Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color On!: What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters that the Rest of Y'all Should Know Too

The host of All Things Southern shares the sass and strength of Southern mamas in this spunky guide to life.

In this humorous handbook, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, host of All Things Southern, reveals the all-important lessons Southern Mamas teach their daughters. Readers will discover why blue eye shadow is trashy and learn to interpret regional dialect like the Southern Mama APB, a bulletin translated on Southern streets as: ?Give your heart to Jesus, girl, because your butt is all mine!? Shellie carefully breaks down the teachings behind those famous manners and social graces through her firsthand observations and dry wit. Here?s everything you need to know from how to cope with the unexpected, compete in the Mr. Right Game Show, and raise children?to how to keep that marriage knot tied tight over time. Woven with quotes from real Southern Mamas and sprinkled with recipes and other Southern secrets, this book?s a bona-fide celebration of all things south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

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By Lori (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · May 06, 2010
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting to see how my raising and experiences have coincided with hers. I now know that I've had a truly Southern raising. I also loved the recipes that are included throughout this book. I can't wait to try them all. I've tracked down her web... ...more
By Emily (Surprise, AZ) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 02, 2010
This book was annoying and underwhelming. That's not a good combination. The whole Southern thing is just so overdone-I really felt like I heard all the same jokes and stereotypes before. And I hate to tell the author-but I have absolutely no Southern roots (except the pretend ones because of my... ...more
By Summer (Concord, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · January 13, 2014
This is a funny book. I enjoyed and I can't wait to try some of the recipes. Most of the advice or rather how she was raised was how I was raised. I guess there is some "Southern" in me! Really I just think that the South has held onto the manners and dignity of a time that has gone by and now ha... ...more
By Betsy (Slidell, LA) · ★★★☆☆ · March 28, 2012
It was okay. I was expecting a lot more of the quirky southern-isms (like dancing with a broom at your younger sibling's wedding). Many of her observations were not uniquely southern. ...more
By Mikki (Salem, OR) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 19, 2012
I enjoyed it. It was simply written, had amusing little quips in it from various Southern women, but I did have one issue with it. Most of the Southern women that I have known have not been so fundamentalist as Mrs. Tomlinson. Perhaps she was exaggerating her viewpoints but most of the Southerner... ...more
By Brenda (Littleton, CO) · ★★★☆☆ · April 21, 2014
I enjoyed this book on Southern manners and culture. My husband takes frequent business trips to NC and I go along sometimes. I was so pleasantly surprised by the gracious manners used in that state, (and presumably most of the southern states). It's nice to be in a place where people actually kn... ...more
By Sky · ★★☆☆☆ · September 09, 2014
I liked the quotes from the Southern women from around my neck of the woods. I thought this book would be a lot better than it was. I am from Louisiana and have lots of family down south, so I thought this book would sort of resemble what my family taught me. It was nothing like that. We are not... ...more
By Stacie (The United States) · ★★★★★ · May 09, 2014
This is a hilarious book, especially if you were raised in the south! Full of laughs and truths from southern women! ...more