Southern Fried & Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck
by Deborah Burst
Celebrating a decade of writing and photography, Deborah Burst has combined some of her most prolific work and talents of southern storytelling in her third book, Southern Fried and Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck. Like life itself, each page brings tears, laughter, and the kind of adventure only the south can bring.
Five chapters in all, the book begins with some of her fondest travels. Poetic trails from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states with shrouded bayous, jungles of bearded oaks and beaches flush with seashells and stingrays. Then a rolling picture show of Georgia, South Carolina and roaming the mountainsides of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.
The Friendly Folk chapter introduces the kind of people you never forget. From a Tennessee farm boy realizing his dream, to WWII vets sharing stories of sacrifices and heroism. In the Country Confessions chapter, Burst reveals some of her most personal reflections with tales of those youngin’ days, the dark side of writing and the erotic beauty of nature.
And what would a Southern book be without a chapter on crazy critters? There’s teary-eyed tales of Tyler, Bruce Mitchell’s hound dog and star of the television show, Swamp People. Charlie the egret, who has a love affair with a Kentucky blonde who spends her winters in Apalachicola, Florida. And Spikey stories, a chow-retriever who rules his wooded kingdom along a dead-end gravel road.
The book features 85 stellar photos inside 160 pages in a convenient 6×9 format that fits perfectly on a coffee table or inside the car’s glove compartment.
Burst is also available for speaking events and offers a colorful and animated presentation with a collage of photographs and speaking points.
Click through the portfolio below to see several photo excerpts from “Southern Fried & Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck.” Many of the photographs spread across two entire pages inside the book.
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