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Books All Georgians Should Read

Books All Georgians Should Read 2014

War Like the Thunderbolt: The Battle and Burning of Atlanta
Russell S. Bonds

Reign of Madness
Lynn Cullen

The Starboard Sea
Amber Dermont

The Complete Poems of James Dickey
James Dickey *

Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team
Drew Jubera

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
Thomas Mullen

Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler's Journey Through the Soul of the South
Susan Puckett

The World of the Salt Marsh: Appreciating and Protecting the Tidal Marshes of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast
Charles Seabrook

Thrall: Poems
Natasha Trethewey

The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness
Kevin Young

* Accepting the Award for Mr. Dickey will be Ward Briggs, editor; The University of South Carolina Press; and James Dickey's three children.


Books All Georgians Should Read 2010

The 2010 list, our fourth, includes not only books by long-established Georgia writers but works by younger authors as well. The list is produced with the assistance of our partners at the Georgia Humanities Council, the University of Georgia Press and Lenz Marketing of Decatur.

Snakeskin Road
James Braziel

A Cry of Angels
Jeff Fields

The Confederate General Rides North
Amanda Gable

Bombingham
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,
1968-2008

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, 1965-68

Taylor Branch

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

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


The 2008 Georgia Top 25 Books By Living Georgia Writers

The Georgia Top 25 Reading List is a project of the Georgia Center for the Book. The list is made up of books set in Georgia or written by a resident or former resident of the state. The list, aimed at enhancing public appreciation of Georgia's rich literary tradition, was chosen by the public and members of the Center's advisory council. The purpose of the Top 25 is to promote reading and discussion and to enhance appreciation of Georgia's rich literary traditions.

(Listed by author in alphabetical order.)

  • Taking After Mudear by Tina McElroy Ansa
  • Above the Fall Line: The Trail from White Pine Cabin by Amy Blackmarr
  • Be Sweet by Roy Blount, Jr.
  • Waltzing Through Endtime (poetry) by David Bottoms
  • Baby Brother's Blues by Pearl Cleage
  • Dwelling Place by Erskine Clarke
  • Strong at the Broken Places by Max Cleland
  • Georgia Odyssey by James C. Cobb
  • The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • A Cabinet of Wonders by Renee Dodd
  • There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
  • The Untelling by Tayari Jones
  • The Race Beat by Hank Klibanoff
  • The Book fo Marie by Terry Kay
  • Crabcakes by James Alan McPherson
  • A Little Salvation (poetry) by Judson Mitcham
  • Your Body is Changing by Jack Pendarvis
  • Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land by Janisse Ray
  • Downtown by Ferrol Sams
  • Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
  • Native Guard (poetry) by Natasha Trethewey
  • We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For by Alice Walker
  • For the Confederate Dead (poetry) by Kevin Young
  • The Big Mama Stories by Shay Youngblood
  • In the Morning: Reflections from First Light by Philip Lee Williams

The 2005 Georgia Top 25 Reading List

(Listed by author in alphabetical order.)

  • The Last Radio Baby by Raymond Andrews
  • Ugly Ways by Tina McElroy Ansa
  • Going to Ground: Simple Life on a Georgia Pond by Amy Blackmarr
  • Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Valerie Boyd
  • The Latin Deli by Judith Oritz Cofer
  • The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
  • A Childhood: The Biography of a Place by Harry Crews
  • Wit by Margaret Edson
  • The Temple Bombing by Melissa Fay Greene
  • Trouble No More by Tony Grooms
  • Leaving Birmingham: Notes of a Native Son by Paul Hemphill
  • Daughter of My People by James Kilgo
  • Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege by Kent Leslie
  • The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
  • Sabbath Creek by Judson Mitcham
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor
  • And the Dead Shall Rise by Steve Oney
  • Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn by Gary Pomerantz
  • Wild Ginger by Bettie Sellars
  • The Celestine Sibley Sampler by Celestine Sibley
  • Freedom: Georgia's Anti-Slavery Heritage 1733-1865 by Michael Thurmond
  • Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry
  • Mama Makes Up Her Mind by Bailey White
  • A Distant Flame by Philip Lee Williams

The 2002 Georgia Top 25 Reading List

(Listed by author in alphabetical order.)

  • Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
  • Armored Hearts by David Bottoms
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns
  • Tobacco Road by Erksine Caldwell
  • An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter
  • What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • The Library Dragon by Carmen Deedy and illustrated by Michael White
  • Deliverance by James Dickey
  • The Souls Of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Praying For Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene
  • Dream Boy by Jim Grimsley
  • Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales by Joel Chandler Harris and Julius Lester
  • To Dance With the White Dog by Terry Kay
  • The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
  • Lighthouse by Eugenia Price
  • Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray
  • Run with the Horsemen by Ferrol Sams
  • Peachtree Road by Anne Rivers Siddons
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. edited by James Melvin Washington