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Savor the South Cookbook Sale!

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Select Savor the South cookbooks are now on sale 15-20% off, OR choose any 3 or more and get them for $15 each. (Regularly priced @ $18-20) They make great gifts!

Each little cookbook in the Savor the South Cookbooks collection is a celebration of the beloved foods and traditions of the American South. From bourbon to bacon, peaches to pecans, one by one each Savor the South cookbook will stock a kitchen shelf with the flavors and culinary wisdom of this popular American regional cuisine. Written by well-known cooks and food lovers, each book brims with personality, the informative and often surprising culinary and natural history of southern foodways, and a treasure of some fifty recipes - from delicious southern classics to sparkling international renditions that open up worlds of taste for cooks everywhere. You'll want to collect them all!


Book Special of the Week: 'Human Acts' by Han King

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This week, enjoy 15% off Human Acts in hardcover, while supplies last. Friends & Family Members take 30% - ask our staff for details!

From the publisher: From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a "rare and astonishing" (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice.

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. 

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho's best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice. 

An award-winning, controversial bestseller, Human Acts is a timeless, pointillist portrait of an historic event with reverberations still being felt today, by turns tracing the harsh reality of oppression and the resounding, extraordinary poetry of humanity.

Book Special of the Week: 'In the Darkroom' by Susan Faludi

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This week, enjoy 15% off In the Darkroom in hardcover, while supplies last. Friends & Family Members take 30% - ask our staff for details!


From the publisher: From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash, comes In the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.

"In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things--obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness."

So begins Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father--long estranged and living in Hungary--had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as "a complete woman now" connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who'd built his career on the alteration of images?

Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father's many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful--and virulent--nationhood. The search for identity that has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals. 

Faludi's struggle to come to grips with her father's metamorphosis takes her across borders--historical, political, religious, sexual--to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you "choose," or is it the very thing you can't escape?

Book Special of the Week: 'This Is How It Always Is' by Laurie Frankel

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This week, enjoy 15% off This Is How It Always Is in hardcover, while supplies last. Friends & Family Members take 30% - ask our staff for details!

From the publisher: "It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think." --Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

This is how a family keeps a secret...and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after...until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change...and then change the world.

This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes. 

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it's about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don't get to keep them forever.

Book Special of the Week: 'History of Wolves' by Emily Fridlund

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This week, enjoy 15% off History of Wolves in hardcover, while supplies last. Friends & Family Members take 30% - ask our staff for details!

From the publisher: Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. 

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do--and fail to do--for the people they love.



Book Review of True Vine:Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, by Beth Macy

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This book has largely been marketed as the story of the Muse brothers, two African American men from Truevine, Virginia, who were kidnapped (or were they?) into the circus and who traveled in sideshows (they were albinos) for several decades during the early 1900s.

While it is true that Macy does tell their story as she has reconstituted it through research and interviews with Muse family members, the book also covers several larger topics—including the history of racial violence and lynchings in the region and the South in general, the history of American circuses, and the stories of other people who were performers in so-called “freakshows” during the same period as the Muses.

The good thing about this is that it is all interesting—it makes the book feel like a series of poppy, trade-oriented American Studies classes. But it also give the impression that Macy couldn’t find enough information about the Muse brothers’ story alone to fill out a whole book, so she had to pad it out with the other aspects of history. But I was glad to learn about the other history, even when I was a little impatient to get back to the Muses’ story. It is an easy, quick read.

I was conscious the whole time that it seemed like Macy had deliberately written in an accessible, trade-oriented way (in another authors’ hands this material could have been very scholarly instead). Sometimes I thought she went a little overboard in this direction. In particular, I sometimes found the writing style annoying when she would employ simplistic writing and short, choppy sentences or fragments—a style that I have noticed has become very popular since the runaway success of Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City (in which nearly every section and chapter ends with a very portentous single-sentence paragraph to try to boost drama and suspense even when it is completely unwarranted). But you can’t blame her for trying to write toward a popular audience, and, on balance, I think it works.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the histories of the South, racial injustice in America, or circuses.

—Joanna Jacobs, Tuscaloosa

Advanced Reader Copies

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Ernest & Hadley has many advanced reader copies that we would love people to take (free) and then write up a short review for this blog. Please contact us if you are interested!