As I noted in my post, A Road(trip) to a Southern Bell, my parents recently made the big move from Michigan to Mississippi, taking me along for the ride (the literal roadtrip down and for holidays – not a permanent relocation from NYC). To better prepare myself for the culture shock (I’m thrilled with the move, really, but it is a whole new world down there) I’m reading lots o’Southern literature. I’m going to keep track here, since y’all (lingo, like it?!) gave me so many great suggestions I need to keep track.
My Southern Lit List* stands at:
- THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett (obviously I’ve already read this – who hasn’t – but it’s imperative I reread, which will be better understood in my review)
- CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER by Tom Franklin
- LOOKING FOR SALVATION AT THE DAIRY QUEEN by Susan Gregg Gilmore
- HUNK CITY and MODERN BAPTISTS by James Wilcox
- GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell (my FAVORITE book – and I’ve been needing a reason to reread this classic tome! I did just purchase as an ereader, because my collector’s leather bound edition (Thanks OAD & OUB!) is both heavy and delicate
- INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL by Harriet Jacobs
- SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman (I’ve already read, enjoyed and reviewed this recently released debut novel, but feel it’s very relevant to this list as CeeCee made her way South from Ohio)
- REASONS FOR AND ADVANTAGES OF BREATHING by Lydia Peelle (thanks to Beth Fish Reads for her review of this Southern-based collection of short stories)
- PLANTING DANDELIONS: Field Notes from a Semi-Domesticated Life by Kyran Pittman (This upcoming Summer 2011 release from Riverhead Books promises to be funny and insightful from a Canadian perspective in Arkansas – I suggest following @KyranPittman on Twitter!)
- THE CONFESSION by John Grisham (I gave in and bought this for my Kindle and it just happened to be set in TX – yay!)
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (thanks for pointing out the obvious, Bermuda Onion!)
- THE IMPROPER LIFE OF BEZELIA GROVE by Susan Gregg Gilmore (Thanks, BookingMama!)
- Southern Living cookbooks (Thanks, Rachel Austin!)
- The Secret Life of Bees
- The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
- My Delicious Life with Paula Deen by her husband (these last three are attributed to the fabulous Lisa Munley at TLC Book Tours)
- Flannery O’Connor (Thanks for pointing out that huge hole in my list, Marilyn Brant!)
- THE OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER (excited about this small southern town writing – thanks Softdrink!)
- A VERY SIMPLE CRIME by Grant Jenkins (APMonkey’s review here will convince you to read this too!)
So anyone want to join me in swilling mint juleps, hurricanes and sweet tea with with some fried catfish? I think I’ve guilted BookLady’sBlog into reading GONE WITH THE WIND and Flannery O’Connor, but like all good southerners, we welcome friends and neighbors! Kari, I believe you said “I miss the y’alls and magnolia trees and porch swings!” so come on over!
*looking for a catchy name, Southern Lit List doesn’t really do it for me. I’m taking suggestions!