Best Southern Books

Fiction or nonfiction set in the American South or about Southerners
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3.91 avg rating — 183,040 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 227,815 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 969,548 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 417,722 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 207,598 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 224,747 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 78,255 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 137,981 ratings
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3.70 avg rating — 33 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 48 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 115,330 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 38 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 623,857 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 479,363 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 170,530 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 193,231 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 255,991 ratings
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4.62 avg rating — 159 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,583 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 48,216 ratings
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26

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3.68 avg rating — 96,284 ratings
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4.42 avg rating — 126,982 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 144,736 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 33,515 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 45,995 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 66,419 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 68,563 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 32,092 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 304,888 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 47,194 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 33,667 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 26,522 ratings
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3.44 avg rating — 36,136 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 37,292 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 7,076 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 15,241 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 307,800 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 12,299 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 21,360 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 10,887 ratings
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3.49 avg rating — 8,138 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 73,913 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 51,268 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 12,562 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 30,316 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 521,210 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 9,332 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 196,244 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 34,134 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 21,047 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 19,713 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 337,670 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 627,375 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 8,089 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 25,259 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,330 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 159,583 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 84,321 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 14,363 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 18,691 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 20,453 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 5,239 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 10,667 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 3,291 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 2,190,572 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 4,014 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 2,272 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 972 ratings
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4.40 avg rating — 262 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 476,384 ratings
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648 books · 736 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 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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