From tales of the infamous Sweet Potato Queens' Promise to the joys of Chocolate Stuff and Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margaritas, this irreverent, shamelessly funny book is the gen-u-wine article.
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©1999 Jill Conner Browne; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.
"Hilariously funny and wise. Long live the Sweet Potato Queens!" (Fannie Flagg, author of Standing in the Rainbow)
And move over Janet Evanovich, this is flat out the most hilarious book I have ever read or listened to. Not only is it funny, but the SPQ advice is right on the money - like "be particular" and "never wear panties to a party". I was constantly rewinding to listen to parts of it 2, sometimes 3 times. Since I listen while I drive, I'm sure there are drivers out there who think they've shared the road with a very strange person. I have recommended that friends put this one on the top of their lists.
however, I found the narrative boring, it totally ruined the book for me. I found myself zoning out when I was listening to Jill's voice, she didn't have any character at all. The comedy is definitely there, it is the monotone that left me cold. Please, Jill, next time, leave it to a professional.
I have listened to several of the Sweet Potato Queens books and I absolutely LOVE them! They make me laugh while driving, and I really don't care how long it takes me to get to work in downtown Dallas! Jill Conner Browne as the author is perfect ... she has the southern drawl that drags you in and keeps you laughing. The accent alone keeps me laughing. It is really unfortunate that you do not have all the fabulous recipes in print ..... (sigh). You will definitely have to go back to the books and listen to and write down the great recipes. Sweet Potato Queens know how to eat!
There are those for which this book is written, and even though they've had the same thing packaged in various ways a million times before, they will continue to love it. I am not one of these people.
Take Cosmo magazine, age its writers and target audience a few decades, add the typical southern female angle and put them in the era of Designing Women and you have this book.
Sometimes I wonder if women get silly for tips like always where cute panties at two ages, adolescence/early twenties when you read the Bag Girls Guides, and when you hit that certain age the women in this book decline to mention, of course because a lady doesn't.
Personally, this kind of shallow empowerment never appealed to me but it does have a market and can be entertaining if you're hearing it for the first time. I mean I dont object to the shallowness, we are are shallow at times and many women do feel empowered in cute panties and awesome shoes, and thats great, but I do object to the lack of any substance with the shallow quips. This is like the various trends that tell young girls that girl power is short skirts and flowers. This book is exactly how I thought beauty queens would age. Fried Green Tomatoes was better.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
Eh. Women are far more than shallow sex objects. There are certainly some giggles in this title but it is not at all a serious tome of empowerment.
If you haven't read about this book, read other reviews, or had a friend tell you about it then I must start out with THIS BOOK IS NOT RATED G!
Now that the rating is out of the way, if this book is read with the thought that it is only entertainment and not a how-to guide, then laugh away.
For a real life how-to for beauty, follow Audrey Hepburn in her quote, "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
On a positive note, there is nothing sillier than a gaggle of girls. This book is about said gaggle.
Jill Conner Browne's insight into the Queen's life events make me feel like my life isn't as far from normal as it sometimes feels!
All of them...but if I must pick one the opossum under her bed!
They way she tells it ... just another day in the life of a SPQ
There is a group I fit in with!
GREAT book classic SPQ!
There really is something special about being a Southern Woman and Jill Conner Browne does a great job in describing the life style! I now want to become a Sweet Potato Queen or start my own chapter!
It reminded me of the Ya Ya Sisterhood in the description of positive female relationships that are loving and supportive.
This was my first one but not my last.
Always bring food...
Great listen! Cannot wait to listen to her other books.
"poor and banal comedy!"
This must be the lowest side of American humour. Despite all the good reviews on other websites, a dreadful piece of nonsense that really isn't worth the listen whatsoever. Avoid.
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