Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Review: My Southern Journey by Rick Bragg

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Oxmoor House, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


This week I'm sharing some books about the South. 

It seems only right, with all the abuse we're getting lately from the media, to remember why we LOVE living here so much!


My Southern Journey cover


Synopsis:


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.


Review:

If you've read the Southern Living magazine, you know Rick's stories, and if you're from the South, you more than likely have laughed your way through quite a many, nodding your head in agreement or sharing a smile as you recognize characters in your life. Rick takes his classic essays and adds in some new ones you might not be know of, and comes up with a wonderful collection that evokes all things Southern- like slipping into your favorite rocking chair.

It is no surprise to any Southerner that many of the essays deal with FOOD. We Southerners know that Mama's food is how she showed her love, as did everyone else in the family. So any essay about the South is going to have food in it somewhere! LOL These essays are perfect for reading as time allows- in car line, while waiting for practice to end, right before bed. Just don't read them on an empty stomach, as you may feel the need to run to the kitchen and cook! In time for Fall, there are essays about our love for college football and outdoor sports as well. 

This is a lovely book that helps you to recapture the South you love, if live anywhere else, and remind those who are still here WHY we love the South and everyone else should too! It also serves as a very solid reminder of what is LOST when Southern traditions are changed to accomodate view from outside the South, 


About the Author:

Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and the bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown. Bragg, who has written for numerous magazines, including Southern LivingSports Illustrated and Food & Wine, was a newspaper reporter for two decades, covered high school football for the Jacksonville News, and, among other topics, Islamic fundamentalism for The New York Times. He has won more than 50 significant writing awards, in books and journalism, including, twice, the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award. Visit Rick Bragg’s Facebook for more info,

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