Item description for From Manhattan to Mississippi: A New Yorker Falls in Love with the South by Daisy Karam-Read...
Overview In this insightful book, author Daisy Karam-Read celebrates the virtues of the Deep South and the uniqueness of its people and customs. Her observations provide an articulate and entertaining critique of an often misunderstood region.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.45" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2007
Publisher Quail Ridge Press
ISBN 1934193097 ISBN13 9781934193099
Reviews - What do customers think about From Manhattan to Mississippi: A New Yorker Falls in Love with the South?
A Delightful Read by Karam-Read Jul 2, 2008
Karam-Read's book, "Manhattan to Mississippi..." shows us what really makes the places we love wonderful and special - the people. Possessed with a charm, dignity and charisma different than the people Karam-Read had known prior, the people of the Gulf Coast take their time to show genuine kindness, caring and respect for one another. There is truly something to learn from this cross-cultural glimpse of two foreign worlds exisitng within the same national border. I was deeply touched by this beautifully written work and will use caution before thinking stereotypically about a world I have not experienced.
Hospitality in the South May 6, 2008
When I read the title, I knew I had to buy this book for my "7th year in the south" daughter-in-law from upstate New York. My husband, much like Daisy's, loves for me to read to him as we're traveling. I read (aloud) as we drove from Memphis to North Carolina/Virginia, and we loved it! Here,in the south, we feel it is our privilege and our duty, to make sure our 'Yankee transplants' find their niche and 'fall in love with the southern family, neighbors and friends.' We're looking forward to the next book from this young lady!
Delightful Nov 10, 2007
A delightful read on a subject I've never given much thought to. The style of prose is easily read, intelligent in language and the topic one that, much to my surprise, deserves an audience. Thanks to Daisy, I'll make it a point to visit Mississippi and very soon.
Hoosier Discovers Mississipi Through a New Yorker's Eyes Nov 6, 2007
Reviewed by Robert Beardsley, President The Ruthmere Foundation, Inc. Elkhart, IN
All dessert and no spinach first, this slender volume is an inviting introduction to a state until now I knew little about. Like Antarctica, I know where Mississippi is but I have never been there. Thanks to Miss Daisy I want to go tomorrow. "In Mississippi there are no strangers--only new friends to meet."
In clipped, stylish prose, our writer first introduces her new husband, a gentlemanly reincarnation of Rhett Butler. Like Ruth, she follows him to his homeland, leaving behind without regret the glitz and concrete canyons of her earlier fast-paced life in the City. With charm and sensitive humor she introduces his people and their kind, gentle ways. Chapter by chapter, we explore the ways and byways of this large, fertile state, its food and topography. The Mississippi Gulf Coast despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina still sounds gorgeous. In "Ol' Mississip" yesterday and today live comfortably together. The hoop skirts are gone but Southern Belles with their practiced and effective charm do survive. More importantly, racial integration and all the good that comes from it seems to be working here. Her impressions are warm, intimate, and inviting. There is more to America than New York, California, Florida and Kansas and Daisy tells us where to find it.
I come from Indiana but now I want to savor Mississippi. This is December reading with a glass of wine by the fire after dinner. Don't miss "Tastes of the South". Gumbo, jambalaya, sweetened tea, bacon juice, yes, bacon juice, Vidalia onions, crawfish and shrimp soufflés alone will make you hustle south to explore the gustatory, scenic and social pleasures of this beautiful part of our country.
More, please, Miss Daisy!
An Exceptional Raconteur Oct 28, 2007
From Manhattan to Mississippi - from this Manhattanite's perspective - is a delightful tale of scores of unexpected treasures revealed in a Southern Gulf Coast State. The riches discovered there are not material for the most part but are more cultural and civilizing. Karam Read intoxicates you with unanticipated stories of unyielding refinement and propriety intermingled through all classes of Mississippian society. This discerning glance into a world many believe no longer exists can easily be consumed in one sitting and I highly recommend the read.