Synopses & Reviews
Why couldn't the Sopranos survive living down South? Simple. You can't shoot a guy full of holes after eating chicken and pastry, spoon bread, okra, and tomatoes.
What does a Southern woman consider grounds for divorce? When daddy takes the kids out in public dressed in their pajama tops and Tweety Bird swim socks. Again.
What is the Southern woman's opinion of a new "fat virus" theory? Bring it on! We've got a lot of skinny friends we need to sneeze on.
In this wickedly funny follow-up to her bestselling novel Bless Your Heart, Tramp, Celia Rivenbark welcomes you, once again, to the South she loves, the land of "Mama and them," "precious and dahlin'," and mommies who mow. Y'all come back now, you hear?
"The most mundane situations become laugh-out-loud scenarios ... Rivenbark is a hoot."--Publishers Weekly
"I loved Celia's book; it made me want to get myself a doublewide, head on down to Mama and them's, and start mowing my own lawn. I never knew that Southern folk had time set aside from cooking the best food in the world to grow such marvelous senses of humor. For a Yankee like me, Southern life has always been fascinating, but who knew it was so pants-wetting funny (like watching a hillbilly bang his head repeatedly on the door of the outhouse, because I've seen that, you know)? And there's also the mention of 'making doody,' which is always a shoo-in for me. Celia's book rocks; everyone is going to love it.
P.S.: How much prettier is she than me?"--Laurie Notaro, author of The Idiot Girls' Action Adventure Club
"When the aliens come to study us, I hope they find Celia Rivenbark's work prominently displayed. She is one of our greatest domestic anthropologists, digging up and airing all those things we like to think others don't know. In other words, the truth. She knows the South and she knows women, but that's just the tip of it all. I think she might very well know everything. I don't know when I have laughed so loud and so long. I am forever a devoted fan."--Jill McCorkle, author of Creatures of Habit
"Celia Rivenbark's collection of essays, We're Just Like You, Only Prettier, is a must-read for anybody who wants a funny, no-holds-barred look at today's South, from white trash in all its glorious permutations, to Yuppiedom."--Haywood Smith, author of The Red Hat Club
"I laughed so hard reading this book, I began snorting in an unbecoming fashion. I loved it nonetheless. I'll be sending copies to everyone, especially my baby's daddy."--Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy
"I thought I was Southern until I read Celia Rivenbark's book. . . . What a funny, smart, and irreverent writer she is!"--Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls
"I thought I was Southern until I read Celia Rivenbark's book...what a funny, smart, and irreverent writer she is!"
- Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Even die-hard Yankees will appreciate this wickedly funny collection...an amusing and refreshingly honest look at family life on this side of the Mason-Dixon line."
- Dallas Morning News
The irresistible bestselling collection of essays about the real truths of Southern life.
In this compulsively readable collection of humor, Rivenbark welcomes readers to the South she loves, the land of "Mama and them," "precious and dahlin," and mommies who mow.
About the Author
is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank; Bless Your Heart, Tramp; Belle Weather
; and You Cant Drink All Day If You Dont Start in the Morning
. Were Just Like You, Only Prettier
won a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor. Born and raised in Duplin County, North Carolina, Rivenbark grew up in a small house “with a red barn out back that was populated by a couple of dozen lanky and unvaccinated cats.” She started out writing for her hometown paper. She writes a weekly, nationally syndicated humor column for the Myrtle Beach Sun News
. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Reading Group Guide
1. Although written from a Southern womans perspective, do you believe that most of the books comic themes translate easily to non-Southerners? In other words, do Minnesota dads also have difficulty dressing their children properly?
2. The author admits that she adores Southern men, even the mullet headed ones. What characteristics do they possess that you find charming and endearing? Which traits do you find dated and exasperating?
3. The author paints a portrait of the Southern woman as a highly competitive creature. What cultural or historical influences may have led to this trait? Why do you think so many Southern women compete in beauty pageants, talent contests, and even recipe contests?
4. Do you find the slow and soft speech pattern of Southerners irritating or charming? Do you think that a slow drawl indicates that the speaker is a bit dim? Do you believe that a womans Southern drawl can be used effectively to manipulate others, particularly men?
5. There are many references to being “raised right.” Do you believe that Southerners are more apt to punish their children than non-Southern parents? Why or why not?
6. So many non-Southerners derive their knowledge of what Southern folk are like by the images on TV and in films. What are the most memorable Southern characters you recall? Do you think that Hollywood perpetuates a stereotype that Southerners are lazy and slow? Can you remember any major movies in which the brainy heroine is a Southern woman?
7. This book is called “laugh-out-loud funny.” Which part made you laugh out loud and why? Does the authors humor remind you of anyone else? How so?
8. Although this book resonates with women readers more than men, many women have read aloud portions to their husbands and boyfriends. Are there specific parts of the book that you think appeal to men?