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General Fiction

“Go Set a Watchman”
by Harper Lee

Coming July 14 from the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014. The book features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her. Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right. Purchase

“Driving the King: A Novel”
by Ravi Howard

A daring and brilliant novel that explores race and class in 1950s America, witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary. Purchase

“A Salty Piece of Land”
by Jimmy Buffet

It's not on any chart, but the tropical island of Cayo Loco is the perfect place to run away from all your problems. If you're looking for a license to chill, come along as cowboy Tully Mars takes his pony on an unforgettable Caribbean adventure as colorful and wonderfully bizarre as cocktail hour at your favorite expatriate bar. Purchase

“Where Is Joe Merchant?”
by Jimmy Buffet

Where is Joe Merchant? That's what his sister, Trevor Kane, the hemorrhoid-ointment heiress, wants to know. For Desdemona, Merchant is the missing link in her ongoing communications with space aliens. Tabloid journalist Rudy Breno only cares that Merchant gets bigger headlines than Elvis. And for renegade seaplane pilot Frank Bama, the mystery of the presumed-dead-but-often-sighted rock star is turning his life upside down. Purchase

“Save Me the Waltz”
by Zelda Fitzgerald

Save Me the Waltz is the first and only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the years when Fitzgerald was working on Tender Is the Night, Zelda Fitzgerald was preparing her own story, which parallels the narrative of her husband, throwing a fascinating light on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and work. In its own right, it is a vivid and moving story. Purchase

“Captain Saturday”
by Robert Inman

Will Baggett, TV weatherman, is Raleigh, North Carolina’s biggest celebrity. With adoring fans, a nice house, a son in medical school, and a beautiful wife who is one of the town’s top real-estate brokers, Will’s life is pretty much the way he wants it. But his well-ordered world comes crashing down when a heartless conglomerate buys the TV station and decides that Will is a relic of the past. It is a comical story about how the New South, with its booming economy and sprawling cities,is stamping out the Old South and in the process losing a sense of tradition and identity. Purchase

“Whiskey Man”
by Howell Raines

A coming-of-age novel, set in depression-era Alabama, combines romance and tragedy to evoke a time and place distant in memory but alive in the great tradition of American storytelling. Purchase

"Four Spirits"
by Sena Jeter Naslund (2001 winner of the Harper Lee Award)

In Birmingham, Alabama, 20-year-old Stella Silver, an idealistic white college student, is sent reeling off her measured path by events of 1963. Combining political activism with single parenting and night-school teaching, African American Christine Taylor discovers she must heal her own bruised heart to actualize meaningful social change. Inspired by the courage and commitment of the civil rights movement, the child Edmund Powers embodies hope for future change. Purchase

"Train Whistle Guitar" 

by Albert Murray (1998 winner of the Harper Lee Award)
A coming of age novel. Scooter, growing up in Alabama in the 1920's learns everything he needs to know from the classroom, the barbershop, and a train-hopping musician who brings a musical touch to the tale. Purchase


“The Innocent”
by Madison Jones (1999 winner of the Harper Lee Award)

First novel by a modern master of Southern fiction, this tale is set in rural twentieth-century Tennessee. Purchase

"Leaving Gee's Bend"
by Irene Latham 

Ludelphia Bennett may be blind in one eye, but she can still put in a good stitch. Ludelphia sews all the time, especially when things go wrong. But when Mama goes into labor early and gets deathly ill, it seems like even quilting won’t help. That’s when Ludelphia decides to do something drastic -leave Gee’s Bend for the very first time. What ensues is a riveting and sometimes dangerous adventure. Ludelphia weathers each challenge in a way that would make her mother proud, and ends up saving the day for her entire town. Purchase

“The Same Sweet Girls"

by Cassandra King
None of the Same Sweet Girls are really girls anymore and none of them have actually ever been that sweet. But this spirited group of Southern women, who have been holding biannual reunions ever since they were together in college, are nothing short of compelling. Purchase


“The Lieutenants: The Lieutenants 8”
(Brotherhood of War)

by W.E.B. Griffin
They were the young ones, the bright ones, the ones with the dreams. From the Nazi-prowled wastes of North Africa to the bloody corridors of Europe, they answered the call gladly. It was their duty, their job, their life. They marched off as boys, and they came back--those who made it--as soldiers and professionals forged in the heat of battle... Purchase


“The Butterfly Tree (Library Alabama Classics)”

by Robert E. Bell
A wonderful story from the Library of Alabama Classics it is a story of a lovely small bayou town on the Gulf Coast located where the Magnolia River runs into the bay. The author Robert Bell a native of Tarrant City, Alabama. Purchase


“Leviathan”

by James Byron Huggins
Using a komodo dragon, scientists use an electromagnetic field to unleash its ancient DNA and create Leviathan – an armored dragon that can withstand the heavy weapons fire of tanks and missiles – a beast that can shred a steel vault like paper – a creature that can breathe fire that burns like napalm. And although Dr. Frank, its creator, had initially designed a super-strong containment center knowing full well that Leviathan’s immeasurable physical strength and titanic rage would be their instant doom if it escaped, Frank did not calculate on what destruction Leviathan could wreak with the combined might of its nova-like fire and strength combined.Leviathan soon escapes. Purchase
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