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Hoosier Discovers Mississipi Through a New Yorker's Eyes,
This review is from: From Manhattan to Mississippi: A New Yorker Falls in Love with the South (Hardcover)
Reviewed by Robert Beardsley, President
The Ruthmere Foundation, Inc.
All dessert and no spinach first, this slender volume is an inviting introduction to a state until now I knew little about. Like Antarctica, I know where Mississippi is but I have never been there. Thanks to Miss Daisy I want to go tomorrow. "In Mississippi there are no strangers--only new friends to meet."
In clipped, stylish prose, our writer first introduces her new husband, a gentlemanly reincarnation of Rhett Butler. Like Ruth, she follows him to his homeland, leaving behind without regret the glitz and concrete canyons of her earlier fast-paced life in the City. With charm and sensitive humor she introduces his people and their kind, gentle ways. Chapter by chapter, we explore the ways and byways of this large, fertile state, its food and topography. The Mississippi Gulf Coast despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina still sounds gorgeous. In "Ol' Mississip" yesterday and today live comfortably together. The hoop skirts are gone but Southern Belles with their practiced and effective charm do survive. More importantly, racial integration and all the good that comes from it seems to be working here. Her impressions are warm, intimate, and inviting. There is more to America than New York, California, Florida and Kansas and Daisy tells us where to find it.
I come from Indiana but now I want to savor Mississippi. This is December reading with a glass of wine by the fire after dinner. Don't miss "Tastes of the South". Gumbo, jambalaya, sweetened tea, bacon juice, yes, bacon juice, Vidalia onions, crawfish and shrimp soufflés alone will make you hustle south to explore the gustatory, scenic and social pleasures of this beautiful part of our country.
More, please, Miss Daisy!