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Southern in The City:
A Mason-Dixon View of Manhattan 
is a book sharing the true story of one Tennessee Southern belle’s
crazy adventures in New York City that
 span more than 30 years.
Available on Amazon!
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Many Americans in big cities are relocating to the South and the suburbs lately, which can be very challenging and even a culture shock. I actually did that same thing -  in reverse - years ago, as chronicled in my book. I fell in love with New York City as a Southerner and decided to move there in 2001. I had a job and apartment lined up but decided to stay in Tennessee and remain a Southerner in the end. I still visit New York often and now own property in the city. I am available to talk about the obstacles people who are used to “city life” might face when flipping the script and going rural/Southern and how to succeed outside their normal comfort zone. Interviews may be arranged by contacting me at JFHerbison@gmail.com.

Picture of Janna Fite Herbison, author of Southern in The City. In addition to writing, this Tennessee lady is a speaker & former reporter and political adviser. Find her book on Amazon & Kindle. Email information on the Contact page.
My Story

Southern in The City: A Mason-Dixon View of Manhattan is a personal testimony about New York City. 


I am a Southern native, and this book covers more than a

30-year time span. The first time I visited Manhattan at 14, I met a host of celebrities and fell in love with the world of Broadway. Later, in my 20s, 30s and 40s, I came to know a deeper side of New York.


In 2001, I found myself within days of accepting a job offer that would have meant relocation from Nashville to Manhattan - just months before 9/11.

Whether you're from a small town or grew up in the BIG city, this book's for you!

Southern in The City contains years of reflection and advice on visiting the Big Apple, along with a proper dose of Southern anecdotes. I've also shared some of my personal photos in the book. You can also see these (and more) on my Instagram page. I'd love for you to join me there! 


The stories from Southern in The City will likely make you laugh, cry, and reflect. It's my hope, that they will help break down today's geographical stereotypes across our country.

 media & reviews 

"Exciting inspiring and could not put it down!!!


The experiences of the author and her openness in this book so well written will change the way you think about this city forever.


What a treasure to have!"

Debbie L.

Amazon Reviewer

Book dedication

Southern in The City is dedicated to the memory of Lt. John Napolitano, Jr. (FDNY Rescue 2) and all the brave men and women of the Fire Department of New York.