University Press of Mississippi asked Mississippi’s independent booksellers to choose their top summer reads for 2021.

The Book Mart & Café, Starkville
“Summer of Lost and Found” by Mary Alice Monroe
“Blooms of Oleander: A Collection of Romantic and Inspirational Poetry” by Steve Robertson
“Come on Over! Southern Delicious for Every Day and Every Occasion” by Elizabeth Heiskell

Friendly City Books, Columbus
“When Evil Lived in Laurel” by Curtis Wilkie
“The Secret History of Home Economics” by Danielle Dreilinger
“The Girls in the Stilt House” by Kelly Mustian

Lemuria Bookstore, Jackson
“Sooley” by John Grisham
“When Evil Lived in Laurel” by Curtis Wilkie
“The Jealous Kind” by James Lee Burke

Lorelei Books, Vicksburg Mississippi
“A Place Like Mississippi” by Ralph Eubanks
“Holding Back the River” by Tyler J. Kelley
“Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston

Pass Christian Books, Pass Christian
“The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing” edited by Richard Goodman and Tori Bush
“Poor Man’s Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
“Buildings of Mississippi” by Jennifer V. O. Baughn

Square Books, Oxford
“When Evil Lived in Laurel” by Curtis Wilkie
“The Killing Hills” by Chris Offutt
“The Heathens” by Ace Atkins
“Long Division” by Kiese Laymon

Turnrow Book Co., Greenwood
“Animal” by Lisa Taddeo
“Mary Jane” by Jessica Anya Blau
“The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren

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