Travel Book Review: Scarlett Slept Here

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Scarlett Slept Here: A Book Lovers Guide to the South, by Joy Dickinson

Book Review by Brenda Seward


Scarlett Slept HereWhen I was approached about reviewing travel books here, I immediately liked the idea, but wondered where to start. There were many travel books I had read and loved and wanted to share with those who may not have heard of them- then I came to the only logical starting place for a person such as myself. One book that intertwined three things I love perfectly; books, travel and the South.

In Scarlett Slept Here: A Book Lovers Guide to the South, Joy Dickinson takes you on a state by state tour of every major literary landmark from those mentioned in well loved southern classics to the residences and favorite haunts of the authors. At the end of each city section Dickinson also provides a helpful list of accommodations, recommended dining and "literary lures and southern sights". At the end of the book there is a helpful index of authors and characters for those looking for a quick reference.

All in all, Scarlett Slept Here  is a must have guide for those seeking a literary pilgrimage through the South, or just for those who find themselves anywhere in the South--from Virginia to Louisiana--and want a deeper connection to those places immortalized in their favorite books.

So, with this volume in hand, stroll the Mississippi streets of William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. Traverse the cemeteries and banquettes that inspired Ann Rice and Tennessee Williams. Visit the courtroom that was the inspirational backdrop for those compelling courtroom scenes in To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as the childhood homes of both Harper Lee and Truman Capote in Alabama.  Immerse yourself in the sweeping nostalgia of the towering oaks and rich red clay that inspired Margret Mitchell's antebellum Georgia, then leap forward in time to the Spanish moss cloaked mystery of John Berendt's Savannah. Inch northward as you visit the low-country that Pat Conroy describes so vividly. Ramble through the mountains and valleys of North Carolina with Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. On northward to Virginia where we have adopted Poe quite completely, along with John Grisham and a few others, and Cornwell and Baldacci weave their stories of mystery and intrigue.

What better way to travel? A good book (or many) and a rich itinerary of endless possibilities.


Review by Brenda Seward

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