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The Beast
The New Mind of the South

I am a journalist, book author and editor. One of my first books, The Beast: A Journey Through Depression, has been re-released by Diversion Books. Read about it here.

My most recent book, The New Mind of the South, is now available from Simon & Schuster. It's a look at what my native region is becoming in the 21st century, and why it continues to be so misunderstood by Southerners and non-Southerners alike. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it "a nuanced—and sometimes astringently humorous—portrait of a multifaceted, often misunderstood region that overturns stereotypes." You can read the full review and a little about what other people are saying about it here. And don't be shy about ordering, which you can do here.

In one of my several other lives, I write about motherhood, current affairs and the tragic absurdities of life in my blog, The Blockhead Chronicles.

Before I started doing what I do now, I was a big-city newspaper reporter for 15 years—eight years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and seven years at the Washington Post. I've also written about mental illness—my own, and other people's—discovering in the process that one of mankind's most enduring afflictions is still shrouded in stigma, even today. Which, if you ask me, is just crazy.

Drop me a line, via Facebook, Twitter or plain old email. I'd love to hear from you. And check my events page for appearance dates and locations.

Read Tracy's New York Times article (and be sure to check out the comments)

Praise for The New Mind of the South:

"Thoroughly researched and beautifully written" —LA Times
"Offered illumination on every page" —Salon
"Quietly brilliant" —Slate
"The New Mind of the South has come along at just the right time" —Garden and Gun Magazine
"Her insights are frank and often funny" —The Houston Chronicle
"A clear-eyed, deeply considered look" —The Daily Beast
"A nuanced—and sometimes astringently humorous—portrait of a multifaceted, often misunderstood region" —Publishers Weekly

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