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Delta Jacks and Other Cards - A Fun-Filled Pack of Mississippi Delta Characters Paperback – April 15, 2009

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About the Author

J Whitley ''Whit'' Perry is a Mississippi Delta native who, as a young man, walked away from the region ''where too many men are measured by the land they own.''

He attended Chattanooga's McCallie School for boys, starting at 14, and later majored in English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where in 1966 he met his future bride, Penelope Smith, at the local police station. He was a police reporter for The Nashville Banner and she was a summer intern, working as a secretary for the police chief.

They first kissed atop a pile of bat guano in a moonshiner's cave. The Perrys now live in LaGrange, Georgia. They have two sons, Jack and Rob, and one granddaughter, Shiloh.

Whit's journalism career also included writing and photography at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis and at several magazines. He headed up the public relations department at Holiday Inns International in Memphis before moving to Georgia to lead the marketing department of Callaway Gardens, a large horticultural preserve and resort near LaGrange.

Although he spent the last 28 years as a financial planner, Whit has never lost his passion for writing and photography.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.) (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934938432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934938430
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,553,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Fuerst on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having been raised in Mississippi, I found the description of the "delta" to be right on target and delightful. The vast number of "characters" in the book reminded me of people I knew growing up. There was "Frogman" who owned the neighborhood's dry cleaning company, Ditty Root and others who are a big part of my youth. Whit's dad's personality was so much like my own father's - generous, gracious, fair and loving - that I fell in love with him. I also loved Robyn Dowdall's poetry which shows the enormous talent in this impressive family. What a fun book to read and cherish.
Elaine Fuerst in Norcross, Georgia - formerly of Laurel, Mississippi
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This is a true American success story. Born in a dogtrot cabin in rural Tennessee, the patriarch of a large and colorful Mississippi family starts his adult life as a streetcar conductor in Memphis and through hard work and a bit of gambler's luck, eventually accumulates over 17,000 acres of prime farm land...Author Perry runs with the gambling analogy in his just-released memoir, Delta Jacks...Perry's charming work weaves the Perry family story into the cloth of Tunica County's own fascinating history.Delta Jacks and Other Cards - A Fun-Filled Pack of Mississippi Delta Characters
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Whit's book is filled to the brim with humor and great stories galore. Like a fine wine, I savored every tasty flavor and tangy morsel. This is indeed an original Perry classic - exhibiting a creative flare for sharing the family lore and chronicling the exploits of an exceptional Southern family. It has inspired my own approach to family history writing.
But it goes much deeper than this. The incredible cast of characters and the depth of feeling strike at the very heart of the collective Southern experience. I'm sure you'd enjoy it. I certainly have.

Whit, you've done your ol'Daddy proud!!!
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"Delta Jacks and Other Cards" is a trip through the memory of J Whit Perry who grew up in the Mississippi Delta in a time of innocence that perhaps no longer exists. He takes the reader on a journey starting in the Delta of his youth and then across the world, following his heart all the way. This charming, funny and poignant book gives not only a glimpse into a fascinating and hard-working family but also into the history of the land of the Delta and and the wonderful characters that were a part of his life -- especially the unique "Jacks". In the end you feel like you knew them all. He learned that even though we can and do leave home, we can never really leave that place where first we were loved.
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