Southern Comfort: Favorite Books Set in the Southern United States
Recommended by Amy, a reference librarian in our Adult Department.
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When newly widowed Grandpa Blakeslee announces that he is going to marry Miss Love Simpson, a scandal erupts in the town of Cold Sassy, Georgia. This turn of the century story, told by Grandpa Blakeslees young grandson, Will Tweedy, is both touching and funny. Cold Sassy, with all of its Southern charm and wonderful characters, creates a perfect backdrop for this coming-of-age story.
This story of life in Alabama during the depression is told through the eyes of eight-year-old Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus Finch, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. Throughout the case and afterwards, Scout and her brother see the results of racial hate and violence, but are comforted by their wise and brave father. This slice of American history, seen through the eyes of a child, makes for thoughtful reading.
Interior designer Keeley Rae Murdoch is happily engaged and ready to tie the knot when she finds out that her fiancé is cheating on her with her maid of honor. After throwing a tremendous hissy fit, Keeley Rae decides that the only thing to do is forget her former fiancé and best friend and pick up the pieces of her life. The handsome new owner of one of her towns antebellum mansions helps her move ahead by giving her the assignment of her lifetime; she must totally redecorate the mansion within six months. Life in a small Georgia town seems like a lot of fun with Andrews spirited characters.
Miss Julia Springer is a genteel Southern lady who is recovering from the recent and sudden loss of her husband, Wesley Lloyd. When Wesley Lloyds mistress and son end up on her front porch one afternoon, Miss Julia concludes that her late husband had more of a social life than she previously realized. Amidst this scandal and her unscrupulous ministers plot to swindle her out of her inheritance, Miss Julia finds her voice and sense of purpose.
The hills of Virginia make a beautiful backdrop for the heartwarming story of Ave Maria Mulligan, the town pharmacist in Big Stone Gap. She is single, 35 years old and grieving the loss of her mother. After discovering a significant family secret, Ave Maria decides that she needs a change of pace. At the same time, several of the town bachelors decide that Ave Maria would be a good catch. Quirky characters and wonderful descriptions of mountain life make this a terrific story.