Frances Mayes wrote Under the Tuscan Sun and several other books based on her life in Italy and California. Under Magnolia is based on Mayes' childhood in rural Georgia and college years in Virginia, hence the magnolia in the title. Mayes can put on paper details that make you feel (believe) you are in Fitzgerald, Georgia in the 1950's. If you're looking for a book to read while sipping sweet tea on the porch, this is a good one.
Upon catching up on blogs today, I came across a list of what celebrities are reading (http://www.mydomaine.com/books-celebrities-are-reading/). Also on the list, I found out that Reese Witherspoon has a Insta account of her book club. Southern Living has a list of the best Southern Fiction that I can also recommend (http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/tag/books/). That is where I found Under Magnolia, as well as my current read, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt.
What are you reading?