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The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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“Being from the south, it’s refreshing to know that I’m not alone in thinking like this. These are the kind of guys I’d be happy to debate them on politics OR college football OR drinking OR foreign policy, they’re well versed in all.” (Roy Wood, Jr., correspondent “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”)
"It's become so convenient to label places 'Blue States' and 'Red States'. Those terms ignore millions of folks who live in these places, people like Trae, Drew and Corey. Don't get me wrong, these boys are country as hell, but they step to the table with fresh voices and challenge stereotypes at every turn." (George Wallace, comedian)
“For anyone who wants new perspectives on some old held beliefs about what it means to be redneck, read this book and enjoy the laugh-out-loud journey.” (Jim Rich, Editor-in-Chief NY Daily News)
"Bitins satire and rib-splitting mockery." (Daily Kos)
"Trae Crowder zigged when you thought he would zag. The self-proclaimed 'Liberal Redneck' turned the image of the bigoted redneck upside down." (Knoxville News-Sentinel)
"Makes more sense than just about every Republican in Congress" (Patheos)
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"Destroying Southern stereotypes." (Fusion)
About the Author
Trae Crowder grew up in rural Tennessee and has been writing and performing comedy for six years while also working for the federal government. He was the first person in his family to graduate from college and earn an MBA. After his Liberal Redneck videos went viral, he appeared on a number of television and radio shows. He lives in East Tennessee with his wife and two young sons.
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Overstatement? Nnnnnope! Three brilliant buddies write with such wit and heart and earthiness, well -- it's just pure soul food, that’s what it is. And let’s face it, what American from any area of this country or from any place on the political spectrum couldn’t use some Made In America soul food just about now? This book is for anybody on any side of the Mason-Dixon line, and certainly for any Yankee whose knowledge of the South is limited to some pretty shallow stuff (uh - me), that is, say – so digging the music but psychically scarred by “Deliverance” -- this book is, yes, damn enlightening in the most engaging, historically balanced way about Why Things Are The Way They Are In the South Today. And there’s a whole raft of other juicy cultural stuff, including plenty of personal “porch” stories, picturesque and profound and everything else good that starts with a “p”. I find that comics tend to write books that are very light on anything very heavy, but these guys fearlessly and frankly take on Big, Deep, Wide subjects and somehow wrangle them into super sensible, cut-to-the-chase, straight-from-the-hip wisdom, that’s -- oh, yeah -- funny as hell. That’s no small trick. That’s skill and smarts, big-time. And if you don’t feel like reading, I’m bettin’ the audiobook is a blast (saw them in person recently, and they are something to see -- unless you hate laughing REALLY hard.) . And these are young guys, they’re juuuuust getting warmed up, you can feel it.
I have sent excerpts from this book to my mama and my aunties, and if my Granny and my Mimi were still with us (mentally, in my Mimi's case) I would have been sending them excerpts as well. I have woken my husband from a dead sleep so I could read passages aloud. I have laughed until I cried, cried until I laughed, and been both overjoyed and frustrated by the truth of my home. I also may start using the phrase "hits" unless at 35 I'm not quite young enough.
In short, these boys have captured the beauty and the frustration of being at the forefront of a tidal shift in the South, and I'm proud to call myself a fan.
I highly recommend the book. I grew up in the South and remember so much of this stuff; the authors clearly and passionately love the South and bring a great perspective to the table.