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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Gayle
    Mar 26, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me. ...

    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow. ...

    Funny, but a bit of a name dropper. Thanks to NetGalley for the preview. ...

    Julia Reed's intense emotions about life in the South where she grew up and now calls home are palpable in the beautifully written essays. ...

    Being from the South I really enjoyed Julia Reed?s take on many of the customs and traditions I grew up with. Her humor and wit were refreshing. This is a light, great, quick read! ...

  • Kate
    Apr 24, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ?...

  • Patricia
    May 29, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

  • Nat
    May 27, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me. ...

    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow. ...

    Funny, but a bit of a name dropper. Thanks to NetGalley for the preview. ...

  • Christie
    Jul 13, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

  • Debra Oliva
    Jul 08, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Marybeth Taranow
    Jul 11, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me. ...

    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow. ...

    Funny, but a bit of a name dropper. Thanks to NetGalley for the preview. ...

    Julia Reed's intense emotions about life in the South where she grew up and now calls home are palpable in the beautifully written essays. ...

    Being from the South I really enjoyed Julia Reed?s take on many of the customs and traditions I grew up with. Her humor and wit were refreshing. This is a light, great, quick read! ...

    I really liked this book. I am a sucker for all things southern and Julia Reed writes a southern book. The chapters were actually essays and they were quick and delightful. I am going to go back and read other things by this author. What a fun ride! ...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Jul 22, 2018

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Amy
    May 29, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Sandy Fauser
    Jul 06, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me. ...

  • Liz
    Mar 19, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Russell Howen
    Jun 30, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

  • Ruth Woodman York
    Apr 17, 2018

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Christine
    Dec 09, 2017

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me. ...

    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow. ...

  • Mike He
    Apr 11, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. :) ...

    Julia Reed's "South Toward Home" fills the reader with a humorous sense of truths/half-truths and possibly untruths about life in the South. You should receive enough chuckles to make worthwhile the time your nose is in this book. ...

    I was looking for something light and fun to read, but this just didn't do it for me. ...

    Just found out I won a copy of this book. Review to follow. ...

    Funny, but a bit of a name dropper. Thanks to NetGalley for the preview. ...

    Julia Reed's intense emotions about life in the South where she grew up and now calls home are palpable in the beautifully written essays. ...

  • Anna
    Jun 01, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...