Bailey White is recognized by NPR listeners for her gravelly voice and Southern wit. For more than a decade, she has delivered a story each Thanksgiving on All Things Considered. Her new book, Nothing With Strings, collects them. White, 58, lives on a farm in Thomasville, Ga.
What is on your nightstand?
I've got a collection of short stories by Daphne du Maurier. I remember first reading her book Rebecca while traveling down to Sarasota in about 1965. She's wonderful with her sense of drama and place. I also have The Country Life by Rachel Cusk. I've read it five times, I bet. I admire the way the writer shows the interior personality of the protagonist. It comes out so gradually and gracefully throughout the book.
How about your father (Robb White, author of The Lion's Paw)? Did he inspire you?
We read his books so many times that we soaked up what good writing is. In that sense, he did inspire me. Actually, my brother, also named Robb White, became a writer, and his work was charming. He died two years ago. You should read his book, How to Build a Tin Canoe: Confessions of an Old Salt.
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