The Southern Bookseller Review Newsletter for the week of April 13, 2021

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Into the wilderness.

Daniel Boone

About a month and 245 years ago, Daniel Boone led a group of pioneers into Kentucky to establish a settlement which he called, with his typical sense of modesty, Boonesborough. A week later, the 13 colonies declared their independence from England. And a few weeks after that, some Cherokee and Shawnee canoeing up the Kentucky river kidnapped Boone's daughter, Jemima. His pursuit of the kidnappers and rescue of his daughter and her friends would later be fictionalized in James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans.

Next week's Reader Meet Writer event with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin takes a new look at a man almost entirely obscured by legend. A restless wanderer in a violent time, Blood and Treasure is a unique portrait of America’s first and arguably greatest pathfinder Daniel Boone—not the coonskin cap-wearing caricature of popular culture but the flesh-and-blood frontiersman and Revolutionary War hero whose explorations into the forested frontier beyond the great mountains would become the stuff of legend. It is also the story of the birth, or birth pangs, of a country, told through the eyes of both the ordinary and larger-than-life men and women, white and Native American, who witnessed it.

Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 PM EST. REGISTER HERE

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Coming up on the Reader Meet Writer Author Series:


The The Last Thing He Told MeThe Last Thing He Told Me with Laura Dave
Tue May 11th 7:00pm - 8:00pm | REGISTER

Laura Dave is the national and international bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes and other novels. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Ladies’ Home Journal; Glamour; Redbook; Self; and The New York Observer. Dave has appeared on the CBS Early Show, The Modern Love Podcast, and NPR’s All Things Considered; and Cosmopolitan named her a “Fun and Fearless Phenom” of the year. She resides with her family in Santa Monica.

Blood and Treasure : Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First FrontierBlood and Treasure : Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Thu May 13th 7:00pm - 8:00pm | REGISTER

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin are the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That IsLucky 666Halsey's TyphoonLast Men Out, and The Last Stand of Fox Company, which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award. They live in Manasquan, New Jersey, and Sag Harbor, New York, respectively.

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Recommended by Southern indies...

Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau


Mary Jane: A Novel by Jessica Anya Blau
Custom House / May 2021

More Reviews from Main Street Reads

Calling Mary Jane a coming of age novel would be a vast understatement. It is the summer of 1975, and 14-year-old Mary Jane has the opportunity to nanny for the little girl of a family completely the opposite of her own family. Where her family is quiet and orderly, the Cone family is loud and chaotic. At home she learns Black and Jewish folks need to “know their place” in their upper class Baltimore neighborhood, while through the eyes of the Cone family everyone is equal and no judgments are passed. Not only is this a beautiful novel about a young girl realizing her place in the world and finding out who she is, it is an amazingly fun ‘70s music throwback with lyrics on almost every page.

--Reviewed by Ashley Bohinc, Main Street Reads in Summerville, South Carolina

Bookseller Buzz


Spotlight on: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead

Shipstead's much-anticipated new novel centers around an aviatrix determined to circumnavigate the globe over both poles, and the actress who portrays her in a film one hundred years later. An expansive, far-ranging epic which comes to us when almost everyone is near frantic from being forced to stay home.

Shipstead acknowledges the inspiration she drew from Amelia Earhart in a recent NPR interview; "'I'm really intrigued by this question of, what's the difference between disappearance and death...I wanted to get that idea of the unknowability of other people through this lens of somebody 60 or 70 years later trying to piece together a life and a person."

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What booksellers are saying about Great Circle

  • This book was an epic gift from Maggie Shipstead to the world. When I finished it I turned right back to the first page and started again. --Kimberley Daniels, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC
    Buy from The Country Bookshop

  • This book. What a stunner. This is the kind of book that makes you listless after you finish because you miss the characters so much.  -- Chelsea Bauer, union ave books in Knoxville, TN
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  •  I got lost in this big novel that truly is magical as the best fiction is. Stellar characters who sparkle and pop and a storyline that is epic and strong.. --Jean Lewis, Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, FL
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About Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels Astonish Me and Seating Arrangements and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Trans.)


The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Trans.)
Farrar Straus and Giroux / April 2021

More Reviews from Flyleaf Books

A gloriously unsettling collection of the weird and macabre, The Dangers of Smoking in Bed is as enthralling as it is disturbing and will envelop readers in a loving and nightmarish embrace. Perfect for fans of Samanta Schweblin, Carmen Maria Machado, and Abbey Mei Otis.

--Reviewed by Zach Claypole White, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Not Our Summer by Casie Bazay


Not Our Summer by Casie Bazay
Running Press / May 2021

More Reviews from Bookmiser

Becca and KJ are cousins, both about to graduate from high school. But because their mothers are estranged, they don’t know each other at all. When their maternal grandfather dies, they have to come together for the reading of his will. In it, their grandfather has given both of the girls and both of their mothers a nice sum of money. The only catch is that the girls must complete a five-part bucket list before they get the money. The list is a set of things the grandfather always wanted to do, but his mounting agoraphobia wouldn’t let him. I LOVE that we have a story that, at its root, is about friendship. And while there’s a smidge of romance, it’s FAR from the main plot. It took me a moment to warm up to the two girls, but in the end, I enjoyed them, flaws and all.

--Reviewed by Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney


Brat by Andrew McCarthy
Grand Central Publishing / May 2021

More Reviews from Sunrise Bookshop

As I tore through this book, I kept wondering why I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t stop thinking about it. I mean, I even met Andrew McCarthy once (at ABA, when he was releasing his middle-grades book) and wasn’t particularly star-struck. It’s very well-written, and his voice is vulnerable and likable and humble and honest. He comes across as a bit bewildered by his success, and captures his 20-something self perfectly. I wasn’t surprised that, in the acknowledgments, he admitted that he’d “almost” written the book a long time ago. I guess he captured those days when they were still fresh. But, ultimately, McCarthy himself explained why I was so caught up in it. “…in the memory of those movies exists a touchstone of youth, of when life was all ahead, when the future was a blank slate, when anything was possible.” I have no idea if this book will resonate with anyone who is not as firmly Gen X as me (class of 1985!), but I’ll stock it and give it a lot of hand-selling. Because it’s my store and I loved it.

Reviewed by Angela Schroeder, Sunrise Books in High Point, North Carolina

The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund


The Sky Above Us by Natalie Lund
Philomel Books / April 2021

More Reviews from The Country Bookshop

This fast-moving and well-written book tells the story of three girls, and how they dealt with the three boys in their lives (one’s twin brother, one’s ex-boyfriend, and one’s crush). After the boys die in a freak plane accident where they were the pilots, the girls work together to figure out what really happened. This book also dives into the deeper themes of the pressures put on high school students when it comes to grades and athletics, mental health, and the social image that a student is trying to uphold.

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

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Books on the horizon: Forthcoming favorites from Southern indies...

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews


The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin's Press / May 2021

More Reviews from Downtown Books

A Spring 2021 Read This Next! Title

Is there anything MKA can’t write? Her mix of characters- strangers who become friends and even family; a story of two sisters who couldn’t be more different; the desperate attempt to hide an innocent child from her mother’s possible killer (or killers?) .. and the familiar coastal Florida setting all combine in a completely different nail-biter of a novel that will satisfy every reader- whether they prefer mysteries, romance, humor, thriller or beach reads. The Newcomer has it ALL and will be our FIRST pick for this summer’s beach bag!

–  Jamie Anderson from Downtown Books in Manteo, NC

Southern Bestsellers

What's popular this week with Southern Readers.

The Hill We Climb World Travel The House on the Cerulean Sea
Hood Feminism The Tree in Me

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Parting Thought

"“You have to be a bit of a liar to tell a story the right way.” – Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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