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 greatest joyon the page, over the airwaves, around the dinner table, at the bar or, hell, in the checkout line. South Towards Home, with a foreword by Jon Meacham, is Julia Reeds valentine to the place she loves best....
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South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land Reviews
As someone from Mississippi, I was sure I would enjoy this. I personally had never heard of Julia Reed or Garden and Gun magazine. Seems an odd pairing. But I gave it a shot.
I almost gave up on the forward. Unfortunately this wasn't one of my favorites. There was a lot of jumbled parts and enough of the "I digress".
Netgalley/ St. Martin's Press June 26th
Being familiar with Julia Reed as a Garden & Gun subscriber, I am fully convinced that she is to us what Erma Bombeck was to our mothers & grandmothers. Fallible & funny, real and relatable, Reed is unerringly truthful about life in the South, such as the hoarding of all things be it email, magazines, old LPs, or what have you-and we love her for it. After all, we see ourselves in her cherished neuroticism. She bares her soul to the reader as easily as a best girlfriend would over a ...more
I did enjoy reading many of the essays in this book, particularly the ones about animals and the ones about food (and the few that touched upon both topics). What I didn't enjoy so much were all the parties. Sure, it's fun to live vicariously through someone going to some decadent shindig with fountains of alcohol and people dressed in feathers. But it got to being a little repetitive.
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.
Being from the South I really enjoyed Julia Reed’s take on many of the customs and traditions I grew up with. Her humor and wit were refreshing. This is a light, great, quick read!
My rating: 4.5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
Julia Reed is an authentic voice of the South and this collection of stories was such a treat! I’ve never spent any time on the Mississippi Delta and this makes me want to visit. She definitely has a talent for creating a sense of place in her writing. Highly recommend!