Book Reviews of Mama Makes Up Her Mind : And Other Dangers of Southern Living

Mama Makes Up Her Mind : And Other Dangers of Southern Living
Mama Makes Up Her Mind And Other Dangers of Southern Living
Author: Bailey White
ISBN-13: 9780679751601
ISBN-10: 0679751602
Publication Date: 4/12/1994
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 127 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
A wonderful series of short essays on life in south Georgia, written by a maiden schoolteacher who lives with her aged but lively mother. A quick read but an enjoyable one, full of the characters that make the South so unique.
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Helpful Score: 3
Kind of like a southern Erma Bombeck...light reading, very amusing!
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Helpful Score: 2
These are wonderful short stories that mostly take place in south Georgia and northern Florida. And Bailey White is a supreme story teller. Her mother is a wonderful source of these tales. Each story will have you chuckling.
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Helpful Score: 2
Learn how cousin May's irrational fear of cows is cured by memorizing Trollope. Read how Earl Castleberry driven to madness by a swan. Hear about the UFO Mama say early one fine spring morning and about southern politics. Hear about Uncle Jimbuddy and his lack of digits.

This is a fast read, laid out in small chapters, so you can read a few at a time.
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An enjoyable series of vignettes of the author's (unusual) life with her mother.
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This is a really funny book .I luved it.
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A humorous overview of life in the South.
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Cute book. Short stories. A fast read.
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A humourous and heartwarming tale of a Southern schoolteacher and her elderly mother, and their lives. Very humourous and a deligtful read. You will laugh and enjoy, and feel you know them.
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A fun, easy read.
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Short, pleasant vignettes from a Southern point of view. Enjoyable before-you-go-to-bed reading.
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Wow! What an amazing storyteller! I will be reading everything from this author. Anyone and everyone will enjoy this.
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Hilarious stories about Southern living.
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If you've ever lived in the south you can relate to the car and tub on the porch! Funny book!

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In this national bestseller, Bailey White--whose accounts of Southern eccentricity have enchanted millions of listeners to National Public Radio--offers a humorous, touching, story-filled memoir of her home in south Georgia.
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This was a funny, lighthearted book I loved it
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Great book fun to read. A national Bestseller
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Bailey White's indelible vignettes of Southern eccentricity have entranced millions who have heard them on National Public Radio. This book is just like them.
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I love this author. Womderful book!
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Interesting vignettes of life in a south Georgia town. Entertaining, quick easy read.
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Fun book poking at southern ideals and a very likeable character or two. Turns its mood towards the end, so it feels unbalanced.
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This is, without a doubt, the best book ever written on life in the small town south with an aging, eccentric mother. It written with humor, love and wisdom and will have you laughing until your sides hurt. I will not be reposting my copy; it's a keeper. Although, I may buy other copies to give away.
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A book of great short stories. I have given this book to several teacher friends just for her story on teaching children to read using naval disasters. A book that will stay in my library and not be traded. Hopefully some one else will share.
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Bailey Whtie writes a very entertaining acount of living with her mama and life in Georgia. Great characters, with a capital "C". There was never a boring moment and I can't wait to read her next book.
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I absolutely loved this book!!!
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Bailey White is as delightful on paper as she is on National Public Radio,and this particular collection shares some of her delights in teaching first grade as well as living with her very Southern mother.
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**** A great southern read! Can't wait to read more by B. White.
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This group of short stories, rich in humor and folksy charm, was written by a young teacher. The stories are about her life in rural South Georgia. You'll laugh out loud!
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Wonderful, funny book about living in the South. I couldn't put it down.
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Charming & hilarious.
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Light, cute and very entertaining. A quick read!
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Bailey White writes about her tiny home town, a Georgia hamlet full of fascinating neighbors, overstuffed homes, and an unusual number of swans. In the tradition of such authors as Garrison Keillor and Fannie Flagg, she tells warm and funny stories about what happens when her Mama decides to train a taxidermist to cook, about teaching school with the help of the Titanic and a one-eared intellectual, about the challenge of gardening in Georgia, where "vegetation does not know its place".
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Bailey White is a jewel of the South. Enjoy!
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This is a great book! I love that the stories are a few pages long each gives me a sense of accomplishment reading each one. The humorous characters are priceless and some of the events very southern. This is a relaxed book great for savoring.
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Vignettes of this book have been read on National Public Radio, which prompted me to buy the book. It's an amusing and well-written memoir of the author, Bailey White.
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Nice and funny read.
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Eccentric, touching, unique and universal stories of southern life and southern characters.
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This book was hillarious!
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Loved Bailey White on NPR, love stories of her and her quirky Mama in this book. EAsy, light reading.
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Short stories of southern life. Enjoyable snippets of Bailey White's life.
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Bailey White is a regular commentator for the NPR show "All Things Considered". She grew up in the latter part of the 20th century in rural southern Georgia with her eccentric mother (her father having taken off to live his life elsewhere), and continued to live at home with her Mama as an adult while she was a schoolteacher.

The picture on the front cover of the book gives us a peek as to what might be coming in the essays that are included in the book. It's a picture of a typical small rural house painted white with a big front porch. What's not typical is that there is a classic car parked on that front porch. And a big clawfoot bathtub. And a swan wandering through the yard. It makes the reader curious to find out WHY they are in the picture. And Ms White's very entertaining essays tell us that and more.

Some of my favorite essays ... "Porsche", in which we find out why that car is parked on the porch, "The Bed", about a Murphy bed that refused to behave and would sometimes trap its occupants in the wall, and "Gardening" in which the author details her efforts to create the wildflower garden of her dreams.
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Great collection of short essays on Bailey White's anything but dull childhood on into her adult years. Really makes you want to drop on by Mama's for a sit down. Really a fun book!
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The author must be as wonderfully eccentric as her family. Both bold and delicate, the humor, wisdom, and pathos blend well.
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Short, delightful essays about Southern life.
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Again, lots of anticipation because Bailey is an NPR contributer, and I am a HUGE fan of public radio. Quick read, but not as great as I hoped. I just didn't find the characters likable, they were more irritating at times. Again, doesn't mean it's not a great book that you will love, I just did not.
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Welcome to the unique world of Bailey White. Her aunt Belle may take you to see the alligator she's taught to bellow on command. Her uncle Jimbuddy may appall you with his knack for losing pieces of himself. Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Bailey's mama - who may take you to Rosey's, a North Florida juke joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway, and then tuck you into an antique bed that has the disconcerting habit of folding up on people while they're asleep.
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Welcome to the unique world of Bailey White. Her Aunt Belle may take you see the alligator she has taught to bellow, Uncle Jimbuddy may appal you with his knack of losing his body parts, Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Bailey's Mama - who may take you to Rosey's a North Florida Juke Joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway, and then tuck you into an antique bed that has a habit of folding up on itself, to say nothing of a snake that plays hide and seek .... in the house!
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Welcome to the unique world of Bailey Whhite. Her aunt Belle may take you to see the alligator she's taught to bellow on command. Her uncle Jimbuddy may appall you with his knack for losing pieces of himself. Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Bailey's mama---who may take you to Rosey's a North Florida juke joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway.
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Wonderfully funny and insightful. Mama is a great character!
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My favorite book ever!
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I couldn't get into it
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Welcome to the unique world of Bailey WhiteHer aunt Belle may take you to see the alligators that she has taught to bellow on command. Her uncle Jimbuddy may appall you with his knack for losing pieces of himself. Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Bailey's Mama- who might take you to Rosey's a North Florida juke loint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway, and then tuck you into an antique bed that has the disconcerning habit of folding up on people while they're asleep. On her front porch is a car, a bathtub, and a rocking chair. Bailey's indeligible vignettes of Southern eccentricities have entranced millions of people who heard her read them on National Public Radio. (Southern Lake Wobegon). 229 pages
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Bailey White's indelible vignettes of Southern eccentricity have entranced millions who have heard her read them on National Public Radio. And now she has written "Mama Makes Up Her Mind," a book that is as sweetly intoxication as a mint julep and as invigorating as a walk in Bailey's overgrown garden.
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Delightfully charming read!