The Official Southern Literary Review 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Donna’s Picks

  • For readers who liked Where the Crawdads Sing In the Lonely Backwater by Val Niemen
  • For fans of graphic novels: The third in a series by Robert Gipe, Pop
  • For Tony Soprano fans and fans of dark financial world fiction: Coyote Loop by L. C. Fiore
  • For Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fans: The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green
  • For readers who like their stories short and excellent: Milk Blood Heat by Dantiell W. Moniz
  • For readers seeking historical fiction blended with romance and msytery: Song of the Chimney Sweep by Tamatha Cain
  • For historical fiction fans of the TV series Turn: Washington’s SpiesIncognito by Terry Lewis
  • For poetry lovers: Alone in the House of My Heart by Kari Gunter-Seymour
  • For the progressive woman who likes period mysteries: The Whispering Women by Trish MacEnulty
  • For those who enjoy boarding school intrigue: Wayward Girls by Claire Matturro and Penny Koepsel
  • For music aficionados: Creole Soul: Zydeco Lives, by Burt Feintuch and edited by Jeannie Banks Thomas
  • For those interested in racial justice and literary fiction, the 2021 National Book Award Wiiner: Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

Claire’s Dozen

  • For contemporary poetry lovers:  The Leaf Does Not Believe It Will Fall by Marina Brown and
  • Naming the Silence: New and Selected Poems by Michael David Blanchard
  • For fans of John Grisham, Scott Turow, and courtroom drama: Fast Break by Terry Lewis and
  • Rich Blood by Robert Bailey
  • For fans of literary history inspired by true events which we should not forget: The Committee by Sterling Watson
  • For those who still remember with awe the hurricane scene in Their Eyes Were Watching GodSalvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • For readers who enjoy a dose of magical realism and a bucket of charm in their literature: The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover
  • For those who found Capote’s In Cold Blood fascinating: The Murder Gene by Karen Spears Zacharias
  • For nature lovers who treasure the outdoors and great writing: The Wild Spectacle by Janisse Ray
  • For readers who enjoy literary historical fiction with a feminist twist: Buried Seeds by Donna Meredith
  • For readers who enjoy more recent historical fiction based upon true crime: Jar of Pennies by John Yearwood
  • For fans of literary short stories with plenty of punch: Rising and Other Stories by Gale Massey

Dawn’s Top Ten Holiday Gift Picks

  • For readers who might enjoy insightful narratives giving voice to the small towns of Appalachia: Drowned Town by Jayne Moore Waldrop
  • For those who want to be haunted by Appalachian short fiction: Haints on Black Mountain by Ann Hite
  • For readers who would enjoy celebrating and questioning the meaning of beauty, a collection of photography and poetry:  On Beauty by Lenny Foster and J.M. White
  • For readers of historical fiction and Southern Gothic: The Cicada Tree by Robert Gwaltney
  • For fans who love quirky characters and eccentricities of Southern small towns: The Hammerhead Chronicles by Scott Gould
  • For readers of Southern Gothic, a cosmic horror novel commenting on environmental sin: The Hollow Kind by Andy Davidson
  • For those who like dark family secrets, a short but powerful story of love and survival: The Woods of Fannin County by Janisse Ray
  • For readers interested in activism and social justice, a collection of essays: Southbound by Anjali Enjeti.
  • For devotees of William Gay, the Southern Gothic author’s last collection: Stories from the Attic by William Gay
  • For readers looking for timeless holiday stories, Dawn’s Classic Pick: A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote* is an autobiographical collection of three short stories (one Thanksgiving memory).

*Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah sponsors reading of “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home is proud to announce the annual Robert Strozier Memorial Christmas reading on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Dairy, 2500 Tennessee Ave., Savannah, GA.

Celebrate the holiday season with hot cider and holiday treats and enjoy local actress Maggie Hart reading “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote. This is an outdoor event; guests are encouraged to bring a folding chair and blankets to stay cozy.

To become a Friend of Flannery, visit the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home website.


  1. Thank you all for this. I hope Santa leaves you a bunch of nice books under your trees.

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