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In this new book, he turns his keen eye and skillful narrative style to his own world -- the South. Here are thirty vivid and loving stories of Southern places and people, including moving accounts of those same Southern qualities that have been written about so ...
In this new book, he turns his keen eye and skillful narrative style to his own world -- the South. Here are thirty vivid and loving stories of Southern places and people, including moving accounts of those same Southern qualities that have been written about so dramatically by his fellow Mississippians William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams.
Smith paints on a large canvas, covering ten states. He has roamed the cities and the countryside, the highways and the byways -- from serene Beaufort, South Carolina, to New Orleans, his favorite city in the world; and, in between, from the Seelbach Hotel in Kentucky, made famous in The Great Gatsby, to the Naval Aviation Museum in Florida. Smith introduces some of the giants of Southern tourism, including Winton Blount of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Jack Kyle of the Mississippi Cultural Exchange, and Dr. David Bronner of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
This is no ordinary travel book. Smith writes from the heart, with insight and personal experience -- after all, he knows the territory as few others do. A former NBC Radio reporter, he writes in a crisp broadcaster's prose with a storyteller's flair. This book is as timely as a Southern sunrise, and as poignant as a faraway train whistle in a lonely Southern night.
|The Peabody Hotel in Memphis||11|
|William Faulkner's Rowan Oak||17|
|The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail||21|
|Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian||45|
|Tuscaloosa's Paul W. "Bear" Bryant Museum||51|
|Alabama's Grand Hotel||73|
|Travels with Father||97|
|The National Museum of Naval Aviation||103|
|The Alabama Shakespeare Festival||111|
|Breakfast at Brennan's||125|
|The Brennans of New Orleans||145|
|The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis||159|
|Delta Air Lines||165|
|The Grove Park Inn in Asheville||179|
|The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum||185|
|Ave Maria Grotto||193|
|The Museum of Appalachia||201|
|Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans||207|
|Jack Kyle and His Mississippi Cultural Exhibitions||211|
|The Little White House||219|
|Mobile's Bellingrath Gardens||227|
|Louisville's Seelbach Hotel||237|
|Steamboatin' on the Mississippi||243|
|Southern Scenes Gallery of Honor||249|