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Please see below for a list of the available ebooks of fiction titles from the Southern Culture book list. You can also use the search box to find print copies of books from the list in the VGCC Library.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by
Publication Date: 1999-05-06
Fleeing his drunken father and the civilizing influence of the Widow Douglas, Huckleberry Finn and the runaway slave Jim pilot a log raft down the mighty Mississippi River.
All the King's Men by
Publication Date: 2002-09-03
This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the career of Willie Stark, a back-country lawyer whose idealism is overcome by his lust for power.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by
Publication Date: 1982-07-01
A novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's.
Bastard Out of Carolina by
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, is a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney.
Publication Date: 2004-06-08
Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.
Cold Sassy Tree by
Publication Date: 2007-09-04
Will Tweedy's one-armed, renegade grandfather announces that he's aiming to marry the young Miss Love Simpson a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward. The news is served up all over town with dinner, and young Will finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal.
The Color Purple by
Publication Date: 2011-09-20
Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life, Celie is left behind.
Delta Wedding by
Publication Date: 1979-03-21
The Fairchilds, a big and clamorous family, live on a plantation in the Mississippi delta. They are in the midst of planning their daughter's wedding when a nine-year-old relative, Laura McRaven, whose mother has just died, comes to visit.
Ellen Foster by
Publication Date: 2012-10-17
An 11-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor and unselfconscious heroism.
Fair and Tender Ladies by
Publication Date: 2011-07-05
Ivy Rowe may not have much education, but her thoughts are classic, and her experiences are fascinating. Born near the turn of the century in the Virginia Mountains, Ivy's story is told completely through letters she is forever writing, and that you will forever want to read.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by
Publication Date: 1997-01-21
Gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode tells her life story to middle-aged Evelyn. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder.
Gone with the Wind by
Publication Date: 2008-05-20
Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life.
Invisible Man by
Publication Date: 1995-03-14
A man describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of'the Brotherhood', and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
The true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction.
The Last Gentleman by
Publication Date: 2011-03-29
Will Barrett, a Southern transplant to New York City, accepts a job in the Mississippi Delta as caretaker for the Vaught family's ailing son, Jamie. There, he is confronted not only by his personal demons, but also his growing love for Jamie's sister, Kitty, and a deepening relationship with the family that will teach him the true meaning of home.
Light in August by
Publication Date: 1991-01-30
Faulkner's novel about perseverance in the face of mortality features some of his most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.
Middle Passage by
Publication Date: 1998-07-01
Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri.
The Optimist's Daughter by
Publication Date: 1990-08-11
Laurel, a young woman who has left the South, returns years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up.
Oral History by
Publication Date: 2011-12-06
The story of the Cantrell family and the odd curse that its members believe hangs over them.
Publication Date: 2012-05-01
Raney is a small-town Baptist. Charles is a liberal from Atlanta. This is the story of their marriage.
Tobacco Road by
Publication Date: 2011-06-21
The classic novel of a Georgia family undone by the Great Depression.
The Voice of the People by
Publication Date: 2016-04-01
Nicholas Burr, the son of a poor white farmer, rises to the governorship of Virginia. Yet his political success, tempered by disappointment in love, leads to a tragic outcome.
Walking Across Egypt by
Publication Date: 1987-01-03
78-year-old Mattie Rigsbee has no business keeping a stray dog. When young, delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog.
Please see below for a list of the available ebooks of non-fiction titles from the Southern Culture book list. You can also use the search box to find print copies of books from the list in the VGCC Library.
All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw by
Publication Date: 1974-09-01
This triumphant autobiography, assembled from the eighty-four-year-old Shaw's oral reminiscences, is the plain-spoken story of a man who witnessed wrenching changes in the lives of Southern black people -- and whose unassuming courage helped bring those changes about.
Celia, a Slave by
Publication Date: 1991-11-01
Illuminating the moral dilemmas that lie at the heart of a slaveholding society, this book tells the story of a young slave who was sexually exploited by her master and ultimately executed for his murder.
Colored People by
Publication Date: 1995-04-11
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., recounts his childhood in the mill town of Piedmont, West Virginia, in the 1950s and 1960s and ushers readers into a gossip, of lye-and-mashed-potato “processes,” and of slyly stubborn resistance to the indignities of segregation.
Coming of Age in Mississippi by
Publication Date: 1992-01-04
Anne Moody provides a first person account of growing up black in the rural South during the nineteen forties and fifties.
Confederates in the Attic by
Publication Date: 1999-02-22
A journalist leads readers on a journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.
Publication Date: 2014-03-04
From revered humorist and unapologetic curmudgeon Roy Blount, Jr., a collection of savagely funny and insightful takes on redneck heaven, whiskey, blood, possums, and a great number of other Southern things.
The Crucible of Race by
Publication Date: 1984-09-06
Provides a fundamental reinterpretation of the American South in the years since the Civil War, especially the decades after Reconstruction, from 1877 to 1920. Covering all aspects of Southern life--white and black, conservative and progressive, literary and political--it offers a new understanding of the forces that shaped the South of today.
Dixie Rising by
Publication Date: 1996-11-05
The former Atlanta bureau chief of The New York Times illuminates the people, places, and passions of the influential American South--an area that has effectively decided the outcome of every presidential election in the past 30 years.
Growing up Gay in the South by
Publication Date: 1991-01-25
Weaves personal portraits of lesbian and gay Southerners with commentary about the impact of culture, race, and gender on the development of sexual identity.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by
Publication Date: 2009-04-21
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the locals. At eight years old and back with her mother in St. Louis, Maya is attacked—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by
Publication Date: 2016-03-15
Tormented by her master, a young mother plots a daring escape, in this courageous and captivating slave narrative.
Jimmie Rodgers by
Publication Date: 2007-03-02
Jimmie Rodgers was a folk hero in his own lifetime and has been idolized by fans and emulated by performers ever since. This extensively-researched biography banishes the rumors and myths that have shrouded his life story.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by
Publication Date: 2009-04-15
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. As a young boy, he served in a household, but he faced increasingly brutal conditions and cruel owners. After many years, he escaped to freedom in New York City and began to publicly denounce slavery through writings and speeches. This unabridged version of Douglass's powerful autobiography, first published in 1845, provides an honest, firsthand account of the horrors of slavery in the United States.
Parting the Waters by
Publication Date: 1989-11-15
A Pulitzer Prize-winning account of Martin Luther King's early years and rise to greatness.
Roll, Jordan, Roll by
Publication Date: 1976-01-12
Rather than emphasizing the cruelty and degradation of slavery, historian Eugene Genovese investigates the ways that slaves forced their owners to acknowledge their humanity through culture, music, and religion.
Southern Food by
Publication Date: 1987-06-12
Celebrates the food of the American South in all its glorious variety—yesterday, today, at home, on the road, in history.
A Turn in the South by
Publication Date: 1990-02-19
A revealing, disturbing, elegiac book about the American South—from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.
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