The first collection of the beloved humorist's sly, dry, hilarious essays in more than a decade focuses on a perennially popular topic: the South vs. the North. "When [Northerners] ask me to explain grits, I look at them like an Irishman who's been asked to explain potatoes." "When I was a boy in Georgia, college sports was Bobby Dodd versus Bear Bryant immemorial. Compared to that the Harvard-Yale game is a panel discussion." "Anybody who claims...?ot to have 'a racist bone' in his or her body is at best preracist and has a longer way to go than the rest of us." Hard-working humorist Roy Blount Jr. lives in the North but he's from the South, a delicious tension that has always informed and shaped his work. In this new collection, he directs his acerbic wit and finely-tuned insight toward the persistent and colorful differences between the two. His essays treat every conceivable topic on which North and South misunderstand each other, from music to sports, eating, education, politics, child-rearing, religion, race, and language ("remember when there was lots of discussion of 'ebonics'?"). In this eminently quotable collection, Blount does justice to the charming, funny, infuriating facets of Southern tradition and their equally odd Northern counterpoints.
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by Roy Blount, Jr.
by Roy Freirich
by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
by Edward J. Renehan, Jr.
by Erma Bombeck
by David Javerbaum
by Upright Citizens Brigade
by Cal Ripken, Jr., Mike Bryan
by Willie Gross, Jr., Wahida Clark
by Joe Plumeri
by Harry S. Dent, Jr., Rodney Johnson
"There are few audiobooks that should be sold with a bib. Georgia-born and raised humorist Roy Blount, Jr.'s, delicious descriptions of Southern cooking would make anyone's mouth water. But he doesn't stop there. Don't try to drink anything (you'll spit or choke) while Blount talks about everything from boiled peanuts to fancy dinner parties to summer vacations and more. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud observations like why he doesn't like being called a "sophisticated redneck" and how Southerners sometimes make animal noises when they eat from the man best known for appearances on public radio programs like "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" LONG TIME LEAVING is one audiobook that will have you wishing you had more time to stay. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, AudioFile Best Audiobook of 2007 (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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