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Review: Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

March 23, 2012

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a radio show host, a newspaper columnist, the creator of the website All Things Southern and the author of several books.  In her latest, Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy, she writes about everything from fitness to politics to manners, all with a touch of Southern humor.  She shares tips, suggestions, and recipes.  She also includes guidance on Southern speech and little stories sent in by her readers and listeners.

I found myself laughing and nodding my head as I read this delightful book.   I was lucky enough to meet Tomlinson at SIBA last year and, if you think I have a Southern accent, you should hear her!  As I read this book, I could hear her voice in my head and it just added to my enjoyment of the book.

Written in a light, breezy manner, you can picture Tomlinson sitting across from you telling you these stories.  Those not familiar with the South will learn about its traditions and manners.  For instance:

Like my fellow Southerners, I’m quite fond of the word “tacky.”  We use it as often to address what someone is doing as we do to address what they may be wearing.  Short regional elocution lesson: To say the word “tacky” like a bona fide Southern belle, one should adopt a slightly pained expression and draw out the first syllable, as in taaaaa-cky.

This is the kind of book that can read straight through or read in bits and pieces – it would be perfect for the car or the bathroom.  Afterward, you might want to keep it in the kitchen because some of the recipes look mighty good!  I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I plan to.  Anyone interested in the South and/or a few laughs will enjoy this charming book.

Review copy provided by Penguin. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
18 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    March 23, 2012 6:45 am

    Haha! I was the same way, I could hear her voice in my head throughout the entire book. When it comes to the South, there is so much material there that is worthy of a book, and Shellie has effectively mined it. This book definitely worked best for me in picking it up in bits and pieces…a little pick-me-up when I needed a good laugh.

  2. March 23, 2012 10:47 am

    I am lucky enough to have this book, and just need to make the time to read it. Shellie is such an amazing person, and I think this book would work perfectly for those times in between when I need a pick me up. What a great review today, Kathy! I need to try this soon!

  3. talesofwhimsy permalink
    March 23, 2012 10:49 am

    Oh this sounds fun.

  4. March 23, 2012 11:11 am

    I’m glad to see the picture on the cover isn’t of a totally skinny person, like usually on the front of “fat” books, which really makes me mad!

  5. March 23, 2012 12:07 pm

    I’m chiming in with owning this book and needing to pick it up and just read it.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    March 23, 2012 12:57 pm

    I read this one a while ago and got a kick out of it.

    Happy weekend, Kathy!

  7. March 23, 2012 3:20 pm

    Kathy now that I know YOU have a thick southern accent, I will hear YOUR voice in my head as I read your blog! Have a great weekend!

  8. March 23, 2012 4:22 pm

    Well now– THANK YOU for the kind review. This was a nice Friday surprise! :)))

  9. March 23, 2012 4:24 pm

    P.S. Y’all– I had to fight big time to get my cover model even THIS heavy, which I don’t consider heavy. My sweet NY editor kept sending me covers to approve of sticks that were meant to be heavy. This was our eventual comprimise! SIGH… :)))

  10. March 23, 2012 5:00 pm

    This sounds right up my alley (maybe I was Southern in a previous life?).

  11. March 23, 2012 7:55 pm

    This kind of book is always fun!!!

    What will you make first?

  12. March 23, 2012 8:03 pm

    This does sound charming. I like the title!

  13. March 24, 2012 12:15 am

    “Perfect for the car or bathroom” haha Love it! I met her at the ucf thing last year and she’s hilarious. The book sounds great.. I really need to make time to get to it!

  14. March 24, 2012 5:16 am

    Sounds like a good car book then 🙂

  15. March 24, 2012 12:55 pm

    I want this one on audio for my walks/runs!

  16. March 24, 2012 7:47 pm

    I’ve got to start using the excuse that I ‘weigh heavy” from now on!

  17. stacijoreads permalink
    March 25, 2012 8:51 pm

    This one sounds wonderful! I wish I had a southern accent..I think it’s delightful to listen to!

  18. March 27, 2012 11:25 pm

    Okay, it’s late and I’ve had a glass of wine, so my mind immediately pictured the the book in the bathroom and then in to the kitchen. Obviously it is time for bed. I know, tacky 😉

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