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Queen of the Turtle Derby and other southern phenomena

Author: Julia Reed
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena collects a bevy of wise, witty, often hilarious essays by the inimitably charming, staunchly Southern Julia Reed. In classic Dixie storytelling fashion, Reed wends her way through the South from politics, religion, and women to weather, pestilence, guns, and what she calls drinking and other Southern pursuits with a rare blend of literary elegance and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Reed
ISBN: 0679409041 9780679409045
OCLC Number: 52929979
Description: xxv, 180 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Mysterious ways --
Eat here --
Trigger happiness --
To live and die in Dixie --
Lady killers --
American beauty --
Southern fashion explained --
Cat fight --
whiskey weather --
On soggy ground --
The real First Lady --
George Jones, Inc. --
Tender mercies --
Tough love --
Queen for a day --
Miss Scarlett --
Member of the club --
License to kill --
Brid song --
A plague on our houses --
That's entertainment! --
The morning after.
Responsibility: Julia Reed.
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Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena collects a bevy of wise, witty, often hilarious essays by the inimitably charming, staunchly Southern Julia Reed. In classic Dixie storytelling fashion, Reed wends her way through the South from politics, religion, and women to weather, pestilence, guns, and what she calls drinking and other Southern pursuits with a rare blend of literary elegance and plainspoken humor. To hear Reed tell it, the South is another country. She builds an entertaining and persuasive case, using as examples everything from its unfathomable codes of conduct to its disciplined fashion sense. When a bemused Reed once commented on the cross-dressing get-ups of an upstanding community member, her austere grandfather said, He's been wearing them lately. Now come on. A friend of her aunt's merely said, I wonder where he gets his shoes. I can't ever find good-looking shoes in Nashville. Southern food, of course, is an entire world apart: gumbo, grits, greens, okra, chess pie, Lady Baltimore cake, and Frito chili pie make memorable appearances in Reed's stories, which will amuse, delight, and even explain a thing or two to baffed Yankees everywhere.

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