Birmingham Reads :: Alabama Book Recommendations from a Local Book Blogger


I was born and raised in Birmingham. After college, I moved to Houston, but Alabama was always home for me. As an avid reader, it was nice to find books that were set in Alabama — and even more exciting, if they were set in Birmingham. There is just something so invigorating about seeing your hometown being acknowledged (in a good way). *Cues “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd*

I often sought out that sense of nostalgia, which lead to me researching books that had some reference to home. Here is a list of books that feature Alabama (or are written by Alabamians), and bonus points for those that feature Birmingham.

Let us know if you have read or plan to read any of these. 

Alabama Book Recommendations

13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffery by Kathryn Tucker Windham and Margaret Gillis

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf

Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam

Crazy in Alabama by Mark Childress

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham

Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

The Professor by Robert Bailey

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Z by Therese Ann Fowler

Alabama book recommendations - local book store display
Cool display of Alabama titles at a local bookstore

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