Spring 2020 Okra Picks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okra Picks are a dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell. These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction. Southern readers love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of Southern titles not to be missed each season.

DISCOVER THE CURRENT CROP OF FRESH OKRA PICKS...

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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

Grady Hendrix's "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" is an absolute ride from start to finish, tasting of sweet tea, Bible verses, and passive aggressive book club members. "Steel Magnolias" meets "Dracula" as Patricia Campbell and her family are thrust into the hands of a vampire that begins to prey on them mentally and physically. Can a years-long crime fiction book club posing as a Bible study group take on a centuries old charmer? The earrings come off for this house-wife power tale of horror and familial struggle against a highly unanticipated foe: James Harris. - Lany


Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062966742
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Published: William Morrow - April 14th, 2020

“The reader is treated to a kind of alchemy on the page when character, setting and song converge at all the right notes, generating an authentic humanity that is worth remembering and celebrating.” — New York Times


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The Prettiest Star Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781938235627
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Published: Hub City Press - May 19th, 2020

This is a touching story of family and love, and all the obstacles that stand in our way of those relationships that mean the most. This is a very heartfelt and real story. - Jamie


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The Coyotes of Carthage: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062951663
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Published: Ecco - April 14th, 2020

*Don't miss Steven in our live virtual event - Spring Book Club Social!*
Instead of being fired for his aggressive campaign tactics, political operative Dre Ross finds himself managing a dark money campaign in a small South Carolina town. His fight is for more than just a ballot initiative; he's fighting for his career, his position in life, and everything he thought he knew since being released from prison years before. Steven Wright delivers a debut legal thriller packed with details that feel all too real in today's highly-charged, highly-contested political environment, and I hope we see more like this in the future. - Beth


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Blue Marlin Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781949467314
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Published: Blair - April 21st, 2020

This is a fantastic little book by one of the South's most treasured and beloved writers. This story stars a plucky young protagonist who is trying to come to terms with a host of complicated issues occurring in the grownup world. It's charming and endearing, and a story that left me smiling. - Jamie


Feels Like Falling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982117702
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Published: Gallery Books - April 28th, 2020

THE INSTANT USA TODAY BESTSELLER
A Spring 2020 Okra Pick
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Goodreads’ It Book of Summer Top Reviewers Pick
SheKnows’ 10 of the Most Anticipated Books Coming in 2020
Mary Kay Andrews’ Reading Challenge Women’s Fiction Pick
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Before She Was Helen Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781728205120
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Published: Poisoned Pen Press - September 8th, 2020

Her life didn't turn out the way she expected--so she made herself a new one


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Lobizona: A Novel (Wolves of No World #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250239129
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 4th, 2020

"Garber’s gorgeous novel combines the wonder of a Hogwarts-style magic school with the Twilight-esque dynamics of a hidden magical species that has strict rules about interacting with the human world." - BOOKLIST (Starred Review)

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.


Boys of Alabama: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631496295
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Published: Liveright - May 19th, 2020

Best Books of the Month • Entertainment Weekly, Lambda Literary, Southern Review of Books
A Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance "Okra" Pick
O, The Oprah Magazine • "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020"
Lit Hub • "Most Anticipated Books by LGBTQ Authors For the First Half of 2020"
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We Are Not from Here Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812261
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Published: Philomel Books - May 19th, 2020

A poignant novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border, inspired by current events.

Pulga has his dreams.
Chico has his grief.
Pequeña has her pride.


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A Taste of Sage: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062974846
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - May 19th, 2020

A fun, tasty treat of a romance! Lumi not only has a talent for cooking, she also can taste the emotions of whoever prepared her food, which unleashes a realm of complications when she is forced to close her restaurant and start working for a cranky - but charming - local chef. The ensuing relationship has high points and low points, making this more than an enemies-to-lovers romance. I'd love to visit Lumi's kitchen! - Beth


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The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

Do you ever pick up a book that you know you're going to love, so you ration it out as slowly as possible? This was one of those books for me. Just as she did in THE MOTHERS, Brit Bennett writes so well about complicated relationships within small communities in THE VANISHING HALF, this time focusing on the relationship between twin sisters who make radically different choices in their teenage years. I already can't wait to discuss this book with fellow readers. It's one we'll be talking about for the rest of the year. - Kate


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The Unwilling: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250167729
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 2nd, 2021

Set in the South at the height of the Vietnam War, The Unwilling combines crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul in New York Times bestselling author John Hart's singular style.