Taylor Noel

Taylor Noel

Taylor Noel started working for Scribner’s publicity department in 2015. She interned at Algonquin Books and Folio Literary Management while completing her studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Taylor tends to read mostly literary fiction and memoirs, but will also dabble in upmarket commercial fiction with historical, transcultural, or apocalyptic settings, as well as popular young adult. You can find her on Instagram @books_with_taylor.

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12 Overlooked Novels with Southern Roots

I love living in New York, but sometimes I need a little fix of Southern comfort. Books are cheaper than airfare, and there is no shortage of nationally acclaimed literature from the South. Of course y’all have all heard of the classics—GONE WITH THE WIND, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, UNCLE TOM’S CABIN, or BELOVEDbut the well of amazing and provocative Southern novels runs much deeper. So go pour yourself an ice cold sweet tea, sit back in your rocker, and crack open one of these lesser known novels set below the Mason Dixon line.

An Eerie and Mesmerizing Mystery in Remote Australia

I picked up Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing primarily because of its gorgeous and intriguing cover. It reminded me of the James Herriot stories my mom read with me when I was a kid. You know those books—the ones with the stunning watercolors of border collies herding fluffy white sheep across luscious green fields in England.

An Entertaining Riot of a Read About the Modern-Day South

I grew up in the South. I wore bows in my hair, pearls around my neck, Lilly Pulitzer sundresses, and Jack Rogers sandals. I was invited to be a debutante and I pledged a sorority. Needless to say, the importance of a well-manicured appearance has been impressed upon me, and I’ve also witnessed my fair share of bad behavior from elite Southern women. Still, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the striking world of Cheshire, an exclusive residential community in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is at the heart of Helen Ellis’s first book, Eating the Cheshire Cat.

A Lyrical Love Story Across Decades and Continents

Being raised in a family of readers, I was quick to absorb every book my parents put in my hands. By fourth grade, I was filching my parents’ books off nightstands, coffee tables, and deliberately high shelves. I still remember the look of terror on my dad’s face when he discovered his eleven-year-old daughter reading Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth at two in the morning. Needless to say, my parents and I had a chat about “age-appropriate books.” While I have moved past the times of censored library privileges, my parents and I still don’t always agree on books. With Jan-Philipp Sendker’s debut novel, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, though, there is no debate. It is unanimously one of the best books we have ever had the immense pleasure of reading.

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