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23 Books to Have You Feeling like You're 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.

1 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePerhaps 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

Gone with the WindConsidered 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

The HelpAn 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

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainA 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

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie FlagA 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

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk KiddA 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

The Color Purple by Alice WalkerA 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

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonA 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

Southern Mystical Moments by Patricia H. GrahamA 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 Streetcar Named DesireA 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

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullersA 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

The Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerA 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

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca WellsA 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

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann BurnsA 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

Beloved by Toni MorrisonA 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

Roots by Alex HaleyAn 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

The Awakening by Kate ChopinSet 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

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsMaya 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

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John BerendtA 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 Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’ConnorA 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

Black Boy by Richard WrightAnother 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

Storming Heaven by Denise GiardinaA 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

Prodigal Summer by Barbara KingsloverA 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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