Reading the States: Mississippi

Friday, June 22, 2012


- The Help* by Kathryn Stockett  
- A Time to Kill* by John Grisham 
- Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter* by Tom Franklin
- The Year of Jubilo by Howard Bahr 
- The Optimist’s Daughter* by Eudora Welty 
- As I Lay Dying* by William Faulkner 
- Mudbound by Hillary Jordan 
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry* by Mildred D. Taylor 
- Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes 
- Jewel by Brett Lott
- The Sound and the Fury* by William Faulkner
- The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty 
- Long Division by Kiese Laymon

- The Last Train North by Clifton L. Taulbert
- Ever Is A Long Time by W. Ralph Eubanks 
- Delta Blues by Ted Gioia
- Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody 
- Black Boy* by Richard Wright

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- John Grisham
- William Faulkner   

Authors Who Lived Here: 
- Tennessee Williams  
- Eudora Welty  
- Richard Ford 

Great Bookstores: 
Square Books 
Lemuria Books

*Books I've Read 

Photo by moi.


Sandy Nawrot said...

This is another one of those states where this is some seriously good action. Not completely sure I'd want to live there, but it is a great setting for stories!

Jeanne said...

My favorite Eudora Welty is A Curtain of Green, which is short stories, and the best one is "Why I Live at the P.O."

Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

Driving to Mississippi today! With an anticipated stop at Eudora Welty's home and gardens!!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - So many literary giants are from Mississippi! The state definitely has an amazing atmosphere.

Jeanne - Welty has been on my list for awhile. I need to read her work.

Melissa Mc - No way! That is geat timing. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

Ally said...

As someone who lives in Mississippi, we are sure proud of our literary history! "Why I Live at the P.O." is my favorite of Ms. Welty's stories, as well! You missed a great bookstore, though--the fantastic Lemuria Books in our capital city of Jackson.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Yay!! The home/state list! I too live in MS and can say that like other states we certainly have our ups and downs, but home is where your heart is :) And tons of great artists/writers to boot! :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Ally - Thanks for the bookstore tip! I'll add it to the list.

Peppermint Ph.D. - You do have some great writers! I think it's a state with a literary history to be proud of.