Books All Georgians Should Read 2010

Snakeskin Road
James Braziel

A Cry of Angels
Jeff Fields

The Confederate General Rides North
Amanda Gable

Anthony Grooms

Luminous Mysteries: A Novel
John Holman

How Far She Went
Mary Hood

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
Joshilyn Jackson

Hue and Cry: Stories
James Alan McPherson

When the Finch Rises
Jack Riggs

Nothing With Strings:
NPR’s Beloved Holiday Stories

Bailey White

The Heart of a Distant Forest
Philip Lee Williams

Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems,

Coleman Barks

New and Selected Poems of Thomas Lux, 1975-1995
Thomas Lux

The Watchers
Memye Curtis Tucker

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Douglas A. Blackmon

Long Time Leaving:
Dispatches from Up South

Roy Blount, Jr.

At Canaan’s Edge:
America in the King Years, 1
Taylor Branch

Heart of a Patriot:
How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed, and Karl Rov
Max Cleland

Invisible Sisters
Jessica Handler

The Cracker Queen:
A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life

Lauretta Hannon

Lovesick Blues:
The Life of Hank Williams

Paul Hemphill

Under the Tuscan Sun:
At Home in Italy

Frances Mayes

The Ballad of Blind Tom
Deirdre O’Connell

An Altar in the World:
A Geography of Faith

Barbara Brown Taylor

Bon Appetit Ya’ll: Recipes and Stories
from Three Generations of Southern Cooking

Virginia Willis

9 thoughts on “Books All Georgians Should Read 2010

  1. Barbara Knott, Host, Grapevine Art & Soul Salon, says:
    What a wonderful selection! I know and love the work of Jeff Fields, Amanda Gable, Joshilyn Jackson, and Coleman Barks, as well as Mary Hood and Roy Blount, Jr. There are other names I recognize and a surprising number of new works to read and authors to become acquainted with. Thank you for this significant community service.

  2. Janisse Ray’s Ecology of a Cracker Childhood should be #1 on this list. An eloquent memoir of life growing up in south Georgia, this is one of the best books I’ve read.

  3. Jeff Fields put a curse on me.

    I happened upon his book, A Cry of Angels, many moons ago. Jeff, and his magical, miraculous book, changed my life in the worst way.

    Jeff made me want to look at my world as he saw his, full of sun and smoke, laughter and love. Jeff made me want to write, which is one of the worst things to wish upon a person.

    You see, his book is up there with Harper Lee and Mark Twain. It gets under your skin. Every time I step in mud, I think of Jeff’s description of “work-stained men in clay-crusted brogans.”

    It’s a blessing — and a curse — to breathe in this book and roll along with Earl, Tio, Em Jojohn, Jayell and that feisty Southern Venus named Phaedra Boggs. You want to climb into an inner tube on the river and hold on and never let go.

    When you do let go and return to dry land, you feel your life is enriched. The last line of Jeff’s book still pierces my heart.

    That’s the way it is with a curse. It sticks with you all your life, and just sometimes you’re a better man for it. I became a writer, and Jeff’s book is always here.

    I’m thinking that this curse may be a blessing, after all.

  4. I really think Janisse Ray’s memoir Ecology of a Cracker Childhood should be on this list.

  5. I am so glad Joshilyn Jackson’s The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is on the list–but I hope everyone will venture into bookstores to read her two previous novels which are both a treat (Think Chocolate Chex Mix)!

  6. im so sorry i missed it im new to ga. but i recently published a book “big lynn your blood will b my tears” and i would have loved to attend your affair.

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