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She's Gone Country: Dispatches from a Lost Soul in the Heart of Dixieby Kyle Spencer
Synopses & Reviews
Where does a single, twentysomething girl go for adventure when she?s been raised among Manhattan artists, drag queens, and intellectuals threatening to move to Cuba? If that girl is Kyle York Spencer, an aspiring newspaper reporter, she heads south, to North Carolina, to cut her chops at the Raleigh News & Observer.
Setting up shop in the Tar Heel state, Spencer finds herself interviewing everyone from skeet-shooting cowboys and Christian Rockers to the Human Carver — a serial killer — and the Smallest Woman in the World. Embraced by a sassy group of husband-hunting southern belles, she wonders whether sleeping with a Jesse Helms supporter is really part of the grand plan or if Mark, her best friend whose calls from LA provide a lifeline, is really the one. Picking up some valuable wisdom along the way, she learns that finding Mr. Right is far less important than surrounding yourself with the right people — and that making a home ultimately involves more than just deciding where to live.
"Spencer's wit is honest and endearing, and women readers will anxiously await her next hot installment." Publishers Weekly
"The bulletins about the author's dysfunctional family fall flat, but the dispatches from Raleigh sparkle. All in all, very worthwhile." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] lively and somewhat irreverent memoir....Spencer's sober observations give some serious substance to a work that might otherwise be passed off as just a light read. Written in prose that moves right along, this book should be popular with public library patrons." Library Journal
"I was absolutely unable to put down Kyle Spencer's debut memoir, She's Gone Country....It's the kind of book I wouldn't mind passing along to a friend for a weekend at the Jersey Shore, or a trip to an out-of-town wedding. Which is precisely what I intend to do." Philadelphia Inquirer
"Spencer?s prose is smart, engaging, and self-aware in a way that feels sincere....Spencer is so delightful to be around that you want the book to last forever. But you can?t help devouring it in an afternoon." San Francisco Bay Guardian
"The thirtysomething New Yorker has taken a charming stab at writing a female version of J.D. Salinger's classic, The Catcher in the Rye. The book is lighter by far, less angst-ridden, more a knowing romp. The Holden Caulfield character is Spencer herself, and the stage for her passage from adolescence to adulthood is Raleigh, N.C., where she worked as a reporter for the state capital newspaper and hunted, frantically, for love." Austin American-Statesman
"After the phenomenal success of British author Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary...it was only a matter of time before someone attempted an American take. That special someone is Kyle Spencer. The result, from Spencer, is both a sassy, funny, irreverent and at times painfully honest confessional from a young woman on the loose, as well as a thoroughly urban-oriented New Yorker's immersion in the very different world of Raleigh, N.C." The Tennesean
"Spencer's story rings true, and she spares neither herself nor her family. She is insightful and often hilarious...she's a gifted storyteller from whom we'll hear more." The St. Petersburg Times
"Spencer writes like friends of mine talk...in that marvelous, charmingly obsessive, insightful, self-prohibitive tone....What she has to say and the way she says it makes you feel like you are part of her inner circle." The Raleigh Spectator
"Spencer offers a witty and funny book about chasing your dreams and sometimes catching them, and about sometimes having to leave home in order to maybe go back again." The Hartford Courant
Raised among artists, drag queens, and liberal intellectuals, the author--an aspiring newspaper reporter--goes to North Carolina to cut her chops at the "News & Observer, " interviewing everyone from skeet-shooting cowboys and Christian rockers to the Smallest Woman in the World.
About the Author
Kyle Spencer has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Raleigh News & Observer. Currently writing features for Elle, Good Housekeeping, and other magazines, she once again lives in Manhattan.
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