Best Southern Books

Fiction or nonfiction set in the American South or about Southerners
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3.89 avg rating — 157,162 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 190,140 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 853,292 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 374,409 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 177,448 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 178,908 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 30 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 45 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 67,435 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 34 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 121,754 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 100,211 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 151,078 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 446,622 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 167,830 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 535,457 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 75,049 ratings
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4.37 avg rating — 721 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 221,053 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 481 ratings
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25

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3.66 avg rating — 85,741 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 43,749 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 58,908 ratings
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28

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4.41 avg rating — 111,922 ratings
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29

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3.61 avg rating — 119,691 ratings
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30

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3.95 avg rating — 29,593 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 40,847 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 26,354 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 62,108 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 241,239 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 29,636 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 262,109 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 197,650 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 13,112 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 9,310 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 31,067 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 6,257 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 18,016 ratings
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3.42 avg rating — 28,503 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 6,637 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 10,182 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 8,327 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 10,750 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 27,067 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 47,260 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 455,823 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 15,834 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 27,833 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 173,334 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 294,914 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 559,669 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 8,019 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 17,798 ratings
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3.74 avg rating — 22,428 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 36 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 7,274 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 1,003,234 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 7,208 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 31,392 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 13,547 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 15,818 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 69,149 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 9,144 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 75,722 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 38,106 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 512,370 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 4,824 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 883 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 215 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 2,821 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 1,785,424 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 16,019 ratings
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4.46 avg rating — 253 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 3,516 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 20,204 ratings
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457 books · 681 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 Ruedin 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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