D. B. Tipmore endeavors to illuminate Southern life from a wayfarer’s perspective in “My Little Town: A Pilgrim’s Portrait of a Uniquely Southern Place.”
To examine the South through its small towns is nothing new, really. Mark Twain did it. In the last century, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Robert Penn Warren, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty and Walker Percy did it. Writers from Alabama — most notably Truman Capote and Harper Lee — did it. F. Scott Fitzgerald, that pilgrim from another world, even married into it.