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Subject: Southern Fiction ?
Date Posted: 5/27/2008 1:02 AM ET
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Any recommendations for southern fiction?  I've read all Anne George's hysterical books and would love to find another similar series.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:38 AM ET
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I just bumped up another thread that has lots of recommendations..it'd gotten to the 2nd page.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 7:47 AM ET
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Fannie Flagg and Clyde Edgerton are funny Kaye Gibbons is more serious reading.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 8:25 AM ET
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I have to second one of April's rec's - Clyde Edgerton. I've read all of his books and wish there were more. I especially loved Lunch at the Piccadilly. We used to have the Piccadilly restaurants here and when I was a kid, I'd go there with my Grandmother on shopping days. It brought back some wonderful memories.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 9:09 AM ET
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In case the other thread gets buried, here it is: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=82535&l=25&ls=0

I have looked in vain for another even older thread that was longer and had wonderful recommendations from some members we don't see any more but I can't find it and I'm assuming it was lost when they purged the forums awhile back. Some of these should be stickied, or there should be a stickied thread that gives links at least.

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 3:51 PM ET
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 You really have to read "Southern Living" by Ad Hudler. It's contemporary, set in Macon, Ga., where the author used to live. It's terrific, and very very funny without being stereotypical.

   But jeeze, there are so, so many good southern books and writers .I just re-read some Pat Conroy, who now may be in my top 2 or 3 authors...

.I am pretty sure there have been other threads with this same question, you may want to peruse the list a little deeper.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 12:14 AM ET
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I love Ellen Gilchrist and Sheila Bosworth.

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 6:31 PM ET
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I looove Dorothea Benton Frank.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 1:56 PM ET
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I love the funny ones!  Thanks for the recommendations!  Keep them coming!

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:11 PM ET
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If you're wanting funny, Gayden Metcalf has some very funny books with recipes. Being dead is no excuse: the official Southern ladies guide to hosting the perfect funeral is one of them. PBS link: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781401359348-Being+Dead+is+No+Excuse+The+Official+Southern+Ladies+Guide+to+Hosting+the+Perfect+Funeral Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Being-Dead-No-Excuse-Official/dp/1401359345/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212786499&sr=1-1  My wife thought this book was howlingly funny, but be warned - it is not P.C. She had family in the South, and thought it rang so true.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Charlaine Harris has a series about Vampires down South.  It's not horror though it's actual kind of funny/quirky.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:26 PM ET
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You might try Mary Kay Andrews.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 11:37 AM ET
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I'll second Charlaine Harris her Shakespeare series is also set in the south (Shakespeare Arkansas) Sweet and Deadly is set in MS The Aurora Teagarden series (starts with Real Murders) is set in Georgia.

Also its not fiction but Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil was one of the best southern books I have ever read. I didnt know that it was a true story when I read it and was shocked to find out that The Lady Chablis in the movie was the REAL Lady Chablis.

Hmm I havent seen a southern swap over in the games lately...........

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Date Posted: 6/7/2008 11:43 AM ET
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For something light and humorous try Robert Dalby's Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly.

Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen books are laugh out loud but a little more risque. Even the cookbook is funny.

Date Posted: 6/7/2008 2:44 PM ET
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I love Anne Rivers Siddon's books even though they're not humorous.  My favorites by her are Downtown, Outer Banks, Hill Towns, and Colony. 

I enjoyed Celia Rivenbark's (or a name like that) "We're Just Like You, Only Prettier" and Bailey Smith's "Mama Makes Up Her Mind". 

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:33 PM ET
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Hi There,

I love Carolyn Haines - she writes about different parts of the south.  Not only that, but she has a fantastic series based on one woman - you can google her and her website pops right up.  She has a few others to chose from as well. The Bones series is quite funny, and they also have great story lines. :)


Date Posted: 6/25/2008 7:58 PM ET
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Robert Morgan - Gap Creek

Pat Conroy (one of my all time favorite novelists- have read and love everything he has written). 

    By the way he HAS finished a new novel (YAY!!!!)  which should be out anytime now!  It is called "SOUTH OF BROAD" (setting is Charleston, SC) and at last count was 1000 pages (not sure if publisher is trying to get him to pare it down- hope not!)

Anne Rivers Siddons- mentioned above, a good read- she writes about the low country and Atlanta

Bailey White (Mama "Makes up her mind: and other Dangers of Southern Living" is a hoot)

Also if you love the south, check out "Garden and Gun" magazine, named after a club in Charleston.  Pat Conroy is a contributing author for the magazine and appeared on on the cover of it's premier issue last year .  He has written in the magazine as has Clyde Edgerton.  It is touted as "the magazine of the new south".  I'm not a hunter- it is not just a hunting magazine - at all.


Date Posted: 6/25/2008 8:25 PM ET
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EileenR...THANK YOU for mentioning that Pat Conroy has a new book coming out. He is one of the very few authors whose books I am willing buy in hardcover because I know I'll be keeping his books forever!

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 9:08 PM ET
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The Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross is good. The first one in the series is Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind.


Date Posted: 6/25/2008 10:29 PM ET
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Carole- I know... I can't wait!


Date Posted: 6/26/2008 12:52 PM ET
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I love Pat Conroy, too!!  I can't wait to read the new one!!!!

Subject: Southern Writers
Date Posted: 6/27/2008 6:28 PM ET
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As with everyone else, I love Anne Rivers Siddons books and Pat Conroy's too!


A couple of other fave authors are Lee Smith (Oral History, Fair and Tender Ladies, etc.) and Adrinna Trigianni  (Milk Glass Moon, Stone Gap, etc.).

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 2:33 PM ET
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I loved The Widow of the South, which I read a few years ago---the story of a Confederate widow who tends a nearby graveyard of her 'boys'....very engaging.  Also, consider Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Subject: oldie, but goodie
Date Posted: 6/28/2008 6:30 PM ET
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.....and add to the list Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter . . . .

Date Posted: 6/30/2008 1:02 PM ET
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Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch for a great laugh.

I am from the town it is based upon, and it is straight on!


Also, the Sweet Potato Queen Books are really Funny!