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Subject: Recommendation for nonfiction Southern literature
Date Posted: 5/18/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I just finished "What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should) Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work" written by Ronda Rich.  Ronda writes of the strong characteristics of southern women that provides them strength to get what they want out of life or when life goes wrong, gives them strength to preservere and make it through the tough times.

I grew up southern but now I'm a transplanted southern woman.  I've lost a lot of these attributes since I left the south many years ago.  But after reading this book, I want to get back to my southern roots and be that strong Southern woman again.

I shared this book with a friend at work; another transplanted southern woman.............She had tears in her eyes when she returned the book and told me how much she enjoyed it.

It's on my bookshelf if you're interested in reading it!

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 6:51 PM ET
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Oh, Lynn, we have a bunch, but many are related to the Civil War.  BUT, one of my favorite books is Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz, who is married to Geraldine Brooks.  I swear, you do not have to know or care a hoot about the War of Northern Aggression to love and laugh throughout this whole book.

I'll look through our shelves and let you know if I find any others that are possibilities for you.

Date Posted: 5/18/2008 7:23 PM ET
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Tony Horwitz also wrote:

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

It is southern literature- the southern hemishere that is.  It is very informative and highly entertaining.  I would also like to read "COnfederates in the Attiic".  I heard it's great!

From Publishers Weekly
In an entertaining, informative look at the life and travels of Capt. James Cook, Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic; Baghdad Without a Map) combines a sharp eye for reporting with subtle wit and a wonderful knack for drawing out the many characters he discovers. The book is both a biography of Cook, the renowned 18th-century British explorer who's widely considered one of the greatest navigators in maritime history, and a travel narrative. On one level, Horwitz recounts Cook's rise from poverty in a large family in rural England to an improbable and dazzling naval career that brought him worldwide fame. On another, he tells his own story of following in Cook's wake, visiting his far-flung destinations (with the exception of Antarctica) and investigating his legacy. It is satisfying in both regards, Horwitz skillfully pacing the book by intertwining his own often quite funny adventures with tales of Cook and his men. Despite the historical focus, Horwitz doesn't stray too far from the encounters with everyday people that gave his previous books such zest. His travels bring him face-to-face with a violent, boozing gang of Maori New Zealanders called the Mongrel Mob, who are violently critical of Cook, arguing that "Cook and his mob, they put us in this position," Moari activists "wondering at those who would honour the scurvy, the pox, the filth and the racism" that they feel he brought to their island, and the King of Tonga, who couldn't seem to care less about what the explorer meant to his domain. With healthy doses of both humor and provocative information, the book will please fans of history, exploration, travelogues and, of course, top-notch storytelling.
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Last Edited on: 6/3/08 7:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/18/2008 8:30 PM ET
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The first chapter in What Southern Women Know is It's More Than the Drawl, Y'all............It talks about what makes a southern woman irrestible;  their charm, self-confidence, being spunky but not aggressive, etc.   "More flies are caught with honey than with vinegar"  explaining how a southern woman uses her charm, sweetness, etc to get what she wants.   :0)  LOVE IT! 

It's not really a funny book but if you're from the south you can see where the author is coming from.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 7:53 PM ET
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Well, another book goes on my WL!  Thanks alot, Eileen.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:30 AM ET
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Its more about the south than the people in it though. Its always said that the main character of the book is Savannah Georgia.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 12:04 PM ET
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 Rick Bragg's books are fabulous. So are Pat Conroy's, he really nails southern women in "Prince of Tides." And no, the book is nothing like the movie.

Date Posted: 6/28/2008 8:25 PM ET
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I second "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".....loved it!!!