Southern literature (sometimes called the literature of the American South) is defined as American literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region. Characteristics of Southern literature include a focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one’s role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion (Christianity) and the burdens/rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of social class and place, and the use of the Southern dialect.

New Releases Tagged "Southern"

The Lying Woods
Homeward Hound ("Sister" Jane, #11)
Heavy: An American Memoir
When the Men Were Gone
Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks, #10)
Mardi Gras Murder (Cajun Country Mystery, #4)
Every Breath
Small Town Rumors
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits
Tin God (Delta Crossroads Trilogy, #1)
The Strawberry Hearts Diner
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
The Hideaway
By Invitation Only
The Stolen Marriage
The Barefoot Summer
Gray Mountain
The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop (Cadillac, Texas #3)
The Weight of Lies
The Sometimes Sisters
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Books Set in Mississippi
133 books — 30 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Best Southern Literature
1,116 books — 2,456 voters

Mama Knows Best by Reece TaylorDead Until Dark by Charlaine HarrisThese Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin' by Kalan Chapman LloydEverybody's Broken by Fay LambOf Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Southern Belles
9 books — 6 voters
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Southern Humor and Humorists
95 books — 26 voters

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Best Black/African American Chicklit
375 books — 347 voters

Popular Southern Books

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The Help
The Secret Life of Bees
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Gone with the Wind
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Sound and the Fury
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
As I Lay Dying
The Prince of Tides
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Color Purple

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