- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Coastal Carolina Pr; Abridged edition (November 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1928556256
- ISBN-13: 978-1928556251
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,081,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turn South at the Next Magnolia Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
From the Author
The first commentary was in the can. All that was left for this initial venture into Radioland was Lead in and Lead Out for the announcer.
And what do you want to use as your sign-off? Aileen, the producer asked. Usually the commentators give some credentials in the Lead Out. She waited for me to answer.
I thought for a minute. Well, I teach, of course. Somehow that didnt sound like a credential to recommend me as a radio commentator. And my family my voice trailed off.
Aileen waited as if I were saving the best for last. Unfortunately, I wasnt. My mind was a blank. I thought about the commentary I had just taped, a piece called Darning Needles and Croaker Sacks on the changing South in a small Alabama town.
And Im a lifelong Southerner? I suggested.
Aileen seemed pleased. Thats it, she said. And so it began. In January 1995, my bi-weekly four-minute commentaries started on public radio station WHQR. And Im still at it today.
These years have given my writing a real electric cattle prod. Theyve also provided me with the opportunity to explore characters and places in my past and in my present. My hook? The perspective of a Southern woman of a certain age who has lived through WWII, segregation, a race riot, cancer, thirty-nine years of marriage, the computer avalanche, a grandchild, the homogenization of our Southern setting into mainstream America, and more change than I thought possible. It is my hope that the commentaries reflect a fresh view of the changes, with a bit of humor to see them through.
So sit down and have a slice of Southern. As tasty as a fresh ear of Silver Queen corn, as vinegary as N.C. barbeque, and as heart-stopping as a platter of fried chicken. Help yourself. Nan Graham
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I grew up not far from Wilmington and enjoy stories of the area.