South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land

South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land

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 throu A wry andhumorous take on life and culture in the American South. In thinking about her native land, Julia ...

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Title:South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land
Author:Julia Reed
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250166349
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

South Toward Home: Adventures and Misadventures in my Native Land Reviews

  • Rebecca
    Mar 26, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

  • Lois Johnson
    Sep 12, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 shin...

    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. ...

    This book contains charming and funny essays about Julia Reed's life. What made it bothersome for me was that a lot of her enjoyment seems to be fueled by alcohol. She seems to equate getting drunk or just high with having fun. I know it's not a necessary ingredient. ...

  • Kate
    Apr 24, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

  • Beth Neu
    Sep 21, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

  • Patricia
    May 29, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

  • Christie
    Jul 13, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 shin...

  • Angela Mcvay
    Jun 30, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

    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 g...

    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 ...

  • Patsye
    Jul 26, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

  • Sarai Ruke
    May 13, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 shin...

    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. ...

    This book contains charming and funny essays about Julia Reed's life. What made it bothersome for me was that a lot of her enjoyment seems to be fueled by alcohol. She seems to equate getting drunk or just high with having fun. I know it's not a necessary ingredient. ...

    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. :) ...

  • Shannon Rochester
    Oct 03, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 01, 2018

    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 h...

  • Debra Oliva
    Jul 08, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

  • Jean
    May 06, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

  • Amanda Morgan
    Jul 20, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Gina Heron
    Aug 12, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

    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 g...

    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 ...

    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 shin...

    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. ...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Jul 22, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

  • Janet
    Apr 26, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

  • Bonnye Reed
    Mar 07, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

  • Kathleen Gray
    Jul 18, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

  • Jo-Ann
    Oct 02, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

  • Amy
    May 29, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

  • Gail Smith
    May 17, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

  • Pam Mooney
    Mar 24, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

  • Marie
    Apr 20, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

  • Liz
    Mar 19, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

    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 g...

  • Patricia Romero
    Jun 18, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

  • Ruth Woodman York
    Apr 17, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

  • Susan
    May 31, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

  • Anna
    Jun 01, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...

    Having just moved to the South, I really looked forward to reading this book. However, I could never quite get into it and therefore, could not wait to finish it. I debated quitting but I just don't roll that way. Obviously, based on the reviews, many people don't agree with me. ? B...

    When you need to smile and take your mind off the news, Julia delivers. I listened to her read these articles that I had read in Garden and Gun but nothing beats her voice. ...

    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 juxta...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 th...

    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...

    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 g...

    This was an entertaining read. I stumbled upon this book at our local public library and had not heard of Julia Reed before, but apparently she has written other books and regularly contributes to a number of magazines. Her wit is subtle and her descriptions of things you only find in ...

    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 f...

    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 o...

    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 ?...

    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 character...

    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...

    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 p...

    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 ...

    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 definitel...

  • Mbgirl
    Sep 20, 2018

    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 h...

    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 s...

    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...

    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 ot...

    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 ...

    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 v...

    2.7 Held my breath during the dragon boating piece, almost scared she would offend the heck out of me when she mentioned that Chinese are presumed to be smart. 1870 was the first year that an immigrant from China showed up. Never knew that!! I appreciated that my paternal great A...