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North Toward Home
by Willie Morris

Field-Tested by Jim Coudal

in Biloxi, Mississippi

I picked up a first-edition of Willie Morris’ memoir of growing up in Yazoo County, Mississippi at The Faulkner House in New Orleans (America’s greatest bookstore) and wound up reading it on a steamy-hot day, poolside at a dumpy hotel in pre-casino Biloxi. Morris paints an enchanting and disturbing portrait of the South as seen through the eyes of a perceptive child. He moves to Texas for college, gets all caught up in local politics, and eventually winds up in New York City as an editor at Harper’s Magazine. An honest tale, beautifully told.

Jim Coudal runs Coudal Partners, a design firm and website devoted to following the staff’s whims to their logical or illogical conclusions.

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