The South's Best Bookstores
Why We Love It: An impressive collection of signed first editions, including hard-to-find collectibles
Must-Read: "Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress, a beautiful, broke former blue blood works the world's oldest trade."
alabamabooksmith.com or 205/870-4242
Why We Love It: Their rebel spirit—the "Banned Books" section features oft-prohibited titles.
Must-Read: "Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton, about a young man returning to his Southern roots."
malaprops.com or 800/441-9829
Why We Love It: The daily blog—watercooler talk for bookworms.
Must-Read: "The Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkie, an intense education on Mississippi politics over the past 25 years."
lemuriabooks.com or 800/366-7619
Faulkner House Books
New Orleans, LA
Why We Love It: The comprehensive Faulkner collection—works by and about the Mississippi master—plus a veritable compendium of other Southern literary staples (Tennessee Williams, Walker Percy). Faulkner's first novel, Soldier's Pay, was written in this very building in 1925 (at age 27), when he lived here.
Must-Read: "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin, a tale of friendship marred by crime and racial strain in a small Mississippi town."
faulknerhouse.net or 504/524-2940
Why We Love It: An extensive collection on New Urbanism
Must-Read: "The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak, a well-traveled teacher brings tales to a one-room Georgia schoolhouse in 1938."
sundogbooks.com or 850/231-5481