What are the best contemporary books written by Southern authors?

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    #1The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    #2The Witches of Moonlight Ridge

    The Witches of Moonlight Ridge

    The Witches of Moonlight Ridge is the second novel in the Moonlight Ridge series. This young-adult fiction novel is written by Ramey Channell and was published in 2016.

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    Tammy Thomas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Nice storyline, lyrical language and compelling characters. Set in the south in the 1950's, this book fits the problem exactly. "
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    #3And Venus Is Blue

    And Venus Is Blue

    And Venus Is Blue is a collection of short stories about the everyday experiences of people. This contemporary book is written by Mary Hood, and was originally published in 2001.

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    Thomas Davidson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is another one of those odd books where you get a variety of experiences from many different people. It really takes a look at The South as an entire region, and the real experiences that were had there. It's actually a real set of dichotomy between two life approaches, and use of language. It's worth a read."
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    #4A Clear View of the Southern Sky: Stories

    A Clear View of the Southern Sky: Stories

    A Clear View of the Southern Sky: Stories is a fiction book written by Mary Hood and Pat Conroy. This book contains short stories about happiness and salvation.

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    Lori Burns
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "These stories are insightful and moving. Hood is a masterful writer, and a worthy successor to O'Connor and Faulkner. The legacy of the Southern short story lives in her."
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    #5Last Ride to Graceland

    Last Ride to Graceland

    Last Ride to Graceland is a non-fiction biography book about Elvis Presley written by Kim Wright. Last Ride to Graceland was published on May 24, 2016 by Gallery Books.

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    Hansika Jindal
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This a good solution. This is a different and contempary book that is written by a southern author."
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    #6To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Michelle Newman
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is and always will be a classic novel by a southern author. There are no two ways about this, everyone should read this book even if it makes them uncomfortable. There can be parallels found in everyone's life nowadays, with coming of age in a prejudiced world. "
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    #7Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most important and enduring books of the 20th century. It brings to life a Southern love story with incredible wit and pathos.

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    Brittany Perry
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is one of the most important novels I have ever read. My book club recommended it and I got it on my Kindle. I though the book was masterfully written, poignant, and moving. It emphasizes our shared humanity and takes on many difficult issues in the process such as infidelity, poverty, mercy killing, racism, female degradation, and unconditional love. I highly suggest you read it."
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    #8The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

    The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories

    The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories is a contemporary romance fiction book written by Celeste Fletcher McHale. This book was originally published in 2017.

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    David Douglas
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is great for those who like to reminisce on past experiences and pleasant memories you've had through out life. You can enjoy a drink of your choice, just sit back relax, and let your mind roam. "
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    #9The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

    The Secret to Hummingbird Cake

    The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale is thick with southern Louisiana charm. It's a story of love, friendship and learning to hold on even when life is hard, but also of letting go.

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    Diana Welch
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Secret to Hummingbird Cake is a great contemporary book written by Southern authors with a definite Southern flair. It is about real life events with some Southern Charm thrown in. I loved the relatable events told in the story. Celeste Fletcher McHale has crafted a wonderful tale. This book would make a great movie!"
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    #10Dixie Be Damned

    Dixie Be Damned

    Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South is a study and history book written by Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford. It was released by AK Press in 2015. It is about insurrections in the South.

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    Benito Trejo
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The authors are from North Carolina which is the south. This book is therefore on point. I do wish it was more forthcoming with the information about the authors so I could more easily tell this book was relevant to the search but it was a solid solution."

Summary

Best What are the best contemporary books written by Southern authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The HelpBooks 39 Paid
2The Witches of Moonlight RidgeBooks 34 Paid
3And Venus Is BlueBooks 29 Paid
4A Clear View of the Southern Sky: StoriesBooks 22 Paid
5Last Ride to GracelandBooks 20 Paid
6To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 17 Paid
7Their Eyes Were Watching GodBooks 16 Paid
8The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and MemoriesBooks 15 Paid
9The Secret to Hummingbird CakeBooks 11 Paid
10Dixie Be DamnedBooks 0 Paid
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