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The Red Hat Club (Red Hat Club #1)

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Meet Georgia, SuSu, Teeny, Diane, and Linda--five women who've been best friends through thirty years since high school. Sit in when they don their red hats and purple outfits to join Atlanta's Ladies Who Lunch for a delicious monthly serving of racy jokes, iced tea and chicken salad, baskets of sweet rolls, the latest Buckhead gossip, and most of all--lively support and c
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003)
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bookczuk
Well, here's the thing. I read a book by this author and liked it, but still was a disgusting snob saying I liked it "for what it was", implying that there's something less about literature in this genre. Someone kick me now. Please. In my hoity toit derriere. There's a lot to be said about novels that are fun and "light" in that you don't have to ponder and reflect on every other paragraph. And if the novel makes you laugh, or grow nostalgic for your own band of friends, and maybe even gets yo...more
Glenajo
If you are closer to 60 and 40, white, female and from the South, you will definitely be able to relate to The Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith. Told from the point of view of one of the members of the Red Hat Club the book bounces back and forth from the ‘60s where the members where all high school girls and members of the Mademoiselles. The Mademoiselles, an exclusive, country club group, lived by the rules of the day, while breaking as many as they could get away with. Under cover of exclusivit...more
Michelle
I really enjoyed this book. It's a great story of Mademoiselles who have shared many of life's journeys and stayed tight-knit through it all. The characters are engaging, and as completely different as they are from myself, I found them highly relatable. I found myself applauding their strengths, sharing their sorrows, and my head-voice read with a consistent southern accent the entire time :) Lol I look forward to reading another of Haywood Smith's books!
Donna  Happy Booker
I love stories involving lifelong friendships like these. That's one of the reason's why Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood will always be one of my favorite movies. I absolutely LOVED the 12 Traditions (or rules) of the Red Hats. The story itself was just okay - but I would have liked for it to have had more depth. I guess because it is supposed to be such a "feel good" story, it was kept pretty light- but I know that these types of sisterhood bonds are forged from going through emotional h...more
Marilyn
Loved the book. It's about 50 something women that began their friendship in high school-
Phyllis
I got this for a vaation book and was actually surprised at want a fun story teller Hollywood Smith turned out to be. I love a book that makes me laugh/giggle and this one did. I'm sure others may disagree and say it's silly but I enjoyed it.
Kathy McC
I have a lot of books gathering dust while waiting to be read. A recent snowday let me sort through them. This was one of that was waiting patiently. It has an endearing storyline for those readers old enough to be in a red hat club. It is the story of a group of friends who have been there for each other since high school. The characters are wonderfully "real". In another link to nostalgia, it almost reads like an old Nancy Drew novel. It didn't require a lot of brain power to read, but was cer...more
Kristi
I recently went to the library looking for a book by another author with the last name of Smith. I saw this title and was pretty sure I read it. I opened up the first page, started reading, and knew I had most definitely read it. That's all it took was a few lines on the front page to remember the story. That means, for me, it was a great read.

I can't do justice telling you the synopsis of the story, but I can tell you it was funny! These women are an inspiration (at least to me). I can only ho...more
Kaitlyn Barrett
Oh lord. I don’t know how much more of this kind of thing I can read.

This is a more overblown (!) version of the Divine Ya-Yas with purple prose like “clandestine sense of scandalous satisfaction,” “Fierce and deadly estrogen,” “scorching hunger” and “his perfect Greek-statue hand.”

I just…can’t.

The story isn't bad but the writing makes me tired. I’m starting to wear out on women’s fictional blends of realism and fantasy about old high school lovers who yearn for each other across decades, wome...more
Tiffany
I don't know how I missed this book when it came out. The book was both charming and delightful. I seem to have a weakness for reading books about strong, southern women and their friendships. I am not myself from the South, but I have always envied their steely strenth beneath polished, proper manners. This book is not just about friendships but the life choices that we make. More than than, it is about the life choices that are always available to us. I enjoyed the ladies in this book so very...more
Helen
The author makes a point of disassociating the title from the Red Hat Society, probably at the insistence of that organisation. The story is that of six girls, all members of a sorority that shouldn't exist, and vowed to be friends forever. Some are part of Atlanta society, some are middle class and some are just barely there but they all are prepared to defend each other. The book jumps back and forth between their early days and the present but there is never any difficulty with the jump and e...more
Sharon
I picked this up when I saw a more recent book by Smith on the New Books shelf. She has a lively story-telling style, alternating between stories of when the five ladies met in high school and current events. The narrator is a bit histrionic ("all hell broke loose," etc.), and do 50-year-old Southern women really use words like "twat"? A bit forced at times, but a nice look at a group of women who've spent 30 years avoiding acting like mean girls.
♥Jessica, ♥Lady of the Library♥
Blatant racism and misogyny. Written by a privileged white person, here are some points made in the book:

-USA isn't the same now that people of different race and color have begun living here. It's not like home anymore, and the charm of the country is now gone

-Women who live at home and take care of the children without having jobs are the best kind. The rare species of actually decent females. If you're a woman with a job? Gross. That's a man's job.

-Russian people are crazy. Every single one o...more
Themoffettfamily
Hilarious! Written by a late 60's Atlanta Northside High School graduate, this book doesn't have much to do with the Red Hat Club Society but they do meet regularly at the Swan Coach House for lunch and catch up on their lives. It's more like a Ya-Ya Sisterhood group that will make you crack up when they investigate one husband's infidelity. There's more hilarity so I won't give it away. Great beach read!!!
Mirah W
If you're looking for a literary masterpiece, this is not the book for you. If you're looking for a laugh-out-loud read where you can recognize some traits of yourself and your girlfriends, this is the book for you. The Southern drawl was pretty spot-on and so was the quirkiness that's stereotypicaly Southern, but it's done with good humor. A fun piece of fiction worth packing into your beach bag.
Norma
I read this book quite a while ago and loved it! I really enjoy reading books about the south, no matter what decade. The bond between these ladies is so strong, true to life and their escapades are hilarious. I think I'm one of Haywood Smith's biggest fan. I look forward to each and every one of her books. Thank yo Haywood for allowing me to escape into the wonderful world of your creative mind.
Patricia Solla
An odd but interesting story about friends who come from different lifestyles meeting as red hatters. Their lives are changing as they approach middle age. I like the background information of how they came to know each other. The ending is a little odd but it's a to be continued story so I guess reading the next book would be in order.
Angie Butler
A friend of mine found this at Goodwill. What a great find.I loved this book. If you are forty and over you will like it.It is about a group of southern women who have been friends their whole lives. And now are reaching that wonderful middle age part of life. If you liked The Help then you will also enjoy this one.
Pam  Ungashick
This book was a lot of fun to read especially if you're around 50 years old. You can relate to the long-lasting friendships, hardships, relationships and in the end, feel inspired about what possibilities are ahead. I had great fun reading this book and enjoyed the character development. Good fictin.
Tara
This is a fun read- very different from most novels I read. Set in Atlanta and flashbacks to the 60's, I loved the different culture that is Southern ladies. Seeing as how this is about a bunch of women in their 60s, I didn't have a ton in common with them, but more than I expected!
Claire Smith
On the same shelf as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood!What women friends can do for each other!!! The ending was stupendous... maybe even too much. I loved the party at the end. A woman's idea of how men should behave and treat a woman! Can't wait to read the sequel...
Hilary
I think Haywood Smith originally wrote a Southern Chick Lit novel about a group of friends called the Mademoiselles, but her editor said, "Change the group to Red Hats, and it'll sell, Haywood." So the thinly disguised Mademoiselles morphed into (nominal) Red Hats...
Stefanie
SO FUN!! This was a terrific book about 5 fabulous Southern women. I read this along with my 4 best friends as part of our book club and every single page of this book made me think of them. There is a little bit of each one of us in each one of them.
Christa
Haywood Smith must have read alot of books growing up, and been surrounded by Southern women. The telling is every bit as good as the plot on this one. You'll wish the characters were real and know they are your friends.
Crystal Scruggs
Simply lovey. Well written as always. I'm just oh so pumped to read more from Haywood Smith.
Carol
I enjoyed readng about the adventures and intrigues of ladies even older than I am.
Wendy Hollister
very entertaining and a clever twist in the plot of married women.
eileen griffin
This is light and funny and a great read for a long plane ride!
Carla
It felt so good to read again without a highlighter in my hand.
Christina Viramontes
The Southern version of the First Wives Club.
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