We've learned a few things over the years. Our editors have assembled the ultimate list of must-do activities from across the region. How many have you done?
Any required reading list for Southerners will be long enough to give you serious eye-ache. Still, there are icons. The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner) and Look Homeward, Angel (Thomas Wolfe) have both achieved lofty status. Our Southwestern staffers nominate Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry). Other books, such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) and The Prince of Tides (Pat Conroy), depict more contemporary Southern characters. But the quirkiest modern-day must-read has to be Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt). Controversial, yes, but it has captured imaginations around the world.