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Queen of the Turtle Derby: And Other Southern Phenomena
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date April 1, 2004
Pages 224
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679409045
ISBN-10 0679409041
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $22.95
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A collection of essays written in classic Dixie storytelling fashion includes both original pieces as well as several published in prominent magazines and offers a perspective on the unique culture of the American South, from its unspoken codes of conduct and fashions to regional beliefs about religion and politics. 20,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena collects a bevy of wise, witty, often hilarious essays by the inimitably charming, staunchly Southern Julia Reed.

In classic Dixie storytelling fashion, Reed wends her way through the South—from politics, religion, and women to weather, pestilence, guns, and what she calls “drinking and other Southern pursuits”—with a rare blend of literary elegance and plainspoken humor.

To hear Reed tell it, the South is another country. She builds an entertaining and persuasive case, using as examples everything from its unfathomable codes of conduct to its disciplined fashion sense. When a bemused Reed once commented on the cross-dressing get-ups of an upstanding community member, her austere grandfather said, “He’s been wearing them lately. Now come on.” A friend of her aunt’s merely said, “I wonder where he gets his shoes. I can’t ever ?nd good-looking shoes in Nashville.”

Southern food, of course, is an entire world apart: gumbo, grits, greens, okra, chess pie, Lady Baltimore cake, and Frito chili pie make memorable appearances in Reed’s stories, which will amuse, delight, and even explain a thing or two to baffed Yankees everywhere.

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from Random House Inc (April 1, 2004)
9780679409045 | details & prices | 224 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $22.95
About: Collects essays offering a perspective on the unique culture of the American South, from its unspoken codes of conduct and fashions to regional beliefs about religion and politics.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Random House Inc (April 12, 2005); titled "Queen Of The Turtle Derby And Other Southern Phenomena"
9780812973617 | details & prices | 202 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.38 lbs | List price $16.00
About: A collection of essays written in classic Dixie storytelling fashion includes both original pieces as well as several published in prominent magazines and offers a perspective on the unique culture of the American South, from its unspoken codes of conduct and fashions to regional beliefs about religion and politics.

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