Best Southern Books

Fiction or nonfiction set in the American South or about Southerners
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3.92 avg rating — 241,230 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 277,640 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 1,166,830 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 561,203 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 272,800 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 286,435 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 96,818 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 163,899 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 99 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 805,324 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 199,103 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 143,386 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 55 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 532,258 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 244,006 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 99,270 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 351,268 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 117,847 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 61,128 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 5,058 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 58,755 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 87,689 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 178,529 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 152,861 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 448,162 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 39,990 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 81,413 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 55,269 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 40,405 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 242,870 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 40,062 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 30,363 ratings
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3.47 avg rating — 56,126 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 395,639 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 44,878 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 15,635 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 7,777 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 228,914 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 16,928 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 58,810 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,414,224 ratings
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3.51 avg rating — 11,123 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 27,833 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 13,241 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 14,106 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 94,220 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 590,390 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 14,223 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 48,084 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 11,697 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 413,050 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 36,817 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 40,959 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 742,118 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 24,229 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 1,504 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 25,677 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 28,885 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 45,373 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 13,968 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 20,346 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 9,295 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 12,830 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 102,890 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 27,868 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 171 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 116,852 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 194,806 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 23,183 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 20,654 ratings
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4.51 avg rating — 3,188 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 22,117 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 248,149 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 19,398 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 13,537 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 26,082 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 712,549 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 6,306 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 106,324 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 50,468 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 77,239 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 6,015 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 5,986 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 11,885 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 4,028 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 14,115 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 1,052 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 4,646 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 517,230 ratings
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776 books · 798 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/...


message 7: by Zoe's Human (new)

Zoe's Human 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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