23 Books πŸ“š to Have You Feeling ☺️ like You're in the South πŸ›€ ...

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

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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

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Considered the β€˜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

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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

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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 CafΓ© by Fannie Flag

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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