The Southern Bookseller Review 1/18/22

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January 18, 2022

In praise of the girls who are not "nice."

Last week’s Reader Meet Writer event with Diane Chamberlain is now available to watch:

Reader Meet Writer with Diane Chamberlain

Reader Meet Writer with Diane Chamberlain

The author speaks to RMW host Wiley Cash about how the themes in The Last House on the Street became important to her, why she likes the divided narrative style of a dual timeline story, and why she is not particularly happy that a novel about voting rights still remains so terribly relevant today.

Coming up on the Reader Meet Writer Author Series:

Perpetual West with Mesha MaronPerpetual West with Mesha Maren
Tue Feb 15th 7:00pm – 8:00pm | REGISTER

The riveting new novel by the critically-acclaimed author of Sugar Run, Perpetual West is a brilliant and evocative story of borders—between countries, between lovers, and between facets of the self.

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Read This Now!

Recommended by Southern indies…

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez


Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez
Flatiron Books / January 2022

More Reviews from Parnassus Books

Written with sharp humor and a keen eye, Olga Dies Dreaming is one the most exciting debuts I’ve read in a long time. Xochitl Gonzalez has given us an unforgettable cast of characters—I loved unraveling the Acevedo family history in all of its messiness and tenderness. Don’t miss this one!

Reviewed by Lindsay Lynch, Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee

Bookseller Buzz


Spotlight on: The Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Rachel Lynn Solomon

"I really enjoy writing girls that aren’t nice. I don’t know what it says about me that they’re easy to write! I just think that girls don’t get as much permission or as much forgiveness to be this range of different things."–Rachel Lynn Solomon (via Kirkus)

The Weather Girl

What booksellers are saying about Weather Girl

  • Weather Girl has become an automatic cozy romance favorite for me, much like THE Ex Talk. Ari and Russell are so lovable, and this story is full of all the heart, nuance, swoons and steam I’ve come to expect from Rachel Lynn Solomon.. ― Cristina Russell from Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
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  • Is it too early to say that this will be one of the best romances of 2022? Rachel Lynn Solomon blew me away with this thoughtful romance. I loved the frank yet careful way Solomon dealt with so many real-world hurdles to finding love in adulthood: everything from depression to religion (both characters are Jewish) to single parenthood to having sex with a new person for the first time in a long while. Solomon is quickly becoming one of my favorite romance novelists, and I know Weather Girl is a book I’ll return to again and again. ―Kate Storhoff from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC
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  • This sweet romance does a great job of highlighting some areas that you don’t see a lot of in romcoms: Judaism, depression, and a larger man with a smaller woman. Each item doesn’t feel heavy-handed or preachy, but is handled so well, making this a great read!   ―Jennifer Jones from Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, GA
    Buy from Bookmiser

About Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rachel Lynn Solomon writes, tap dances, and collects lipstick in Seattle, Washington. She is the author of the YA novels You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, and the forthcoming Today Tonight Tomorrow (June 2020). Her debut adult romantic comedy, The Ex Talk, was published in spring 2021.

I’m Hungry!, ¡Tengo hambre! by Angela Dominguez


I’m Hungry!, ¡Tengo hambre! by Angela Dominguez
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) / January 2022

More Reviews from Bookmarks

I’m Hungry! / ¡Tengo Hambre! is a great picture book with two adorable characters at its center. It’s an excellent teaching tool for Spanish or English, and would make for a great introduction to bilingual books for young readers. Easy to follow, clear, and cute as a button, this book is sure to be a beloved addition to any library.

Reviewed by Lauren Kean, Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi


Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi
Tordotcom / January 2022

More Reviews from Cavalier House Books

Goliath sets us down on a not-so distant future Earth destroyed by disease, climate change, and war. Those left behind to inherit the skeletal remains of society fight each day to survive as they watch their communities waste away. As dark and grim as the world is, though, Tochi Onyebuchi gives us characters fully alive with voices to lend to the fight against racism and gentrification. On every page is a deeply profound honesty and poignant thoughtfulness that cannot and should not be ignored. I am once again blown away by the magic of his words and the power of his stories. Everyone needs to read Goliath.

Reviewed by Sophie Giroir, Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, Louisiana

PEN: An Illustrated History by Carles Torner


PEN: An Illustrated History by Carles Torner
Interlink Publishing Group Inc / November 2021

More Reviews from Fiction Addiction

PEN International believes as I do that freedom of speech is the fundamental tool against repression, racism, and terror. I congratulate them on their 100-year anniversary! 

Reviewed by Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina

Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz


Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz
Wednesday Books / January 2022

More Reviews from Story on the Square

Anatomy: A Love Story is a dark and deadly tale about just how far you’d go to achieve your dreams in a world designed for you to fail. I fell in love with Hazel and Jack. This was a gothic story of resurrection men and women surgeons in disguise that had me guessing until the last moment.

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

Read This Next!

Books on the horizon: Forthcoming favorites from Southern indies…

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu


How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu
William Morrows / January 2022

More Reviews from Snail on the Wall

A January 2022 Read This Next! Title

When I started reading Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark, I would have hesitated to call it hopeful, but now I think that’s a perfect description. This novel reads like a series of connected short stories, and part of the joy of this book is finding the threads that connect these characters. Each chapter centers on people struggling through their own slice of a world steeped in death and damaged by plague and floods. But by the time I got to the end of this novel, I felt hope that we can get through calamity; there are possibilities, and there is hope.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Hardin, The Snail on the Wall in Huntsville, Alabama

Southern Bestsellers

What’s popular this week with Southern Readers.

Reckless Girls Unthinkable When We Cease to Understand the World
The Year of Magical Thinking Stacey's Extraordinary Words

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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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