Step into the wacky world of “womanless wedding” fund-raisers, in which Bubbas wear boas. Meet two sisters who fight rural boredom by washing Budweiser cans and cutting them into pieces to make clothing. Learn why the word snow sends any right-thinking Southerner careening to the Food Lion for extra loaves of bread and little else.
Humor columnist and slightly crazed belle-by-birth Celia Rivenbark tackles these and other lard-laden subjects in Bless Your Heart, Tramp, a hilarious look at Southern---and just plain human---foibles, up-close and personal.
So pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and curl up on the pie-azza with Bless Your Heart, Tramp.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 30, 2006)
About the author: Celia Rivenbark is the bestselling author of We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier. She writes a weekly column called “From the Belle Tower” for Myrtle Beach’s Sun News and lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.
My Thoughts: I chose to read this book for the Southern Reading Challenge. Even better, I'm already familiar with the author's work. This is the third one of Mama Celia's collections I've read and it was a hoot. If you were raised in the South you will be able to relate to and laugh at many of the situations Celia writes about. If you weren't raised in the South you'll laugh anyway. This collection of essays, while generally rib tickling funny, contained one touching chapter called Carlos and Ruby about an elderly couple who were always together and died of natural causes on the same day. It was written sweetly, helping you picture this lovely couple. I would like to know the story behind this essay.
Do yourself a favor, read this book. I'm off to the kitchen to make a pitcher of sweet tea.
non-fiction, essays, southern humor, humor