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
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!
Awesome, as always! I just love Julia! I have read all her books and every time I read another I think, "This chick gets me." Lots of fun and funny southern stories. I can't get enough. Can't wait for her next book. :)
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
In considering the pleasures and absurdities of her native culture, Julia Reed quotes another Southern writer, Willie Morris, who said, “It’s the juxtapositions that get you down here.” These juxtapositions are, for Julia, the soul of the South, and in her warm-hearted and funny new book, South Toward Home, she chronicles her adventures through the highs and the lows of ...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
I won an ARC of this book on Goodreads. Having lived for a few years in the south, and being a fan of southern culture, I had high hopes. However, it appears I am in the minority. I found the various essays to be scattered in train of thought. Each story seemed interspersed with yet other stories, that detracted (to me) from the original story the author was trying to convey. It felt very disjointed and distracting.
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.
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
Living in the south and having read many books about the south I thought this would be right up my alley. Perhaps I just set my hopes up too high. The collection of essays just didn’t appeal to me. I really didn’t find any humorous parts which is what I was hoping for. Don’t let my review dissuade you. Thank you Netgalley for an ARC.