Southern literature (sometimes called the literature of the American South) is defined as American literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region. Characteristics of Southern literature include a focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one’s role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion (Christianity) and the burdens/rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of social class and place, and the use of the Southern dialect.

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Love, Alice
The Whole Town's Talking
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Two By Two
The Whole Town's Talking
The Serpent King
The Silent Sister (Riley MacPherson, #1)
The Education of Dixie Dupree
Redemption Road
Glory over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House
The Liar
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Say You Want Me
The Weekenders
All the Little Liars (Aurora Teagarden, #9)
The Pecan Man
The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop (Cadillac, Texas #3)
Pretending to Dance

Popular Southern Books

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Help
The Secret Life of Bees
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Gone with the Wind
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
The Prince of Tides
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Cold Sassy Tree
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Love, Marriage & Mayhem by Maggie  AdamsLove Me ~ Without Regret by Renee KennedyLove Me ~ Like That by Renee KennedySeptember Again by Hunter S. JonesCompulsion by Martina Boone
Books with Southern Romance
60 books — 57 voters
Goodnight, and Thanks for the Vodka [2002] by HarpieWinter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell2004 - Thanks for the Vodka by HarpieGRIT The Banter and Brutality of the Late-Night Cab by Karl Wiggins2006 - Thanks for the Vodka by Harpie
Regional Grit Lit
103 books — 52 voters

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Help by Kathryn StockettTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeOf Mice and Men by John SteinbeckThe Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Deep South
44 books — 13 voters
Cooking Up a Storm by Marcelle BienvenuThe Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook by Paula H. DeenThe Taste of Country Cooking by Edna LewisSmoke and Pickles by Edward       LeePlantation Cookbook by Junior League of New Orleans
Dixie Kitchen
16 books — 2 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeLowcountry Boil by Susan M. BoyerBootlegger's Daughter by Margaret MaronThe Help by Kathryn StockettSouthern Discomfort by Margaret Maron
Best Southern Mysteries
138 books — 82 voters
The Charge by Sharon BaylissAlien Invasion and Other Inconveniences by Brian YanskyTulia by Nate BlakesleeThe Gay Place by Billy Lee BrammerTime Flight by Susan Syers Stark
Best Books from Austin, Texas Authors
29 books — 18 voters

John Hart
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Shannon Celebi
Because the South can be a dangerous place, especially for those who don’t understand it.
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Natalie Goldberg
No matter what a person does to cover up and conceal themselves, when we write and lose control, I can spot a person from Alabama, Florida, South Carolina a mile away even if they make no exact reference to location. Their words are lush like the land they come from, filled with nine aunties, people named Bubba. There is something extravagant and wild about what they have to say — snakes on the roof of a car, swamps, a delta, sweat, the smell of sea, buzz of an air conditioner, Coca-Cola — somet ...more
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