Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads

“Theroux’s eye for panorama is still as sharp as ever . . . It’s Theroux’s extraordinary reward for buying strangers to bare themselves that makes going alongside for this journey worthwhile.” — New York occasions e-book Review
 
Paul Theroux has spent the previous fifty years roaming the globe, describing his encounters with distant humans and far-flung locations in ten best-selling trip books. Now, for the 1st time, he explores part of America—the Deep South. taking off on a winding highway journey, Theroux discovers a sector of architectural and creative wonders, incomparable tune, mouth-watering cuisine—and additionally a number of the worst colleges, treatment, housing, and unemployment charges within the nation.
                but, irrespective of the place he is going, Theroux meets the unsung heroes of the South, the folks who, regardless of all of it, by no means left, and in addition those that stumbled on their means domestic and dedicated their lives to rebuilding a spot they can by no means dwell without.
 
“Paul Theroux’s most recent commute memoir had me at hi . . . Theroux pulls no punches in his quest to appreciate this neglected margin of yankee life.” — Boston Globe
 
“A shiny modern portrait of rural lifestyles . . . a deeply affecting own account.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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That piece, released because the brief e-book Cotton Tenants in 2013, is a version of readability and really in contrast to the bigger ebook that grew out of it. many of the descendants of these white sharecropping households, which Agee had named Ricketts, Woods, and Gudger (whose genuine names have been Tingle, Fields, and Burroughs), nonetheless lived a section north of Greensboro, close to Akron. every now and then (notably in an atoning Fortune piece via David Whitford in 2005), journalists have back to the realm to find that the households are offended as a result of what they thought of the stigma of Agee’s characterization—his making them famous—feeling that they’d been misrepresented of their poverty and violated of their belief of the 2 strangers in whom they’d confided.

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