Nowhere are Kathryn Tucker Windham's transcendent themes of community, fidelity, and family more evident than in these stories. The author calls them "recollections of a happy Southern childhood", but her avid admirers would tell you that they are much more than that. Combining her vivid characterization, her affection for the South and its people, her well-seasoned humor, and her distinctive diction (which is clear and mellow as the best distilled liquor), these stories capture something of Southern culture that is in danger of extinction. Just perhaps, by listening to Ms. Windham, some may remember, celebrate, and carry on in ways that will allow future generations of children to have happy memories of families and communities sustained by virtue and tradition.
Selma, Alabama native Kathryn Tucker Windham shows the winsome storytelling ability that gained her national attention on NPR's All Things Considered in these reflections on her childhood. Whether she's reminiscing on piano lessons or the early morning sounds of birdsong and vendors selling vegetables, Windham's Southern drawl creates a winning specificity to her anecdotes, enhancing the authenticity and details along with the incidental sounds that accompany her stories. Grits is a warm collection, and a testament to Windham's love of the simpler days spent growing up in the South.
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Like having a good friend visiting in your living room!
The author reads with such pleasure.
Beautiful memories read by the author.
Wonderful to listen to in its entirety, or just for a few moments.
I burned this to a CD and sent it to my elderly mother who took a fall recently so is in bed more than usual. It gave her pleasure, even in this difficult time.
- Judy McKee