Later this month my beloved aunt and I are taking a road trip from Nashville, Tennessee, to Oxford, Mississippi, with quick stops in Memphis, Greenwood, and Drew. We’ll be catching up and visiting family and drinking sweet tea, and she’ll take me back to all the familial landmarks.
Mostly what I remember about that childhood trip is that it was cold and gray and drizzling. Dad excitedly recounted the details of Civil War battles while Sister and I stood around in barren fields. Then, at his behest, we gathered up stray cotton bolls from the abandoned Newton farm to carry back to Miami in a burlap sack.
Square Books’ Mary Warner — who recently interviewed the Lee Brothers of Southern cookbook fame for her blog, The Bedroom Reader — also recommends Turnrow Book Co. and about forty restaurants and other sites (including Greenwood’s adult toy shop). I wish I had three days to follow her suggested itinerary to the letter.