Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Idgie Says:
I love Rick's stories.  Half the time when I'm reading them I find I'm laughing out loud in public places, making people stare at me.  Other times I find myself nodding along as I read, affirming with my own thoughts and memories what he's sharing on the pages.  

He is a wonderfully introspective yet down-home Southern guy who isn't afraid to say what he means and share what he feels.  This book of Southern thoughts and memories is fantastic.  The stories are the perfect length to absorb a few on a lunch break, before bed, or with or morning coffee.  Have a long rainy afternoon?  Heck, let's work our way through half the book.  

Some of my favorite chapters that I've read so far have been: 
  • Crazy Cat Lady
  • For a Vegetable, I'll have White Gravy
  • The Eternal Gulf
  • Donkey Business

The list goes on.  I highly recommend this book of memories and amusing anecdotes by one of our beloved Southern writers.  You won't regret it.

Book Description:
Announcing Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author, Rick Bragg’s new book, MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY: TRUE STORIES FROM THE HEART OF THE SOUTH (Time Inc/Oxmoor House; September 15, 2015). 

 Bragg has written essays about Southern living mixed with uniquely American experiences such as the regional obsession with college football and dinners with the family to colorful descriptions of southern food. Watch Rick describe his love for the south in his own words on Southern Living’s special video interview, Southern Journal.

MY SOUTHERN JOURNEY is a feel good read that will make you feel content about the little things in life that mean the most: family, food, and tradition.  This heartfelt collection is mixed with humor and personality and keenly expresses the humanistic need to have a place to call home and all the little things that make life whole. 

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. 

With humorous, touching, and thoughtful writing, Rick Bragg explores enduring Southern truths and traditions in his first-ever essay collection focused on life in the South. All-new essays are intertwined with classic favorites as My Southern Journey delves into the regional obsessions ranging from college football to family suppers, from mayonnaise to spoonbread, and the simple beauty of a fish on the hook.

This volume is an enjoyable read and give for Southerners and fans of the South, no matter where they are.