Kim Cross
Southern Living Editor-at-Large Kim Cross is an award-winning writer who has edited great Southern authors from Rick Bragg to Fannie Flagg. Her first book, What Stands in a Storm (April 2015, Atria/Simon & Schuster) is a narrative nonfiction account of the greatest tornado outbreak in recorded history. She lives in Alabama.

Recent Posts By Kim Cross

Author to Author: Lee Smith asks Beth Macy about Factory Man

If glowing reviews are any indication, Virginia author Beth Macy’s debut book Factory Man may be one of the most talked-about nonfiction books of the season. “This is Ms. Macy’s first book, but it’s in a class with other runaway debuts like Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers,” wrote Janet Maslin in The New York Times.

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Must-Read: Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers

Amid a slew of unsolicited advice-giving parenting books written by celebrities whose prose reads like a run-on drunken sound bite, Clyde Edgerton’s new book, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers, is a refreshing little tome of witty truths from a guy who has learned to keep his wits through three decades of parenting. This is not his first time at the […]

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Summer’s Best Beach Reads

Next to sunscreen, a good beach read is the most important item in our beach bags.  These titles pair well with umbrella drinks and the soundtrack of the sea. Leave your battery-powered book at home and reclaim that wonderful, old-fashioned feeling of dog-eared pages and sand in the spine.

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Bo Jackson’s New Sport

Last April 27—the anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak in history—we joined Bo Jackson for a 50-mile bike ride through parts of our state still ragged from the storm that killed 252 Alabamians. It was the inaugural Bo Bikes Bama charity ride, which ESPN’s “Greatest Athlete of All Time” created to help raise money for his home state. Along with […]

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Beach Read: And Then I Found You, by Patti Callahan Henry

In her newest novel, And Then I Found You, best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry explored some new territory in her writing and her life. For the first time, she set her fictional story in a real place (Bluffton, SC) and used a true story as inspiration: her sister’s real-life adoption story. The result is a beautifully written page-turner laced with […]

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Must Read: Life After Life

This week marks the release of Life After Life, Jill McCorkle’s long-awaited new novel, which follows the complex relationships and struggles of the residents, staff, and neighbors of a North Carolina retirement home. Belle Boggs, award-winning author of Mattaponi Queen, first heard McCorckle read from her hilarious and heartbreaking work two summers ago at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She wanted […]

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Heroes of the New South Awards: Civil Rights

This year marks the 50th anniversary of some of the most pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement. We’re reflecting on the pioneers who fought for equality and tolerance in that defining time, but we’re also looking for today’s civil rights heroes. They’re out there, and we need your help finding them.

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Must Read: The King Years

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch is known for a lot of things, but brevity is not one of them. The nation’s authority on the turbulent 1960s, Branch wrote a three-book series—America in the King Years—that captured his 24 years of research in a definitive narrative history of the Civil Rights era.

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Must See: James Karales Exhibition at the Gibbes

Ednote: This year marks the 50th anniversary of some of the most important events of the Civil Rights movement. We will be acknowledging events and leaders of our past and present throughout the year. In our second annual Heroes of the New South Awards, we will honor the next generation of leaders fighting for civil and human rights. Please send […]

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MUST-READ Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

My colleague Jennifer Cole has a huge crush on Thomas Jefferson. (She claims it’s his legacy in the food world, but I think she has a thing for a guy with a quill pen.) She Google-stalked him, curious if in his younger days TJ happened to be hot.

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