PositiveThe Christian Science MonitorIn this highly personal travelogue, she brings readers along to absorb her observations and internal dialogue ... One of the things that is powerful about this book is Perry’s talent for juxtaposing history with the present ... Perry lets us hear what the voices have to tell us, so we can make up our own minds about where we are and how far we’ve come ... There is no question that Perry’s book will make some readers uncomfortable. But the brutalities of slavery, racism, and the aftermath of the Civil War have always been uncomfortable. South to America lays a foundation for those who are unfamiliar with the South’s history. Through her interviews and research, Perry ties the ends together, but there is no neat conclusion. It is heavy reading, but it is definitely worth the lift.