My Southern Journey Book
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

My Southern Journey


  • Author : Rick Bragg
  • Publisher : Liberty Street
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780848747152

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My Southern Journey Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

My Southern Journey


  • Author : Rick Bragg
  • Publisher : Southern Living
  • Release Date : 2018-05-15
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 0848757467

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My Southern Journey Excerpt :

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the celebrated bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin' 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 the Southern at heart) and anyone who appreciates great writing.

My Southern Journey Book
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

My Southern Journey


  • Author : Rick Bragg
  • Publisher : Southern Living
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 0848746392

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My Southern Journey Excerpt :

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the celebrated bestselling author of All Over but the Shoutin' 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.

Southern Journey Book

Southern Journey


  • Author : Tom Dent
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 0820322911

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Southern Journey Excerpt :

An exploration of the significant changes resulting from the efforts of the 1960s civil rights movement. In 1991, Tom Dent visited the places in the American South where the protesters took a stand for equality. His interviews with everyday citizens recount their personal experiences.

Blood Beneath My Feet Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Blood Beneath My Feet


  • Author : Joseph Scott Morgan
  • Publisher : Feral House
  • Release Date : 2012-07-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781936239344

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Blood Beneath My Feet Excerpt :

Have you ever been locked in a cooler with piles of decomposing humans for so long that you had to shave all the hair off your body in order to get rid of the smell? Joseph Scott Morgan did. Have you ever lit a Marlboro from the ignited gas of a bloated dead man's belly? Joseph Scott Morgan has. Have you ever wept over a dead dog while not giving a shit about the dead owner laying next him? Morgan did. Were you named after a murder victim? Joseph Scott Morgan was. This isn't Hollywood fantasy—it's the true story of a boy born into the deprivations of a white trash trailer park who as an adult gets further involved in the desperate backdoor sagas of the "new South." No hot blondes here, just maggots, grief, and the truth about forensics and death investigation. Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office in suburban New Orleans in 1987, the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country. During the day, Morgan worked in the morgue, and at night investigated for the coroner. In 1992 Morgan became senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office in Atlanta. Morgan is now a college professor at North Georgia College and State University, where he teaches a death investigation course based on the national standards which he helped develop. He and his family reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia.

The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax  Words  Photographs  and Music Book

The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax Words Photographs and Music


  • Author : Tom Piazza
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton
  • Release Date : 2012-12-10
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 0393081079

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The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax Words Photographs and Music Excerpt :

A Best Photo Book of 2012 by American Photo. A new look at the legendary folklorist and his work. More than fifty years ago, on a trip dubbed “the Southern Journey,” Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider uniquely American. Lomax’s camera was a constant companion, and his images of both legendary and anonymous folk musicians complement his famous field recordings. These photographs—largely unpublished—show musicians making music with family and friends at home, with fellow worshippers at church, and alongside workers and prisoners in the fields. Discussions of Lomax’s life and career by his disciple and lauded folklorist William Ferris, and a lyrical look at Lomax’s photographs by novelist and Grammy Award-winning music writer Tom Piazza, enrich this valuable collection.

Southern Journey Book

Southern Journey


  • Author : Edward L. Ayers
  • Publisher : LSU Press
  • Release Date : 2020-11-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807173015

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Southern Journey Excerpt :

Taking a wide focus, Southern Journey narrates the evolution of southern history from the founding of the nation to the present day by focusing on the settling, unsettling, and resettling of the South. Using migration as the dominant theme of southern history and including indigenous, white, black, and immigrant people in the story, Edward L. Ayers cuts across the usual geographic, thematic, and chronological boundaries that subdivide southern history. Ayers explains the major contours and events of the southern past from a fresh perspective, weaving geography with history in innovative ways. He uses unique color maps created with sophisticated geographic information system (GIS) tools to interpret massive data sets from a humanistic perspective, providing a view of movement within the South with a clarity, detail, and continuity we have not seen before. The South has never stood still; it is—and always has been—changing in deep, radical, sometimes contradictory ways, often in divergent directions. Ayers’s history of migration in the South is a broad yet deep reinterpretation of the region’s past that informs our understanding of the population, economy, politics, and culture of the South today. Southern Journey is not only a pioneering work of history; it is a grand recasting of the South’s past by one of its most renowned and appreciated scholars.

Where I Come From Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Where I Come From


  • Author : Rick Bragg
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2020-10-27
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593317792

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Where I Come From Excerpt :

In this irresistible collection of wide-ranging and endearingly personal columns culled from his best-loved pieces in Southern Living and Garden & Gun, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Rick Bragg muses on everything from his love of Tupperware to the decline of country music; from the legacy of Harper Lee to the metamorphosis of the pickup truck; and from the best way to kill fire ants to why any self-respecting Southern man worth his salt should carry a good knife. An ode to the stories and the history of the South, crackling with tenderness, wit, and deep affection, Where I Come From celebrates “a litany of great talkers, blue-green waters, deep casseroles, kitchen-sink permanents, lying fishermen, haunted mansions, and dogs that never die, things that make this place more than a dotted line on a map or a long-ago failed rebellion, even if only in some cold-weather dream.” Evoking the beauty and the odd particularity of humble origins, Bragg's searching vision, generous humor, and richly nuanced voice bring a place, a people, and a world vividly to life.

The Best Cook in the World Book
Score: 3
From 5 Ratings

The Best Cook in the World


  • Author : Rick Bragg
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2019-04-02
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400032693

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The Best Cook in the World Excerpt :

"Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg's loving tribute to the South, his family, and, especially, his extraordinary mother. Here are ... stories and recipes from across generations. They come, skillet by skillet, from Bragg's ancestors, from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a thousand tales of family lore as rich and sumptuous as the dishes they inspired"--Back cover.

Creeker Book

Creeker


  • Author : Linda DeRosier
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2010-09-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813127019

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Creeker Excerpt :

Linda Sue Preston was born on a feather bed in the upper room of her Grandma Emmy's log house in the hills of eastern Kentucky. More than fifty years later, Linda Scott DeRosier has come to believe that you can take a woman out of Appalachia but you can't take Appalachia out of the woman. DeRosier's humorous and poignant memoir is the story of an educated and cultured woman who came of age in Appalachia. She remains unabashedly honest about and proud of her mountain heritage. Now a college professor, decades and notions removed from the creeks and hollows, DeRosier knows that her roots run deep in her memory and language and in her approach to the world. DeRosier describes an Appalachia of complexity and beauty rarely seen by outsiders. Hers was a close-knit world; she says she was probably eleven or twelve years old before she ever spoke to a stranger. She lovingly remembers the unscheduled, day-long visits to friends and family, when visitors cheerfully joined in the day's chores of stringing beans or bedding out sweet potatoes. No advance planning was needed for such trips. Residents of Two-Mile Creek were like family, and everyone was ""delighted to see each other wherever, whenever, and for however long."" Creeker is a story of relationships, the challenges and consequences of choice, and the impact of the past on the present. It also recalls one woman's struggle to make and keep a sense of self while remaining loyal to the people and traditions that sustained her along life's way. Told with wit, candor, and zest, this is Linda Scott DeRosier's answer to the question familiar in Appalachia--""Who are your people?""

The Speckled Beauty Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

The Speckled Beauty


  • Author : Rick Bragg
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525658818

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * From the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin', the warmhearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog. Speck is not a good boy. He is a terrible boy, a defiant, self-destructive, often malodorous boy, a grave robber and screen door moocher who spends his days playing chicken with the Fed Ex man, picking fights with thousand-pound livestock, and rolling in donkey manure, and his nights howling at the moon. He has been that way since the moment he appeared on the ridgeline behind Rick Bragg's house, a starved and half-dead creature, seventy-six pounds of wet hair and poor decisions. Speck arrived in Rick's life at a moment of looming uncertainty. A cancer diagnosis, chemo, kidney failure, and recurring pneumonia had left Rick lethargic and melancholy. Speck helped, and he is helping, still, when he is not peeing on the rose of Sharon. Written with Bragg's inimitable blend of tenderness and sorrow, humor and grit, The Speckled Beauty captures the extraordinary, sustaining devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

River of Fire Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

River of Fire


  • Author : Helen Prejean
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2020-08-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307389039

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River of Fire Excerpt :

"Sister Helen Prejean's stirring spiritual journey is less widely known than her work as the nation's foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty and as an activist nun. In her fiercely honest and moving account of her formative years, Sister Helen tells of an awakening that shattered her insulated life as a nun. In inner-city New Orleans of the 1980s, she learned about her neighbors' daily struggle against racism and recognized her own white privilege. This awakening catapulted her into abolitionist mission and toward a faith that fuels and sustains her work for human rights to this day. Along the way, she navigated close friendships, including one with a priest intent on marrying her, who challenged her vocation in 'the new territory of the heart.' Written in lighthearted, luminous prose, River of Fire captures how one woman, set on a life of prayer and teaching, was summoned from passive obedience and dreamy ideas of a better world to fierce intellectual critique of society. Sister Helen's story will galvanize those who are likewise seeking to lead a passionate and spiritual life that is wide awake to the struggles and creative opportunities of our world." -- From back cover.

The Master Plan Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Master Plan


  • Author : Chris Wilson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-02-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735215603

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The inspiring, instructive, and ultimately triumphant memoir of a man who used hard work and a Master Plan to turn a life sentence into a second chance. Growing up in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Chris Wilson was so afraid for his life he wouldn't leave the house without a gun. One night, defending himself, he killed a man. At eighteen, he was sentenced to life in prison with no hope of parole. But what should have been the end of his story became the beginning. Deciding to make something of his life, Chris embarked on a journey of self-improvement--reading, working out, learning languages, even starting a business. He wrote his Master Plan: a list of all he expected to accomplish or acquire. He worked his plan every day for years, and in his mid-thirties he did the impossible: he convinced a judge to reduce his sentence and became a free man. Today Chris is a successful social entrepreneur who employs returning citizens; a mentor; and a public speaker. He is the embodiment of second chances, and this is his unforgettable story.

Thanks A Thousand Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Thanks A Thousand


  • Author : A. J. Jacobs
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-11-13
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501119934

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Thanks A Thousand Excerpt :

The idea was deceptively simple: New York Times bestselling author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. The resulting journey takes him across the globe, transforms his life, and reveals secrets about how gratitude can make us all happier, more generous, and more connected. Author A.J. Jacobs discovers that his coffee—and every other item in our lives—would not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted: farmers, chemists, artists, presidents, truckers, mechanics, biologists, miners, smugglers, and goatherds. By thanking these people face to face, Jacobs finds some much-needed brightness in his life. Gratitude does not come naturally to Jacobs—his disposition is more Larry David than Tom Hanks—but he sets off on the journey on a dare from his son. And by the end, it’s clear to him that scientific research on gratitude is true. Gratitude’s benefits are legion: It improves compassion, heals your body, and helps battle depression. Jacobs gleans wisdom from vivid characters all over the globe, including the Minnesota miners who extract the iron that makes the steel used in coffee roasters, to the Madison Avenue marketers who captured his wandering attention for a moment, to the farmers in Colombia. Along the way, Jacobs provides wonderful insights and useful tips, from how to focus on the hundreds of things that go right every day instead of the few that go wrong. And how our culture overemphasizes the individual over the team. And how to practice the art of “savoring meditation” and fall asleep at night. Thanks a Thousand is a reminder of the amazing interconnectedness of our world. It shows us how much we take for granted. It teaches us how gratitude can make our lives happier, kinder, and more impactful. And it will inspire us to follow our own “Gratitude Trails.”

Preserving Our Roots Book

Preserving Our Roots


  • Author : John Coykendall
  • Publisher : LSU Press
  • Release Date : 2019-10-16
  • Genre: Gardening
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807170366

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Preserving Our Roots Excerpt :

For over four decades, John Coykendall’s passion has been preserving the farm heritage of a small community in rural southeastern Louisiana. A Tennessee native and longtime master gardener at Blackberry Farm, Coykendall has become a celebrity in a growing movement that places a premium on farm-to-table cuisine with locally sourced, organic, and heirloom foods and flavors. While his work takes him around the world searching for seeds and the cultural knowledge of how to grow them, what inspires him most is his annual pilgrimage to Louisiana. Drawn to the Washington Parish area as a college student, Coykendall forged long-lasting friendships with local farmers and gardeners. Over the decades, he has recorded oral histories, recipes, tall tales, agricultural knowledge, and wisdom from generations past in more than eighty illustrated and handwritten journals. At the same time, he has unearthed and safeguarded rare varieties of food crops once grown in the area, then handed them back to the community. In Preserving Our Roots: My Journey to Save Seeds and Stories, Coykendall shares a wealth of materials collected in his journals, ensuring they are passed on to future generations. Organized by season, the book offers a narrative chronicle of Coykendall’s visits to Washington Parish since 1973. He highlights staple crops, agricultural practices, and favorite recipes from the families and friends who have hosted him. Accompanied by a rich selection of drawings, journal pages, and photographs—along with over forty recipes—Preserving Our Roots chronicles Coykendall’s passion for recording foods and narratives that capture the rhythms of daily life on farms, in kitchens, and across generations.