Books: Fine Red Dirt

CRACKERS by Roy Blount Jr. Knopf; 291 pages; $10.95

Georgia is a place you get sent to or you come from or you march through or you drive through," writes Roy Blount. "It's got some fine red dirt, hills, vegetables, and folks, but I don't believe anybody has ever dreamed of growing up and moving to Georgia." That includes ex-Atlantan Blount, the sportswriter and humorist whose 1974 About Three Bricks Shy of a Load did for the Pittsburgh Steelers roughly what Sherman did for the South.

Back in 1976, when a fellow Georgian was elected...

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