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23 Books to Have You Feeling like Youre in the South ...

By Neecey

I don't know what it is but to me The South has always seemed romantic. Even though it has a bloody history, I find it fascinating and there's something that I have always felt a connection to in movies and books. Please take a look at my list of suggestions and I'd love to hear about books about The South you've read.

Table of contents:

  1. To kill a mockingbird by harper lee
  2. Gone with the wind
  3. The help
  4. The adventures of huckleberry finn by mark twain
  5. Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop café by fannie flag
  6. The secret life of bees by sue monk kidd
  7. The color purple by alice walker
  8. Their eyes were watching god by zora neale hurston
  9. Southern mystical moments by patricia h. graham
  10. A streetcar named desire
  11. The heart is a lonely hunter by carson mccullers
  12. The sound and the fury by william faulkner
  13. Divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood by rebecca wells
  14. Cold sassy tree by olive ann burns
  15. Beloved by toni morrison
  16. Roots by alex haley
  17. The awakening by kate chopin
  18. I know why the caged bird sings
  19. Midnight in the garden of good and evil by john berendt
  20. A good man is hard to find by flannery o’connor
  21. Black boy by richard wright
  22. Storming heaven by denise giardina
  23. Prodigal summer by barbara kingslover

1 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Perhaps the quintessential Southern novel by the recently passed Harper Lee. A gripping tale of Southern attitudes towards law and race in the tense 1930s.

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2 Gone with the Wind

Considered the ‘great American novel’, Gone With The Wind tells a tale of human passion and obsession in the heat of Georgia against a backdrop of the Civil War.

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3 The Help

An emotional and ultimately inspiring tale about the life stories of several black maids across Jackson, Mississippi.

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4 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

A real slice of historical Southern culture as we join a young boy and his adventures along the Mississippi Valley.

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5 Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flag

A touching tale about the strength and strife of a group a various Southern women who had individuals battles to fight.

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6 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

A gripping story set in the South that revolves around Lily Owens, a woman whose life has been defined by the vague memory of her mother’s death.

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7 The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A now iconic novel that tells the story of an abused and uneducated Southern woman’s battle for personal empowerment

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8 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A Southern love story that takes the reader on an enthralling journey from the very beginning to the very end.

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9 Southern Mystical Moments by Patricia H. Graham

A brilliant book that comprises a number of different legend and myths that are common folklore in the state of North Carolina.

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10 A Streetcar Named Desire

A steamy Southern story about a fading but beautiful woman who is pushed over the edge by her handsome and brutal brother-in-law.

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11 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

A famous novel about a deaf and mute man who comes to be a confidant to many different characters and misfits in a 1930a Georgia mill town.

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12 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

A delicious and intricate novel about the deepest secrets and darkest tragedies of a Southern family.

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13 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

A delightful novel that explores the lives and stories of three different generations of quirky Southern debutantes.

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14 Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

A unique novel that tells the story of a romance that consumes the interest of an entire Georgia town in the early 1900s.

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15 Beloved by Toni Morrison

A spellbinding novel that gives a unique insight in to the South’s past history with slavery.

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16 Roots by Alex Haley

An iconic book that inspired an equally iconic TV series; another novel that explores the issue of slavery in the American South.

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17 The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Set in New Orleans, The Awakening is a ground breaking novel from the late 1890s that explores a daring take on a woman’s approach to femininity and sexuality.

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18 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou’s iconic memoir covers many different issues that were arguably commonplace for a woman of her color and creed in the American South during that time.

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19 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

A suspenseful novel that tells the mysterious story of a shooting that has hung over a Savannah town for nearly ten years.

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20 A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

A master class in Southern Gothic storytelling is given here by Flannery O’Connor in a collection of gripping short stories.

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21 Black Boy by Richard Wright

Another hard-hitting tale about a young boy growing up in the harsh and potentially dangerous environment of poverty stricken Mississippi.

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22 Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

A gorgeous work of historical fiction that recounts the Battle of Blair Mountain and all of the events that led up to it.

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23 Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingslover

A tale boasting strong Southern women set in the hazy depths of rural Virginia.

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Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear about some lesser known books set in The South.

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