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Finalists Are Named for Southern Fiction Award

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The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has announced its finalists. The annual award is given to a writer whose work is set in the South and exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature—quality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and characters. This year’s finalists are: Joshilyn Jackson, The Almost Sisters (William Morrow) Bren McClain, One Good Mama Bone (The University of South Carolina Press) J.C. Sasser, Gradle Bird (Koehler Books) Stephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Ecco)  “Originality and creativity are the hallmarks of this year’s shortlist,” said judge Katherine Clark. “The main characters in these novels include a ghost, a cow, a skeleton, and a house. The finalists are indicative of the wide range of talent producing contemporary Southern fiction.” Here’s a…

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*New This Week*: Celebrate Diversity with New Books For Everyone in Every Genre

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This week’s theme is diversity! We are celebrating writers of different backgrounds and the books they’ve written that are to be released this week. Included on our list are novels by Tayari Jones and Lisa Gardner; cookbooks from Jenné Claiborne and Jerrelle Guy; and memoirs from Rachel Hollis and Sadie Robertson. We’ve also added a few surprises— perfect reads for cold winter nights. Novels An American Marriage, Tayari Jones No One is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts Look For Me, Lisa Gardner The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah The Masterpiece, Francine Rivers By The Book, Julia Sonneborn The House of Impossible Beauties, Joseph Cassara She Regrets Nothing, Andrea Dunlop Good Neighbors, Joanne Serling   Memoir Live Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion, and Purpose, Sadie Robertson Girl, Wash…

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‘This Is Us’: 5 Moving Books About the Love and Acceptance of Family

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Familial relationships are complicated and wrought with a unique cast of characters. Like a TV show, the American family is the sound stage of our lives and we are the actors. We live, we laugh and we love, never really knowing what will happen in the next episode. Last year, NBC brought us a wonderfully complex story about a family throughout various stages in their evolution and development. This Is Us has captivated American TV viewers unlike any show in recent years because of its honest portrayal of a family that is not perfect, but is perfectly guided by love. Actor Sterling K. Brown won an Emmy earlier this month for his stunning portrayal of Randall Pearson in the series. Tonight,…

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Stephanie Powell Watts’ ‘No One is Coming to Save Us’ Packs Emotional Punch

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Read on for a review of No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Nylon, Elle, Redbook, W Magazine, and The Chicago Review of Books and highly recommended by Oprah! In a small town in North Carolina an African-American family is reaching for the American Dream. Life is hard and full of disappointments as it seems like a dark cloud is hovering over them. Ava is desperate for a baby yet she battles infertility and secretly reaches out to an online community for support and advice. Her husband, Henry, is upset about the decline in the furniture industry where he works, is cheating on Ava…

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