Further Reading: The Importance of Place

Rick Bragg’s memoirs are infused with a strong sense of place — language, geographic and cultural references that give authenticity, and that make the location of a story a character in itself.

Here are lists of books and movies in which the South plays an important role.

A Death in the Family by James AgeeBastard Out of Carolina  by Dorothy AllisonJayber Crow by Berry WendellDeep Summer by Gwen BristowA Miracle of Catfish: A Novel in Progress by Larry BrownCold Sassy Tree by Olive Burns
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara KingsolverThe Savannah Cookbook by Damon FowlerThe Comfort Table by Katie JoelScreen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha FooseFeasting on Asphalt: The River Run by Alton BrownY'All Come Eat by Jamie Deen
50 Best Small Southern Towns, 2nd Ed by Gerald Sweitzer1001 Things Everyone Should Know/South by John ReedYellow Dogs, Hushpuppies, and Bluetick Hounds: The Official Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Quiz Book by Lisa HoworthA South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy by David DowningThere Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975 by Jason SokolAn Antebellum Plantation Household: Including the South Carolina Low Country Receipts and Remedies of Emily Wharton Sinkler with Eighty-Two Newly Discovered Receipts by Anne LeClercq
Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts by Burkhard BilgerLong Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South by Roy, Jr. BlountDue South: Dispatches from Down Home by R BrunnerThe South Is Round: Contemplations of a 21st Century Redneck by David MageeQueen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena by Julia ReedMama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey White