Books Archives – Garden & Gun



Arts & Culture

John Grisham’s Summer Reading List

The bestselling author on the new cookbook that’s got him excited about shrimp gumbo, the novel he’s re-read at least five times, and his “method” for organizing books

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Sayings from Southern Appalachia

Think of this latest Foxfire book as a dictionary that’s slick as a butterbean

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To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 60

A look at the Harper Lee classic and its message, then and now


A Castaway’s Bookshelf

If stranded on a desert island, these Southerners would read…

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The Best Books of 2020—So Far

Twenty Southern literary treasures, novels, cookbooks, escapist thrillers, and the stunning memoir you need to preorder now


Welcome to Pitchlynn

Some Go Home, Odie Lindsey’s charismatic debut novel, puts another fictional Mississippi town on the map

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What Really Happened to the Crew of the H.L. Hunley?

A Duke University researcher’s fascinating new book on the Civil War submarine shines new light on a longstanding mystery

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New Reads for Right Now

Southern novels, armchair travel guides, rip-through-’em memoirs, and an ode to Foxfire’s enduring legacy

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Shining a Light on the Forgotten South

CNN analyst Bakari Sellers looks at the long-ignored lives of rural African Americans

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Marie Kondo Shares the Life-Changing Magic of “Thank You” Right Now

The “Tidying Up” star and her new Texas sidekick share timely—and sensibly Southern—tips for a better home-office life from their new book

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How Buying Indie Might Help Save the South’s Bookshops

Ways to support your local independent bookstore during coronavirus distancing

Southern Heroes

Hub City Writers Project: The Literary Lights

A South Carolina trio elevates the work of Southern storytellers

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Our Style Director’s Spring Reading List

G&G’s style director recommends eight great design-minded books to pore over

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A New Book Looks at Bringing Civil Rights-Era Murderers to Justice

In Race Against Time, a Mississippi journalist recounts the cold cases he helped solve

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New Books We Are Loving This Winter

Cozy up with a funny new novel, a collection of nearly forgotten stories, fascinating biographies, and a beautiful look-ahead to spring gardening

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Jericho Rising

How the push and pull of the South feed Louisiana native Jericho Brown’s soul-shaking, award-winning poetry


What We’re Reading: Cat Tale

The compelling saga of the Florida panther’s comeback

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Our Favorite Southern Books of 2019

Memoirs, novels, a deep dive on Harper Lee, and landmark cookbooks—here are our favorite reads of the year

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Inside Birmingham’s Newest Independent Bookstore

Thank You Books celebrates its grand opening in Magic City


Southern Notables Share a Peek at Their Bookshelves

A new book documents the idea of living with (lots of) books beautifully