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Initial post: Jul 15, 2011 8:59:27 AM PDT
Kacie says:
I was just wondering if anyone had read anything good set in the South. I like authors like Rebecca Wells and Charlaine Harris.

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 7:51:40 AM PDT
I have not read either of the authors you mentioned but I am in the middle of reading books by Sarah Addison Allen. They are set in the south and I have really enjoyed all of the ones that I have read. Hope this helps!

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 8:52:49 PM PDT
Danielle says:
I completely agree, Sarah Addison Allen is amazing. She's a great writer and offers a bit of magical flair to her southern stories. She just released a new book, The Peach Keeper, I believe. I particularly loved The Girl Who Chased the Moon. It was amazing and I ate it up in one sitting.

Posted on Jul 16, 2011 10:14:32 PM PDT
D. S. Rogers says:
have you read "Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide To Hosting the Perfect Funeral" by Gayden Metcalfe? It is along the same line as the Ya-Ya books, and sequels follow. You will certainly identify with almost everything written and you will LOL while reading it

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 12:08:09 AM PDT
Tom Conroy is the best! All his works Lyn Denny

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2011 7:42:02 PM PDT
Cari says:
Do you mean Pat Conroy?

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 8:51:48 PM PDT
Dusty Miller says:
Don't miss Wm. Styron, Flannery O'Conner, Marjorie Rawlings.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 7:29:18 AM PDT
Kacie says:
Thanks you guys for the input. I'll look into those authors.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 8:55:49 AM PDT
beach reader says:
Karen White, Dorthea Benton Frank, also "Summer's Child" is a good book. Sorry I can't remember the author.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 10:31:34 AM PDT
Bama says:
If you want to laugh out loud, try Dixie Divas by Virginia Brown.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 12:00:54 PM PDT
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W. Speers says:
Anything by James Street. I particularly liked his "Goodbye My Lady," Country boy finds a basenji, a valuable dog that went astray. Turns out to be an outstanding bird dog. Setting was around Pascagoula-Mobile area on the Gulf Coast.

Obviously, William Faulkner. Mississippi. "In the South, the dead past isn't dead. It's not even past."

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Florida, other lowland areas. The Yearling. Wonderful book. The movie's good too.

Mustn't forget Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind.

Sidney Lanier, Georgia. The Uncle Remus-Brer Rabbit stories of Joel Chandler Harris, a Georgia native.

Fred Gipson wrote good dog stories (Old Yeller was one of them) about Texas. Is that Southern enough?

Mark Twain. Many of his stories took place in Missouri, on the Mississippi.

Carson McCullers; Eudora Welty; who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird? Harper Lee, that's it (Flannery O'Connor said To Kill A Mockingbird was a good childrens' story, meow). Walker Percy. Edgar Allen Poe of Baltimore.

James Agee was from Tennessee. He's not a regional writer, but he caught something of the South in his screenplay Night Of the Hunter, and in the book he wrote with Walker Evans, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Did he also write A Death In the Family?

MacKinlay Kantor, Georgia. Andersonville, The Voice of Bugle Ann.

Erskine Caldwell, Tobacco Road. Is that one about Georgia or one of the Carolinas? I have suspected that Caldwell was really a New York City writer who pretended to be a Southerner; his stories don't seem all that authentic.

And of course there's James Baldwin and Richard Wright, although they didn't write a lot about the South. John Howard Griffin, a Texas boy, wrote Black Like Me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011 3:50:12 PM PDT
Try Fannie Flag's books. They are great

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 1:21:56 PM PDT
Mark Starr says:
Young adult fiction, A Bastard File, is set in the Carolina Blue Hills and includes glimpses back in time to the Georgia gold rush and Cherokee Trail of Tears. I like it; but as the author I might be a tad biased.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 5:06:19 AM PDT
Edna Ferber - Giant, Saratoga Trunk, others you may find on Amazon or Abe books.

Good luck.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 6:51:53 AM PDT
Janet says:
Can't get more "southern" than Mary Kay Andrews. Savannah, Ga and Tybee Island Ga are some of the settings.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2011 7:09:54 AM PDT
Kacie says:
That's okay, Mark. Never hurts to appreciate your own work. :-)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 1:50:04 PM PDT
Anne Rivers Siddons is a favorite of mine.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 6:35:19 PM PDT
tomdawg says:
Ted C. Jackson has a story on Kindle called 'Crimpson Sawter.' It is set in 1950's Alabama, might remind someone of Flannery O'Conner a bit. Hits hard the themes of justice and revenge. Ending blew me away.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2011 9:00:10 AM PDT
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Mickey says:
"Deep Enough for Ivorybills" by James Kilgo

"The Creek" by J.T. Glisson

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 9:20:05 AM PDT
I love the Miss Julia series by Anne B. Ross, particularly the audio version. The reader is terrific.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2011 10:36:33 AM PDT
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janebbooks says:
Folly Beach: A Lowcountry Tale by Dorothea Benton Frank

For the sights and sounds and smells of South Carolina beach life.........Dottis is hard to top. Her SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, debut novel, evokes every sense as you cross the marshes to visit the small island of Sullivan's Island (or Folly Beach...or Isle of Palms...or Pawley's Island or Shem Creek) in her books.

I met Dottie right after she wrote SULLIVAN's ISLAND. She is a genuine person, a Southern Lady sometimes naughty in her writings, a self-made woman. She was living in New Jersey at the time and had her own business...wholesale ladies sports clothes. Her daughter told her she wanted to wear the nice clothes, go to parties, have jewelry...just like her. So she gave that a thought or two and started writing.

Thanks, Dottie, for the wonderful writings over the years!

(former used bookstore owner in a small SC town)

And Anne Rivers Siddons does wonderful snippits of the South. PEACHTREE ROAD and DOWNTOWN are my favorites although KING's OAK should be. KING's OAK is a lightly veiled Aiken, S.C---one of the State's more sophiscated little cities (I was living there when Siddons published the book.) Thoroughbred horses winter there: Aiken has polo matches, three indoor tennis courts, and is very near the SAVANNAH RIVER ATOMIC PROJECT...the "bomb plant."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2011 3:32:38 PM PDT
Quincy says:
I just finished the entire 15 book series by Margaret Maron, starting with the first one: "Bootlegger's Daughter". They are light mysteries and I enjoyed them very much. I know I will read them again.

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 8:46:04 AM PDT
HardyBoy64 says:
Do yourself a favor and read "Cold Sassy Tree"! I loved that book. And of course, Faulkner. Howard Bahr also has some great Civil war novels.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2011 12:15:42 PM PDT
The Mandolin Case about a country doctor winding his way in and out of trouble is a good quick fun read.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2011 12:06:12 PM PDT
book lover says:
If you're willing to look for it (1997), Deborah Smith's A Place to Call Home is a beautiful story with indelible Southern roots. First sentence of the Prologue "I planned to be the kind of old Southern lady who talked to her tomato plants and bought sweaters for her cats."
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