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G&G’s Favorite Books of 2021

We’re feeling thankful for writers, photographers, and this year’s generous haul of new novels, reported stories, riveting tell-alls, and beautiful photography books

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Imani Perry’s Unflinching Travelogue

A soul-shaking narrative joins the pantheon of Southern classics

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G&G’s Favorite Cookbooks of 2021

The year was delicious in the kitchen for Southerners

Interview

Meet the Virginia Reporter Who Helped Hulu’s “Dopesick” Get the Details Right

Beth Macy on the power of dinner around the table, handmade quilts, and rooting for Southern underdogs

Interview

How to Cook from the Modern Southern Larder

A professional cooking instructor shares her tips for finding buttermilk, heirloom flours, and preserved lemons

Interview

Always Get the Name of the Dog

And other important writing and animal advice from the author Susan Orlean, whose new book, On Animals, is out now

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New Reads for Fall

Whether you’re into thrillers, photo books, novels, or just anything you can cozy up with on an autumn evening, you’ll find something to savor among these new books

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Truman Capote’s Notorious Female Friendships

The secrets and scandals behind the writer’s circle of high-profile women

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New Orleans Unfiltered

A native son’s story collection conjures the real Crescent City

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Favorite Books of the Year—So Far

G&G editors and contributors share the biographies, nonfiction reads, thrillers, and unforgettable novels that have started 2021 off right for readers

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Shining a Light on Ford and Edison’s Southern Utopia

A new book shares the story of their vision for an Alabama megacity

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The Queen of Cross Creek

Beyond The Yearling, a new biography unearths the real Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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Meet the Mississippi Novelist Taking On F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Mississippi author Michael Farris Smith shares an imaginative new take on The Great Gatsby, plus the books he’s been reading and the bourbon he’s been drinking

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New Reads for Right Now

The best of January and February’s book releases for Southern readers—powerful memoirs, novels that turn myths inside out, a beautiful collection of photos, and an ode to good old dogs

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The Top-of-2021 Reading List for Southerners

G&G contributors, editors, and Southern book lovers share new releases and old favorites to read right away this year—and a couple forthcoming releases already on preorder

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Our Favorite Books for Southerners in 2020

Dozens of memoirs, novels, and nonfiction books that got us through a year unlike any other

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Danielle Evans’s Factual Fiction

The Virginia native’s stunning new collection deftly wrestles with history and truth

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Peek Inside the Homes of Some of the South’s Most Creative People

Inspiration abounds in a beautiful new coffee table book

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Our Q&A with Rick Bragg Went About as You’d Expect

Over a phone call from the road, the Southern author talks his new essay collection, books that inspire him, the unhealthiest scrambled eggs in history, and his spooky Halloween plans

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An Anthology for Today’s South

A new tome highlights the stories of Southern writers of color