South Toward Home:
Adventures and Misadventures of My Native Land
St. Martin’s Press
July 2018 | 256 pages | $25.99
Irreverent, funny and a master at spinning a story, Southern humorist Julia Reed chronicles her new tales in the book South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in My Native Land. Whether it’s shining a light on the Delta Hot Tamale Festival or the livestock of the rich and famous, the Mississippi Delta-born author nails the history, proclivities, pleasures, and often absurdities of life in the South. Southern life is also told through the lens of her favorite subject—food and drink (her chapter “Make Mine a Scotch” is a classic) along with personal anecdotes of life in the South that for her includes cocktails parties, hunting, and fishing.
Reed’s former books Queen of the Turtle Derby, But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria! and Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns and Other Southern Specialties have become classics, and her Garden & Gun magazine column “The High & The Low” leave readers wanting more. Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian (and fellow Southerner) Jon Meacham pens the book’s foreword.