Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson celebrates the charm and heritage of her beloved South on the popular "All Things Southern" radio show. Her latest book, Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind  is the print expression of her show; a quirky, funny guide to Southern life. This release follows the bestselling Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On!, with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie. Filled with recipes, an "Official Guide to Speaking All Things Southern," and priceless advice from Shellie's readers, Tomlinson has created a guide that is part therapy, part education, and all smiles. 

A born storyteller, Tomlinson breaks down the whys and wherefores of southern ways by weaving her thoughts in and around story upon story. Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy is a compilation of many of her favorite topics-from how to distinguish between normal crazy and SRC (Straight Running Crazy) to "bubba whispering," the southern art of training your man.

Whether giving business tips or celebrating the inevitable resurgence of big hair, Tomlinson is an adviser women can relate to and laugh with regardless of what side of the Mason-Dixon line they call home.

"Over time, I've found myself opining on current affairs as much as southern traditions, and, what's more, it seems to have fallen to me to educate (I use that term very loosely) the masses with a bit of much needed southern etiquette!" says Tomlinson about the inspiration for her new book.

"There is nothing much funnier than someone that doesn't take themselves too seriously and just "tells it all." I know. I've made a pretty good living doing just that. As a Yard Bubba (You'll have to read the book for an explanation.) living in a house full of Southern Belles I am here to tell you that Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is laugh out loud funny. For anyone that has an ounce of Southern blood flowing through their veins or those that wish they did, this book is going to be a treasure!" -- Jeff Foxworthy (Jeff visits All Things Southern, listen here.)

Book Review

Southern is not a place.   It is a way of life.    As a friend's Facebook status recently said, "In the south, summer starts in April, we have lightnin' bugs not fireflies.  Pecon pie, boit peenuts and naner pudding is required on Sunday.    Ya'll is a proper noun.    You want your chicken fried or what?    Biscuit come with gravy.     Sweet tea IS the house wine.    Everyone is honey or sweetie.    You say yes ma'am or no ma'am or you are in BIG trouble.  AND  Everyone gets their heart "blessed" sooner or later."    This little details make it easy to spot a true southerner.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is one of us.    We could sit on the front porch and have a glass of sweet tea and laugh for hours.     However, since we can't really do that you should grab that glass of sweet tea and read her book instead.     Just don't take big sips because goodness this book is funny.

Look at these chapter titles....
  • She Got Those Heavy Legs From Her Mama's Side
  • The Science of Bubba Whispering
  • Normal Crazy vs Straight Running Crazy
  • Self-Cleaning Underwear, an Idea Whose Time Should Never Come
  • Ya Southern Mama Is Following You On Twitter
  • Paulette the Pundit, Lord Help Us One and All
  • Rein It In, Geraldo
  • Parties, Presents and a Missing Bubba Perched in a Deer Stand
  • If All Else Fails, Laugh
You know that any book that includes recipes gets bonus stars from me.   This one includes multiple recipes.  Woo hoo!    I am trying Shellie's Smashed Tater Balls for our picnic this weekend.    My organic eating sisters would just croak.    (They aren't southern at all I tell you.)

As if Shellie isn't funny enough by herself, there are little stories in the sidebar from southern women who submitted to her radio show.    I am telling you that there is no woman as funny as a southern woman.    We are married to southern men so we have to have a sense of humor.   

Buy the book and then go visit Shellie's website where you can listen to her radio show, find even more southern recipes and lots of amazing stuff!    

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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