April 2017

Reading Recommendations · S-Town

The seven-part podcast “S-Town” from NPR and Serial tells the captivating true story of an eccentric man from a small town in Alabama. If you’re one of the millions of listeners who loved the story — we suggest you try one of these 10 Books for Fans of S-Town. We like to think it’s John B. approved.
Cover of A Good Man is Hard to Find

A Good Man is Hard to Find

Flannery O'Connor
This collection--which includes the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit--established O'Connor's reputation as one of the American masters of the short story.

Boy's Life

Robert McCannon
A bizarre murder in an idyllic southern town propels a boy and his father into a world of evil in this World Fantasy Award–winning horror novel.
Cover of All over but the shoutin’

All over but the shoutin’

Rick Bragg
This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times.

Midnight in the garden of good and evil

John Berendt
Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case and peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters.
Cover of White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America

White trash : the 400-year untold history of class in America

Nancy Isenberg
Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.

Rambunctious garden : saving nature in a post-wild world

Emma Marris
Emma Marris argues that it's time to look forward and create the "rambunctious garden," a hybrid of wild nature and human management.
Cover of Second nature: a gardener’s education

Second nature: a gardener’s education

Michael Pollan
Second Nature captures the rhythms of our everyday engagement with the outdoors in all its glory and exasperation. With chapters ranging from a reconsideration of the Great American Lawn, a dispatch from one man's war with a woodchuck, to an essay about the sexual politics of roses, Pollan has created a passionate and eloquent argument for reconceiving our relationship with nature.

The sixth extinction: an unnatural history

Elizabeth Kolbert
Kolbert provides a moving account of the disappearances occurring all around us and traces the evolution of extinction as concept, from its first articulation by Georges Cuvier in revolutionary Paris up through the present day.
Cover of Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

Longitude : the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time

Dava Sobel
Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest, and of John Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking.
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