Dispatches from Pluto Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta Winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book PrizeMississippi s Bestseller of and The Clarion Ledger A New York Times BestsellerIn Dispatches from Pluto adventure writer Richard Grant takes on

  • Title: Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta
  • Author: Richard Grant
  • ISBN: 9781476709642
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book PrizeMississippi s 1 Bestseller of 2015 and 2016 The Clarion Ledger A New York Times BestsellerIn Dispatches from Pluto, adventure writer Richard Grant takes on the most American place on Earth the enigmatic, beautiful, often derided Mississippi Delta.Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New YorkWinner of the Pat Conroy Southern Book PrizeMississippi s 1 Bestseller of 2015 and 2016 The Clarion Ledger A New York Times BestsellerIn Dispatches from Pluto, adventure writer Richard Grant takes on the most American place on Earth the enigmatic, beautiful, often derided Mississippi Delta.Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discovery into this strange and wonderful American place Imagine A Year In Provence with alligators and assassins, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil with hunting scenes and swamp to table dining.On a remote, isolated strip of land, three miles beyond the tiny community of Pluto, Richard and his girlfriend, Mariah, embark on a new life They learn to hunt, grow their own food, and fend off alligators, snakes, and varmints galore They befriend an array of unforgettable local characters blues legend T Model Ford, cookbook maven Martha Foose, catfish farmers, eccentric millionaires, and the actor Morgan Freeman Grant brings an adept, empathetic eye to the fascinating people he meets, capturing the rich, extraordinary culture of the Delta, while tracking its utterly bizarre and criminal extremes Reporting from all angles as only an outsider can, Grant also delves deeply into the Delta s lingering racial tensions He finds that de facto segregation continues Yet even as he observes major structural problems, he encounters many close, loving, and interdependent relationships between black and white families and good reasons for hope.Dispatches from Pluto is a book as unique as the Delta itself It s lively, entertaining, and funny, containing a travel writer s flair for in depth reporting alongside insightful reflections on poverty, community, and race It s also a love story, as the nomadic Grant learns to settle down He falls not just for his girlfriend but for the beguiling place they now call home Mississippi, Grant concludes, is the best kept secret in America.

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    1. Just love narrative fiction or a memoir as in this read, when it is done well and takes the reader into the heart and soul of a region, or a person, or even an event. This book does just that . Took me into the Mississippi Delta, a place I know only from reading the books of the many authors that this region has produced. Grant, a travel writer has a little more invested in this book, because here he falls in love with a place, buys an plantation style house where he and his girlfriend Mariah tr [...]

    2. You know a book is outstanding when you feel sadder and sadder that each time you pick it up, there's less and less left to read: this was one of THOSE books for me.Race in the deep south is a complicated issue, so perhaps it's fitting that a British-born writer (though an American citizen when the events took place) did such a masterful job. One might think that it was easier for him to understand where his white friends were coming from, but he's secular, and politically liberal, which they a [...]

    3. A high 4 stars. I really liked this book. I really liked Richard Grant. I wish Grant would invite me to his house in Mississippi so that I can meet his neighbours, eat some local food, drink some whiskey, see and smell the delta and area, help him fight off all the creatures invading his garden and house, and listen to more of his stories. Richard Grant and his girlfriend Mariah moved from Manhattan to Pluto, Mississippi, where they bought an old plantation house. Grant is an adventure travel wr [...]

    4. Perhaps being not just a southerner but also having been married to a Mississippi boy for over a quarter of a century sets me up for not particularly caring for this book. Call it a culture clash, but for me it felt as if the author looked me in the face and was stunned to note that not only did I use utensils to eat, but also avoided using my prehensile toes to climb kudzu vines and then rape wild hogs (the author mentions sexual assault on animals - twice - in probably the first 30 pages of th [...]

    5. To natives of the state, Mississippi is simply our home. We tend to forget that it is a place of contradictions; Mississippi has given birth to a population who manifests and embraces those seeming differences. Richard Grant has a keen ear for a good story and the Mississippi Delta has stories in spades. While no single book can tell the whole story of any place (especially a place like Mississippi!), Grant's tales of his meetings with wildlife and with humans and of his travels and adventures a [...]

    6. I really am of two minds about this book. Grant is a great writer. I wanted to keep reading this book- he really gives his readers a good time and attempts to give balanced view of the Delta. He tried really hard. I got really tired, however, of the endless bottles of bourbon (though yes, every Deltan I've ever known could drink me under the table- I don't even try to keep up), the "aren't they comical" tone that crops up repeatedly-and was tiresome. This nagged at me through the entire book. As [...]

    7. "In twenty-two years," Grant writes, "I had changed my address eighteen times." A peripatetic writer whose job had taken him from East Africa to the Sierra Madre, his Manhattan pied-à-terre has become a little claustrophobic, not just to him but to his girlfriend Mariah and his dog Savanna.So when he goes to Mississippi to visit his cookbook author friend Martha Hall Foose, and she shows him her ancestral home, a plantation house on five acres that her father wants to sell, he decides to reloca [...]

    8. Dispatches from Pluto – Richard GrantDispatches from Pluto (Simon & Schuster, 2015, 320 pages, $16.00/11.99) is simply the best book on race in America I've ever read. Things we say and don't say, relationships we have and don't have, long-held misunderstandings and new insights grown from distance and proximity. By moving from his comfortable liberalism in New York to the poorest town in the poorest region, in the poorest and blackest state in America, Richard Grant learns, explains, and [...]

    9. I took my time with this book, so much in fact that I waited two months before finishing the last five pages. I did not want it to end. Richard Grant, an adventure writer, bought a house in the Mississippi Delta with his then girlfriend and now wife, and recorded his experiences. I've read lots of reviews that are angered by things Grant spoke about. I get it, who wants to admit that Mississippi is in some ways drastically different from how people believe and in some ways still the same? How fa [...]

    10. I was very torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars, but for the tone of it decided four. I enjoyed it, read it quickly, and found it honest and genuine from the author's perspective. As a Yankee who called the Delta home for four years, many of the sentiments had me nodding and laughing, or gritting my teeth in shame or the feeling that important secrets were being let out. I appreciate that Grant tackles the issues of race and income inequality but wish he had done it with a bit more sensiti [...]

    11. In the prologue, Grant says: One of my hopes in writing this book is to dissolve these clumsy old stereotypes, and illustrate my conviction that Mississippi is the best-kept secret in America. Nowhere else is so poorly understood by outsiders, so unfairly maligned, so surreal and peculiar, so charming and maddening. Individually, collectively, and above all politically, Mississippians have a kind of genius for charging after phantoms and lost causes. Nowhere else in the world have I met so many [...]

    12. Loved it, give it a read! I found it at square books in Oxford, MS in the local writers section & so glad that I did. It's a good blend of fun, serious, & a nice peek at life in this part of the South.

    13. This memoir details an Englishman, now an American citizen, who moved from literary and intellectual circles in NYC to the Mississippi Delta with his live-in girl friend, a very metropolitan native of Arizona.The first few chapters of this book were reasonable in their depiction of our main characters’ bewilderment about the culture and way of life in the Delta. They were confused about the fact that Negro and White citizens can be life long best friends, but not socialize together nor even ea [...]

    14. What a delightful book! Mr. Grant, a well-traveled Englishman, ends up buying a home in a part of the Mississippi delta that even many from Mississippi were unfamiliar with. Through that experience, and his wonderful chronicling of it, he introduces us to a whole host of fascinating (generous beyond measure, conflicted, brilliant, flawed, and sometimes insane) people and a social structure far more complex and perplexing than most of us would have imagined. He simultaneously busts and confirms t [...]

    15. I chose to read this book in an effort to understand a branch of my family that moved to MS in the 1980's, and pretty much went native. As a liberal west-coaster with some pretty deep Yankee family roots, I have a tough time wrapping my head around the fact that I have relatives who have names like TJ, post things like, "I'm fixing to make some biscuits" on Facebook, and sew a custom camo sash for their daughter's wedding dress. I love them very much, and I admire them for how very kind they are [...]

    16. Where was Cleveland?By Darden North | September 5, 2016 (Audiobook)I guess Grant never reached Cleveland during his tour of the Delta, that vibrant community an antithesis of this liberal discourse on Mississippi race relations, overall poverty, and crumbling education. Regarding the English narrator's cadence in the audio book, it was often repetitious, and he sometimes mispronounced words including names of Mississippi counties, such as Bolivar. The narrator could have spent a little time on r [...]

    17. What a delight to read! I picked up this book at one of the dozens of book stores and gift shops in the delta selling it. Part travelogue, part memoir, it's an hysterical exploration of the kooky culture and characters living in the poorest part of the poorest state in the union, the Mississippi Delta, a rich-soiled, cotton-planted floodplain extending from Vicksburg to Memphis. I just finished a weeklong tour of the region myself, so it was especially delightful to read about all the places I'd [...]

    18. Parts of this book are problematic and made me hate the author. That being said, the delta is a weird as hell place that I'm super happy I was able to call home (well. I was 100% an outsider. But something like home) for three years. This book captured a lot of what made it wonderful, dumbfounding, infuriating, and completely unique.

    19. I loved this book. It is very interesting. Richard seemed to really understand who he was interviewing.

    20. It's been awhile since I was this sad about a book coming to an end. Richard Grant kept me laughing and my heart breaking in this book that is, oh, so Delta!

    21. Very interesting book about a travel writer from London who decides to move with his girlfriend from New York City to the Mississippi Delta. Richard Grant as a writer was a friend of Martha Foose, a cookbook writer who not only lived there and gave him a tour, but also offered him a house to buy that happened to be her father's to sell.Richard contacted his girlfriend Mariah who was still in New York City with their dog, Savanna and after a few weeks they bought this rural plantation style house [...]

    22. This book was homework for my trip to the Delta, and it certainly enhanced our visit. While there, we asked several people if they'd read Pluto, and several had. Mostly they thought it was true and fair, albeit painful in some parts. One person said the author completely missed it, "because everything isn't about race."Certainly this was an interesting and mostly enjoyable read, thought-provoking, and sometimes painful. I do have to say though, that while I think the treatment of people, and par [...]

    23. This book asks a lot of the same questions I've often wondered about, growing up in this region and experiencing the Delta culture in Arkansas, Mississippi, and West Tennessee. As an outsider or newcomer, Richard Grant comes across as naive at times but willing to listen and learn. I think I have an idea about some of the answers, and someday I may write about them.

    24. I would give this book 4.5 stars.The bottom line is this book is about past and present racism and racial tensions in the Mississippi Delta. And yet, the one word I would use to describe it is.ghtful! Richard grant did a great job telling us about his experiences after packing up his tiny NY apartment and moving to Pluto, MS with his long-time girlfriend. The author's account is smart, insightful, honest, and very funny, but mostly it's non-judgmental. And quite frankly, as I was reading this de [...]

    25. I was told to read this book to understand my husband, who grew up in the Delta. He grew up in Greenville, MS a literary Meca in it's day. I thought I understood the delta being from Northeast Louisiana. They are nothing alike. Louisiana is a world like no other whether it be in the North or the South, which is like two different states in one. The Mississippi delta. clue how you could put it all in one book. It did help me understand not only my husband but many others in Mississippi. Saying "b [...]

    26. Dispatches From Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant (Simon & Shuster 2015) (Biography). This is an engagingly pleasant tale wherein a Brit buys a huge old plantation house and moves south to the Mississippi Delta from his previous home in a crackerbox apartment (425 square feet) in New York City. His description of the characters and of the environment in the Delta are amazing well-drawn. Richard Grant is a highly talented writer and a great storyteller. My rating [...]

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