A wry andhumorous take on life and culture in the American South. In thinking about her native land, Julia Reed quotes another Southern writer, Willie Morris, who said, Its the juxtapositions that get you down here. These juxtapositions are, for Julia, the soul of the South and in her warmhearted and funny new book, South Toward Home, she chronicles her adventures through the highs and the lows of Southern lifethe Delta hot tamale festival, a masked ball, a rollicking party in a boat on a sand bar, scary Christian billboards, and the southern affection for the lowly possum. She writes about the southern penchant for making their own fun in every venue from a high-toned New Orleans dinner party to cocktail crawls on the streets of the French Quarter where to-go cups are de rigeur. And with as much hilarity as possible, Julia shines her light on the Souths more embarrassing tendencies like dry counties and the politics of lust. As she puts it, My fellow Southerners have brought me the gr...
|Title||:||South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
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South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land Reviews
South Toward Home is a memoir in the form of a collection of essays. I enjoyed it while chuckling at many of the stories that reminded me of my childhood in the South.
The book is ideal for those who grew up in the South or for those who plan a visit so they can understand Southern ways.
Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
I was given a copy of this book by Net Galley for an honest review. Humorous story about living in the South, especially New Orleans. Showcases the fun, the personality of this wonderful city and the food as well. There were interesting snippets about famous and not so famous characters. Could feel my Southern accent thicken as I read it. Loved it and looking forward to reading more by this author.
I've been reading Julia Reed for years in various publications so this compilation of her essays was a treat. She can be a polarizing writer, as she does tend to wander off track- meander-in pretty much every one bit that's part of her charm. Think of this as a book to dip in and out of and don't take it too seriously. Yes, she's privileged and not reflective of the whole South but this is her reality and it is what it is. Enjoy her for that. I liked her writing, I liked the subject matter (she' ...more
I was not familiar with this author, who evidently is a frequent writer for Garden and Gun, but I certainly enjoyed this introduction. It probably helped that I grew up just across the Mississippi River from her home town of Greenville, in the Arkansas delta, so I could relate to a lot of the people, places, and events. She was like the best friend I haven’t met yet. The book, actually a series of essays which were probably originally columns, was full of humor and self-deprecation, familiar to ...more
Very Entertaining! I loved the introduction by Jon Meacham and the quotes throughout the book.
It is interesting to read about a writer finding her voice especially one with so much experience to share. I found this book sometimes funny and sometimes poignant and very amusing. A light read while more relatable to a one percenter still a good read.
Let me start by saying that my three star rating is purely personal. Here are so many books where I so argue that they deserve only the rating I give them, but this one is completely dependent on the person reading it.
I guess that’s my way of apologizing to the author for the “so-so” review. Julia Reed is an amazing writer, and I can certainly learn a lot from her. In terms of writing, this is definitely a five star book. It’s the subject matter that didn’t grab me. Reed has a few anecdotes tha ...more
Oh, Julia Reed! I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of essays from a southern gem and fellow bird nest collector. I love her stories and her unapologetic telling of them. Also, something about her voice reminds me of my beloved Aunt Glenda, so bonus points. Good times.
Being a fifty-something Michigander who moved to central Florida, and then North Georgia nearly 30 years ago, I very much enjoyed reading this book of essays by Julia Reed. I found its humor finely tuned and more high brow than corn pone and I plan to read more by this author. If you subscribe to GARDEN and GUN you may have heard of her. I loved reading her stories about Mississippi and making their own fun, and all the Southern culture, food and the different people. There are even a few recipe ...more