7 Deep South

7 Deep South by Paul Theroux

Paperback £9.99

Staff Recommendation: Most travel books, Theroux reminds us, are written by someone who chooses a far-flung destination, stays there for a month or so and comes home to type and curate their impressions. Until now Theroux has done the same. In this book Theroux takes us on a different kind of journey, entering foreign territory while staying at home in the USA. Driving between his Massachusetts home and the Deep South, Theroux returns again and again, drawn by his connection with people who help explain their region to him. Each visit builds another layer into his narrative and understanding. Politically overlooked and underfunded, culturally potent and with communities full of contradictions, the realities of small town and rural life are often shocking, always fascinating. Theroux’s Deep South is an excellent book.