Monday, April 25, 2016

Sidetracked: Two Women, Two Cameras, and Lunches on Sherman's Trail - Book Review

Idgie Says:
This is a sweet book telling the tale of two friends who decide to road trip it through Sherman's destructive march on the South.  They start off in the suburbs of Atlanta and go from there. 

Their book is along the lines of  a Bill Bryson travelogue - little anecdotes on life mixed in with tidbits of history trivia.  But there's no "Sass".  These are wholesome ladies telling stories filled with gentle humor and good will.  

A fun book for someone who wants to learn a bit more about history and the South without it being in textbook form. I enjoyed learning more about a town I currently live in, some historical knowledge I didn't have. 

The book is chock full of pictures too!

By author: Milam McGraw Propst, Jaclyn Weldon White
Mercer University Press
ISBN: 9780881465754
Product Format: Paperback / softback

SIDETRACKED is a series of stories which chronicle the zigzag adventures of two authors searching for a better understanding of their state. Milam Propst and Jaclyn White are good friends who enjoy the creative process, love to chat, dine, and explore out-of-the-way places. Their initial plan was to trace Sherman's March to the Sea and visit some of Georgia's 3,000 plus historic markers along the way. While the journey would not necessarily spotlight the Civil War, Sherman's path would provide them with a specific route. There was one slight disadvantage to the plan. Neither of the writers have any sense of direction. Because of this, they got sidetracked often, made countless U-turns, and frequently found fascinating stories by accident. SIDETRACKED is a great read for would-be history buffs who will appreciate the research that went into it. But the stories are also crafted to entertain readers who will relish the surprises found in the unexpected turns along the road and the ongoing dialogue between Propst and White. It's informative, it's funny, it's sad; it's a story of newly revealed truths and longstanding friendship.