Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Southern Journey

My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the SouthMy Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South by Rick Bragg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Red dirt, turnip greens, white whiskey, mosquitoes, football, stories, remembering the past and our ancestors, biscuits and gravy, armadillos, stillness, this book really brings the south to life. Not the Scarlett O'Hara south, "not mint juleps on the veranda" south, but this book brings alive the real south, the hardworking, help your neighbor, fix it rather than toss it, blue collar south.

The book is a compilation of essays previously published in magazines and newly written ones. They are sorted into 5 categories:

Home - "kitchen is the heart of the house ....the porch is it's soul"
Table - the stuffing/dressing conundrum, bad coleslaw
Place - the mountains, woods, rivers, Gulf (and several of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill)
Craft - Bragg didn't inherit an ability to fish, fix things or build things, but he definitely learned how to tell a story
Spirit - why college football runs deeper than the NFL, old cars, politics, looking forward, remembering the past but not reliving it's mistakes and horrors.

Loved this book, if not for the lizards, mosquitoes and lack of snow I'd move back.

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