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
Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow.
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
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.
Yay! I won a giveaway copy of this look! LOVE Julia Reed!!
I was so disappointed with this book. I adored Reed’s first book Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena, but this one felt disjointed and filled with name-dropping. The essays felt too focused on very specific people, places, and events, and didn’t have the broad encompassing feel (to me) of the South as her previous work.
The disjointed feeling no doubt comes from the fact that the book simply is a collection of he ...more
I was really disappointed in this collection of stories. I expected them to be more amusing and entertaining. Especially from someone who writes for a living.
Julia Reed is a writer who lives in New Orleans and grew up very privileged in the South. These stories are comprised of the author's personal experiences and musings of what living in the South is like.
She constantly name drops all the famous (and not-so-famous) people she's "very close friends" with, and repeatedly mentions the same parti ...more
Well, if you’re a baby boomer who really likes booze, you really might like this book, because it is a very boozy book. If you don’t drink, however; or do drink, but don’t feel compelled to laugh, or even crack a smile, every time alcohol consumption is mentioned in a memoir; many of the stories in this book might bore you. If you’re an animal lover you might like some of the included stories, but probably not the ones that animal killers might like. If you’re a person who likes individuals who ...more
Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book.
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