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The Southerner's Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life Hardcover – 29 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Wave (29 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062242385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062242389
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 28 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
“The Southerner's Handbook” made by editors of the Garden & Gun magazine is their guide of secrets and advices for the good life living.

Inside, reader can find many texts about living the modern life in the U.S. South relating to drinking, cooking recipes, eating, hunting, sports, gardening, home decoration, music, arts and many others.

What’s the main feature of this book is the amount of information considering Southern way of life and due to a variety of topics from the kids’ entertainment, to the so-called men things like hunting up to the women activities like baking a cake it cannot be said that the book has a preference for any particular audience.

Overall, this is a fun and informative book for those who live in the South to recall some memories and apply some of the things just read, and for all of us others who don’t live there to imagine what life is like in the South.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Understanding Southern Life 8 Feb. 2014
By B. J. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice book, lovely cover on the hardbook version.
I am a transplant to Georgia from California. This book explained some aspects about Southerners that I did not know. The book has six parts; each addresses a different aspect of life in the South. The parts are: 1)Food, 2) Style, 3)Drink, 4) Sporting & Adventure, 5)Home & Garden, and 6) Arts & Culture. Food is, of course, a big part of life in the South. The book has a section of boiled peanuts, something I'd never had before moving here. It's still something I am not crazy about. Don't care for grits either, which is covered in another chapter. There is even a chapter on okra. That one was very interesting. Pecan pie and collard greens also had their chapters. I was surprised that banana pudding wasn't covered. The section on style was humorous. I loved the chapter on "finger salutes". This is definitely a southern thing. Driving along the roads (not the interstates) when you pass someone going the other way, even a stranger, you lift your index finger, just to say hi. If you recognize the person you lift the index and middle finger. Another chapter addressed writing notes. This is a part of Southern life that I admire. You don't do email, or texting. You take the time to actually write a letter. The style of your stationary is also important. It even addressed the proper way to seal the envelope. Most of these "chapters" are only a couple of pages. However, one chapter actually rated SEVEN pages. Can you guess what it is? Sweet tea, of course. Southerners take their sweet tea VERY seriously. Three other chapters I must mention: 1) Southernisms: you've heard them ("That dog won't hunt." "Happy as a tick on a fat dog." Should have included "Bless his/her heart." 2)Southern music: Living outside Macon I'm very aware of this one. There's some big musical talent from the South. 3)Southern football: They take their college football almost as seriously as their sweet tea. There were several areas I had no interest in and just skimmed them (i.e., hunting and fishing.) Overall, it's a cute book. Native Southerners would probably rate it higher than I did.

I received my copy from a BookTrib giveaway. This is an honest and unbiased review.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Love It 5 Nov. 2013
By Sue Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a well written book by many of my favorite contributors to Garden & Gun magazine. I especially love Julia Reed's writing, the section on sweet tea, How to Talk Faulkner & the care & seasoning of cast iron -- Well shucks, I like the whole book! BTW, I'm either going to buy another book or keep the one I bought for my sister's birthday!
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This will help explain why no one ever retires and moves up North! 11 Nov. 2013
By junell - Published on Amazon.com
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Such fun stories to lose ones self in. I enjoyed this book for the light reading it provided. Someone wasn't having a good day or perhaps a good life when they read it..... Pity. I found it fun, frolicky & a bit flirty. Great gift for any Southerner who enjoys out of doors sporting or to entertain or be entertained. The pleasures of life are not to be taken quite too seriously when escaping within the pages of light reading.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Great book if you love the magazine 25 Jun. 2014
By wabasso-way - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Really enjoyable book, great gift material at a super good price.

Only two comments that are negative - the size is a little strange (kind of short and squatty) and the back has a large sticker on it, describing what's inside. It seems very 'anti-southern' having such a nicely bound book to have a huge sticker stuck on the back (including the price!). Try and take it off - it'll rip into a thousand pieces and leave a sticky gunk.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Are you Southern? 21 Dec. 2013
By Bill E. Bissett - Published on Amazon.com
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This fellows story about picking a whiskey and ordering a Jameson in a Scots bar is classic. Great humor and keeps a person in tune with many aspects of a proud heritage.
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