It’s that time of year–cold weather means curling up on the couch under your favorite blanket with a good book. Landmark Booksellers, located at 114 East Main Street in Downtown Franklin, has offered to help you with some ideas for the holidays, or any day for that matter. Recently, Williamson Source popped in and asked owner Joel Tomlin for suggestions on books. Here are 6 that he pulled right off the shelf:
Garden and Gun’s The Southerner’s Handbook: Beautifully designed and illustrated, this anthology-style manual includes more than 75 essays and instructional features on essential aspects of Southern life, including Food & Drink, Style, Entertaining, Home, Gardening, Sporting and The Outdoors, and Southern Tradition. A New York Times Best Seller, The Southerner’s Handbook is a must have for our friends who move here from the North according to Tomlin. From Food and Drink to Sporting & Adventure, you’ll discover essential skills and unique insight from some of the South’s finest writers, chefs, and craftsmen—including the secret to perfect biscuits, how to wear seersucker, and the right way to fall off a horse. There is even a tip from Franklin’s own Robert Hicks.
Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner.Absalom, Absalom, along with The Sound and the Fury, helped Faulkner win the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2009, a panel of judges called Absalom, Absalom! the best Southern novel of all time. Like other Faulkner novels, Absalom, Absalom! allegorizes Southern history–the title itself is an allusion to a wayward son fighting the empire his father built. The history of Thomas Sutpen mirrors the rise and fall of Southern plantation culture.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss–a classic and a must have for children at the holidays. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written, this book has been the subject of cartoons and movies. But nothing quite replaces the sing song rhymes of wit of Dr. Seuss himself as he teaches a valuable holiday lesson to us all: love.
Franklin, Tennessee .. The Jewel of The Harpeth by Leonard Isaacs. Leonard Isaacs recounts the many remembrances of growing up in Franklin, Tennessee. These recollections are funny, surprising and sometimes sad. All are highly entertaining. Franklin was a typical small town in the South, with its cast of characters: the wheeler-dealers, the store owners, the policemen, the preachers, the educators, the outrageous citizens, and everything in between.
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor. Written between 1946 and 1947 while O’Connor was a student far from home at the University of Iowa, A Prayer Journal is a rare portal into the interior life of the great writer. Not only does it map O’Connor’s singular relationship with the divine, but it shows how entwined her literary desire was with her yearning for God.
Vanity Fair 100 Years.. From the Jazz Age to Our Age. A perfect “coffee table” book, this book showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture—both highbrow and low. Beautifully done in time capsule form, this book is a conversational piece from cover to back.
Make sure to watch after Thanksgiving for some more suggestions on great books from Landmark Booksellers. Landmark is open 7 days a week (except Thanksgiving) from 10-5. They have plenty of parking right next door and if they don’t have a book you are looking for, they can have it in the store the next day at no extra charge. Locally owned and operated, Joel and his wife are always ready to help you find what you need among their 60,000 titles.