I wonder how many Georgians that listen to NPR regularly, and enjoy Bailey White's All Things Considered segments, realize that she is a south Georgia teacher from none other than the Rose City of Thomasville, GA. Her homespun wisdom and humor come honest. Anyone that's read her 1993 national bestseller, Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living, knows Bailey's wit, charm, and southern grace come from her, shall we say, eccentric mother and assorted other family members.
She followed that book up with Sleeping at the Starlite Motel and Quite a Year for Plums. In each of her books, she spins tales of alligator charmers, Titanic witnesses, and road trips to charming kudzu hamlets like Miconopy, FL. As any great southern story teller does, she carefully hides any embellishments and refuses to admit to them. She's one of my favorite authors of the last 20 years.
So next time you're perusing the radio dial, listen in for Bailey on NPR. And consider shopping on Amazon or at thrift stores for her books. You'll be glad that you did.