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MODERN SOUTHERN LITERATURE


Fourth Monday, 7pm
Discover gems of contemporary Southern literature.  
 

Discuss our latest book and identify a favorite author or two!  Read a novel each month, then discuss and share insights at the monthly meeting.  Experience a new world of Southern authors.  Happy reading!

Our first book will be Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.  The remainder of our books for 2018-19 will be chosen from the selections below.

SEPTEMBER 24th
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

An intimate portrait of a
family and an epic tale of
hope and struggle, which
examines the ugly truths
at the heart of the American
story and the power – and
limitations – of family bonds. 
The Duke Class of 2022 Common 
Experience selection.


OCTOBER 22
Calypso by David Sedaris

Deeply hilarious
and darkly personal
stories about family experiences at his
Emerald Isle vacation.



Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes

The story of four
American strangers
who bond in Italy
and change their
lives over the course
of an exceptional year.

JANUARY 28
Varina by Charles Frazier

A story about Varina Howell
Davis, the wife of of the only
president of the Confederate
States of America.  Her
husband’s career places Varina
at the center of events and
conditions leading to the shaky
rise and catastrophic fall of the Confederacy.



Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson

A history and
memoir exploring
the 1970 murder of
Henry D. Marrow, a
black man in Tyson's
then home town of
Oxford, North Carolina.

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

The story of an
orphan girl's
harrowing life,
who learns what
is important about
people in a rural
southern town in
the 1970s.


The Professor by Robert Bailey

A retired Professor of
Law who hasn't tried
a real case in forty
years teams up with
a former student who's
yet to try a case at all,
in order to clear both of
their names.



The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

A young woman
returns to New
Orleans where her
father is dying.  After
his death Laurel
finally comes to
an understanding of
the past, herself, and
her parents.


The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

A young woman
discovers the sister
she believed to be
dead may still be
alive and sets out to
find her.