Friday, July 30, 2010

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle

By:  Olivia deBelle Byrd

From Goodreads:   With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Oliviade Belle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms. The characters who dance across the pages range from Great-Aunt LottieMae, who is as “old-fashioned and opinionated as the day is long,” to Mrs. Brewton, who calls everyone “dahling” whether they are darling or not, to Isabella with her penchant for mint juleps and drama. Humorous anecdotes from a Christmas coffee, where one can converse with a lady who has Christmas trees with blinking lights dangling from her ears, to Sunday church,where a mink coat is mistaken for possum, will delight Southerners and baffle many a non-Southerner. There is the proverbial Southern beauty pageant, where even a six-month-old can win a tiara, to a funeral faux pas of the iron clad Southern rule—one never wears white after Labor Day and, dear gussy, most certainly not to a funeral. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is guaranteed to provide an afternoon of laugh-out-loud reading and hilarious enjoyment.

I thought this book was great.  The stories were cute and funny.  They were definitely the sort of things I could hear in my daily life in Louisiana (especially among my Tuesday Night Ladies).   Some of these stories had me laughing out loud and some had me rolling my eyes because I knew my mom, grandmother, insert any other female relative probably would have said or done something similar.  Fun book!


Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Thanks for stopping by today. Your blog is great and this book sounds like a great read! Have a great w/end.

Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) said...

I have this book too----am in southeast TX so I can definitely relate!