The Odd Shelf Book Club
Deep South by Paul Theroux
Thursday • May 11 • 6:30pm
Mill Creek store
Join the Odd Shelf book club for a lively discussion of this month's book!
Acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux turns his unflinching eye on an often underrepresented region in this luminous sojourn into the Deep South. What he finds is a place of paradox, full of unparalleled music, cuisine, and generosity, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. On road trips spanning four seasons, he deliberately bypasses obvious metropolitan pleasures to seek out the people and places he believes would truly help him to understand this remarkable but profoundly troubled area. He visits gun shows, small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where the farm up the road is still called "the plantation" to speak with mayors, social workers, writers, reverends, working poor, and farming families. Deep South probes the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, and the appalling poverty of back-road towns abandoned by industry in a vivid, haunting ode to a region bursting with life and loss alike.
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Paul Theroux's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
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