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A friend recommended The Almost Sisters to me last month—a book that the woman’s guild at her church was reading. It is written by New York Times best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson, who resides in Atlanta. I ordered it and read it coverto cover in less than two days. It was that good!

It tells the tale of two elderly ladies—lifetime best friends living in a small town in Alabama– one African American, one White. The book spotlights a lot of challenging subjects: caregiving for patients with forms of dementia, homecomings, death, divorce, intergenerational family relationships, racial tensions in the New South. And the plot wraps around a decadesold murder. I found it to be a fascinating, easy read—for me, it is a new Southern classic.

Titles by Joshilyn Jackson can sometimes be found on the shelves of The Friendly Book Shop in the village, which is run by the Friends of the James L. Hamner Public Library. The tiny shop is filled with rows of well-organized books, many in ‘like new’ condition.

The shop sells gently used books, DVDs and magazines from every genre for $1 apiece or less. It is open most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a popular venue for book lovers throughout the region. A Friend is always behind the desk ready to help visitors find a title or make a recommendation. Become a Friend for just $5 per year and take home a free bag of books that day.

Good Dog: True Stories of Love, Loss and Loyalty comes from the editors of the iconic Southern magazine: Garden and Gun. It is a collection of true stories and essays about people and their beloved dogs. Written by many favorite contributors to the magazine, it celebrates the special rapport people have with dogs. Some are funny, some are soulful, all are worth the time to read.

Good Dog is a wonderful ‘nightstand’ book as it can be read a bit at a time and savored. It is an excellent gift for any dog lover.

The New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle was released a decade ago and reprinted last year. It immediately became an Editor’s Pick of Southern Living magazine and has become a classic source of recipes for adventurous backyard gardeners throughout the South. It is the perfect book for devotees of local farmer’s markets and farmstands throughout the South. And the Blackberry BBQ sauce recipe is wonderful!

Anyone seeking more information about the Friends of the Library or the shop should email

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