC
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  • I don’t even know what to compare this book to, it’s just so incredibly unique and wonderful. Yes, it is a reimagining of a classic, but it’s by a WoC about a WoC, where the villain is now white men impeding in Native spaces, and the horror that always follows, inflicted upon the native people and the land. Silvia’s words are sweeping and yet calculated, crafting a dreamy affair where so-called monsters are more human than the actual humans are. Readers who were obsessed with Gods of Jade and Shadow will devour this book!
      ―Caitlyn Vanorder from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC
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  • Drawing inspiration from the famous HG Wells novel, Moreno-Garcia has penned a novel that defies genre, mixing elements of historical fiction and sci-fi with a dash of romance. The heroine’s character development from obedient daughter to independent badass was particularly enrapturing, as was the role of the hybrids. I early await Moreno-Garcia’s next project.  ―Chelsea Stringfield from Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee
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About Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of the novels Velvet Was the NightMexican GothicGods of Jade and Shadow, and a bunch of other books. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award–winning She Walks in Shadows (a.k.a. Cthulhu’s Daughters). She has been nominated for the Locus Award for her work as an editor and has won the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award for her work as a novelist.

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Accomplished by Amanda Quain

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Accomplished by Amanda Quain
Wednesday Books / July 2022


More Reviews from Fiction Addiction

We all know about Lizzie Bennet and Darcy — but what about Darcy’s sister, Georgiana, and her sordid history with Wickham? If you’re a Pride and Prejudice fan, you’ll recognize several characters in this contemporary spin, but Georgiana Darcy gets the main character treatment. She has to deal with what Wickham did last year that almost got her expelled from prestigious boarding school Pemberley, a brother who’s both more and less absent than he should be, and everyone in school hating her for various reasons. Her one saving grace is her band friend Avery, who is the only one who doesn’t treat her as an outcast and so might be able to help her with her mission to get her life back on track. A fun take on Pride and Prejudice that is familiar enough to be enticing but new enough to keep your attention.

Reviewed by Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina



Rooster Fighter, Vol. 1 by Shu Sakuratani,

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Rooster Fighter, Vol. 1 by Shu Sakuratani
VIZ Media LLC / August 2022


More Reviews from The Haunted Book Shop

Rooster Fighter is a mad little manga about a rooster who kills demons. This inherently silly premise is played straight and hilariously so–the art and the fights are often epic and without gags: The gag is the premise itself. It’s a wonderful manga for people who don’t take things too seriously. Or keep chickens..

Reviewed by Alex Mcleod, The Haunted Book Shop in Mobile, Alabama

This Story Will Change by Elizabeth Crane

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This Story Will Change by Elizabeth Crane
Counterpoint / August 2022


More Reviews from Bookmiser

“I thought we were going to grow old together, take care of each other.” The author Elizabeth Crane has been married for fifteen years and one day her husband tells her he isn’t happy. We ride with her on this winding story to see every turn in their lives and how it ended with this terrible pain. Truth is in every word of this memoir. Who doesn’t plan and hope for a happy ending when beginning a marriage? Elizabeth Crane reveals the honest painful truth that can be at the end of a relationship. Never has an ending of a marriage been told with more honest and heartbreaking TRUTH. She gets a new tattoo with just the word love. and writes “I still believe in it. sometimes like Santa. but I do.” Everyone who either hopes for a marriage or been in love and lost or longs for a partner could feel much of the truth in this too painfully unforgettable wise tale.

Reviewed by Nancy Pierce, Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia

Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo

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Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo
HarperAlley / August 2022


More Reviews from Story on the Square

I love dark academia. My love for it started with Harry Potter as a child and has only grown since then. I was delighted to dive into a school of witches and warlocks that’s brimming diversity opposed to the same old tired tropes. When her friend Noreen goes missing in the cursed forest, Abigail will stop at nothing to unwrap the truth and save her mentee. The art is beautiful. This is going to be the perfect recommendation for Halloween and beyond!

Reviewed by Katlin Kerrison, Story on the Square in McDonough, Georgia

J.R. Silver Writes Her World by Melissa Dassori

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J.R. Silver Writes Her World by Melissa Dassori
Christy Ottaviano Books / July 2022


More Reviews from E. Shaver, Bookseller

Take a Mary Poppins-esque teacher who definitely knows more than she’s letting on, her inherited collection of seemingly magical New Yorker covers that are supposed to inspire creative writing projects, and a pair of best friends whose friendship is changing as they start middle school and you’ve got J.R. Silver Writes Her World. I loved all the little nods in here to “From the Mixed-Up Files” and the Met.

Reviewed by Melissa Taylor, E. Shaver, Bookseller in Savannah, Georgia

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Books on the horizon: Forthcoming favorites from Southern indies…

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

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The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
 Riverhead Books / August 2022


More Reviews from Fountain Bookstore

An August 2022 Read This Next! Title

This book is a tiny surprise of literary magic. A kafkaesque yet simple premise: our main man Anders wakes up no longer white, but a deep brown color. His mind is the same but his body is new, and he’s not the only one whos gone through this change. I knew going in that race would be the main theme in this, but the way it’s handled is so perfect and timely. Along with that are themes of death/grief and family, which I was not expecting but added perfect and honest touches to this almost surreal book. Mohsin Hamid knows how to do fiction that creeps up on you and just takes your breath away completely, and im here for it.

Reviewed by Grace Sullivan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

Southern Bestsellers

What’s popular this week with Southern Readers.

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau An Immense World Book Lovers
The Bomber Mafia The Moon

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Parting Thought

“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.”
– Anna Quindlen

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The Southern Bookseller Review 7/26/22

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What to read in August

Read This Next! for August

A preview of Read This Next!

SBR receives about a hundred reviews from booksellers every week–some about new books, some about rediscovered older books, some about the books everyone is hearing about, and many many about the books booksellers wish everyone was hearing about.

When SBR receives several reviews for the same book, we say the book has "buzz." Books with bookseller buzz have their own category on the website and there is always one highlighted in the weekly newsletter.

When SBR receives many reviews for the same book, it gets added to the Read This Next! list — a monthly list of five books receiving especially enthusiastic and excited buzz from booksellers.

The August Read This Next! will be published August 1st, but here is a sneak peak of what’s on the list. :

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana
A series of connected stories written from the perspectives of the tenants of a residential building in Harlem. Each person tells their story in different, unique ways. This book shines a light on the exhausting, funny, desperate, and hopeful human experience.
–Rachel Watkins at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA | Buy

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood
Badass woman in science, CHECK. STEM setting with real life issues, CHECK. Huge, hot, *secretly pining* fellow scientist with off-the-charts chemistry with said badass woman in science, CHECK. We have all the components of another supremely satisfying steamy STEM romance by Ali Hazelwood.
–Megan Bell at Underground Books in Carrollton, GA | Buy

My Pet Feet by Josh Funk, Billy Yong (illus.)
Giggle. Tee-hee. Scrabblers, grab a pencil, puzzlers, get your puz-mug on, My Pet Feet is a feat of genius, Inspired by Letterman, a 1970s PBS educational show called The Electric Company, this book follows a child through the day as the world goes topsy-turvy, letter by letter.
–Jilleen Moore in Square Books in Oxford, MS | Buy

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
A poignant tale of wounded souls and their accompanying ghosts finding each other. Tinged with magic, interlaced with loss and longing, each character’s story unfolds in layers creating an intricate puzzle that teases and delights. A must read for fans of magical realism.
–Jan Blodgett in Main Street Books in Davidson, NC | Buy

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
This book is a tiny surprise of literary magic. A kafkaesque yet simple premise: our main man Anders wakes up no longer white, but a deep brown color. His mind is the same but his body is new. Mohsin Hamid knows how to do fiction that creeps up on you and just takes your breath away completely.
– Grace Sullivan in Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA | Buy

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Riverhead Books / August 2022


More Reviews from Flyleaf Books

Here’s how you take a great sin–maybe The great sin–and particularize it so that our minds can grasp it. The Germans and the British and the Portuguese and the Dutch (and now, of course, the US and China and ad nauseam)–all of these governments have, at one time or another, wanted to get their hands on Africa–really get in there–all the way in–and do what they want to it. Gurnah and his magical Nobel Prize-winning pen tells us the story of a family battered by the complexities of colonialism and their risings and fallings and re-risings. Deep, satisfying, horrifying, wonderful.

Reviewed by Erica Eisdorfer, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina



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Spotlight on: Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey

 

Sarah Gailey

I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes something scary. I think that there’s a lot to be said for danger, for the unknown, for hostility to life. Crocodiles are scary because they want to eat you. The dark is scary because it wants to hide things from you. Outer space is scary because it wants nothing from you at all, it is not even aware of you, and yet it can take everything from you with less conscious effort than you and I spend on a heartbeat. But the scariest thing, I think, is not a thing but a place; that place isn’t really a place so much as a relationship. The scariest thing is the space under your bed.” –Sarah Gailey, Letter to readers

What booksellers are saying about Just Like Home

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark
  • Just Like Home is a splendidly twisted story that left me both delighted and disturbed in equal measure. Sarah Gailey checked all of the boxes with this one, and I couldn’t be happier. ―Kassie Weeks from Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida
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  • Sarah Gailey leaned all the way into the truism that haunted house stories are a way to talk about how horrifying domesticity can be. How families can be a confusion of unkindness and violence and complicity. How home isn’t always something safe (that last one is something Gailey especially makes haunting amoeba strips from). Gorgeous; dark, and glistening. Like soul chemotherapy.
      ―Kyra Rathmann from Letters Bookshop in Durham, NC
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  • Home is not always where the heart is! Gailey terrifies and amazes with the tale of Vera, who has been summoned back to her childhood home to watch her mother fade away from cancer. The old house is full of memories of Vera’s serial killer father and has become a shrine to his crimes, visited by gawkers, crime writers, and artists who want to get into the wicked mindset of a killer. Vera swore never to return but she just can’t escape the pull of home – and all that it contains. This is chilling and impossible to put down!  ―Andrea Richardson from Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia
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  • Sarah Gailey’s books are wildly imaginative and addictive. Just Like Home is a deeply twisted horror novel about the Crowder family and the symbiotic relationship they have with their house. The horror of the story lies in facts (Vera knows that her father was a serial killer) and in things too disturbing to be real (is there something living under Vera’s bed?) Where reality and the supernatural meet is the brilliance of this novel.  ―Jamie Southern from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, South Carolina
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About Sarah Gailey

Hugo Award Winner and Bestselling author Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe. Their short fiction credits include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula award finalist. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published in 2019. Their most recent novel, The Echo Wife, is available now. You can find links to their work at sarahgailey.com and on social media at @gaileyfrey.

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We’re Not Broken by Eric Garcia

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We’re Not Broken by Eric Garcia
Harvest / August 2022


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As a neurotypical person, I learned so much from We’re Not Broken. Given that Eric is a reporter for a living, it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is such a well-researched book. The author is also a friend, and I’m so proud of this fantastic book he’s written — not only for bravely telling his story, but also for, as he writes in the book, bringing as many autistic people along with him as he can.

Reviewed by Emily Liner, Friendly City Books in Columbus, Mississippi



A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows,

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A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows
Tor Books / July 2022


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The closeted son of a nobleman has his life completely up-ended in one day. After being informed of his betrothal to a noblewoman of a neighboring country to cement a trade alliance, Val is forcibly outed by his abusive ex-lover in the worst possible way. Fortunately for him, the neighboring country is much more accepting than his own and the ambassador’s response to this new information is to switch Val’s intended marriage partner to the brother of the previous woman. The story from there unfolds on two plot lines: the very sweet romance between Val and his husband-to-be and the very bloody political intrigue that erupts due to objections to the political alliance their marriage represents. Overall excellent and I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Kelly McLeod, The Haunted Book Shop in Mobile, Alabama

How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez

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How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) by Cristina Fernandez
Katherine Tegen Books / August 2022


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This was a fabulous debut! The main character was obnoxious but in an eventually relatable way that you come to love by the end. She’s a strong woman who makes good decisions for herself. The supporting characters were charming. The college campus setting was really inviting. But the greatest thing was the references. SO MANY GOOD REFERENCES! When one of the characters goes to the hospital and is in Room 616 I had to stop reading for a minute because it was just too good.

Reviewed by Lizzy Nanney, Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina

Everything in Its Place by Pauline David-Sax

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Everything in Its Place by Pauline David-Sax
Doubleday Books for Young Readers / July 2022


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This is a quiet and sweet story that’s perfect for readers of all ages; it truly feels like a picture book for any reader. It perfectly captures the way books can cure loneliness. I loved the combination of collage and colored-pencil illustrations.

Reviewed by Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Mimi and the Cutie Catastrophe: A Graphix Chapters Book (Mimi #1) by Shauna J. Grant

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Mimi and the Cutie Catastrophe: A Graphix Chapters Book (Mimi #1) by Shauna J. Grant
Doubleday Books for Young Readers / July 2022


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Cuteness explosion! This precious kid’s graphic novel follows gap-toothed, pigtails-wearing Mimi and her magical toy dog Penelope. Mimi is all things cute, yellow rain boots, pink tutus, and bows and hearts and she loves it! Until it starts to get in the way, you can’t be cute and help, you can’t be cute and get messy when you play, and Mimi has had enough of the cute! Her solution? Become a superhero of course! Can Mimi prove everyone wrong and show that you can be cute and also be the best superhero in the universe?

Reviewed by Grace Sullivan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

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The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser

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The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser
 Doubleday / July 2022


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This book! I loved it! Hauser made me feel less alone in the world, with her wit and frank yet conversational tone, she lets the reader know that life is messy and doesn’t always go as planned, and not only is that ok, it can be wonderful.

Reviewed by Jessica Osborne, E. Shaver bookseller in Savannah, Georgia

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Parting Thought

“What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!”
– Thomas Babington Macaulay

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The Southern Bookseller Review 7/19/22

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The week of July 19, 2022

SBR goes graphic.Illustration from Crumbs by Danie Stirling

Since its launch a year and a half ago, The Southern Bookseller Review has has followed a regular pattern in the reviews published in each issue: six book reviews and one "book buzz" feature per newsletter. This month, it has increased its reviews to seven: two fiction titles, one nonfiction, young adult, and children’s book, and one spotlight on a "Read This Next!" book (newly published books with exceptionally enthusiastic bookseller support). To that list has been added a new genre: one review of a graphic novel.

Graphic novels are one of the fastest-growing and most innovative literary genres, and publish some of the most creative and well-written storytelling for readers of any age. More to the point from the perspective of SBR, booksellers love them. Reviews of books tagged "Comics & Graphic Novels" have become the fastest rising genre at SBR in 2022.

The week’s graphic novel review is for Crumbs by Danie Stirling (an interior illustration can be seen above), of which Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC says "What could be better than first loves, witchy powers, and magical bakeries?"

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Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah

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Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
Algonquin Books / July 2022


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A compelling book about how our family shapes how we are seen and who we become. Touching on themes of generational trauma, poverty, a feeling of belonging and family conflict, this story focuses on the life of Ever, told through generations of his Cherokee, Kiowa and Mexican family members. Honest and powerful, great storytelling.

Reviewed by Jennifer Privitera, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina



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Spotlight on: Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

 

Alice Elliott Dark

I love to read in the tub, but I easily fall asleep and end up with a soggy bloated creature rather than a legible book. This works out well for the authors, as I always go buy another copy.” –Alice Elliott Dark, interview, New York Times

What booksellers are saying about Fellowship Point

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark
  • Oh how I loved Fellowship Point! Alice Elliott Dark has penned an immersive family saga spanning the lifelong friendship of Polly and Agnes, two fascinating women whose lives have taken them on very different paths. When a myriad of buried memories and secrets emerge, their loyalties are tested beyond measure. Filled with lyrical prose that just sinks into your pores, this is a captivating novel to savor and share! ―Anderson McKean from Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL
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  • Fellowship Point reads like an Edith Wharton novel set in the 21st century. This beautifully-crafted saga of two old friends discovering new facets of each other, and themselves, is completely absorbing, good for the soul, and as bracing as a coastal breeze in Maine.   ―Maggie Robe from Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC
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  • Agnes and Polly share a decades long friendship even though they each lead very different lives. At the center of the friendship is a love for Fellowship Point, a family camp in Maine. Both women enjoy the escape that the enclave represents and feel a duty to protect both the environment and the secrets that are held there…This is a book that examines the strength of friendship and family and the secrets that are kept by both.  ―Mary Jane Michels from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
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  • “…your sentences…Many made my heart lurch, and I paused to stand under the waterfall of your words.” Alice Elliot Dark wrote these words as a character is describing an author, but I find them perfectly describing the writing of this gifted author of Fellowship Point. I am sad right now that I have finished these 592 pages as I don’t want to leave this complete world of Agnes, Polly, and Maud.   ―Nancy Pierce from Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, GA
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About Alice Elliott Dark

Alice Elliott Dark is the author Think of England and two collections of short stories, In the Gloaming and Naked to the Waist. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerHarper’sThe New York Times, Best American Short Stories,and O. Henry: Prize Stories, among othersHer award-winning story “In the Gloaming” was made into two films. Dark is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is an Associate Professor at Rutgers-Newark in the MFA program.

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Do the Work! by W. Kamau Bell

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Do the Work! by W. Kamau Bell
Workman Publishing Company / July 2022


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I’ve been a W. Kamau Bell fan for a while, so seeing that this book was coming was really exciting! It delivers exactly the combination of smart racial commentary and screwball energy that he brings to his comedy, packaged in endearing cartoons, graphics, and even activities like Mad Libs and crosswords. The informational parts of the book are well-cited with great further reading recommendations and benefit greatly from the conversational form between Bell and co-author Kate Schatz, both of whom are very good at maintaining levity while getting their points across crystal clear. This would be an excellent gift!

Reviewed by Akil Guruparan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia



Flash Fire by TJ Klune

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Flash Fire by TJ Klune
Tor Teen / July 2022


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Nick has gone from writing about an Extraordinary boyfriend to actually having one, and is the best thing ever. Except now more Extraordinaries are showing up in Nova City, and of course it’s up to Nick and his friends (old and new; just wait until you meet Miss Conduct!) to figure out what’s going on and who are good guys and who are bad guys. Not to mention all the family secrets that Nick is uncovering. I love Nick so much, in all his awkward glory, and this book just cements that. If you haven’t read The Extraordinaries yet, do that, then run right out and get Flash Fire, because it is just as good.

Reviewed by Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

Hawk Mountain by Conner Habib

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Hawk Mountain by Conner Habib
W. W. Norton & Company / July 2022


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Hawk Mountain is a meditation on how toxic masculinity can lead to trauma and how that trauma can manifest itself into violence & horror. Additionally, Habib points to the manner in which consequences of our actions can cycle through generations as well and he does so with propulsive prose that continually ratchets up the tension with every page. This novel is pure psychological horror and it takes gaslighting to a whole new level of craziness that is tough to witness, but impossible to look away from.

Reviewed by Stuart McCommon, Novel. in Memphis, Tennessee

A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall

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Life Ceremony by Say aka Murat
Greenwillow Books / July 2022


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One determined witch, several unflappable frogs, and a jar of emergency pickles – who knew this was the recipe for pure picture book brilliance?

Reviewed by Elese Stutts, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Crumbs by Danie Stirling

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Crumbs by Danie Stirling
Clarion Books / July 2022


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This graphic novel is absolutely adorable! What could be better than first loves, witchy powers, and magical bakeries? Ray is such a sweet and relatable protagonist, and I found myself rooting for her wholeheartedly throughout the book. At its core, Crumbs is a novel about self empowerment and the importance of personal choice– I loved it!

Reviewed by Jessica Baker, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Berry Song by Michaela Goade

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Berry Song by Michaela Goade
 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / July 2022


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This beautiful ode to family and land and the indelible connection between them is a delight to read. Rhythmic text and soft, bright illustrations bring the foraging Tlingit family’s love for each other and the land they inhabit to vivid life. Berry Song is full of love, gratitude, and reciprocity, and is an essential book for all ages.

Reviewed by Hannah DeCamp from Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

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Parting Thought

“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”
– Alberto Manguel

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The Southern Bookseller Review: Summer Reading

The Southern Bookseller Review: Summer Reading, July, 2022

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July, 2022

Summer Reading

Summer Reading, books to take you away

This special edition of The Southern Bookseller Review celebrates the joys of summer reading; the books we stuff in our beach bags, read in our hammocks, squirrel away in our packs to have ready whenever we need to be transported to someplace wonderful.

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world. ” -Voltaire

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In praise of the stories that transport us

Back to the Prairie by Melissa Gilbert

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Back to the Prairie by Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield (foreword)
Gallery Books / May 2022


“There is no better pillow than one filled with hope and dreams.” writes Melissa Gilbert (the Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Wilder) as she relates the latest years of her story of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. The reader will travel with Melissa as she transitions from dyed red hair and designer wear to granny gray hair and comfortable clothes. We meet her family and her husband Timothy Busfield as they decide on buying and living in a Catskills area ramshackle cabin/cottage (cabbage) and the struggles and work that go into their new home. We experience her pain and surgeries and her happiness with nature, her chickens, her cooking, and her new life. We all relive the lockdown fears and worries with the pandemic with the day-to-day reality of our situation and celebrate the vaccines and the freedom after our shots. Back to the Prairie will inspire all readers to evolve into our true selves and the happiness and comfort in finding who we are naturally meant to be.

Reviewed by Nancy Pierce, Bookmiser in Marietta, Georgia

Melissa Gilbert

About the Author:
Melissa Gilbert starred as Laura Ingalls Wilder on the hit NBC television show Little House on the Prairie. She has starred in numerous movies and plays and served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. She is the author of Prairie Tale, Daisy and Josephine, My Prairie Cookbook, and Back to the Prairie. She resides in the Catskills and New York City with her husband, Timothy Busfield.

The Book of Susan by Melanie K. Hutsell

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The Book of Susan by Melanie K. Hutsell
Paraclete Press / July 2022


“Profound and compulsively readable, The Book of Susan complexifies typical notions of Appalachia and offers us an unforgettable character in lyrical and accessible prose. Hutsell is a literary stylist who knows how to keep the reader in her grip.” —Silas House, author of Southernmost

Her mind has never failed her—until an ill-fated dinner party.

Meet Dr. Susan Huffman: wife to chancery court judge Samuel Ellison, mother to adorable Ian, and college professor on track for tenure. She’s a woman who has always lived by her mind, with a plan and a purpose. But then new-in-town Lorraine Davis accepts an invitation to Susan and Samuel’s home, and the mysterious visions begin. Is God warning Susan about this newcomer? And if so, how can she protect her circle of friends, her family, and her life as she knows it?

The Book of Susan is the spare and sympathetic recounting of a journey—from derailment, to diagnosis, to the discovery of a lifetime. Melanie K. Hutsell

About the Author:
A native of east Tennessee, poet and novelist Melanie K. Hutsell has been learning to live with bipolar disorder for more than fifteen years. She holds a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in English from Indiana University at Bloomington, and an MBA from East Tennessee State University. A lay member of the United Methodist Church, an avid reader, and music lover, she currently resides in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Spotlight on: The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green

 

George Dawes Green

There are many worlds in this small city: the redoubts of the old guard, the Black neighborhoods, the 39 homeless camps that encircle the city, the tourist district. As my protagonist Morgana Musgrove says: “Savannah’s not just one realm, it’s a great many realms—but they work together to keep us in thrall.”” –George Dawes Green, interview, Celadon Books


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What booksellers are saying about The Kingdoms of Savannah

  • I loved The Kingdoms of Savannah. It read like a dark, gothic Conroy novel, concerned as much with the grit of the city as the moonlight and magnolias. The Musgrove family are some rare birds. I really hope Mr. Green is planning to bring them back for more. ―Ashley Warlick from M Judson, Booksellers in Greenville, SC
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  • George Dawes Green with poetic language describes the beauty and underbelly of historic Savannah while entangling the reader with questions about the Stone Kings Treasure and what the mystery has to do with the death of Luke Kitchens and the disappearance of Stony. Morgana’s granddaughter Jaq courageously uncovers the mysteries the reader will long remember.   ―Nancy Pierce from Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, GA
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  • This lushly written thriller takes the reader inside Savannah…the good, the bad, and the unseen ugly. George Dawes Green introduces us to an extensive cast of eclectic, eccentric and in some cases downright scary characters that paint a picture of a Savannah that the casual tourist will never see. This is a compelling and intriguing story that will keep the reader up all night as you untangle the twists and turns to the very end. If you have been intrigued by the culture and history of the deep south, you owe it to yourself to experience this unique look at an all too possible fictional story with a strong dose of history intertwined.   ―Brent Bunnell from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
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  • I’m a bit of a dummy with the attention span of a gnat hopped up on skittles & too much coffee, I need my history lessons in the form of fiction tinged with truth. HOLY COW does this deliver! Looking forward to putting this novel in peoples hands and heads.   ―Berkley McDaniel from Reclaimed Bookstore DBA Chop Suey Books in Richmond, VA
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About George Dawes Green

George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth, is an internationally celebrated author. His first novel, The Caveman’s Valentine, won the Edgar Award and became a motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Juror was an international bestseller in more than twenty languages and was the basis for the movie starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin. Ravens  was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail of London, and many other publications. George Green grew up in Georgia and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Summer Song by Kevin Henkes

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Summer Song by Kevin Henkes, Laura Dronzek (illus.)
Greenwillow Books / May 2022

The song of summer is loud sprinklers and lawn mowers and thunder, and also quiet dragonflies and lightning bugs and foggy mornings. The song of summer is long long days until summer is bored and ready for a new song. The latest in the wonderful season series by Kevin Henkes, Summer Song will still have young readers running through sprinklers in their minds long after the orange oak leaves begin to fall.

Reviewed by Angie Tally from The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina

Kevine Henkes

About the Authors:
Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of more than fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon in 2005; and Waiting won a Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor in 2016. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly’s Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song. Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive’s Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels JunoniaBird Lake MoonThe Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. Most recently, he is the author of Sun Flower Lion, Billy Miller Makes a Wish, A House, and Little Houses. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. http://www.kevinhenkes.com.

Laura Dronzek

Laura Dronzek is a painter whose work has been exhibited nationally. Her picture books include the acclaimed When Spring Comes, by Kevin Henkes; In the Middle of Fall, by Kevin Henkes; Winter Is Here, by Kevin Henkes; Summer Song, by Kevin Henkes; Birds, by Kevin Henkes; Oh!, by Kevin Henkes; White Is for Blueberry, by George Shannon; Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, by George Shannon; Moonlight, by Helen V. Griffith; and It Is Night, by Phyllis Rowand. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

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By the Book by Jasmine Guillory
Hyperion Avenue / May 2022


I absolutely loved this romance, which is a fresh take on Beauty and the Beast. Set in the publishing world, Isabelle is stagnated by her job, and has lost her writing mojo. She jumps at the opportunity to talk to famous bad boy, Beau, about his very overdue memoir that he owes her publishing house. He’s everything she thought he’d be- spoiled, rude, and privileged. He surprises her by asking for her help, and although the pair butt heads there’s also a spark between them- and it’s a tale as old as time, if you’ll allow me to make the obvious joke.

Reviewed by Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

Jasmine Guillory photo credit Andrea Scher

About the Author:
Jasmine Guillory is a New York Times bestselling author of novels including The Wedding Date, the Reese’s Book Club selection The Proposal, and While We Were Dating. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appétit, and Time, and she is a frequent book contributor on The Today Show. She lives in Oakland, California

The Summer of June by Jamie Summer

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The Summer of June by Jamie Summer
Atheneum Books for Young Readers / May 2022

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June Delancey starts her summer by shaving her head, hoping to leave anxiety behind and be fierce. She spends her days in the library where she meets a new friend, battles the head librarian, and starts a secret project. The Summer of June is full of heart and hope.

Reviewed by Rae Ann Parker, Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee

Jamie Summer

About the Author:
Jamie Sumner is the author of Roll with ItTime to Roll, Tune It OutOne Kid’s Trash, and The Summer of June. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and other publications. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids. She is also the mother of a son with cerebral palsy and has written extensively about parenting a child with special needs. She and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her at Jamie-Sumner.com

Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

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Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
Berkley / May 2022

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Percy spent the summers of her teenage years at her family’s lakefront cottage, falling in love with the boy next door. She and Sam always seemed inevitable — until Percy made the worst mistake of her life and broke Sam’s heart. Twelve years later, Percy hasn’t talked to Sam since their last time at the cottage, but she still hasn’t gotten over him. She’s forced to confront her past, though, when tragedy has her running back to Barry’s Bay and Sam, and Percy has to figure out if she can forgive herself enough to ask for Sam’s forgiveness. A tender coming-of-age story of first love alongside a a grown-up story of forgiveness and second chances that will satisfy any romance reader.

Reviewed by Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

Carley Fortune

About the Author:
Carley Fortune is an award-winning Canadian journalist who’s worked as an editor for Refinery29, The Globe and MailChatelaine, and Toronto Life. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons. Every Summer After is her first novel.

Parting Thought

"I’ve always thought that a good book should be either the entry point inward, to learn about yourself, or a door outward, to open you up to new worlds."
― Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Southern Bookseller Review 7/12/22

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The week of July 12, 2022

Our new poet laureate.Ada Limon

Ada Limón has been named the 24th U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, taking over from Joy Harjo (2019-2022).

"Ada Limón is a poet who connects,” [Librarian of Congress Carla] Hayden said. “Her accessible, engaging poems ground us in where we are and who we share our world with. They speak of intimate truths, of the beauty and heartbreak that is living, in ways that help us move forward.” (via The Library of Congress)

Southern booksellers have been enthusiastic fans of Limón:

The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón
(List Price: $22, Milkweed Editions, 9781639550494,  May 2022)

The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón

Reading this collection made me feel like I was standing outside with my bare feet in the grass, scrunching my toes in the soil, feeling the breeze on my face, and pondering the oneness of everything.

–LeeAnna Callon, Blue Cypress Books in New Orleans, Louisiana | Buy the Book

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Project Namahana by John Teschner

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Project Namahana by John Teschner
Forge Books / June 2022


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This is the best mystery/thriller I’ve read yet set in Hawaii. Instead of concentrating on Honolulu and all the other touristy places Mr. Teschner takes us into the out of the way places, the homesteads and small towns, where the locals live and depend on jobs offered by big corporations who put profit before people everyday. He introduces us to the people, their patois and, most of all, their closeness as they rely on each other, in this case after three boys die swimming in a supposedly clean stream, to do what the authorities won’t.

Reviewed by Pete Mock, McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, North Carolina



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Spotlight on: The Poet’s House by Jean Thompson

 

Jean Thompson

I think there’s a lot of ignorance, or perhaps a mystique, about how writers live their lives. We aren’t in Entertainment Weekly. Nobody is sending out photographers to photograph our messy houses. We don’t have beautiful swimming pools with a guest cottage. We don’t hire interior decorators.” –Jean Thompson, interview, NewcityLit

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The Poet's House by Jean Thompson
  • We follow a young woman, unsure of who she is and her place in the world, as she observes an older woman who is very much settled and has made peace with her own life. A touching story with poetry as a through-line- how it can be both salve to the soul and a commercial commodity. ―Jamie Fiocco from Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC
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  • Carla is a beautiful young landscaper who has always felt hindered by her learning disability. She serendipitously falls into a circle of poets led by the charismatic and venerable Viridian. Through their interactions, Carla discovers that poetry has a profound effect on her in ways that words never before had. Set in the dusty, fire-riddled hills of California, this novel is lovely, humorous, and warm tale of self-discovery   ―Damita Nocton from The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC
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  • The Poet’s House is a captivating novel about art and those who create it, following the story of Carla, an aspiring poet trying to find her voice. Jean Thompson masterfully delivers a thought-provoking story that celebrates writers, artists and the power of the written word.   ―Anderson McKean from Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL
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About Jean Thompson

Jean Thompson is the author of fourteen books of fiction, including the National Book Award finalist Who Do You Love, the NYT bestseller The Year We Left Home, and the NYT Notable Book Wide Blue Yonder. Her work has been published in the New Yorker, as well as dozens of other magazines, and anthologized in The Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. She has been the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, among other accolades, and has taught creative writing at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Reed College, Northwestern University, and many other colleges and universities.

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That’s Not My Name! by Anoosha Syed

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Knopf / July 2022


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I love this book!! And I’m so glad it exists. My first grader is having all kinds of big thoughts about her name and how it is spelled or pronounced and the same for all of her friends’ names, too. It’s a great conversation starter for discussing how fun and vibrant it is to embrace our differences and how important it is to ask for and give respect to each other, too.

Reviewed by Cristina Russell, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida



An Immense World by Ed Yong

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An Immense World by Ed Yong
Random House / July 2022


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Like many readers, I was introduced to Ed Yong’s clear and measured writing during the Covid-19 pandemic, and I was instantly drawn to his deep-thinking approach. An Immense World is (thankfully) not about Covid-19, but it does hold true to Yong’s journalistic method: big questions, acknowledgments of what we don’t know, and a sense of wonder at the complexity of life. This is such a beautiful exploration of the world as experienced by other animals—here you will learn that there are so many more senses on Earth (and in humans!) than just the Aristotelian basic five (Nociception! Magnetoreception! Proprioception! And so many more!), and Yong’s conversational, wide-eyed tone wriggles readers free of their human Umwelt, even if just for a moment. This is a transformative book, essential for anyone looking open windows in their mind to a wider, more empathic world.

Reviewed by Hannah De Camp, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

The Darkening by Sunya Mara

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The Darkening by Surya Mara
Clarion Books / July 2022


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Vesper Vale, the daughter of failed revolutionaries, is on her quest to save her father from the storm. Vesper must lie about everything, including her feelings, to get inside the prince’s cold and unfeeling heart. However, when armed with her own choice, will she choose trusting the prince, or the storm? Interesting, heartbreaking, and fast paced, with plot twists you’ll never see coming, this one is a perfect choice for fantasy, action, and romance readers.

Reviewed by Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina

Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murata

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Life Ceremony by Sayaka Murat
Grove Press / July 2022


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Murat, author of the 2016 indie hit Convenience Store Woman, is back with a collection of weird and weirdly relatable short stories. Cannibalism! Alien bodies! Distant worlds! Getting older, and more alone! These and other strange subjects are blown up to speak about the fundamental problems of living today. I especially loved "Hatching," a story reminiscent of Osama Dazed’s classic "No Longer Human," but with a feminist sensibility. Life Ceremony further cements Say aka Murat as one of the world’s most interesting contemporary writers.

Reviewed by Connor Bultmann, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi

Slip by Marika Coolant, Aatmaja Pandya (illus.)

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Slip by Marika Coolant, Aatmaja Pandya (illus.)
Algonquin Young Readers / July 2022


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I love a good meta genre work, so Slip, a graphic novel about visual art, is right up my alley. Slip’s artwork is emotional and striking in its roughness; it’s very reminiscent This One Summer by the Tatamis (which I love). A particularity of Slip’s art I adored is the agelessness of the human drawings, which makes the narrative’s themes feel universal even as the book focuses on young adults. The book is about defining oneself as an individual, particularly when your friends seem to need you. It’s a difficult and necessary topic, and Cool does really well with it.

Reviewed by Akim Paraguayan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

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The Bodyguard by Katherine Center

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The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
 St. Martin’s Press / July 2022


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This was the perfect sweet, feel good and easy summer read! I fell in love with Hannah and Jack. Watching Hannah grow as a person was real life. It shows real is so much better than fake. Katherine Center did an amazing job meshing the worlds of security service and Hollywood. One of my favorite quotes in the book was, “Love is something you generate. And loving other people really does turn out, in the end, to be a genuine way of loving yourself.

Reviewed by Mandy Harris, Angel Wings Bookstore in Stem, North Carolina

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Parting Thought

“Harriet never minded admitting she didn’t know something. So what, she thought, I could always learn. ”
– Louise Fitzhugh

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The Southern Bookseller Review 7/5/22

The Southern Bookseller Review Newsletter for the week of July 5, 2022

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The week of July 5, 2022

1000 books to read.Book Bans

Around 7:00 o’clock in the evening of Friday, July 1st, The Southern Bookseller Review quietly passed an important milestone, when it published its 1000th book review from a southern bookseller.

That is 1000 suggestions from bookstores across the South for what to read, and why.

SBR’s 1000th book review was submitted by Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, North Carolina:

A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emry

A Half-Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys

This is a first-contact novel set in the near future when international governments have broken down in the face of climate crisis and local networks built around watersheds (known as the dandelion networks) have grown up to save the world…The ensuing story weaves together elements of science fiction, Jewish storytelling, politics, and family dynamics into a tale that is as contained as it is sweeping. As a mother of young children there was a lot that really resonated with where I am in my own life.

–Faith Parke-Dodge, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, North Carolina | Buy the Book

SBR was launched eighteen months ago in January, 2021 to showcase Southern independent bookstores as the avid reader’s most-trusted source for recommendations of what to read next. Each week it publishes between 10-20 reviews, always written by an actual bookseller from a Southern indie bookstore, someone who is also handing that book to the people who come into their shop.

With a territory that ranges from Florida to Louisiana to Kentucky to Virginia, southern booksellers speak to the readers of nearly a quarter of the United Stated. Their reading tastes and interests are as diverse and far-ranging as that of their customers. Their enthusiasm for good books is unmatched. Independent booksellers have made a career out of "You’ve got to read this!"

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Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin

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Elsewhere by Alexis Schaitkin
Celadon / June 2022


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Vera grew up in a picturesque town along the mountains where girls become women who become mothers with the caveat that some will vanish. Desperate to determine who is going to encounter this affliction, gossip consumes the small town of who loves their child too much or too little, who hugs their child too long or short, and much more. Eventually, Vera encounters motherhood and begins to question the affliction and her future. Will she be able to watch her daughter grow up or will she disappear? Throughout this book, I was glued to the pages, desperate to decipher Vera’s future, engrossed in the town gossip, and basking in the setting as if I were there. Alexis Schaitkin does a marvelous job bringing readers into this story and feeling as though the affliction could reach them. A beautiful tribute to motherhood and the trials it bears.

Reviewed by Stephanie Carrion, Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida



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Gabrielle Zevin

Gaming is really another form of storytelling. When I talk about the first generation of people to game their whole lives, I’m talking about the fact that there are people that have experienced gaming as a primary storytelling experience. I think that the book is just as much about a career in the arts over many many decades as it is about particularly games.”  –Gabrielle Zevin, interview, Bookselling This Week

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
  • This is ultimately an unforgettable tale of lives finding love and connection in this high tech age and the collaboration in building the worlds of video games. ―Nancy Pierce from Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, GA
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  • Sadie and Sam make video games, but this book is not about the games, it is about their friendship and love and working with your best friend through good times and bad. I loved this book   ―Beth Carpenter from The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC
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  • Aaaaaahhhh, this book wrecked me! It is a love letter to gaming, friendship, and collaboration. It’s messy, sad, brilliant, and beautiful. It made me laugh, it made me weep, it really made me want to play Donkey Kong in a pizza place.   ―Melissa Taylor from E. Shaver, bookseller in Savannah, GA
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  • A sweeping, heart-ache inducing, glorious novel of friendship and creativity. I miss the characters and I miss the games. I will never be over this beautiful novel.   ―Cristina Russell from Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
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About Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin is the New York Times and internationally best-selling author of several critically acclaimed novels, including The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Award and the Japan Booksellers’ Award among other honors, and Young Jane Young, which won the Southern Book Prize. Her novels have been translated into thirty-nine languages. She has also written books for young readers, including the award-winning Elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles.

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The World As We Knew It by Amy Brady

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The World As We Knew It by Amy Brady
Knopf / June 2022


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A phenomenal collection of essays from fiction writers reflecting on the existential crisis that is climate change. It’s all excellent writing and full of the attention to the human condition you might expect from these literary powerhouses, but what really strikes me is how in every one of these essays I felt a deep sense of love, curiosity, and excitement about the natural world. These writers do not let their profession stop them from being interested in the natural sciences, and the inspiration they draw from them, even in the face of inevitable doom, is a gift to read.

Reviewed by Akil Guruparan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia



The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson

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The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson
Holiday House / July 2022


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One of the best things about reading is when you discover a book that brings back wonderful memories of childhood favorites. The Star That Always Stays made me remember two of my favorite books: Heidi and The Girl of the Limberlost. Norvia, the young heroine of The Star That Always Stays, and the young girls from these older stories long for love, acceptance and a true home. They face adversity and feel despair at times at a lack of control over their lives. Yet their strong faith, persistence in pursuing an education, and kind words from others around them sustain them and help them overcome the hardships in their lives. Norvia’s Ojibwe family and the pre-WWI setting provide a great background to this young woman growing up in 1914 Michigan. This is a new classic in the making and I hope we will have more stories about Norvia and her extended family.

Reviewed by Mary Patterson, The Little Bookshop in Midlothian, Virginia

Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty

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Blood and Moonlight by Erin Beaty
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) / June 2022


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A standalone epic mystical murder mystery fantasy novel. Blood and Moonlight kept me on my toes the entire time, all the way to the bittersweet ending. Catrin, our protagonist, has a very unique gift: a type of sight where she can spot flaws in architecture. Perfect for someone who is tasked with watching over this spired city. This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read and it was fantastic. It can be gruesome at times, so fantasy fans and true crime fans find a perfect blend here, but be a little wary if you’re sensitive to gore.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Hall, M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville, South Carolina

Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

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Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore
Flatiron Books / July 2022


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Subatomic super particles, string theory, parallel worlds, metaphysical, OBE—out-of-body-experience and different dimensions…. not many authors take their readers on such a tale as this paranormal story of a magician disappearing during a performance. Violet Volk disappeared a decade ago right in front of her audience and hasn’t been seen since. Her sister Sasha and Violet’s followers are still looking for answers. Is she alive? Was she really a psychic spy for the CIA? Does she exist in another dimension? Readers will not be able to put down this book as they read about the family situations and the magic that entwines this story.

Reviewed by Nancy Pierce, Bookmiser in Marietta, Georgia

Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser

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Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser
Chronicle Books / July 2022


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A beautifully-detailed graphic novel full of love, friendship, and Black Girl Magic.

Reviewed by LeeAnna Callon, Blue Cypress Books in New Orleans, Louisiana

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
Tordotcom / July 2022


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built was a perfect book. So much so that I put off reading A Prayer for the Crown-Shy because I couldn’t imagine a world where it could live up to the flawless beauty and meaning the first novella held for me. But once again, Becky Chambers has crafted a book that is just as philosophically resonant and wonderfully generous as its predecessor. Dex and Mosscap have become two of my favorite characters in all literature and I will love them till my dying day. No matter who you are, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy will speak to you in some way and remind you that the world is indeed full of wonder and that you are okay.

Reviewed by Caleb Masters, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Parting Thought

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: We need books, time, and silence. ‘Thou shalt not’ is soon forgotten, but ‘Once upon a time’ lasts forever.”
– Philip Pullman

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The Southern Bookseller Review 6/28/22

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The week of June 28, 2022

The Freedom to ReadBook Bans

On July 4th this country celebrates its 246th birthday, a time of picnics and fireworks and patriotic feeling. We call it our Independence Day and honor the freedoms we enjoy and that are the founding principles of the nation. In fact, most Americans are more familiar with the First Amendment than they are with the Constitution itself. As a nation, we treasure the freedom of expression guaranteed by the First Amendment; our ability to say what we think, believe what we want. Right now, bookstores in Virginia are facing a legal challenge to their businesses and their freedom of expression. A motion has been filed with the Virginia Beach circuit Court to declare two books "obscene."

The books are Gender Queer, a Memoir, by Maia Kobabe, an autobiographical graphic novel that depicts the author’s experience as a non-binary person; and the fantasy novel A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas.

If the motion is upheld, it could open anyone distributing the books, such as schools or libraries, and possibly anyone selling them, such as bookstores, to criminal charges. The scope of the petition reaches not only public institutions, but privately-owned businesses. In fact, the petitioners who filed the original complaint have requested an injunction against Barnes and Noble and other bookstores to prevent sales of these books.

Among the bookstores fighting the injunction are The Violet Fox Bookshop Prince Books, Read Books, One More Page Books, and bbgb tales for kids, as well as American Booksellers for Free Expression, Association of American Publishers, Inc., Authors Guild, Inc., American Library Association, Virginia Library Association, and Freedom to Read Foundation.

The American Library Association has noted that 2022 is already a record year for book ban attempts. Book bans are nothing new, of course. But whereas in the past most bans were initiated by individuals (often parents), this year they have become a political tool.

What can you do? The Violet Fox Bookshop has a page with links and resources, including a petition and a place to report censorship. Naturally, you can support Virginia bookstores, and the targeted authors, by buying their books. And even better, by reading them:

The Most Challenged Books of 2021

"Education demands a certain daring, a certain independence of mind. We have to teach young people to think," says James Baldwin in an interview with Studs Terkel, "And in order to teach young people to think you have to teach them to think about everything. There mustn’t be something they cannot think about. If there’s something, if there’s one thing they can’t think about then very shortly they can’t think about anything."

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Girlhood by Carolyn Hayes

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A Girlhood by Carolyn Hayes
Blair / September 2022


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While I suppose no book is perfect, I think A Girlhood: Letter to My Transgender Daughter is about as perfect as they come.

It’s part memoir, part research project, part confessional. The writing is personal, tender, and fierce. I found so much that resonated about parenting in general, the way we love our kids and try to help them find the most joy possible in this life. And, as the wife of a trans guy, I also found kinship in the experience of watching someone transition and find their true selves. It’s beautiful. Sometimes frightening. And often hard for a host of reasons. But ultimately, joyful.

A Girlhood will be my go-to recommendation for anyone trying to understand gender identity or transness. And for parents of gay kids, trans kids, cis kids, gender non-conforming kids–parents of humans. I cannot think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend it to. As a person in the queer community who didn’t have a stellar coming out experience with my parents, I find narratives about parents who support and champion their LGBTQ kids to be a balm. Because I always believed I deserved better than I got–and seeing other kids get that kind of support is healing and hopeful. Because I was right. We do deserve better. And always have.

Reviewed by Kendra Gayle Lee, Bookish Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia



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Spotlight on: Metropolis by B. A. Shapiro

 

B. A. Shapiro

One of the things about writing fiction is that you get to learn a lot about things you don’t know. I had always wanted to write a book about people who are from all different walks of life and then, because of a single event, are thrown together … One day, I opened the newspaper and there was an article about this big storage-unit building that looked like a medieval castle and how people were moving out of it. I said, that’s it.” –B.A. Shapiro, interview, Columbus Dispatch

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Metropolis by B. A. Shapiro
  • Shapiro has created six of the most interesting characters I have encountered in quite awhile. Each has a story so intense and intriguing and unique that it is hard to imagine where the novel is going. The magic happens when all six lives intersect at the Metropolis. All of the stories are expertly tied together in one of the best books I have read this year. ―Nancy McFarlane from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC
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  • I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed a cast of characters more than those whose lives are connected within the walls of the quirky Metropolis. Brilliant, tense, and perfectly paced!   ―Damita Nocton from The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC
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  • I loved the menagerie of characters and the storage-unit setting! Creative, propelling – a pleasure to read!   ―Cathy Graham from Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL
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About B. A. Shapiro

B. A. Shapiro is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, as well as The Muralist, and The Collector’s Apprentice. She has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University and lives in Boston with her husband, Dan.

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Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro

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Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro
Knopf / June 2022

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Three women have shared a bond for decades. When they are reunited for one of their daughter’s weddings, the past comes back in a rush. The story is told in flashbacks and present day in a way that helps them reconcile where they have ended up and where they once dreamed they’d go. A timeless examination of all the dreams you hold for yourself, the dreams your parents and others have for you, and how much you are able to follow your heart.

Reviewed by Jamie Southern, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina



Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson

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Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson
Tordotcom / June 2022


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This book features a young woman who is a translator for an alien species that has come to Earth but that doesn’t have a spoken language. She translates their thoughts into English so other humans can understand them. She finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and she wants to keep her job and stay out of jail. I found this short novel charming and it’s a real love song to the written word and paper books. For lovers of Douglas Adams and John Scalzi.

Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

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TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo
Viking Books for Young Readers / June 2022


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Powerhouse debater and soccer star TJ is considered one of the most beautiful girls at her school. But when a meme starts circulating comparing her flawless beauty to her Sikh cousin’s natural hairiness, TJ decides to ditch her hair-removal routines to show herself and the world that it’s possible to be both hairy and beautiful. The world, though, seems determined to prove her wrong — except her debate rival Charlie, who doesn’t seem to care at all. A fun, flirty story that couches a cutting criticism of societal beauty standards, handled in a way that will win over readers regardless of personal opinions.

Reviewed by Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

I Am a Baby by Bob Shea

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I Am a Baby by Bob Shea
Candlewick / June 2022


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If ever a book has gotten new parenthood spot on, its I am a Baby. This one should be a required gift at every baby shower, because when there’s a new baby around, you’ve got to laugh at all the ways the world changes for everyone!

Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina

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Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

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Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh
Penguin Press / June 2022


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Whew, what a ride. If you are an Ottessa Moshfegh fan, you will love this propulsive and constantly shocking story. The inequality of the medieval fiefdom that serves as the setting and the characters that populate this book are both utterly alien and depressingly familiar. In Lapvona, Moshfegh continues to do what she does best: illustrate unvarnished humanity in all its beauty and depravity.

Reviewed by Chelsea Bauer, Union Ave Books in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Parting Thought

“Reading brings us unknown friends.”
– Honoré de Balzac

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The Southern Bookseller Review 6/21/22

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The week of June 20, 2022

Summer ReadsSummer Reads

Summer solstice is here, and with it the long, lazy, sunny days of summer. Beach blankets, barbecues, and of course…books!

Here are some recent bookseller reviews of summery reads perfect for any beach bag or picnic basket.

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Imagine Fast and Furious as a book, but make it a Southern Gothic, give it a hefty dose of dark academia, and make every character queer. –Faith Parke-Dodge, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, North Carolina

The Lost Summers of Newport by Beatriz Williams
Three women are connected by one mansion, from a music teacher in the Gilded Age to a present-day home renovation TV host. Their stories of love, money, and coverups intertwine in this fascinating book. –Rae Ann Parker, Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle
A love story with a side of time-traveling. Serle’s amazing descriptions of the food and landscape of Positano, Italy, made me feel that I was on vacation. –Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson
Eve and Sally set off down the canals in their borrowed boat, discovering new friends and learning new skills along the way. This delightful book is the perfect antidote to what was a difficult year for so many.–Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
If you’re looking for a light summer read that also manages some heavy emotions in a Grease vibe, look no further! –Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser in Marietta, Georgia

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Girls They Write Songs About by Carlene Bauer

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Girls They Write Songs About by Carlene Bauer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / June 2022


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It’s so hard to pin down exactly how I feel about this one. Safe to say, though, to start: I loved reading every page, so there is that! I think part of what makes me feel confused is how close to the bone it could have cut given a few of the similarities between me and Rose and Charlotte. But I was never ambitious. Never really tried to make a go of it as a writer. I was never of New York or the region. Girls They Write Songs About is brilliant, deliciously wry, not afraid to proceed to its destination. It pulls zero punches. It’s mature in a way that is hard to describe. It respects its characters and the reader enough to stay the course on its own terms. And that is a little difficult to accept at times, like real life. I loved it and will have no trouble recommending it to customers. But I’m going to spend between now and June refining my elevator pitch.

Reviewed by Kat Leache, Novel in Memphis, Tennessee



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Spotlight on: One’s Company by Ashley Hutson

 

Ashley Hutson

I guess at the end, I want to break someone’s heart. I want to feel like I’ve made something that is beyond just a story. Like when you wake up from a dream, and you can’t remember the dream, but you know you’ve been somewhere, you’ve seen something, and you know it’s important, but you’re only left with a deep question, and maybe you’ll never know, you’ll never truly understand that feeling. Maybe if you thoroughly express that feeling, it would lose something. It would be ruined. That’s what I hope when I write fiction, that’s what I like to communicate. And that’s what I like to read—I like to read stuff that makes me ask a question or makes me feel disturbed, that upsets me somehow. I like being disturbed.” –Ashley Hutson, interview, Berkley Fiction Review

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  • Where do I even begin with this book? An original and poignant story of obsession, trauma and the desire to escape into another reality as a means of survival. This is one of the most bonkers books I’ve ever read and one of my favorite books of 2022. ―Gaël LeLamer from Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
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  • What a fun, unique concept for a book! Hutson brings us Bonnie Lincoln, left adrift after a roller coaster of personal tragedy and a huge lottery win. Fed up with humanity, she sets out to recreate her ideal life – Three’s Company, her favorite TV show. She builds a world that matches the set, down to the tiniest details, then settles in to forget the rest of society. Between interlopers and gawkers, her peaceful world isn’t meant to last and her already fragile mental health takes a beating. This had me on the edge of my seat, dying to find out how she’d end up. You don’t have to know Three’s Company to enjoy this unexpected story!   ―Andrea Richardson from Fountain Books in Richmond, VA
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  • On the surface, the premise of this book sounds ridiculous and hilarious. A woman wins the lottery and decides to recreate Three’s Company and live as the characters. And it is ridiculous, but it’s also raw and sad. Bonnie has experienced an armed robbery in which she was raped and beaten, her unrequited crush was killed right in front of her, and the couple see viewed as adoptive parents are also slain. Unable to deal with the trauma, Bonnie withdraws from the world and takes solace in repeated viewings of Three’s Company. What starts as a comfort becomes an obsession. When she wins the lottery, she is able to live out her dream of being in the show she loves. She soon finds that even this isn’t enough to keep her grief and trauma at bay.   ―Melissa Taylor from E. Shaver, bookseller in Savannah, GA
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About Ashley Hutson

Ashley Hutson is a writer living in rural Maryland. Her work has appeared in GrantaElectric LiteratureCatapultFanzine, and elsewhere. Her honors include the 2018 Small Fictions Award, judged by Aimee Bender, and several Pushcart Prize nominations.

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The Scent of Burnt Flowers by Blitz Bazawule

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The Scent of Burnt Flowers by Blitz Bazawule
Ballantine Books / June 2022


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Bazawule swiftly drops you into an immediate and tumultuous love story between Bernadette and Melvin as they escape the States seeking a fantastical refuge in 1960s Ghana. This piece is deeply heartbreaking, yet manages to hold it together through its magical storytelling. “Queen and Slim” fans will love this novel as its deep cinematic influence encourages evocative visuals and sentient understandings of the character’s interiors.

Reviewed by Eden Hakimzadeh, Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida



Blood Orange Night by Melissa Bond

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Blood Orange Night by Melissa Bond
Gallery Books / June 2022


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The deeply personal story of a journalist and young mother who is given a long-term prescription for drugs (benzodiazepines) that are meant for short time use only. Her descriptions of life as an addict are deeply personal and harrowing.

Reviewed by Anne Peck, Righton Books in Memphis, Tennessee

My Name Is Jason. Mine Too by Jason Reynolds

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My Name Is Jason. Mine Too by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / June 2022


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Calling this the coolest most creative young adult book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, just wow! Powerhouse Jason Reynolds teams up with longtime best friend and artist Jason Griffin to bring the most interesting memoir I’ve ever read. Originally published in 2009 as Reynolds’s first book, this tiny but mighty memoir follows the two as they chase huge aspirations in New York City. Worlds, collages, and paint splatters cover the pages rather than paragraphs and it works so perfectly. Almost like a zine nonfiction novella, and if that wasn’t a thing it is now and I want more!

Reviewed by Grace Sullivan, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

Brave Every Day by Trudy Ludwig

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Brave Every Day by Trudy Ludwig
Knopf Books for Young Readers / June 2022


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A great reminder that our hearts are bigger than our worries. As adults we sometimes forget how kids struggle with big feelings they don’t always understand. This book is great to start the conversation about emotional awareness and other social emotional skills that are important for kids to be successful in school and life.

Reviewed by Lupe Penn, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler

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It All Comes Down to This by Therese Anne Fowler
St. Martin’s Press / June 2022

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In the forward Therese writes that the book is for everyone, including herself, who needed some brightness during a dark time. At the beginning I felt like there was anything but brightness in this book. First there was the big secret that Marti Geller had been keeping from her family, then her death and subsequent burden she placed on her three daughters and then the obvious unhappiness that each of her daughters had been experiencing. As usual, Fowler’s writing pulls you right in to the lives of the Geller sisters and gives a very believable look at how each sister has lived their lives because they thought that was what was expected of them and because they didn’t understand what it meant to be true to themselves and what they wanted. I loved the very believable scenes between sisters – the jealousy, the selfishness, the misunderstandings and eventually their forgiveness. It is a story of fate, love, second chances and finally realizing that being true to yourself is the ultimate way to happiness. This book was a well-needed breath of fresh air in my reading.

Reviewed by Nancy McFarlane, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

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Parting Thought

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.””
– Dave Eggers

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June, 2022

Happy Pride!

Happy Pride

This special edition of The Southern Bookseller Review celebrates Pride Month, and joyfully honors the impact and importance that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history, our culture, our everything.

“Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters?” -James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room

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Honoring the gay, lesbian, transgender and queer experience…

Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

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Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
Wednesday Books / June 2022


Amazingly talented (and attractive) quarterback who’s new in school + cheerleader destined to be captain of the squad = a story we all know. But what if the quarterback is a girl named Jack, and although she’s wildly talented, she’s also loathed by her new team, as well as everyone on the cheer squad — except for Amber, who falls for the new quarterback almost immediately. Coming out to her team risks jeopardizing her chance at becoming captain, so Amber has to think about what truly matters to her. I adored Amber and Jack and I loved their perfect high school romance.

Reviewed by Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dahlia Adler

About the Author:
Dahlia Adler is an editor of mathematics by day, the overlord of LGBTQReads by night, and a Young Adult author at every spare moment in between. She is the editor of several anthologies and the author of many novels, including Cool for the Summer and Home Field Advantage. She lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books.

Happily Ever Island by Crystal Cestari

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Happily Ever Island by Crystal Cestari
Disney-Hyperion / June 2022


Madison is a full-on Disney nerd. When she wins a trip to a new, fully immersive Disney vacation full of cosplay and magical Disney magic, she’s beyond excited. But when her girlfriend breaks up with her, she convinces her best friend to come instead. Lanie is not a Disney fan. She’s not a hater, she just is way less familiar than Madison. But she throws caution to the wind and goes anyway. Hopefully they’ll both get their Happily Ever After. This story was fun and crazy and this Disney nerd enjoyed every minute.

Reviewed by Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser in Marietta, Georgia

Crystal Cestari

About the Author:
Crystal Cestari lives just outside Chicago with her family. Her hobbies include planning her next Disney vacation and wandering the aisles at Target. She holds a master’s degree in mass communication, and writes all her stories longhand. She is also the author of the Windy City Magic series and Super Adjacent. Visit Crystal at http://www.crystalcestari.com and on Instagram @crystalcestari.

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Spotlight on: Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

 

Douglas Stuart

I think when you’re talking about queerness at that time and you’re also intersecting it with class or with poverty or social mobility, then the stakes are very different for the characters. You know, they can’t just up and leave and go find a different place where they belong in the world. They really have to face the world outside their door because that’s the only world they know.” –Douglas Stuart, interview, NPR


Young Mungo

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  • Douglas Stuart has done it again with this heartbreaking, breathtaking, and hopeful story of young love between two boys in working-class Glasgow. I will patiently wait for Middle-Aged Mungo and Old Mungo…I want more! ―Gaël LeLamer from Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
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  • From Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart, this often bleak coming-of-age story shares some of the themes of his winning novel Shuggie Bain, including the darkly lyrical descriptions of a working class childhood at the mercy of an alcoholic mother. A heart-breaking story, with vividly drawn characters, dangerous situations, and forbidden love.   ―Anne Peck from Righton Books in St Simons Island, GA
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  • This is beautiful and hard, a gem hewn from the harshest pressure of Scottish discord and weather. Catholics vs Protestants, children vs adults, adults vs drink, all of them trying to survive under the apathetic Glaswegian skies. Young Mungo drags you down in the mire, and holds your face to the ruin of this community, but also reminds that no matter how dark, there is always love. A brutal, brutal read, but staggeringly empathetic and wonderful. Mungo is our hero, our baby we want to shield, our man we want to see grow up and conquer. He is our queer king whom we want love to keep and to make him greater. I can’t recommend this book enough, I understand know why Stuart won the Booker for Shuggie Bain. This too, deserves the praise it will get, a classic in the making.   ―Aimee Keeble from Main Street Books in Davidson, NC
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  • Douglas Stuart novels have a particular ache to them…you cannot help but love and be in pain for his characters. Poor, alcoholic, living in dire, drab straits, isolated in their worlds, their will to live and love takes my breath away. “Young Mungo” is a tough read, but Mungo himself will tear at your heart…along with lovely James, caring Jodie, violent Hamish and selfish Mo-maw. A sad Romeo and Juliet story for modern times. Violent, tough and absolutely beautiful.   ―Andrea Ginsky from Bookstore Number 1 LLC in Sarasota, FL
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About Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart is a Scottish-American author. His New York Times-bestselling debut novel Shuggie Bain won the 2020 Booker Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. It was the winner of two British Book Awards, including Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, Kirkus Prize, as well as several other literary awards. Stuart’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker and Literary Hub.

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Space Story by Fiona Ostby

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Space Story by Fiona Ostby
West Margin Press / June 2022


This graphic novel combines three different storylines, each designated by one of the primary colors. There is a story of love, a story of loneliness, and a story of longing. Ostby’s unique use of color perfectly mirrors the emotions expressed within each storyline, and the manner in which they are intertwined feels like fitting puzzle pieces together.

Reviewed by Grace Quinn, Foggy Pine Books in Boone, North Carolina

Fiona Ostby

About the Author:
Fiona Ostby is an illustrator and comic artist with a PhD in illustration from Tokyo Zokei University. Their work focuses on atmosphere, feelings, and the experience of growing up LGBTQ+. Space Story is their debut book, a graphic novel that explores those themes. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fiona currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. Visit her at FionaOstby.com.

Boys and Oil by Taylor Brorby

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Boys and Oil by Taylor Brorby
Liveright / June 2022


A searing meditation on identity and place, Boys and Oil captured my heart and opened my eyes. My husband is from North Dakota, and I thought I understood what it meant to have grown up in that state, but Taylor Brorby’s memoir showed me a different perspective. His writing on place is some of the most evocative I’ve read since Terry Tempest Williams; his love for his home state is evident despite the pain of growing up gay in a community that didn’t understand or welcome him. An important book and a must-read!

Reviewed by Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Taylor Brorby

About the Author:
Taylor Brorby is an essayist and poet. The coeditor of Fracture, his work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Orion, and North American Review, where he is a contributing editor.

Let's Get Back to the Party by Zak Salih

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Let’s Get Back to the Party by Zak Salih
Algonquin Books / February 2022

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It is just weeks after the legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. in the summer of 2015. We meet two men who grew up together in the D.C. suburbs and are at opposite ends of what it means to be a gay man at this time in American history. Both are involved in obsessive cross-generational friendships. Sebastian has a complicated relationship with one of his out and proud high school students. Oscar is spending time with a Stonewall generation novelist on the decline. Sebastian is anxious to settle down and assimilate. Oscar is infuriated by what he sees as the death of gay culture in favor of what he views as colorless banality. I loved everything about this book. It is beautifully written and full of profound insights on what happens when a formerly ostracized segment of society becomes incorporated into the general population and what that means, good and bad, for the individuals that are part of it. Stunning!

Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

Zach Salih

About the Author:
Zak Salih earned his BA in English and Journalism from James Madison University, and his MA in English from the University of Virginia. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Foglifter, Epiphany, Crazyhorse, The Florida Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Millions, Apogee Journal, Kenyon Review Online, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. Let’s Get Back to the Party is his debut novel. He lives in Washington, D.C.

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

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The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain
Scognamiglio Books / June 2022

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Three cheers for Albert Entwistle! I snuggled into this heartwarming "it’s never too late" coming-out story right away and loved watching this gentle man bloom. Albert is painfully lonely, staying far in the back of the closet and avoiding human connections all his adult life. But forced retirement at age 65 pushes him to completely change his life, and he finds that everyone he knows has been rooting for him all along.

Reviewed by Serena Wyckoff, Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida

Matt Cain

About the Author:
Matt Cain is an author, a leading commentator on LGBT+ issues, and a former journalist. He was Channel 4’s first Culture Editor, Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, and has judged the Costa Prize, the Polari Prize and the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. He won Diversity in Media’s Journalist Of the Year award in 2017 and is an ambassador for Manchester Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, plus a patron of LGBT+ History Month. Born in Bury and brought up in Bolton, he now lives in London and can be found online at MattCainWriter.com.

Parting Thought

"This place was the “ART” that gave form to the feelings of our heartbeats. Here the consciousness of knowing you “belonged” nestled into that warm feeling of finally being HOME. And Home engenders love and loyalty quite naturally. So, we loved the Stonewall"
― New York Public Library, The Stonewall Reader

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The Southern Bookseller Review 6/14/22

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JuneteenthFree at Last: A Juneteenth Poem

This Sunday we celebrate our newest Federal holiday, honoring an event that should have been cause for national celebration and thankfulness from the day it happened and every single day hence: the end of slavery in the United States.

All who live in bondage here shall from until be free
After 300 years of forced labor;
hands bound, descendants of Africa
picked up their souls – all that they
owned – leaving shackles where they fell
on the ground, headed for the nearest
resting place to be found. "
–Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

Free at Last by Sojourner Kincaid Rolle,
(List Price: $17.99, Union Square Kids, 9781454943747, June 2022)

Such an important message, beautifully told in Free at Last, A Juneteenth Poem. I hope this picture book depicting such an important part of our history is shared widely in homes and schools. –Jessica Nock from Main Street Books in Davidson, NC

Juneteenth reading lists:

19 for June 19th, The Bookmark Bookstore & Oakland Public Library
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In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström

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In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström
Sourcebooks Landmark / June 2022


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Åkerström invites the reader into the complex and dynamic interior worlds of three Black women, with varying levels of privilege and proximity to whiteness, as they navigate the novel’s locations of America and Sweden. By following each of their unique and dynamic journeys, we learn about how our their intimate relationships reflect back the love and care they have learned to believe they deserve through social cues and cultural reminders. A story that paints landscapes of love and loss invites all readers to consider: if home is a feeling, how will you know you’ve found it? An extraordinary and fast-paced novel that I can not wait to recommend both solo and book club readers!

Reviewed by Eden Hakimzadeh, Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida



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Spotlight on: You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

 

Akwaeke Emezi

I meant to write just like a fluffy romance that didn’t have any heavier themes. Unfortunately, once I started writing Feyi all this darkness just kept unfolding…It shows all the facets of Feyi as a person—you have the version of her that’s doing rooftop parties and hooking up with people in the bathroom. And she’s still the same person who is an artist that’s working through her grief. I think it’s so important to show a Black woman who is all these things, and that you can be profane and promiscuous and that doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve a happily ever after.” –Akwaeke Emezi, interview, Vogue

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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty
  • This book is chock-full of lines that will pack a punch. Several times I would put the book down and just say, “wow”, out loud to myself. The tension was so masterfully built and whew! The payoff was very very good. Loved this and love that this genre is new territory for Emezi, but they are certainly not showing any novice tendencies. Such a fantastic read! ―Nyawira Nyota from Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC
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  • I absolutely loved this book. A sumptuous, sexy, fierce, and fresh romance that makes you feel like bursting out of your front door to take on life and all it has to offer. Emezi never ceases to amaze!   ―Carroll Gelderman from Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans, LA
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  • After reading Emezi’s collection of poems, Content Warning: Everything, I knew I had to join this romantic journey of what love after loss could really look like. This book turned out to be one of my favorite reads of all time. Emezi introduces us to Feyi Adekola so that we can explore how desire and grief just might inform one another. I can’t recommend this novel enough and am excited to continue reading Emezi’s diverse and expansive collection.   ―Eden Hakimzadeh from Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL
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  • This book is brutal. It is also stunning and heart wrenching and guttural and oh so tender. The story itself is flecked with gold- the prose is strung tightly across each page, unyielding and effortless, and the relationships forged on each page are both subtle and earth shattering. At once a story of grief, love, and a tribute to life and the time we have on this earth, You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty is guaranteed to make you think, cry, laugh, and then want to do it all over again.   ―Mary Louise Callaghan from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC
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About Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Jean Stein Award; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, a Walter Honor Book, and a Stonewall Honor Book; Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize; and most recently, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir, which won the 2022 ALA Stonewall Prize for Best Nonfiction Book. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, they are based in liminal spaces.

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Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair by June Gervais

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Jobs for Girls with Artistic Flair by June Gervais
Pamela Dorman Books / June 2022


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This book felt like it was written just for me. As a queer female artist with some basic tattoo experience, I immediately identified with Gina – her initial timidity, her frustration with being talked over and manipulated by men who should have guided and protected her, and especially her love of the weird. The description of her wild flash and her love for drawing gave me goosebumps. The book’s pacing and tension-building are excellent – the stakes kept getting higher and higher for Gina, until I was ready to leap into the pages and go to war for her. That steady turn of the screw kept the story feeling fresh and dynamic, and the characters kept me invested. Gina is relatable, likeable, and has some great emotional growth. Her brother Dominic is endearing and frustrating. Her mom is a heartbreaking mix of maddening and manipulative but still sympathetic. Every character has their own charm and their own faults. They feel real. You want things to work out for them and you ache when they struggle. Everything about their interactions felt natural and believable. I also have to give major props to the author for all the accurate tattooing details – she knows her stuff! Using autoclaves, calibrating machines, fixing errors (yikes!), practicing on pig feet and oranges, the hazing, the environment, the amount of energy and dedication it takes to make tattooing a career – she nailed it all. Dominic’s shop came to life because it was written by someone who KNOWS. That makes me happier than I can say. Basically, read this book. If you’re into stories of young women fighting for their place in the world, you’ll like it. If you want bisexual representation, here you go. If you’re interested in art and/or tattoos, you’ll love it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll feel seen.

Reviewed by Rachel Derise, Friendly City Books in Columbus, Mississippi



Also a Poet by June Gervais

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Also a Poet by June Gervais
 Grove Press Books / June 2022


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Calhoun had a complicated relationship with her famous art critic father Peter Schjeldahl. This book started as an attempt to write a biography of poet Frank O’Hara that her father never finished. Having inherited his obsession with the poet, the author wrestles with creating a narrative with answers when obstacles (time, fire, other people) keep them hidden. I felt the frustration of her and her subjects as it infected me with its incessant whispers of almosts and near misses. Ultimately, the author gifts us with wise lessons of kindness and acceptance. An extraordinary, raw read!

Reviewed by Kelly Justice, Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia

Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg

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Breaking Time by Sasha Alsberg
Inkyard Books / June 2022


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Perfect for preteens and teens who want to read Outlander but probably shouldn’t. When Klara accidentally hits a mysterious Scotsman with her car, she has no idea the true intensity of the situation. Callum has stepped out of the 1500s to protect Klara, the last Pillar of Time, at all costs. An evil force is murdering the Pillars, greedy for the powers of the gods, and Klara and Callum are the only thing in his way. This was an amazing story that sucked me in. Alsberg uses imagery that truly puts the beauty of Scotland in your mind. She also writes character development extremely well. She does a great job building Callum’s acclimation to the modern world at the right pace, without making it cringey or a joke. Klara also has great development through the story, and you can see her heal and strengthen bonds she left unattended because of her mother’s death. Klara, despite having a man fated to protect her, is also allowed to be strong and fiercely independent. Throughout her relationship with Callum, she grows stronger, not weaker and submissive, like some YA main characters in a protected/protector situation.

Reviewed by Scarlett, The Snail on the Wall in Huntsville, Alabama

Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress by Leanne Hatch

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Rosie and the Pre-Loved Dress by Leanne Hatch
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers / June 2022


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I love the concept behind this adorable story. We’re big fans of recycling, reusing and giving new life to old things in our household, and I think anyone open to the idea would enjoy having this book in their at-home story time rotation.

Reviewed by Cristina Russell, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida

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Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan

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Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan
G.P. Putnam’s Sons / June 2022


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A June 2022 Read This Next! Selection

Five starry-eyed stars for Nora Goes Off Script! Screenwriter Nora makes a living writing Hallmark style romance movies that stick to the formula that all rom com fans know and love. When she goes off script and writes a movie that deals with the harshness of real life, and based on her own heartbreak, she lands a box office movie deal. Next thing she knows, her movie is being filmed on her own property, starring sultry hot throb, Leo. As a recently divorced mother of two, Norah knows she needs to stay focused on her daily life of raising two children alone. This becomes much more difficult when Leo, who needs a mental break from the glare of fame, asks to pay rent to extend his stay after filming ends. My favorite part of Nora Goes Off Script is that I honestly didn’t know how it would end. Pins and needles! I loved the small town setting, Norah’s chance to start over after a bad marriage, and Norah’s children and best friends. Highly recommend!

Reviewed by Jessica Nock, Main Street Books in Davidson, North Carolina

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Parting Thought

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”
– Audre Lorde

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The week of June 6, 2022

Our Dads.Dads

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” ―Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum


In honor of Father’s Day, here are some recent bookseller reviews of books featuring dads and their importance in our lives.

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
"Chibundu Onuzo’s Sankofa is the story of Anna, an African British woman who never knew her father. Anna discovers clues to her African father’s identity only after her mother dies. This is fortuitous. What follows as Anna acknowledges and accepts her father, a man with a vast reputation and many secrets, is the healing and melding of Anna’s two identities and a new beginning" –Rachel Watkins, Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia

Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby
"Fantastic thriller with a tender narrative running throughout as two ex-convict fathers come to terms with each of their sons’ homosexuality too late." –Laura Taylor, Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida

Shaking the Gates of Hell by John Archibald
"This is a deeply personal memoir, and Archibald’s love and respect for his dad is clear. He was a man of moral authority who taught right from wrong, a minister who emphasized grace and compassion, and an engaged dad who encouraged his kids to leave every campsite better than they found it. But, his youngest son wonders, did his father do enough to leave his community better off than he found it? " –Lady Smith, The Snail on the Wall in Huntsville, Alabama

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