Posted By Nicki Leone
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Five new books have been selected by SIBA booksellers for the May Read This Next! List!
Read This Next! highlights new books that are receiving exceptional, and exceptionally enthusiastic, buzz from Southern indie booksellers. SIBA always makes a point of putting the store excitement and buzz around these books in front of their publishers, raising store visibility with the industry.
What SIBA Booksellers have to say:
The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry This book is one that, upon finishing it, you close it gently, hold it close to your heart, wipe your tears, and smile before you set it down. – Lady Smith from The Snail on the Wall in Huntsville, AL
The Storyteller by Brandon Hobson Ziggy is just a regular kid. Well, a regular kid who encounters talking coyotes, singing frogs, prophesying snakes, truth telling horses, a very interesting Grandma and Nunnehi- spirits who protect those of Cherokee descent. Funny, sad, wise, and jam packed with adventure. –Angie Tally from The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC
Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Crushing like a hammer and sharp as a scythe, Chain Gang All-Stars is a master class of brutality drenched in grace...It’s speculative fiction that feels so close to reality that it’s shockingly unsurprising and brilliantly difficult to endure. Damn. –Carly Crawford from Novel in Memphis, TN
We Are Too Many : A Memoir [Kind of] by Hannah Pittard A unique take on a memoir (kind of) that immediately hurls you into Hannah Pittard's crumbling world... A book that truly bares its soul to the world, and it pays off in the best way possible. –Grace Sullivan from Fountain Books in Richmond, VA
Yellowface by R. F. Kuang A dark, satirical mindfuck of discourse and cancellation. YELLOWFACE is cutting and incisive. I found myself genuinely freaked by some of Kuang’s imagery. A doomed, twisted ride. –Gaby Iori from Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews in Chapel Hill, NC
Current Read This Next! books and what SIBA booksellers have to say about them can always be found at The Southern Bookseller Review