What are the best Southern books?

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    #1To 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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    Maria Harrison
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "To Kill A Mockingbird is a timeless classic that should be required reading in all high schools. It's deeply inherently South, but also relevant to all of the United States, even today, and a poignant and emotional reminder of our history of racism and injustice."
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    #2The 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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    Brian Allen
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This novel is amazing and is eye opening. It depicts southern life with slave ownership. It is a book that will teach you about history, and about how to overcome adversity. This is a must read for all! "
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    #3Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Judy Holmes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love this book with all my heart. It is one of the great classics of Southern literature."
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    #4The Glass Menagerie

    The Glass Menagerie

    The Glass Menagerie is a play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a mother with her son and daughter, and her daughter's suitor who all cling to a dream world so fragile and easily shattered. It was published in 1999 by New Directions.

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    #5As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying

    As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner tells the story of Addie Bundren and her family and her wish to be buried in Mississippi, her hometown. This novel is narrated in the perspectives of many characters including when Addie is still alive. 

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    Judith Douglas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I mostly liked how this story was written because it jumped around to different characters and you could learn things from each of their point of views. I think more depth could have been given the characters and more information of the events leading up to the situation of the main character though."
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    #6All the King's Men

    All the King's Men
    The political novel All the King's Men follows the life of Willie Stark, a demagogue and politician. It chronicles his beginnings as a genuine ally of the people and his subsequent corruption because of greed for power.
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    Lisa Allen
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's interesting and I'm glad I picked it up."
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    #7The 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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    Walter Simmons
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "A moving and charming book that I was sad to finish reading and didn't want to end. The characters are wonderful, real and very well fleshed out, as is the situations within which they find themselves. A very special story and one you shouldn't miss. "
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    #8Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Parakram Mehra
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Beloved is a fiction novel that has won several awards. It was written by a Nobel laureate. It has very interesting characters and has exciting settings for the adventures. Definitely recommended for any fiction fans!"
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    #9The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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    Terry Bryant
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "For a very white guy like me, this book took a little getting used to but it was WAY worth the trouble. Alice Walker is a National Treasure. Of course the movie, (Starring none other Than Oprah and Whoopie Goldberg among countless others..) was directed by Stephen Spielberg. The book is more informative.. it is written in dialect but anyone can get it quickly. The focus on Celie's Gayness is awe inspiring.. Also wonderful is her awakening and strength. "
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    #10Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a mystery novel written by John Berendt. This true crime non-fiction book is published in 1999 by Vintage. 

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    Janice Greene
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A story with a city so eccentric and oozing with Southern Gothic weirdness. A suspenseful story with a murder plot and a wonderful read. "
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    #11A Confederacy of Dunces

    A Confederacy of Dunces
    A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece by John Kennedy Toole's, The hero, Ignatius J. Reilly is a huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, latter-day Gargantua, and Don Quixote of the French Quarter.
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    Jacqueline Stephens
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is well-written. Truly a shame the Toole didn't live to see it published. It is a must read in my opinion. The characters are well-developed and the story offers a lot of depth and consideration. I found it to be interesting and something that could make an excellent teaching tool."
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    #12The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides is a Southern contemporary romance fiction novel written by Pat Conroy. This was originally published in 1986. This book narrates the story of Tom Wingo and his twin sister as they face tragedies.

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    Christopher Garza
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "One of the best books I've ever read. I love the way Conroy can take problems and his life and mix it together with his imagination and come out with just an phenomenal story. The kind you just want to keep reading and reading. I've read it at least twice and it just isn't enough."
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    #13Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (The Ya-Ya Series)

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (The Ya-Ya Series)

    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a novel by Rebecca Wells. It tells the story of mother and daughter duo, Vivi and Siddalee Walker as they try to find a way to forgive each other. It is the first book in the Ya-Yas series. 

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    Arjun Jayaraman
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A very popular series, but it's hard to determine intentino when the topic is simply "southern books." I'm unsure if this solves the question-- but it's a well liked and highly rated enough book to be worth a read regardless."
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    #14Their 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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    Michael Medina
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "ive actually read this book. it is very well written and tells a good story"
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    #15Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg has a folksy, fresh, endearing and affecting story. Written by one of the fairest and funniest ladies in America, it tells a contrasting, yet enthralling tale of humor and drama.

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    Antonia Madrigal
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book. It setting is in Alabama, a southern state, and it is a truly engaging book. I feel that the book is better then the movie. I could hardly put the book down, it was that good. You really get involved and immersed with the characters. If you are looking for a good book to read or if you have seen the movie, you really need to get this book. You will not be disappointed. "
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    #16The Dry Grass of August

    The Dry Grass of August

    The Dry Grass of August is a historical fiction novel written by Anna Jean Mayhew which centers on 13-year-old Jubie Watts whose mind was opened to a whole new world about her family's black maid named Mary Luther as they travel to Florida.

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    Aaron Grant
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "a great read every southerner should at least skim through the book "
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    #17Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas

    Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas

    Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas is a Portuguese novel written by Machado de Assis. Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas was published on January 31, 2005 by Luso-Brazilian Books.

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    Roger Williams
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I loved the concept behind this book and the meaning was an eye opener. The book was narrated by a dead man who lived an unfulfilled life and he explains his life story. Books like this makes me think about my own life and how to find meaning in my own."
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    #18Hammer and Hoe

    Hammer and Hoe
    Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression is a study book written by Robin D. G. Kelley. It was first published in 1990. It is about the effect of communism in the South during the Great Depression.
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    Ernesto Gálvez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This particular work has been published by a very well respected, knowledgeable and experienced author. Readers found it very relevant and helpful on the topic, highly readable, and very well researched and very well written."
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    #19The Awakening

    The Awakening

    The Awakening by Kate Chopin was first published in 1899, and at the time shocked the readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. The novel is also still widely admired today for its literary qualities.

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    Joan Banks
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The Awakening by Kate chopin is a victorian era romantic novel that brought about a new concept for the time it was written in by depicting female martial infidelity. This novel is not what one would think of when regarding Southern books, as southern women are usually considered to be faithuful and dutiful wives to their husbands."
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    #20Standing in the Rainbow

    Standing in the Rainbow

    Standing in the Rainbow by beloved bestselling author Fannie Flagg is a story of richly human characters. It's the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, featuring a daily contest between laughter and tears.

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    Tiffany George
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Standing in the Rainbow is a great small town Southern book"
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    #21Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook

    Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook

    Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook by beloved author Fannie Flagg features recipes for Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake, and many others, all from the bestselling novel.

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    Cynthia Ford
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "More than just a celebrity showoff, versatile Fannie Flagg knows whereof she speaks. This friendly and accessible cookbook contains a wealth of Southern-fried recipes, including THREE (count 'em!) for Fried Green Tomatoes. Any Southern kitchen, or non-Southern kitchen ready to learn the region's cooking, can benefit from this."
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    #22A Land More Kind Than Home

    A Land More Kind Than Home

    A Land More Kind Than Home is a Southern mystery fiction book written by New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash. It is first published in 2012. 

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    Christina Stephens
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A Land More Kind Than Home is a Southern mystery fiction book written by New York Times best-selling author Wiley Cash. It is first published in 2012. It is fun"
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    #23A Redbird Christmas

    A Redbird Christmas

    A Redbird Christmas is another New York Times bestselling novel by Fannie Flagg. It's a new Yuletide classic about small-town America and larger-than-life wonders, with a magical "redbird" moment.

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    Juan Hart
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "could use some work i could see this being better"
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    #24Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

    Can't Wait to Get to Heaven
    Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by bestselling author Fannie Flagg combines Southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity. It takes readers back to Elmwood Springs for the most unlikely and surprising experiences.
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    Matthew Morris
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Honestly, I read through this book without thinking about how long it was, it was such a breezy but hilarious romp. It asked was life means without bogging itself down too much and always had a joke. I'm not sure if I would say this is Flagg's best work though, some parts felt a bit underdeveloped. "
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    #25Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

    Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
    Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! by New York Times-bestselling author Fannie Flagg is a funny, serious and compelling novel. The heroine, Dena Nordstrom is a smart, beautiful and ambitious 1970s rising star, with a future full of promises.
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    Henry Rice
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "This may be a book about the south but there is no way to really tell. I am giving it a 3 because there is a lot of positive reviews and it does appear to be a good read. "
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    #26Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

    Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man

    Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man is bestselling author Fannie Flagg's high-spirited first novel. It takes readers through sassy and irreverent Daisy Fay Harper's formative years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

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    Shirley Ford
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This is a fun book and really engaging. It will have you reading it again and again. "
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    #27Intruder in the Dust

    Intruder in the Dust
    Intruder in the Dust is a coming-of-age novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1948. Set deep in the American south, it tells the story of a black farmer who gets mistakenly accused of murdering a white man.
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    Jordan Delgado
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is perfect. I was looking for a novel with a particular setting, and when I think Southern Book, I automatically assume an era from the past. Thanks for almost instantly taking this into account. "

Summary

Best What are the best Southern books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 37 Paid
2The HelpBooks 33 Paid
3Gone with the Wind Books 33 Paid
4The Glass MenagerieBooks 29 Paid
5As I Lay DyingBooks 27 Paid
6All the King's MenBooks 24 Paid
7The Secret to Hummingbird CakeBooks 23 Paid
8BelovedBooks 20 Paid
9The Color PurpleBooks 19 Paid
10Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilBooks 18 Paid
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