The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time by Oxford American

The best southern United States nonfiction books of all time judged by 130 literary experts and authors.


1. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee

2. Black Boy by Richard Wright

3. The Mind of the South by W.J. Cash

4. One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

5. The Civil War by Shelby Foote

6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

7. Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith

8. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

9. North Toward Home by Willie Morris

10. A Childhood: The Biography of a Place by Harry Crews

11. Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

12. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

13. Lanterns on the Levee by William Alexander Percy

14. The Habit of Being by Flannery O’Connor

15. Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

16. All Over But The Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

17. Mary Chestnut’s Civil War by Mary Chesnut

18. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

19. I’ll Take My Stand by Twelve Southerners

20. The Message In the Bottle by Walker Percy

21. The Burder of Southern History by C. Vann Woodward

22. Origins of the New South by C. Vann Woodward

23. The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry

24. The Earl of Louisiana by A.J. Liebling

25. Rising Tide by John Barry

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