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Author: Julia Reed Narrator: Julia Reed, Dan Bittner Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9781427296658
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This program is read by the author.

South Toward Home is a wry and humorous audiobook about 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 audiobook, South Toward Home, she chronicles her adventures through the highs and the lows of Southern life—the Delta hot tamale festival, a masked ball, a rollicking party in a boat on a sand bar, scary Christian billboards, and the southern affection for the lowly possum. She writes about the southern penchant for making their own fun in every venue from a high-toned New Orleans dinner party to cocktail crawls on the streets of the French Quarter where to-go cups are de rigueur.

And with as much hilarity as possible, Julia shines her light on the South’s more embarrassing tendencies like dry counties and the politics of lust. As she puts it, “My fellow Southerners have brought me the greatest joy—on the page, over the airwaves, around the dinner table, at the bar or, hell, in the checkout line.” South Towards Home, with a foreword by Jon Meacham, is Julia Reed’s valentine to the place she loves best.

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  • “Rambunctiously charming…As refreshing and bracing as a mint julep.”

    Vogue on Queen of the Turtle Derby, and Other Southern Phenomena

  • “[An] effervescent collection of essays…Charming…Amusing.”

    New York Times Book Review on Queen of the Turtle Derby, and Other Southern Phenomena

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About the Author

Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun, where she writes the magazine’s The High & the Low column. She is the author of But Mama Always Puts Vodka in Her Sangria, Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties, Queen of the Turtle Derby, and Other Southern Phenomena and The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story. She lives in New Orleans.

About the Narrator

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.