Even though summer technically comes to an end soon, we southerners get to experience the heat till Christmas. On the bright side, we spend our September’s and October’s by the pool with a book while everyone’s time north of the Mason Dixon Line is occupied with nipped noses and frigid toes. So cheers y’all to another summer in the southern sun!
1. Doll Baby — Laura Lane McNeal
Set in New Orleans during the civil rights-era, Ibby Bell arrives at her Grandmother Fannie’s home. Fannie embodies the offbeat sensation that is New Orleans, and invites Ibby into a nature of outlandishness. Fannie frequently flies first class in the local asylum. Without Fannie’s presence, Queenie and her daughter Dollbaby commits Ibby into southern tradition and dark secrets buried above ground.
This coming of age in the south story exhibits the most southern eccentricity that we all know and love.
2. Deep Rooted Wisdom — Augustus Jenkins Farmer
For fans of gardening and the peace of mind it may bring, Augustus Jenkins Farmer provides green-thumbs and beginners with a cure for industrial driven gardening. This book includes testimonials and essays that result in a simpler way of gardening.
3. Acts of God — Ellen Gilchrist
Acts of God is a book bonded with natural disaster. Gilchrist is a southern writer constructing stories of struggle we are all familiar with. Characters homes are taken and their lives lay in a pile like matchsticks for them to rebuild. They must cope with unforeseeable strife that is out their control.
4. The Hurricane Sisters: A Novel — Dorothea Benton Frank
Every work by Dorothea Benton Frank embodies the feeling of a salty breeze misting off Myrtle Beach. In South Carolina, written with remarkable wit, Frank warms the heart hotter than the summer sun with The Hurricane Sisters.