A much-requested followup to our annual Summer Reading List, Deep South's Fall/Winter list invites you to curl up with a few mysteries, new releases & nonfiction reads from down South. You'll recognize some of the authors on the list, from James Lee Burke to John Grisham and Karen White. Others may not be familiar, but we think you'll want to know who New York Magazine is calling the next Cormac McCarthy and which author's new novel is being compared to "Deliverance."
We've also got plenty of anticipated second novels from authors whose first books are still being talked about. So, grab a blanket, light a fire and start reading.
The best beach reads, mysteries, chick lit and new releases from down South.
Gone With a Handsomer Man
by Michael Lee West
Teeny Templeton believes her life is finally on track. She’s getting married, baking her own wedding cake and leaving her troubled past behind. Then she finds her fiance playing naked badminton with a couple of gorgeous, skanky chicks. The wedding is off, and when he's found dead a few days later, all fingers point to Teeny. The sixth novel for West, who lives on a farm in Tennessee, "Gone's" cover art alone is worth picking up the book, available now. Follow the author on Twitter @MichaelLeeWest or like her on Facebook. The Beach Trees
by Karen White
Debuting at No. 15 on The New York Times bestseller list during its first week out in May, "The Beach Trees" is set in a geographical location the author knows well: the Gulf coast. After years of searching for her lost sister, main character Julie travels home to Biloxi, Mississippi, and unlocks her surprising family history in an area that's almost as broken as the character herself. The Inheritance of Beauty
by Nicole Seitz
An enchanting story about age and beauty, and the blessings and curses of each, Seitz's
Summer Reading List
The best beach reads, mysteries, chick lit & new releases from down South. A Soft Place to Land
Susan Rebecca White
Billed as the next book club pick by author of The Help Kathryn Stockett, Susan Rebecca White’s follow up to Bound South spans nearly two decades in the lives of Atlanta sisters Ruthie and Julia. After their parents die in a place crash on their way to see the Grand Canyon, the girls must deal with the emotions of resentment, anger and jealousy while healing from the loss, searching for love and beginning their careers. Their journey will take them from their familiar home in Atlanta to bohemian San Francisco, a mountain town in Virginia, the campus of Berkeley and lofts in Brooklyn, until another shocking accident changes everything once again. Backseat Saints
If you read Joshilyn Jackson’s gods in Alabama, you’ll remember the character of Rose Mae Lolley. She was supposed to be just a minor girlfriend, but ended up taking on a life of her own and is now the star of Backseat Saints, which comes out this month. Rose Mae, now Ro Grandee, is a Texas housewife with a husband who’s as abusive as her father. But