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JUNE 23, 2010
Okra Picks!

Time to read our veggies. Take a look at this list of summer reads chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA). In brief the list is chosen by independent book store owners belonging to SIBA and should be southern in nature (story, author, etc). and can be either fiction or non-fiction. Looking over the list I only see  one we own,  On Folly Beach by Karen White, an author who has been adopted by one of our patrons. I've included a link to this.

Think we should purchase any others? Let me know and I'll consider adding them to our collection.


Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
By Accident by Susan Kelly
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove by Susan Gregg Gilmore
On Folly Beach by Karen White
The Secret Child by Marti Healy 


Big Appetite: My Southern-Fried Search for the Meaning of Life by Sam McLeod
The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jim Minick
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking: A Celebration of the Foods, History,  and Romance Handed Down from England, Africa, the Caribbean, France by Joseph Earl Dabney
Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson
Oraien Catledge: Photographs by Oraien E Catledge,

Add a comment  (8 comments) posted by CarolK



bas bleu said, on Jun. 23 at 7:54AM
Just finished On Folly Beach and liked it a lot. Another "Southern" novel that I highly recommend...and that the library The Sweet In-Between, by Sheri Reynolds. I think I might have reviewed it here last year...


bas bleu said, on Jun. 23 at 8:48AM
I think I would love The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, by Susan Gregg Gilmore...


bas bleu said, on Jun. 23 at 8:50AM
Has Susan Gregg Gilmore been "adopted" yet? If not, I will "sponsor" her.


CarolK said, on Jun. 23 at 10:28AM
Susan Gregg Gilmore hasn't been adopted. Thank you for the offer. I'll reply via email.


Marti said, on Jun. 28 at 6:17AM
Hi! I am the author of The Secret Child, one of the SIBA Okra picks for this summer. I am delighted to be so highlighted and would love to have feedback from any readers. This is my third published book, but first in this genre of fantasy. It's just been released, so let me know if you have any problems getting it yet. Its a very gentle book - suitable for lots of ages. Hugs, Marti Healy (


CarolK said, on Jun. 28 at 11:50AM
Nice to meet you Marti. Thanks for taking the time to stop by to comment. Has anyone read Marti's book? Would love to hear from you if you have.


bas bleu said, on Jul. 28 at 8:00AM
Does our library own The Secret Child? If so, I would be happy to read and comment on it! Another "Southern" novel that I recently read and enjoyed is The Sweet By and By, by Todd Johnson.


CarolK said, on Aug. 7 at 8:35AM
It's not one we own. Would you like to ILL it? I always love to hear your comments.

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