With his signature style and grace, Willie Morris, arguably one of this country's finest Southern writers, presents us with an unparalleled memoir of a country in transition and a boy coming of age in a period of tumultuous cultural, social, and political change.
In North Toward Home, Morris vividly recalls the South of his childhood with all of its cruelty, grace, and foibles intact. He chronicles desegregation and the rise of Lyndon Johnson in Texas in the 50s and 60s, and New York in the 1960s, where he became the controversial editor of Harper's magazine. North Toward Home is the perceptive story of the education of an observant and intelligent young man, and a gifted writer's keen observations of a country in transition. It is, as Walker Percy wrote, "a touching, deeply felt and memorable account of one man's pilgrimage."
About Willie Morris
In addition to My Dog Skip, Willie Morris was also the author of North Toward Home, New York Days, and many other books. As the imaginative and creative editor of Harper's magazine he was a major influence in changing our postwar literary and journalistic history. He died in 1999 in Jackson, Mississippi, where he lived with his wife, JoAnne, his friend Spit McGee, and his other cats, Mamie and Bessie.
"North Toward Home is the finest evocation of an American boyhood since Mark Twain."--Sunday Times (London)
"Vivid sketches of personas and places, moments when the spirit of things is caught with affecting precision.... And...prose that is extraordinarily clean, flexible and incisive."--The New York Times Book Review
"North Toward Home is a classic."--William Styron