Great funny read by a newpaper columnist that writes for the Sun Times in Myrtle Beach, SC. She tells it like it is. If her column is half as funny as this book, then the paper is a hit too!! I read this one first, but I've gotten her first book and it's near the top of my TBR Pile!! Actual laugh out loud moments explaining and justifying the Southern Redneck Way of Life. And, footnote on that, I'm Southern by choice - not by birth - and it's the best move I've ever made!!
This is so funny that I may have to keep it. Celia writes a column for the Myrtle Beach newpaper and you can read more of her stunny southern wit on their website. Being a bit of a bitchy southern girl myself, I laugh outloud everytime I pick something of hers up. Read it and then call your best friend and read her excerpts, you'll find yourself snorting outloud just trying to read it to someone else :)
I could not finish this book, it was painful. I have lived all my life in Georgia except for a very brief period when I lived in South Carolina. Some of the "southern" expressions in this book I have never heard in my life.
I was a little disappointed. This was the first book I had read by this author, and I expected it to be more amusing. It was a light, fast, easy read, quite relaxing. But I did not laugh as much as I thought I would.
Shannon K. (peche) reviewed We're Just Like You, Only Prettier : Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle on
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The first half of the book is hysterical. The line about the Greatest Generation and the turkey had me snotting. I tried to read it to my husband and even with my lame rendition (kept laughing)it made him laugh just as heartily. The rest of the book is mainly focused on her life as a mother. It's amusing and has some good lines, but the book lost its way as a southern primer.
I laughed so much while reading this book! I read it in one day, cause I just couldn't put it down.
" Little things that have no business bothering me drive me nuts. Like how, no matter how often I ask, my husband never shuts a cabinet or closet door. This means I must systematically go through the entire house slamming doors like Joan Crawford on crank and sobbing: "How (slam) inconsiderate (slam) can one (slam) person (slam) be?"
"I shouldn't wonder that he can't shut doors because he can't see things right in front of his own eyes. Why else would he ask me where his shoes are (in the closet) or the eyedrops (tee-hee in the oven) as though my ovaries are endowed with superhuman powers allowing me to see behind closed doors or drawers?"
While this precursor to "Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank" is not as funny as that title, there are still many snort-worthy, laugh-out-loud moments in this book. Her take on our modern society is dead-on accurate. What makes her writing so good is that you really want to be this woman's friend. At least, I do. Hanging out drinking sweet tea with Celia while she clues this Yankee in to the cultural minutiae of Southern life? You bet. Sign me up.
Barbara B. (bbfreckles) reviewed We're Just Like You, Only Prettier : Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle on
I would like to keep this book because I think I could read it over and over. But I will pass it on because I want more people to enjoy it. Every chapter was laugh out loud funny. Real women funny. I toally recommend it. I will definately be reading anything else Celia Rivenbark writes.
Celia Rivenbark's collection of essays is a must-read for anybody who wants a funny, no-holds-barred look at today's South. As a reviewer stated, "I'll be sending copies to everyond, especially my baby's daddy." LOL
Funny one (and you know what they always say - the true things are the funniest!)
Liz K. reviewed We're Just Like You, Only Prettier : Confessions of a Tarnished Southern Belle on
You can see this author's lame one-liners coming a mile away. She offers nothing new, fresh or insightful about southern womanhood...I find her success quite mystifying. Rivenbark's series of stand-up routines in book form was done better and with more class by Erma Bombeck Roseanne Barr decades ago.
Very funny but Stop Dressing is SO MUCH more hilarious to read! I read all of these, with the exception of Belle Weather, months ago and I still remember and laugh at some of the funny things in Stop Dressing. I'd Stop Dressing before any of her others, even though they're all funny.
i LOVED the first half of this book. I just wanted to buy a duble wide, a fried sickers, move down to atlanta and meet matty and nikki at the waffle house. but the second half of the book seemed to really stray from southerners to just people and things in general. i felt like she lost her purpose, or got writers block half way through. loved loved loved the first half. totally laughed out loud while reading it!!!
Even if you're not a Southern woman, this book will probably appeal to your sense of humor on the truly patience-trying issues of modern life such as Chuck E Cheese, impossible Sunday School craft projects, co-ed baby showers, and big-screen TVs.
While I didn't laugh out loud *quite* as often as I did with "Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank", there were still plenty of LOL moments and snickers to drive my husband crazy. Rivenbark is deliciously sharp and funny, and her humor definitely trasfers to those of us born and raised above the Mason-Dixon. Over-achieving friends, 'manly' husbands and their big screen TVs and the most feared, highly unfortunate basement poo explosion - I dare you to find something you can't identify with and laugh at.