Review

MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY by New York Times Bestselling author, Rick Bragg, is a collection of articles and essays on a cornucopia of subjects particular to the South. As anyone who’s blessed enough to be from or live in the South can tell you it’s much more than a geographic area; it’s a way of life, a mindset you take with you even if you’re living in the frozen tundra. As Mr. Bragg says in his Afterword, MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY is a love song to our unique, colorful, beloved South.

From celebrated New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rick Bragg, comes a poignant and wryly funny collection of essays on life in the south.

Keenly observed and written with his insightful and deadpan sense of humor, he explores enduring Southern truths about home, place, spirit, table, and the regions’ varied geographies, including his native Alabama, Cajun country, and the Gulf Coast. Everything is explored, from regional obsessions from college football and fishing, to mayonnaise and spoonbread, to the simple beauty of a fish on the hook.

Collected from over a decade of his writing, with many never-before-published essays written specifically for this edition, My Southern Journey is an entertaining and engaging read, especially for Southerners (or feel Southern at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY is told with love, humor, and a “warts and all” honesty by a man who truly loves and understands the South. 

As a Georgian living in Michigan I find myself drawn to books by Southern writers and or set in the South. It’s soothing and eases the bouts of homesickness that hit outta the blue.

I savored MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY like I would one of Ma’s biscuits. What I wouldn’t give if I could only have one again. The world around me may have been whizzing by but I was moseying on dirt back roads, fishing, wading in a creek, and enjoying fish fries, BBQ, and food like you can’t get anywhere else. In my head the dulcet drawl of the words, along with the images and memories they conjured, were comfort food for my mind and soul.

MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY is told with love, humor, and a “warts and all” honesty by a man who truly loves and understands the South. I highly recommend it for displaced (often misunderstood) Southerners, anyone who loves the South, and those still there. A keeper.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt

Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!



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