South Toward Home by Julia Reed

South Toward Home

A wry andhumorous take on life and culture in the American South. In thinking about her native land, Julia Reed quotes another Southern writer, Willie Morris, who said, “It’s the juxtapositions that get you down here.” These juxtapositions are, for Julia, the soul of the South and in her warmhearted and funny new book, South Toward Home, she chronicles her adventures through the highs and the lows of Southern life—the Delta hot tamale fes...

Details South Toward Home

TitleSouth Toward Home
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Travel, American, Southern

Reviews South Toward Home

  • Diane S ☔
    A semi entertaining and humorous mismatch of essays portraying the many idiosyncracies to be found in the South. The authors love for the home of her birth, the Mississippi Delta does shine through. Essays touching on food, family, school, though her viewpoint is often viewed through her priviledged background. A church where guns are welcome but they are offended if one brings alcohol onto their grounds. Politness hiding much of a person's thoug...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Being a fifty-something Michigander who moved to central Florida, and then North Georgia nearly 30 years ago, I very much enjoyed reading this book of essays by Julia Reed. I found its humor finely tuned and more high brow than corn pone and I plan to read more by this author. If you subscribe to GARDEN and GUN you may have heard of her. I loved reading her stories about Mississippi and making their own fun, and all the Southern culture, food and...
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNab South Toward Home, a memoir in the form of a collection of essays, is a laugh a minute, and for those of us no longer living in the deep south the occasional tear accompanied by a deep sense of loss. I could not pick a favorite story if my life depended on it, but this is a book I will keep handy for time's I need cheering up. This is a book I will treasure, and gift to others also living in exile. The southwestern desert is home but the sou...
  • Ruth Woodman York
    I won an ARC of this book on Goodreads. Having lived for a few years in the south, and being a fan of southern culture, I had high hopes. However, it appears I am in the minority. I found the various essays to be scattered in train of thought. Each story seemed interspersed with yet other stories, that detracted (to me) from the original story the author was trying to convey. It felt very disjointed and distracting.
  • Patricia
    I loved reading SOUTH TOWARD HOME, and I caught myself laughing out loud too many times to count! Julia Reed is from Mississippi and now resides in New Orleans. She is a writer for Garden and Gun magazine. Anyone who loves the south and all of it's craziness should give this a read. I highly recommend!
  • Rebecca
    Yay! I won a giveaway copy of this look! LOVE Julia Reed!!UPDATE:I was so disappointed with this book. I adored Reed’s first book Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena, but this one felt disjointed and filled with name-dropping. The essays felt too focused on very specific people, places, and events, and didn’t have the broad encompassing feel (to me) of the South as her previous work. The disjointed feeling no doubt comes fr...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- In considering the pleasures and absurdities of her native culture, Julia Reed quotes another Southern writer, Willie Morris, who said, “It’s the juxtapositions that get you down here.” These juxtapositions are, for Julia, the soul of the South, and in her warm-hearted and funny new book, South Toward Home, she chro...
  • Susan
    The funny and amusing essays in South Toward Home are all about life in the American South. Frankly, they were just what I needed for a good laugh. In the book, Ms. Reed alludes to the fact that Southerners are often called upon to make their own fun, and from many of the episodes and adventures in this book it is clear that Ms. Reed is quite adept in doing just that. Whether she was attending a food festival in Greenville Mississippi, her hometo...
  • Amanda Morgan
    I was really disappointed in this collection of stories. I expected them to be more amusing and entertaining. Especially from someone who writes for a living.Julia Reed is a writer who lives in New Orleans and grew up very privileged in the South. These stories are comprised of the author's personal experiences and musings of what living in the South is like.She constantly name drops all the famous (and not-so-famous) people she's "very close fri...
  • Amy
    Being familiar with Julia Reed as a Garden & Gun subscriber, I am fully convinced that she is to us what Erma Bombeck was to our mothers & grandmothers. Fallible & funny, real and relatable, Reed is unerringly truthful about life in the South, such as the hoarding of all things be it email, magazines, old LPs, or what have you-and we love her for it. After all, we see ourselves in her cherished neuroticism. She bares her soul to the reader as eas...
  • Patsye
    I was not familiar with this author, who evidently is a frequent writer for Garden and Gun, but I certainly enjoyed this introduction. It probably helped that I grew up just across the Mississippi River from her home town of Greenville, in the Arkansas delta, so I could relate to a lot of the people, places, and events. She was like the best friend I haven’t met yet. The book, actually a series of essays which were probably originally columns, ...
  • Gail Smith
    I discovered Julia Reed several years ago in Fetch, an on-line magazine produced by an upscale shopping site. I chuckled at her wit. As a true Southern belle, she regaled me with her classic style and her penchant for food and drink. When I saw that she had a new book, I was quick to get my hands on a copy. I enjoyed South Toward Home. I read it as a group of short stories rather than from cover to cover—a few chapters at a time made it a nice ...
  • Jean
    Having spent time in the South and ready many books (fiction and non-fiction) set there, I so wanted to enjoy reading this book. Every region of the U.S. has it quirks and “isms”. It is always fun to learn about them especially when the author pokes fun at him/herself. However, I found that the writing style was a bit sophomoric. If I had to read “I digress” one more time, I would have screamed. Unlike books that have recipes at the end o...
  • Kathleen Gray
    I've been reading Julia Reed for years in various publications so this compilation of her essays was a treat. She can be a polarizing writer, as she does tend to wander off track- meander-in pretty much every one bit that's part of her charm. Think of this as a book to dip in and out of and don't take it too seriously. Yes, she's privileged and not reflective of the whole South but this is her reality and it is what it is. Enjoy her for that. I l...
  • Kate
    Let me start by saying that my three star rating is purely personal. Here are so many books where I so argue that they deserve only the rating I give them, but this one is completely dependent on the person reading it. I guess that’s my way of apologizing to the author for the “so-so” review. Julia Reed is an amazing writer, and I can certainly learn a lot from her. In terms of writing, this is definitely a five star book. It’s the subjec...
  • Marie
    I was given a copy of this book by Net Galley for an honest review. Humorous story about living in the South, especially New Orleans. Showcases the fun, the personality of this wonderful city and the food as well. There were interesting snippets about famous and not so famous characters. Could feel my Southern accent thicken as I read it. Loved it and looking forward to reading more by this author.
  • Pam Mooney
    Very Entertaining! I loved the introduction by Jon Meacham and the quotes throughout the book.It is interesting to read about a writer finding her voice especially one with so much experience to share. I found this book sometimes funny and sometimes poignant and very amusing. A light read while more relatable to a one percenter still a good read.
  • Patricia Romero
    As someone from Mississippi, I was sure I would enjoy this. I personally had never heard of Julia Reed or Garden and Gun magazine. Seems an odd pairing. But I gave it a shot.I almost gave up on the forward. Unfortunately this wasn't one of my favorites. There was a lot of jumbled parts and enough of the "I digress".Netgalley/ St. Martin's Press June 26th
  • Debra Oliva
    South Toward Home is a memoir in the form of a collection of essays. I enjoyed it while chuckling at many of the stories that reminded me of my childhood in the South.The book is ideal for those who grew up in the South or for those who plan a visit so they can understand Southern ways.Many thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
  • Anna
    My rating: 4.5 stars.I received a free copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Julia Reed is an authentic voice of the South and this collection of stories was such a treat! I’ve never spent any time on the Mississippi Delta and this makes me want to visit. She definitely has a talent for creating a sense of place in her writing. Highly recommend!
  • Liz
    This is a great book to make a stay at home night fun! Just make yourself a good drink , some yummy snacks, put on your comfortable sweats and have a self-indulgent time enjoying this easy and light read. I love the South and all its foibles!I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveable for this honest review.
  • Angela Mcvay
    Living in the south and having read many books about the south I thought this would be right up my alley. Perhaps I just set my hopes up too high. The collection of essays just didn’t appeal to me. I really didn’t find any humorous parts which is what I was hoping for. Don’t let my review dissuade you. Thank you Netgalley for an ARC.
  • Christie
    I did enjoy reading many of the essays in this book, particularly the ones about animals and the ones about food (and the few that touched upon both topics). What I didn't enjoy so much were all the parties. Sure, it's fun to live vicariously through someone going to some decadent shindig with fountains of alcohol and people dressed in feathers. But it got to being a little repetitive.
  • Gina Heron
    Oh, Julia Reed! I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of essays from a southern gem and fellow bird nest collector. I love her stories and her unapologetic telling of them. Also, something about her voice reminds me of my beloved Aunt Glenda, so bonus points. Good times.
  • Sarai Ruke
    Awesome, as always! I just love Julia! I have read all her books and every time I read another I think, "This chick gets me." Lots of fun and funny southern stories. I can't get enough. Can't wait for her next book. :)
  • Russell Howen
    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book.
  • Sandy Fauser
    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me.
  • Christine
    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow.
  • Nat
    Funny, but a bit of a name dropper. Thanks to NetGalley for the preview.
  • Mike He
    Julia Reed's intense emotions about life in the South where she grew up and now calls home are palpable in the beautifully written essays.