Best Southern Books

Fiction or nonfiction set in the American South or about Southerners
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3.89 avg rating — 164,917 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 200,051 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 384,499 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 185,270 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 188,076 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 31 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 70,357 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 126,233 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 48 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 104,236 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 38 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 456,370 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 156,913 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 558,030 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 174,703 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 78,835 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 229,810 ratings
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4.34 avg rating — 732 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 1,160 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 88,542 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 45,059 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 125,641 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 60,910 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 116,085 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 30,716 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 42,270 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 27,698 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 63,979 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 256,702 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 44,163 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 276,606 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 203,017 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 6,471 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 13,735 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 18,924 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 24,420 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 9,756 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 32,858 ratings
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3.43 avg rating — 30,603 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 7,010 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 10,726 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 11,245 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 27,880 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 48,561 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 463,940 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 8,401 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 16,835 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 29,476 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 180,891 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 578,984 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 18,694 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 68,092 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 47 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 11,139 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 46,963 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 40,075 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 538,853 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 908 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 229 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 16,821 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 256 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 3,641 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 20,815 ratings
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497 books · 694 voters · list created July 19th, 2008 by Melissa Delbridge (votes) .
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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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