Okra PicksOkra Picks – Spring 2011 Toolkit:

Links and Publisher resources

The Okra Picks, 2011 Spring Edition:

Fiction:

Georgia BottomsGeorgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: February 23, 2011
9780316033046
Hardcover | $24.99 | 288 pages

http://www.crazyinalabama.com/MarkChildressPage.html
http://www.facebook.com/markchildressbooks?v=wall
http://twitter.com/#!/markchildress
http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/book-review-georgia-bottoms-by-mark.html




Under the Mercy Trees

Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
Harper Paperbacks
Pub Date: January 01, 2011
9780062001344
Fiction | $13.99

http://www.heathernewton.net/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Newton/254334631856?v=wall
http://harpercollinscatalogs.com/harper/539_1765_333037353537.htm




Electric Barracuda

Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
HarperCollins
On Sale: February, 2011
9780061876899
Hardcover | $24.99

http://harperlibrary.typepad.com/my_weblog/electric-barracuda/
http://www.timdorsey.com/home.html
http://bcove.me/dd0nd0hf
http://www.harpercollins.com/authors/19262/Tim_Dorsey/index.aspx
http://www.harpercollins.com/author/microsite/funstuff.aspx?authorid=19262
http://www.denverpost.com/books/ci_17186555




Gone with a Handsomer Man

Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
Minotaur Books
April 26, 2011
9780312571221
Hardcover |352 pages | $24.99

http://michaelleewest.com/content/gone_with_a_handsomer_man.asp?id=desc
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Lee-West/256015289232
http://twitter.com/#!/MichaelLeeWest
http://www.youtube.com/user/designsbygollum?feature=mhum#p/u/3/Q_DmT1sNmpc
http://michaelleewest.com/content/gone_with_a_handsomer_man.asp?id=praise




The Dry Grass of August
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
Kensington
Mar. 29, 2011
9780758254092
Paperback | $15

http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/catalog.cfm?dest=dir&linkid=2805&linkon=subsection
http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/finditem.cfm?itemid=18006
http://www.ajmm.net/AJMayhew/
http://www.ajmm.net/AJMayhew/reviews.php
http://www.ajmm.net/AJMayhew/author.php


Nonfiction:

Tales from a Free-Range ChildhoodTales from a Free-Range Childhood by Donald Davis

John F. Blair
March 2011
978-0-89587-507-5 | $19.95 hardcover
978-0-89587-509-9 | $12.95 paperback
256 pages; 5.5 x 8.5

http://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/tales-from-a-free-range-childhood/
http://www.blairpub.com/mediakits/donalddavis.htm
http://www.blairpub.com/authors/davis_donald.html

Click here to download a free chapter from Tales from a Free-Range Childhood.

Visit Donald Davis's website at www.ddavisstoryteller.com for scheduled events.

View Donald Davis's documentary film, aired live in August 2010 at www.byutv.org




High on the HogHigh on the Hog by Jessica Harris

Bloomsbury
January 2011
9781596913950
hardcover | $26

http://www.bloomsburyusa.com/books/catalog/high_on_the_hog_hc_950
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/25/books/25book.html?_r=1
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/opinion/30harris.html
http://www.salon.com/food/francis_lam/2010/12/26/sandra_lee_kwanzaa_cake_offensive/index.html




The New Southern Garden Cookbook
The New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmers' Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxes by Sheri Castle

University of North Carolina Press
April 4, 2011
Hardcover | $35.00
9780807834657

http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=1896
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Southern-Garden-Cookbook/143635245683294?v=wall
https://twitter.com/#!/shericastle
http://www.shericastle.com/
http://www.ibiblio.org/uncp/media/castle/




A Southerly CourseA Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home by Martha Hall Foose

Crown
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Hardcover | 256 pages |$32.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-46428-6 (0-307-46428-8)

http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307464286#bio
http://www.chefwear.com/news/chef/chef.asp?CHEF_ID=34&F_PG=1
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe?id=7278950




Working SouthWorking South: Paintings and Sketches by Mary Whyte

University of South Carolina Press
January 31, 2011
Paperback | 128 pages |$29.95
ISBN-10: 1570039674
ISBN-13: 978-1570039676

http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2011/3967.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6837503n&tag=cbsnewsVideoArea.0
http://www.sc.edu/uscpress/books/2011/3967.pdf
http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=87687
http://www.colemanfineart.com/2010-paint.asp?artID=7
http://islandconnectionnews.com/?p=400




Alabama AfternoonsAlabama Afternoons:  Profile and Conversations by Roy Hoffman
University of Alabama Press
Mar. 22, 2011
Hardcover |$29.95

http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Alabama-Afternoons,5028.aspx
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/garden/25Domestic.html
http://www.southernscribe.com/zine/authors/Hoffman_Roy.htm
http://www.alabamaliterarymap.org/author.cfm?AuthorID=138




Fighting the Devil in Dixie
Fighting the Devil in Dixie by Wayne Greenhaw
by Wayne Greenhaw
Lawrence Hill Books
Jan. 1, 2011
Hardcover | $26.95
9781569763452

http://jacksonville.com/entertainment/literature/2011-01-16/story/book-review-devil-dixie-riveting-looking-civil-rights
http://www.waynegreenhaw.com/index.php?page_id=273
http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Greenhaw/560375671#!/profile.php?id=560375671

From the Library Journal:

Greenhaw, Wayne. Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama. Lawrence Hill: Chicago Review Pr. 2011. c.336p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781569763452. $26.95. 

Veteran Alabama journalist and prolific author Greenhaw takes readers on a journey behind the scenes of the civil rights struggle in Alabama. Tapping into his personal experiences growing up in segregated south Alabama and his connections to those on both sides of the struggle, he weaves the story of individuals, both black and white, who worked at the local level to banish segregation from their home state. He includes Morris Dees, cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; civil rights attorney Charles Morgan Jr.; and Bill Baxley, who as Alabama’s attorney general in the 1970s prosecuted Klansman Robert Chambliss for his part in the Birmingham church bombing. Against the backdrop of national events are the personal stories—Greenhaw writes of watching in disgust as his cousins marched in a KKK demonstration; he left his church over the congregation’s treatment of black guests and its firing of the minister for inviting them. VERDICT: While Greenhaw’s work is a scholarly account based on interviews, court records, and newspaper articles, his journalistic style adds read ability and poignancy. Overall this is highly recommended; an important addition to the civil rights record.—Lisa A. Ennis, Univ. of Alabama atBirmingham Lib.