Thursday, August 20, 2009

Southern belles rejoice!

This summer brings new books from two of my favorite southern authors: Pat Conroy and Rebecca Wells.

Pat Conroy's South of Broad just arrived at the library. From what I have heard, you'll want to keep the tissues handy. He wrote Beach Music (one of my all time favorites) and Prince of Tides. The library has this newest title in book form and on CD. There is also an excellent article about Conroy and the city of Charleston in the August Southern Living, one of the many periodicals the library carries.

Rebecca Wells new title is The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder. (If that is not a southern name, I don't know what is.) Wells is also the author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, available at the library in book and on CD.

So reserve your titles now so you don't have a long wait for these. In the mean time, search for other southern novels under keyword "Women Southern States Fiction." Or you might consider choosing something by Cassandra King (Pat Conroy's wife), or my all time favorite author, Kaye Gibbons (Charms for the Easy Life and Ellen Foster).

Enjoy your southern summer reading.