This past summer, we did it again. Books like Michael Lee West’s Gone With a Handsomer Man, Karen Russell’s Swamplandia and the 75th anniversary edition of Gone With the Wind just begged for a beach chair and glass of sweet tea. Readers nearly lost their marbles over free books again, and some started begging for a second list to take them through the chilly days of fall and winter.
On Nov. 8, we delivered with the Deep South Fall/Winter Reading List. We knew this list had to be a little different. Maybe a little darker, with a few more mysteries and thrillers. Instead of lounging in a deck chair, these books had to make you want to curl up by the fire and sip on hot cider or cocoa. We researched other reading lists, including Oprah’s again, visited Barnes & Noble and contacted some publishers.
The subject matter of the books on the resulting list is indeed a bit darker, and mysteries abound. There’s Charles Frazier’s Nightwoods, a novel of suspense and love set in the North Carolina mountains. Karen White’s The Strangers on Montagu Street is a spooky tale filled with ghosts and Charleston history. Fall Line by Joe Samuel Starnes is being compared to Deliverance for its Georgia river setting and backwoods characters. And Erika Marks’ debut novel Little Gale Gumbo blends the cultures of New Orleans and coastal Maine with a dash of voodoo.
So as not to take away from the fanfare of our summer list, we decided not to give away all of the books on the fall/winter list, but readers do have the chance to win a few select titles. We’re also thrilled to partner with Better World Books on the current list and encourage our readers to purchase through this site in support of literacy and the joys of reading not just in the South, but around the world.
Visit www.deepsouthmag.com to view the Fall/Winter Reading List and lots of other stories about the South. Our Southern Literary Trail App, included in Sutro World, is also now available on iTunes. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deepsouthmagazine or follow us on Twitter @deepsouthmag.
Have you read any of the books above? What’s your favorite piece of Southern literature? We’d love for you to share below.
*Note* The above blog post is a guest blog from Deep South Magazine Editor, Erin Bass. This content does not necessarily reflect the views of Better World Books (as our lawyers make sure we say). We love having guest bloggers and invite you to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in covering a book or topic on the BWB Blog. Thank you, Erin for the list and for including BWB as the place to buy. Book for Book!