Review: “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

After fifty years, readers return to Maycomb County, the setting for Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning coming-of-age novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and the characters we grew to love are unrecognizable. Namely, Scout goes by Jean Louise, and you find out early on that her brother, Jem, has died. If you have any expectation that the novel will have you reminiscing about the adventures of Scout, Jem, and Boo Radley, you are sorely mistaken. Jean Louise returns home from New York City in order to see her arthritis-ridden father. She grew up to be…continue reading →

6 Bestselling Books Local to Mississippi

We all know Mississippi produces some of the most highly regarded authors— from William Faulkner to Greg Iles. The authors mention in this post are recent additions to Mississippi's collection of outstanding wordsmiths. Such books will make you proud of the South. Namely, they expose culture lost, changed, and maintained. Some will make you, if you're from Mississippi, homesick; others will make you want to visit and see what Mississippi has to offer.   Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the…continue reading →

7 Things Only MSU Bulldog Fans Will Understand.

1. Tailgating is essential. The feel of a fall night and a cold beer in the junction is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Strangers treat you like family, and the sound of a cowbell ringing ignites your Bulldog pride while preparing for game time. Photo Credit: (https://hailstatebeat.wordpress.com/page/26/?ATCLID=934916&SPSID=90889&SPID=10997&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=16800) 2. Cowbells! Whether you ring responsibly, or not, the MSU staple represents a tradition worth keeping. Also, the cowbell embodies the ringer: everyone applies their own personal touch. Photo Credit: (http://www.alumni.msstate.edu/s/811/images/editor/cowbell.jpg) 3. Maroon!!! White!!! When you say Maroon, they say White. 4. The Chapel of…continue reading →