South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land

South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land

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, “It’s 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 life—the 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 South’s more embarrassing tendencies like dry counties and the politics of lust. As she puts it, “My fellow Southerners have brought me the greatest joy—on 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 Reed’s valentine to the place she loves best.

Title:South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250166340
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    South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land Reviews

  • Patricia

    I loved reading SOUTH TOWARD HOME, and I caught myself laughing out loud too many times to count! Julia Reed is from Mississippi and now resides in New Orleans. She is a writer for Garden and Gun maga...

  • Ruth Woodman York

    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 ...

  • Bonnye Reed

    GN South Toward Home, a memoir in the form of a collection of essays, is a laugh a minute, and for those of us no longer living in the deep south the occasional tear accompanied by a deep sense of los...

  • Rebecca

    Yay! I won a giveaway copy of this look! LOVE Julia Reed!!UPDATE: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...

  • Janet

    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...

  • Susan

    The funny and amusing essays in South Toward Home are all about life in the American South. Frankly, they were just what I needed for a good laugh. In the book, Ms. Reed alludes to the fact that South...

  • Amy

    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 u...

  • SundayAtDusk

    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 laug...

  • Gail Smith

    I discovered Julia Reed several years ago in Fetch, an on-line magazine produced by an upscale shopping site. I chuckled at her wit. As a true Southern belle, she regaled me with her classic style and...

  • Jean

    Having spent time in the South and ready many books (fiction and non-fiction) set there, I so wanted to enjoy reading this book. Every region of the U.S. has it quirks and “isms”. It is always fun...