Southern Humor and Storytelling

Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts by Burkhard BilgerNoodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts
Bilger, Burkhard
2000
"The Old South is slow to give up its secrets. Though satellite dishes out-number banjo players a thousand to one, most traditions haven't died; they've just gone into hiding. Cockfighting is illegal in forty-eight states, yet there are three national cockfighting magazines and cockpits in even the most tranquil communities. Homemade liquor has been outlawed for more than a century, yet moonshiners in Virginia still ship nearly one million gallons a year. Some of these pastimes are ancient, others ultramodern; some are illegal, others merely obscure. But the people who practice them share an undeniable kinship. Instead of wealth, promotion, or a few seconds of prime time, they follow dreams that lead them ever deeper underground. They are reminders, ultimately, that American culture isn't as predictable as it seems - that the weeds growing between its cracks are its most vital signs of life." "In these essays, Burkhard Bilger explores the history and practice of eight such clandestine worlds."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South by Roy, Jr. BlountLong Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South
Blount, Roy, Jr.
2009
The first collection of the beloved humorist's sly, dry, hilarious essays in more than a decade. This time, Blount focuses on the many conflicts between the North (where he lives) and the South (where he's from). Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Due South: Dispatches from Down Home by R BrunnerDue South: Dispatches from Down Home
Brunner, R
"Southerners respect tradition, know the value of a good story. We admire the written word because we still have among us some who are not too far removed from a time when our land was ravaged, our people destitute and hungry, and writing was the only thing there was to do. Perhaps that's why we also place such importance on knowing our lineage. Down here, we try to derive our identity not from our possessions, but from our roots--not what we have, but who we are. That's because our forebears learned a long time ago that everything else is expendable." --from Due South Scott Brunner spent countless childhood afternoons roaming the hills and hollows of his grandparents' small farm near Parrish, Alabama, picking peas, fishing with his grandfather, and eating his grandmother's fried apple pies. Those experiences, and others like them, formed the basis for the unforgettable essays that make up this book. In Due South, Brunner offers a wonderful collection of warm and wise observations and reminiscences about life, family, relationships, and Southern culture and language. From the all-purpose Southern disclaimer "Bless your heart!" (as in "Bless her heart, Kathie Lee didn't know those clothes were made by nine-year-old Honduran children") to the particular exoticism of Southern town and county names (like Eastaboga, Nitta Yuma, and Hot Coffee) to the universal fine points of family life ("Why can't diapers come with an indicator telling you what's inside?"; "Why won't my twenty-month-old daughter eat meat?"), Due South finds humor, insight, and inspiration in the details of life as it is lived day in and day out. As satisfying, soothing, and occasionally surprising as a dish of turnip greens with a dash of pepper sauce, Due South is a book to be read and savored. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
The South Is Round: Contemplations of a 21st Century Redneck by David MageeThe South Is Round: Contemplations of a 21st Century Redneck
Magee, David
2007
A satirical play on the bestselling book "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman, this book takes a humorous approach to social issues facing the conflicted, contemporary South. Tackling everything from crystal meth abuse to sexual misconduct, it blends sarcasm with outspoken insight. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena by Julia ReedQueen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena
Reed, Julia
2005
"Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena collects a bevy of wise, witty, often hilarious essays by Julia Reed. In classic Dixie storytelling fashion, Reed wends her way through the South - from politics, religion, and women to weather, pestilence, guns, and what she calls "drinking and other Southern pursuits" - with a rare blend of literary elegance and plainspoken humor."--BOOK JACKET. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey WhiteMama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living
White, Bailey
1994
Welcome to the unique world of Bailey White. Her aunt Belle may take you to see the alligator she's taught to bellow on command. Her uncle Jimbuddy may appall you with his knack for losing pieces of himself. Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Bailey's mama--who may take you to Rosey's, a North Florida juke joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway, and then tuck you into an antique bed that has the disconcerting habit of folding up on people while they're asleep. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding by Gayden MetcalfeSomebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding
Metcalfe, Gayden
2007
Even those who have never attended a wedding in the South will find laughter in the pages of this deliciously entertaining slice of Southern life and love, complete with recipes, advice, and a huge dose of that famous charm. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David SedarisDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Sedaris, David
2005
Sedaris returns to his deliriously twisted domain: hilarious childhood dramas infused with melancholy; the gulf of misunderstanding that exists between people of different nations or members of the same family; and the poignant divide between one's best hopes and most common deeds. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.