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 — 716,061 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,203,587 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 858,021 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 135,052 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 167,494 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 784,910 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 151,930 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 29 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 43 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 327,485 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 156,781 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 33 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 59,592 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 133,722 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 414,321 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 85,208 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 107,773 ratings
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 154 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 67,104 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 146,898 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 445,164 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 73,999 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 194,540 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 99,552 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 38,650 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 53,285 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 55,138 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 35,884 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 22,645 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 197,232 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 26,472 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 103,274 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 37,475 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 230,686 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 8,193 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 27,166 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 178,441 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 26,570 ratings
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 22,644 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 5,620 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 11,031 ratings
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 5,532 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 8,770 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 21,109 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 396,727 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 7,226 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 258,879 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 15,333 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 9,339 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 41,653 ratings
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 24,146 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 15,429 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 153,554 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 22,844 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 504,260 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 19,334 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 7,031 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 57,043 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 12,297 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,438 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 908,798 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 813 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 9,365 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 28,020 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,763 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,163 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 7,926 ratings
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 2,275 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 3,776 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 140,076 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 156,977 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 11,817 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 57,650 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 10,864 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 68,340 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 13,375 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 14,721 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 435,926 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 7,915 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 6,069 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 4,316 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,611 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 15,642 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 — 71 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 775 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 178 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 40,393 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 25,360 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 33,678 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 4,016 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,867 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 — 2,000 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 9,319 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,477,274 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 14,044 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,148 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 17,893 ratings
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434 books · 596 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.


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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/...


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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