Favorite Books

Dyana Bagby / Charis Books

E.R. Anderson is the executive director of Charis Circle, the nonprofit programming arm of feminist bookstore Charis Books and More in Atlanta. Anderson stopped by "On Second Thought" to share more choices for our "Southern Reading List" series in which authors and readers share books that define and reflect the South.

Anderson highlighted Kiese Laymon's "Heavy: An American Memoir," which describes Laymon's relationships with trauma, toxic masculinity and his own family.


Courtesy Kennesaw State University

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. 


On this edition of "Two Way Street," we sit down with four smart, well read Georgians to discuss their favorite books. This conversation picks up the discussion started by "The Great American Read," an eight-part PBS series that unpacks a diverse list of 100 books. "The Great American Read" premieres Tuesday May 22 at 8 PM on GPB.