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Going South: 3 Books That Explore Life Below the Mason-Dixon Line

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In The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir author Harrison Scott Key tries to explain the southern United States: “The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a Bible story, like my father.” For our latest round of Shelfie picks, we return to our friends at Square Books, located in the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi and boasting three separate buildings and its own café. Back in September, they gave us three great books to keep you up past your bedtime. This week manager Lyn Roberts is focusing on the rich tapestry of the South. South Toward Home: Travels in Southern…

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Exclusive: Paul Theroux Discusses Culture and History in the Deep South

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Among our most prolific writers, Paul Theroux has published more than 30 novels and 19 books of non-fiction, many of them travel books, which have brought readers from London to Tokyo, from Panama to China, from Croatia to Kenya, from Burma to India, and to many points in between. However, his latest book, Deep South: Four Seasons on the Back Road (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; September 29, 2015), kept the author closer to home. Theroux spent four seasons on rural roads throughout the southern Unites States. He visited gun shows and small-town churches and spoke to laborers and people who still call the farm up the road “the plantation.” He spoke to the working poor and farming families, social workers and…

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