Southern Lady Code

Southern Lady Code

Essays

eBook - 2019
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"I loved it." —Ann Patchett The bestselling author of American Housewife ("Dark, deadpan and truly inventive." --The New York Times Book Review) is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.
Publisher: 2019
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Doubleday, 2019. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5219 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
ISBN: 9780385543903

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JCLHebahA May 09, 2019

This slim little volume has sass for days, and I enjoyed the romp. I'd love to be seated next to her at a party just to hear her running commentary on all the guests. There's enough thought put into the order of the entries for longer reading sessions, but it's also great for reading in quick bursts on the go as the entries are fairly short.

ArapahoeAlice Jan 28, 2019

I was very happy to get an advance reading copy of this book. Opened it couldn't stop reading or laughing. Clever, offbeat, wonderful. Don't miss this one.

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