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10 newish Southern books you should add to your bookshelf

Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Southern authors were busy in 2018, delivering books that were instant classics for all genres and readers.

From historical novels to actual history, cookbooks with flair to sports dynasties and a heaping helping of fiction -- if you're looking for something Southern-tinged to add to your reading list, look no further.

​"Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis," by Patti Callahan

Buy now: $14.43, Amazon

Alabama native Callahan hit it out of the park this year with her biographical fiction exploring the life and love story of Joy Davidman, the wife of author C.S. Lewis. With an easy, beautiful manner, Callahan describes what has been called "one of the greatest literary love stories of modern times," a captivating look into love and loss. Buy the Book

"Becoming Mrs. Lewis" by Patti Callahan

​"The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table," by Rick Bragg

​"Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy," by Nicole Seitz

​"Barracoon: The Story of the last 'Black Cargo,'" by Zora Neale Hurston

​"The Line That Held Us," by David Joy

"A Hard Rain: Life in the 1960s, Our Decade of Hope, Possibility, and Innocence Lost" by Frye Gaillard

​"Clock Dance," by Anne Tyler

​"The Sinners," by Ace Atkins

​"Deep Water," by Watt Key

"Bama Dynasty: The Crimson Tide's Road to College Football Immortality," by Christopher Walsh

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Tags: #becomingmrslewis #southern #itsasouthernthing #literary #books #fiction #historicalfiction #patticallahan #romance #booklove

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