My thoughts...4.5 stars
MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY 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.
As a Georgian living in
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, those who love the South, and even those still there. A keeper.