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Review: Eat, Drink, and Be from Mississippi

January 24, 2009


Truely Noonan and his older sister, Courtney, were born and raised in Hinds County, Mississippi.  They both ended up going to college and settling in California.  Courtney marries a very successful real estate developer and Truely marries a teacher who is out to save the world.  They are both happy, and while they maintain a relationship, they’re not what you would consider close.

Several years pass, their parents pass away and both of their marriages disintegrate.  Courtney turns to plastic surgery and Truely maintains a relationship of convenience with Shauna.  Shauna’s brother is injured in Iraq and Truely realizes that she means more to him than he thought.  He rushes to be with her, but he’s too late – her old boyfriend is there to be supportive.

Through his contact with Shauna’s family, a young, street-wise black boy named Arnold is thrust upon Truely.  Courtney starts coming to help Truely with Arnold and the three of them become a family.  They all discover that they must let go of some secrets in their past and move on to the future.

I found Eat, Drink, and Be from Mississippi by Nanci Kincaid to be thoroughly enchanting.  Nanci Kincaid does a marvelous job of creating flawed, but lovable characters.  This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2009 7:42 am

    Can’t wait to read it! Entertainment Weekly loved it too!

  2. January 24, 2009 9:02 am

    I know someone this book would be perfect for. Now I have a gift idea.

  3. January 24, 2009 9:05 am

    sounds very sweet! great review.

  4. January 24, 2009 9:30 am

    Sounds good – another one for my wish list!

  5. January 24, 2009 9:32 am

    I wouldn’t have known what to expect from this book by just looking at the title. But this one sounds good.

  6. January 24, 2009 10:30 am

    I’ve been seeing this around a lot lately. I’m glad you liked it so much!

  7. January 24, 2009 10:43 am

    Great review…I can’t wait to read this one!

  8. January 24, 2009 11:02 am

    Terrific review! You’ve gotten me interested.

  9. January 24, 2009 12:05 pm

    Enjoyed the review. I had not heard of this one. Love the cover too. I hope to someday have a vacation home that borders a lake like that.

  10. January 24, 2009 3:18 pm

    On my TBR, so I didn’t read your review, just jumped to the bottom and got the “thumbs up” endorsement.

  11. January 24, 2009 9:10 pm

    This sounds wonderful!

  12. January 24, 2009 9:14 pm

    I hadn’t heard of it, bit it sounds good. You can’t hope for more than thoroughly enchanting, can you. And I like books set in the south. I don’t want to live there because there is no snow…but it makes a great setting.
    I also want a house on a lake like that too …but in Maine. The snow you know.

  13. January 24, 2009 9:44 pm

    I just added this one to my wish list. We just drove through Hinds County, today (the Jackson area). The word “Mississippi” grabbed me and the book sounds terrific. I’m like Caite, though: I’d rather live way north and play in the snow. I miss snow!!!

  14. January 24, 2009 11:34 pm

    It does sound like an interesting story. I’ve heard several others have enjoyed it as well.

  15. January 25, 2009 1:36 pm

    I loved this one as well – I think my review is posting tomorrow. Nice job – enchanting is a great word for it!

  16. January 25, 2009 2:46 pm

    This does sound like a good one!

  17. Chelsea permalink
    January 25, 2009 2:52 pm

    Sounds like a great book – I do love books set in the south, after all, especially in the Delta region! Thanks for the review!

  18. January 25, 2009 2:57 pm

    I saw mention of this book in Bookmarks recently and was curious about it. I am so glad to find your review. It sounds like something I would like. Thanks for your great review, Kathy.

  19. January 25, 2009 4:48 pm

    This sounds like it has some great characters in it. I`ll have to take a look for this one. Thanks 🙂

  20. January 25, 2009 8:05 pm

    Great review, Kathy. This is a new title to me.

  21. January 28, 2009 8:21 am

    sounds like an interesting book. I like the title…though I’m not sure I would want to eat, drink the Mississippi River…ew!

  22. January 28, 2009 2:39 pm

    Haven’t heard of this one, so I’m glad you reviewed it. It sounds like a great read.

  23. February 12, 2009 5:52 pm

    oh..this one sounds good. I’m adding it to my wish list

  24. October 17, 2009 12:40 pm

    Here’s one of the many wonderful things about great book blogs — just yesterday I heard about this book and wondered if I should add it to my list. Then this afternoon while browsing your 2009 review list, I saw that you had reviewed it earlier this year.

    It definitely sounds like my kind of book. I’ll pick it up at the bookstore tomorrow.

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