southern reading list

Tuesday is again Election Day in Georgia with runoffs for secretary of state and a spot on the Public Service Commission. Voters will choose between Democrat John Barrow and Republican Brad Raffensberger for Brian Kemp's replacement as secretary of state and between Republican Chuck Eaton, the incumbent, and Democrat Lindy Miller for the Public Service Commission's third district. 

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Are you looking to diversify your reading list? Look no further. Anthony Grooms is an author and creative writing professor at Kennesaw State University. He gave "On Second Thought" his recommendations for our "Southern Reading List" series on books that define and reflect the south. Grooms' recommendations include Patrick Phillips' "Blood at the Root" ; Gray Stewart's "Haylow"; and Ernest Gaines' "A Lesson Before Dying." 

Grooms' latest novel, "The Vain Conversation" focuses on the question of redemption from racial crimes. 

It's National Adoption Awareness Month. Georgia's foster care system is in crisis. The number of kids in the state's custody rose 60 percent from 2010-2017. This year alone, 20,000 children have been in the state's foster care system — and there just aren't enough homes to house them.

Today we spoke with Dr. John Degarmo and Samantha Max about Georgia's foster care system and stigmas associated with fostering children. 

The nights are getting longer, the days getting's high time to curl up with a book this holiday season. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera are the authors of "What If It's Us," a young adult novel about two teen boys who fall in love over a summer in New York City. It's a book full of meet-cutes and missed connections, much like Albertalli and Silvera's own relationship.


Here are their recommended additions to our "Southern Reading List," our series of authors and readers sharing books that define and reflect the South.


Today on the show, we heard from the first black flight dispatcher for Delta, Joe Jackson. He retired this year after a career spanning 50 years with the company.

We also heard from "Votes That Count and Voters Who Don't" co-author and University of Texas professor Sharon Jarvis. She discussed how elections coverage affects voters and voting. Alison Law, host of the podcast "Literary Atlanta," shared her favorite southern books in another edition of our series, "Southern Reading List."

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The holidays are just around the corner. As we turn up the heat and the to-do lists grow, we recommend reading.

Alison Law is host of Literary Atlanta, a podcast for readers and writers. 

Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler is author of "Braving The Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir." Handler gave her list of favorite southern books. Her forthcoming novel, "Magnetic Girl" will be available in 2019.