Join moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion of Richard Grant’s book Dispatches From Pluto. Parnassus Book Club meetings are free and open to anyone. Buy the book, read the book and join the discussion.
Award-winning adventure writer Richard Grant has rafted down uncharted African rivers and fled from bandits in Mexico’s wild Sierra Madre. In Dispatches from Pluto, he sets his sights not on a distant land, but on the heart of the Mississippi Delta - what he calls “The Most American Place on Earth.”
On a whim, Grant and his girlfriend move into an old plantation house on a small spit of land by Pluto, Mississippi, to start a new life. Together they learn to hunt and fend off varmints, and they befriend an astonishing array of characters - catfish farmers, blues legends, eccentric millionaires, even the actor Morgan Freeman. Grant explores the Delta’s beautiful decaying landscape, its blues history, the bizarre extremes of local crime and politics, and the realities of its lingering racial tensions. His writing is insightful, provocative, and entertaining - capturing the full range of this distinctly American place. In the end, Grant concludes, Mississippi might be the best-kept secret in America.