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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roy Blount Narrator: Roy Blount Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781598875003
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The first collection of the beloved humorist's sly, dry, hilarious essays in more than a decade focuses on a perennially popular topic: the South vs. the North.

"When [Northerners] ask me to explain grits, I look at them like an Irishman who's been asked to explain potatoes."

"When I was a boy in Georgia, college sports was Bobby Dodd versus Bear Bryant immemorial. Compared to that the Harvard-Yale game is a panel discussion."

"Anybody who claims.not to have `a racist bone' in his or her body is at best pre-racist and has a longer way to go than the rest of us."

Hard-working humorist Roy Blount Jr. lives in the North but he's from the South, a delicious tension that has always informed and shaped his work. In this collection, he directs his acerbic wit and finely-tuned insight toward the persistent and colorful differences between the two.

His essays treat every conceivable topic on which North and South misunderstand each other, from music to sports, eating, education, politics, child-rearing, religion, race, and language ("remember when there was lots of discussion of `ebonics'?"). In this eminently quotable collection, Blount does justice to the charming, funny, infuriating facets of Southern tradition and their equally odd Northern counterpoints.

"Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth and soulful all in one sentence."
—Garrison Keillor

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/18/2014

    " Anyone from the south (especially those who have also lived in the north) will find this an interesting, engaging, and humorous read. I've rarely picked up a book on a whim and enjoyed it so much. Beware, though, laughing out loud will ensue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 2/18/2014

    " This collection of Roy Blount's humor essays has its moments: whenever Blount talks about food, fishing, or country music, he strikes gold. Whenever he drops a droll anecdote about life in the South, it's amazing. But what made reading these essays somewhat tedious were his often incomprehensible takes on politics. Additionally, thought not Blount's fault, this collection repeats so many of the same jokes that they become less than funny--they become straight-up annoying. If Blount writes another essay with his infant baptism joke in it, I'm going to set fire to it. He even brought it up at a reading I attended. All in all, I think these essays are better read aloud and appreciated for their meandering wit and comic timing. On paper, they languish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Harry | 1/28/2014

    " Gave-up on this one. Essays about the South by someone who has exiled themselves from the South. Roy Blount had a cameo appearance on HBO's "Treme". So I thought I'd give him a chance. Mistake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/28/2014

    " I couldn't get into the print version, but I love the audio version. Blount's voice w/his Southern accent makes all the difference. You feel like he's someone you could jaw on the front porch with for hours. A true Southern boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooxie Carlton | 1/23/2014

    " A series of essays, articles, etc. by Roy Blount Jr. about being from the south and living up north. Some are really funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/21/2014

    " I loved this collection of essays! Very humorous and true to North-South dynamics, I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/18/2014

    " Even though Blount is a great essayist, the collection leaves something to be desired. Mostly insightful, but somewhat repetitive, he preaches the strengths of the south from his perch in New York. He's a self-admitted hypocrite, and it shines through in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landismom | 1/9/2014

    " Not Blount's best book, but hell, his mediocre writing is better than many other people's best work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2014

    " Clever of course, but repetitive. Since it's a collection of short essays, he tends to say the same thing over and over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yi | 12/22/2013

    " Hilarious. This book makes me miss the north east and love the south some more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth L. | 11/17/2013

    " a mixed bag, but when RBJr is on, he's ON - more thoughtful, nuanced and barbed about the Southern (and white) experience than I ever would have expected. I feel a little embarrassed that I gave him so little credit... and I love Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/22/2013

    " Amusing essays from Roy Blount, Jr., a regular panelist on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 10/1/2013

    " This book was interesting...some chapters very quick and funny reads and some that just lost me after a few sentences. Definitely not a quick read but an interesting look at the differences between the north and south. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/1/2013

    " What I learned from this book: Roy Blount Jr is even funnier than I thought. My favorite quote is about the Rapture -- he imagines that people who read books about the Rapture don't want to BE raptured any more than people who read Gothic romances want to have their bodices ripped. hee hee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maa | 3/31/2013

    " What a hoot! Blount never fails to make me laugh, ponder and wonder at the insanity of we humans. Even better though? Has anyone ever heard a recording of Blount? His books are even better when he's reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/10/2013

    " This book is not as humerous as I wanted it to be, so I didn't read all of it. That said, the story about dinner with his southern family had me in tears, especially when I heard him read it. There's just something about his voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernando | 2/9/2013

    " Roy is excellent. had this one on tape. His narration is as Brett Favre says "aww'some" (Imagine someone from Mississippi saying it). His memories from childhood, and his now perspective being a Georgian in NPR world of Boston- quite a contrast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 9/23/2012

    " Some clever writing - reminds us snobby Northeasterners about the rest of the country...but pretty repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Freeman | 3/28/2012

    " Fun to listen to. Gets old after awhile, though I do love Roy Blount Jr.! Especially on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! on NPR. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 1/23/2012

    " He's just funny. Even when you don't agree with him, he's funny. My favorite remains the essay, "The Way We Were Meant to Eat". I'm not sure how it would translate if one is not Southern but I imagine there are folks like this in every region/culture in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Converse | 11/9/2011

    " Garrison Keillor was right. Roy Blount Jr. writes good sentences. I was drawn to this book through Blount's reading about the Southern approach to food. He covers a great many topics with humor and grace and good sentences. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Haley | 8/25/2011

    " Pretty funny in a my-dad-would-love-this kind of way, which was great because my dad's a pretty funny, insightful guy. As a transplant to the Northeast myself, I appreciated his insistence on the complexities origin and identity, never being fully comfortable with the label "Southern writer." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Rheingans | 8/16/2011

    " While there are a few moments of humor in the collection of articles by Mr. Blout, I found him to be excessively talky. It sincerely felt as though he was just writing to hear himself talk at a number of points. I wouldn't suggest this one to others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neal Abbott | 4/19/2011

    " my favorite blount, but that's like saying my favorite surf & turf. i think i like it because it is so broad. food section is my favorite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernando | 11/15/2010

    " Roy is excellent. had this one on tape. His narration is as Brett Favre says "aww'some" (Imagine someone from Mississippi saying it). His memories from childhood, and his now perspective being a Georgian in NPR world of Boston- quite a contrast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 8/18/2010

    " While there are a few moments of humor in the collection of articles by Mr. Blout, I found him to be excessively talky. It sincerely felt as though he was just writing to hear himself talk at a number of points. I wouldn't suggest this one to others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Harry | 6/15/2010

    " Gave-up on this one. Essays about the South by someone who has exiled themselves from the South. Roy Blount had a cameo appearance on HBO's "Treme". So I thought I'd give him a chance. Mistake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/26/2010

    " This book was interesting...some chapters very quick and funny reads and some that just lost me after a few sentences. Definitely not a quick read but an interesting look at the differences between the north and south. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landismom | 1/10/2010

    " Not Blount's best book, but hell, his mediocre writing is better than many other people's best work.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/30/2009

    " Clever of course, but repetitive. Since it's a collection of short essays, he tends to say the same thing over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 8/20/2009

    " I loved this collection of essays! Very humorous and true to North-South dynamics, I thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooxie | 8/19/2009

    " A series of essays, articles, etc. by Roy Blount Jr. about being from the south and living up north. Some are really funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/25/2009

    " He's just funny. Even when you don't agree with him, he's funny. My favorite remains the essay, "The Way We Were Meant to Eat". I'm not sure how it would translate if one is not Southern but I imagine there are folks like this in every region/culture in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 2/1/2009

    " Anyone from the south (especially those who have also lived in the north) will find this an interesting, engaging, and humorous read. I've rarely picked up a book on a whim and enjoyed it so much. Beware, though, laughing out loud will ensue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 10/17/2008

    " Mr. Blount does a good job of describing some of southern cultures peccadilloes. I found the part commenting on northern prejudices of the south quite good.
    Thought provoking and humorous all at the same time.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/13/2008

    " a mixed bag, but when RBJr is on, he's ON - more thoughtful, nuanced and barbed about the Southern (and white) experience than I ever would have expected. I feel a little embarrassed that I gave him so little credit... and I love Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me... "

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About the Author

Roy Blount, Jr., is an American writer. Best known as a humorist, Blount is also a reporter, actor, and musician with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band composed entirely of writers. He is also president of the Authors Guild.