Best Southern Books
Fiction or nonfiction set in the American South or about Southerners
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 724,639 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,218,524 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 862,782 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 136,875 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 169,784 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 790,735 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 154,256 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 29 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 331,685 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 43 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 158,909 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 60,282 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 33 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 86,280 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 135,295 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 417,506 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 108,983 ratings
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 156 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 67,882 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 148,569 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 453,286 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 75,161 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 197,043 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 100,746 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 39,073 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 55,868 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 53,724 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 36,306 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 22,993 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 201,097 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 26,763 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 104,818 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 37,924 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 231,707 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 26,870 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 8,312 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27,550 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 11,265 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 180,321 ratings
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 23,131 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 5,710 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 5,626 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 8,876 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 21,281 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 402,054 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,336 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 262,183 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 15,575 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 9,457 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 42,180 ratings
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 24,411 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 509,486 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 15,652 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 155,258 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 23,266 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 12,663 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 19,672 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,119 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 9,517 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 58,039 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,505 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 918,779 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 830 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 28,398 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,783 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 12,001 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 11,037 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 14,871 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,199 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 6,147 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 8,076 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,700 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 15,840 ratings
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 2,296 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 3,818 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 140,987 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 157,890 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 58,507 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 68,978 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 13,602 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 443,137 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 8,002 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 4,356 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 106 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 72 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 784 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 185 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 40,942 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 14,279 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 230 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 25,765 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 34,139 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 18,078 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,079 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,890 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 17 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 2,031 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 9,516 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,500,149 ratings
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436 books · 606 voters · list created July 18th, 2008 by Melissa Delbridge (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Alright, so it's the Bible Belt and all, but how can the Holy Bible (King James) be part of Southern Literature?!


message 2: by Julie (new)

Julie add zeitoun


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) 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.


message 4: by Julie (new)

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/...


message 7: by Michelle (new)

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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