Book of stories and essays looks back at life in South Alabama

Audrey McDonald Atkins grew up in a small, rural town in South Alabama. As an adult, she realized how many of the experiences she had as a child have influenced her view of the world in general and life in the South in particular. These childhood experiences inspired Atkins to write "They Call Me Orange Juice: Stories and Essays" (published by Archway Publishing). For more details about the book, visit

The book shares a collection of stories and essays that provides a nostalgic, poignant and often-hilarious look at growing up in a small South Alabama town and how that upbringing still influences Atkins today. She recounts stories about the men who congregated in the police station and the eccentric characters who worked on Main Street, shares words of wisdom from her granny and tells how one superstitious old man could literally make it rain even during the dry, dog days of summer. Each of these people still lives in Atkins' memory, frozen in time just as they were in the '70s. These ghosts of bygone days shine through in the book.

"I think this book will appeal to readers because good humor and solid storytelling always entertains, informs, and enlightens," Atkins says. "I hope these stories will both bring a sentimental tear to your eye and have you holding your sides because they hurt from laughing."

Atkins hopes her stories and essays will spark some of the readers' own memories and that they are transported into a South that is heartwarming, feisty and flat out funny.

"They Call Me Orange Juice: Stories and Essays"
By Audrey McDonald Atkins
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 172 pages | ISBN 9781480859401
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 172 pages | ISBN 9781480859418
E-Book | 172 pages | ISBN 9781480859425
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Audrey McDonald Atkins grew up in the small town of Citronelle and spent her childhood roaming through the piney woods, swimming in creeks and rambling about her small town, taking in the sights and sounds of the Deep South and storing them away. She writes the popular southern culture blog, Folkways Nowadays, sharing her stories and essays about life in the South. Atkins now lives in Birmingham. Visit her online at

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