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by Beth Boswell Jacks
Cork Hill Press, 2004
Trade paper, $13.95 (130 pages)
ISBN: 1-59408-225-1
  The homespun Southern humor of Beth Boswell Jacks is captured in this collection of sixty-one of her columns. These personal essays are universal in theme, but the eyes viewing the world at large are from Mississippi.

The foreword is written by her husband Gerald, who readers of her column recognize as "G-Man." While readers have seen their marriage and lifelong friendship through her eyes, the foreword charming tells the story of a young boy who fell for an older girl (by six months) and used tutoring with homework as a means to get close.  The love is evident as told with humor and tenderness.

Several of the essays deal with her trip to New York City following September 11, 2001. Jacks goes to Ground Zero and reflects on the event, yet lightens the mood through her conversation with a taxi driver. Another is a Southerner's observation of life in the city vs. life in rural Mississippi where she finds an ease of living and friendliness in both.

Of course, the main body of the collection captures life in South. Jacks covers beauty queens, secret girls' clubs, Elvis, junkin', butterbeans, and even eating dirt.

Have a copy of Snippets nearby to turn any frown into a smile.

Beth Boswell Jacks is an author, freelance writer, and editor of USADEEPSOUTH.COM. Jacks's weekly column Snippets appears in a number of Southern newspapers.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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