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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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