Best Southern Books

Fiction or nonfiction set in the American South or about Southerners
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3.89 avg rating — 162,020 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 380,750 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 182,303 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 184,175 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 31 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 69,219 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 124,471 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 46 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 102,633 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 35 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 154,747 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 452,968 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 548,951 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 172,022 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 77,222 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 226,641 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 729 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 786 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 87,480 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 44,577 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 122,932 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 60,091 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 114,393 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 30,252 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 41,704 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 27,174 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 63,362 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 250,316 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 271,058 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 9,579 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 11,003 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 468,359 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 177,944 ratings
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492 books · 692 voters · list created July 19th, 2008 by Melissa Delbridge (votes) .
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Comments <span class="smallText"> (showing 1-8 of 8) </span> <span class="smallText">(8 new)</span>

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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Alright, so it's the Bible Belt and all, but how can the Holy Bible (King James) be part of Southern Literature?!


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Julie add zeitoun


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Julie wrote: "add zeitoun"

Everybody can add books to this list, so feel free to do so yourself, Julie -- just click on the tab "add books," above next to "all votes" and then select any and all books you want to add, either from your own bookshelves or by performing a search from among Goodreads's database.


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Julie Thanks!! Julie


message 5: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Uh, deleting Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.....


message 6: by Garth (new)

Garth My vote is for Bebe Moore Campbell's Your Blues Ain't Like Mine.

Whenever I hear someone rave about The Help, I suggest they read Your Blues Ain't Like Mine. The Help has good parts, but on the whole Your Blues Ain't Like Mine -- a novel based on the Emmett Till murder -- seems so much more realistic and honest about how horrible conditions were for African-Americans in the 1950s South.

Here's a post I wrote about the novel for Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches novels to today's headlines and events (this entry was for Black History Month): http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


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Michelle The Good Earth removed... because it happens to Chinese people... in China... which I'm very confident is not now and has never been a part of the American South... wtf...

On a side note, it is an amazing book.


message 8: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 06, 2015 02:15AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Michelle wrote: "The Good Earth removed... because it happens to Chinese people... in China... which I'm very confident is not now and has never been a part of the American South... wtf...

Here's another one... As far as I know, The Shipping News (currently #277) is not set in the American South but in Newfoundland, Canada.


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