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The Editor’s Reading List: Thirteen Done, Thirteen to Go

When I designed Nobody’s Home, an editor’s reading list was a component that I felt was necessary. An online anthology available to everyone but aligned for teachers should also include a regular series of book reviews that could help both general readers and educators to choose further reading. Now, over a year into the project, I’ve written about thirteen books on these subjects of beliefs, myths, and narratives in the South. You can click on the blue, bold titles to read the post about the book.

The South Never Plays Itself by Ben Beard (2020)

Myth and Southern History, Volume 2: The New South, edited by Patrick Gerster and Nicholas Cords (1989)

A Movement of the People by Katie Lamar Jackson (2017)

South to a New Place, edited by Suzanne W. Jones and Sharon Monteith (2002)

The Countercultural South by Jack Temple Kirby (1995)

Media-Made Dixie by Jack Temple Kirby (1986)

The Two-Party South by Alexander P. Lamis (1984)

The Silent Majority by Matthew Lassiter (2007)

Heritage and Hate by Stephen M. Monroe (2021)

Outside the Southern Myth by Noel Polk (1997)

The Presence of the Past by Roy Rosenzweig (2001)

Myth, Media, and the Southern Mind by Stephen A. Smith (1986)

Judgment & Grace in Dixie by Charles Reagan Wilson (1995)

And the following titles will be discussed in 2022 and 2023:

The Politics of White Rights by Joseph Bagley (2018)

Navigating Souths, edited by Michele Grigsby Coffey and Jodi Skipper (2020)

Cathedrals of Kudzu by Hal Crowther (2000)

Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State by Andrew Gelman, et al. (2008)

Framing the South by Allison Graham (2001)

Southern Politics in the 1990s by Alexander P. Lamis (1999)

The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism by Matthew Lassiter and Joseph Crespino (2010)

The South of the Mind by Zachary J. Lechner (2018)

Forthcoming in March 2022: The Omni-Americans by Albert Murray (1970)

Getting Right with God by Mark Newman (2001)

One South by John Shelton Reed (1982)

In Search of the Silent South by Morton Sosna (1977)

Deep South by Paul Theroux (2015)

Originally published at on March 3, 2022.



An online anthology of creative nonfiction works about the prevailing myths, beliefs, narratives, ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have driven Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

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