The Coastal South

Suggested Booklist

Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

Follows the adventures of a young seamstress caught up in the siege of Charleston and the dangers of plantation life during Revolutionary War times

Peter Ashley by DuBose Heyward

Focuses on a young man who questions Southern ideals and values as he tries to pursue a literary career in Charleston on the eve of South Carolina's secession from the Union

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

A sprawling tale that opens in the area of Charleston famed for its historic house and spans two decades in the life of Leopold Bloom King and his group of friends

Charleston by John Jakes

A saga chronicling one family from the time of the American Revolution through the antebellum years up through the Civil War

Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915 by Edward A. Miller, Jr.

Biography of the first Africa American hero of the Civil War, who was born into slavery in Beaufort and became one of the most influential African American politicians in South Carolina history

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

A non-fiction account of an infamous killing in Savannah that reveals the quirky people in this city where everyone seems to know everyone else's business

Savannah by Eugenia Price

Follows the fortunes of a young man who journeys to Savannah to build his own life in his mother's birthplace from 1812 through 1825

Savannah: Or a Gift For Mr. Lincoln by John Jakes

Focuses on a spunky 12-year-old girl and her interactions with Union General Sherman, who marched into Savannah during the 1864 Christmas season at the end of his destructive march to the sea