South Toward Home

Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land
Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.7 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

South Toward Home is a wry and humorous audiobook about 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 audiobook, 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.

©2018 Julia Reed (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Julia Reed IS the SOUTH

I’m an avid reader of Garden & Gun, a decade older, but I can tell you that listening to Julia read her work is about the most fun I have had in the past 5 years! Have a blast and listen at regular speed as Julia is in a hurry to get it out and leaves you laughing, breathless and wishing the book would go on longer.

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Pure Southern...always with an edge.

Pure Southern...always with an edge. Julia may be at her best with this one.

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Stories of a brassy Southern Belle

This is my first exposure to Julia Reed, which seems like a crime given her extensive written work. She is a character rooted deep within the soil of a Magnolia Tree. Her sassy adventures and rebellious youth, and continued zest for life makes for a hilarious romp in which we all wish we would have been a partner. Now to seek out the rest of her body of work! Hoping AUDIBLE carries everything else soon!

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