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

  • Diane S ?

    A semi entertaining and humorous mismatch of essays portraying the many idiosyncracies to be found in the South. The authors love for the home of her birth, the Mississippi Delta does shine through. E...

  • Valerity (Val)

    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 tu...

  • 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

    GNab 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 l...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mbgirl

    2.7Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart.1870 was the first year that an immigrant ...

  • Shannon Rochester

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't r...

  • Jo-Ann

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

  • 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...