Starr Smith's Southern Scenes: Journeys Through a Lovely Land

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Starr Smith circled the globe for many years as an international journalist and observer of the world's most colorful places and intriguing people. He has journeyed to more than a hundred countries on six continents.

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 ...

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Overview

Starr Smith circled the globe for many years as an international journalist and observer of the world's most colorful places and intriguing people. He has journeyed to more than a hundred countries on six continents.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780913515464
  • Publisher: River City Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
The Peabody Hotel in Memphis 11
William Faulkner's Rowan Oak 17
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail 21
New Orleans 31
Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian 45
Tuscaloosa's Paul W. "Bear" Bryant Museum 51
Biltmore Estate 57
Historic Natchez 65
Alabama's Grand Hotel 73
Silver Springs 81
Colonial Williamsburg 89
Travels with Father 97
The National Museum of Naval Aviation 103
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival 111
Breakfast at Brennan's 125
Callaway Gardens 135
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
Beautiful Beaufort 233
Louisville's Seelbach Hotel 237
Steamboatin' on the Mississippi 243
Southern Scenes Gallery of Honor 249
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