DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Being born in Florida and living here most of my life, my definition of the "south" was greatly changed when I attended optometry school in Memphis, TN at the age of 21. I fell in love with a girl from Mississippi who has sisters residing in Birmingham, so when I believed at a young age I lived in the "south", I was wrong. Florida (besides the Panhandle) isn't really the South.
The South is such a varying landscape of culture, ceremonies, cuisine, and customs - most of which I enjoy participating in. So when I saw this book of essays, memoirs, and recollections about living in the South, I knew I had to read it. After all, most of them were originally published in Southern Living - a top notch magazine, especially the copy editing (my sister-in-law pretty much runs that department).
Each story is only a few pages long but invokes a sense of warmth and nostalgia. Bragg speaks of old southern traditions, hole-in-the-wall restaurants in rural Alabama, holidays in the South, and, of course, football.I do believe people from the South, or at least those who have traveled extensively through it, will enjoy this book more for obvious reasons. If you are interested in picking up this book, I would encourage it - my only regret in reading it is this: every essay is sweet like a cupcake. One cupcake by itself (or 2... or 3...) is just fine but after a while, there's too much sweetness. I read this book cover to cover in 3-4 days and by the end, I felt like I had had enough. Take your time with this one, I think you'll enjoy it more.
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