These are some of our recommendations for women readers. We've spotlighted a few that are new or noteworthy, but then followed it with a list of other female stories that continue to be Snail favorites.
Rush: A Novel
This novel by southern author Lisa Patton is set in modern-day Mississippi, on the campus of Ole Miss. But graduates of most any southern school will recognize the takes of sorority life and female friendships. This novel has a deeper story, too, as it looks at women from both end of the social ladder, black and white, as they find their voices. AND, Lisa Patton will be visiting The Snail's Holiday Bookstore on December 8 to sign copies of the book — which make it even more perfect for gifting! Check our events section to find out details.
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me about Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
This book has its fair share of recipes, mostly from the kitchen of Reese's grandmother. Alongside recipes for biscuits, sun tea, and tomato pie, you'll find so much to love about this book celebrating Southern music, manners, monogramming, and more.
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
This has been a bestseller ever since it hit shelves in February, and for good reason: it speaks to women about the lies we tell ourselves and the misconceptions we fall prey to, which keep us from finding our purpose and our potential. It's smart, funny, and encouraging—and an ideal book for any female you care about.
Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
The Bush sisters, Jenna and Barbara, take us on a behind-the-scenes trip down memory lane as they reminisce about their years in the White House, as twin daughters of the president, and life afterward. This would make a great gift for a sister, family member, or friend. Or gift it to yourself!
This book is also available in paperback.
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
This is an in-depth look at meetings, gatherings, and groups of all kinds, from dinner parties to board meetings to conferences. Consider this book for a consummate host, a working woman who spends her life in meetings, or anyone who might be interested in group dynamics.
The Accessory Handbook: A Costume Designer's Secrets for Buying, Wearing, and Caring for Accessories
The bestselling author of How to Get Dressed turns her focus to the fun of accessories, from scarves to jewelry to shoes. How do you avoid buying a bad bag? Is there a right way to wear a scarf? How should you really take care of your favorite shoes? This cute paperback book has a witty take on fashion mixed with oh-so-helpful advice. Perfect for women young to middle-aged and beyond.
Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey
This is a personal memoir by a southern woman, entrepreneur, and mother that managed to get a new start in life at age 50, when she uprooted her family and moved from Texas to Asheville, North Carolina. After spending much of her adult life caring for two special-needs sons, she decided to learn a brand-new business: moonshine. She rediscovered her purpose and is now the founder and CEO of a booming spirits company called Troy & Sons. You'll love this Southern Book Prize-nominated story of family, community, and second chances.
A Place to Call Home: Timeless Southern Charm
This large, beautiful coffee-table book was a Snail bestseller for Mother's Day this year, and it makes for a fabulous gift anytime. Interior and garden designer James Farmer truly understands southern style, and he shows us—in gorgeous photos—traditional designs and antique heirlooms alongside contemporary ideas. He also adds some of his own southern stories.
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Women who love history will enjoy diving deep into the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the famed author of the Little House on the Prairie series most of us loved from our youth. This is a story not only of Wilder and her family, but also the pioneer spirit, the prairie, and the American mythology of self-reliance. It gives a personal perspective of the the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the Indian Wars, and other fascinating elements of U.S. history. Give this Pulitzer Prize-winning book to history lovers and nostalgic readers. This book also comes in hardcover.
Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel
Do you know someone who loved Anne of Green Gables? A better question might be, do you know any woman who didn't? This brand-new novel is a must for anyone with a fondness for Anne and Avonlea—though you don't need to know Anne to enjoy Marilla. This novel makes Marilla a main character in her own right, telling her story before Anne arrives. Give this book to any grownup who remembers reading Anne of Green Gables, or give it to a teen to introduce her to a brand-new classic.