Mama Makes Up Her Mind : And Other Dangers of Southern Living
Bailey White is the author of Sleeping at the Starlite Motel, Quite a Year for Plums, and Nothing With Strings. Her commentaries can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in Thomasville, Georgia.
White is known to fans of National Public Radio's All Things Considered for her endearing true stories about rural South Georgia where she lives and teaches the first grade. Her first book, which brings together some 50 of these short pieces, rich in humor and folksy charm, should delight her listeners, as well as readers new to her storytelling. Many of the selections deal with White's mother, who has never seen a movie as good as Midnight Cowboy , and other relatives and friends with similar eccentric wrinkles in their personalities. Other pieces are culled from the events of White's everyday life--gardening, her school's annual Christmas Party. First serial to Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Miami Herald Sunday Magazine. (Apr.)
Tucson Citizen, 3/26/09 "Pass the corn pone and enjoy." Columbia State, 4/19/09 "Funny essays...and White's mama...is amusing enough all on her own." Augusta Metro Spirit, 5/20/09 "A stunning display of Southern hilarity...Those in search of heart, humor, and intriguing characters could do a lot worse than the life of White." Bookviews.com, July 2009 "A celebration of the South...For fellow Southerners it will resonate with many memories of this unique region." Option,8/15/11 "A trip back to Flannery O'Connor territory, with perhaps a side route to Capote-land."