The Georgia Center for the Book revealed the “25 Books All Georgians Should Read” at a special event on Thursday night at the Decatur Public Library

The fourth edition of the prestigious “25 Books” list includes 11 novels and short story collections, three volumes of poetry, and 11 nonfiction books, and boasts three Pulitzer Prize winners. For more details, visit www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.

The 25 Books All Georgians Should Read

Snakeskin Road
James Braziel

A Cry of Angels
Jeff Fields

The Confederate General Rides North
Amanda Gable

Bombingham
Anthony Grooms

Luminous Mysteries: A Novel
John Holman

How Far She Went
Mary Hood

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
Joshilyn Jackson

Hue and Cry: Stories
James Alan McPherson

When the Finch Rises
Jack Riggs

Nothing With Strings:
NPR’s Beloved Holiday Stories

Bailey White

The Heart of a Distant Forest
Philip Lee Williams

Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems,
1968-2008

Coleman Barks

New and Selected Poems of Thomas Lux, 1975-1995
Thomas Lux

The Watchers
Memye Curtis Tucker

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
Douglas A. Blackmon

Long Time Leaving:
Dispatches from Up South

Roy Blount, Jr.

At Canaan’s Edge:
America in the King Years, 1965-68

Taylor Branch

Heart of a Patriot:
How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed, and Karl Rove

Max Cleland

Invisible Sisters
Jessica Handler

The Cracker Queen:
A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life

Lauretta Hannon

Lovesick Blues:
The Life of Hank Williams

Paul Hemphill

Under the Tuscan Sun:
At Home in Italy

Frances Mayes

The Ballad of Blind Tom
Deirdre O’Connell

An Altar in the World:
A Geography of Faith

Barbara Brown Taylor

Bon Appetit Ya’ll: Recipes and Stories
from Three Generations of Southern Cooking

Virginia Willis

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “UPDATED: 25 Books All Georgians Should Read”

  1. Love Virginia Wills AND her book! So glad to see her listed. Hers is the only own I own and have read, but will definitely be on the lookout for the others now. Paul Hemphill’s always been a favorite. Thanks for the head’s up, Collin! – Sean

  2. Love Virginia Wills AND her book! So glad to see her listed. Hers is the only own I own and have read, but will definitely be on the lookout for the others now. Paul Hemphill’s always been a favorite. Thanks for the head’s up, Collin! – Sean

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