Suggested Reading List
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
Author: Flannery O'Connor
Description: One of the very best voices in the American short story, O'Connor's darkly comic vision of life in the countryside surrounding Savannah is both richly colored and at times deeply unsettling.
A Short History of Charleston
Author: Robert Rosen
Description: A third-generation Charlestonian, Rosen traces the history of Good King Charles's City from its founding to the present with flair.
Author: Navigator Maps
Description: A clear, easy to use souvenir map of Charleston, featuring the city center and well marked places of interest.
Author: Andrea Wulf
Description: Andrea Wulf artfully examines the interplay of plants and politics in this earthy account, looking both at the role of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Quincy Adam as noble farmers and at the American relationship to nature during the eighteenth century.
Gardens of Historic Charleston
Author: James R. Cothran
Description: A lavishly illustrated photographic tour of Charleston's most treasured gardens, as well as a history of gardening in the city since colonial times.
Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation in 1838-1839
Author: Frances Anne Kemble
Description: The journal of abolitionist Frances Anne Kemble, a leading 19th century British actress who married a wealthy plantation owner and moved to the Sea Islands of Georgia. After divorcing her husband she wrote this memoir recording the inhuman living conditions on her ex-husband’s cotton and rice plantation.
Literary Charleston, A Lowcountry Reader
Author: Curtis Worthington (Editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (Introduction)
Description: A lovingly edited anthology of writing about Charleston, arranged chronologically and including heavyweights such as Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as less known writers.
Author: Patrick Allen (Editor)
Description: An anthology of fiction and non-fiction set in Savannah, portraying the city, its people and culture. With contributions by Henry James, Margaret Mitchell, and Flannery O'Connor.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Author: John Berendt
Description: Part affectionate portrait of Savannah society, part murder mystery, Berendt’s classic account of his stay in the decayed splendor of the southern coastal city is one of those rare instances when a great writer finds himself caught at the center of a real-life crime story.
My Favorite Plant, Writers and Gardeners on the Plants They Love
Author: Jamaica Kincaid (Editor)
Description: An anthology of essays on plants and gardening from contemporary authors as well as luminaries of the past. This handsome, little book features selections by (among many others) D.H. Lawrence and Colette.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southeastern States
Author: Peter Alden (Editor)
Description: A compact photographic guide to the nature of the Southeast States from Mississippi and Georgia to North Carolina, featuring 1,500 photographs, concise descriptions and an overview of the natural history of the area.
Queen of The Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena
Author: Julia Reed
Description: A Mississippian gone New Yorker, Reed offers a unique biregional perspective in this collection of essays on Southern culture, wandering from topics as varied as the Southern affinity for big hair to gun control.
Author: Navigator Maps
Description: A neat, colorful map of Savannah’s city center, featuring well marked places of interest.
The Charleston, Savannah & Coastal Islands Book, A Complete Guide
Author: Cecily McMillan, Wade Spees (Photographer)
Description: An excellent, locally produced travel guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information. It does justice to this area's rich traditions and food.
The Civil War, An Illustrated History
Author: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
Description: An illustrated, comprehensive social history of the Civil War by the now-famous team of Ward and Burns. With 500 photographs and maps, extensive text and original essays by contributing experts.
The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America's Millionaires
Author: June Hall McCash, William Barton McCash
Description: A history of the legendary Jekyll Island Club, the group of powerful millionaires (including Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Pulitzer) who vacationed on the small island off the coast of Georgia.
The National Trust Guide to Savannah
Author: Roulhac Toledano
Description: A guide to the architectural culture and history of Old Savannah. With 200 archival photographs and maps, it includes chapters on historic preservation, famous visitors and a comprehensive tour of architectural styles.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America
Author: David Sibley
Description: A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks.
Very Charleston, A Celebration of History, Culture, and Lowcountry Charm
Author: Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
Description: A quirky overview of the city and its attractions, this guide provides an original, entertaining and colorful paean to one of America's most historic and popular destinations.