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Counting down the days until your next visit to Savannah? Tide yourself over with some local literature and learn more about our historic city!

  1. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

This captivating account of a 1981 Savannah murder was described by the New York Times as “the first true-crime book that makes the reader want to book a bed and breakfast for an extended weekend at the scene of the crime.” Once you’ve finished this page-turner, you can tour Savannah’s Mercer Williams House, visit Bonaventure Cemetery, and see The Bird Girl statue from the book’s cover at the Jepson Museum for the Arts.

  1. Savannah Food: A Delicious History by Stu Card and Donald Card

The introduction to this fascinating history of Savannah’s culinary scene notes that, in all their travels, the experienced authors “had never encountered a city with such a concentration of non-chain restaurants producing exceptional yet largely uncelebrated food.” The book delves into the origins of the city’s historic restaurants, incredible chefs, and tastiest dishes, with an emphasis on Savannah’s seafood, bread, barbecue, and honey.

  1. The Collected Works of Flannery O’Connor

The well-known American writer and essayist was born in Savannah, and her childhood home is still standing as a historic house museum. O’Connor’s work often centered on the South, and dealt with heavy issues like violence, race, and transformation. When critics found her work grotesque, she was quoted as saying “anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by northern readers, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”

  1. Haunted Savannah: America’s Most Spectral City by James Caskey

If you find yourself fascinated by Savannah’s supernatural side, you’ll be intrigued by this collection of over 40 local ghost stories, researched and retold by historian and tour guide, James Caskey. The book even includes a haunted map so you can plan your own walking tour around the spine-tingling tales you’ve read, and do some ghost-hunting during your visit!

  1. Savannah Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From This Historic Southern City by Damon Fowler

If you’re interested in trying your hand at recreating some of the Southern flavors at home, we recommend this recipe collection, adapted from dishes at Savannah’s best restaurants. With more than sixty-five flavorful recipes to make at home, accompanied by full-color photography, you’ll have plenty of meals to savor before your next visit to Savannah!

  1. Savannah’s Monuments: The Untold Stories by Michael Freeman

Savannah attracts history buffs from all over the nation, interested in exploring its historic squares, cobblestone streets, and beautiful parks. This book takes a closer look at 69 of Savannah’s incredible monuments, commemorating the city’s heroes and events. Satisfy your curiosity to learn more about some of the city’s obscure historical details, and then come see your favorite monuments in person when you #stayinsavannah!

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