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The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,385 Ratings  ·  737 Reviews
To know the Sweet Potato Queens is to love them, and if you haven't heard about them yet, you will. Since the early 1980s, this group of belles gone bad has been the toast of Jackson, Mississippi, with their glorious annual appearance in the St. Patrick's Day parade. In The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love, their royal ringleader, Jill Conner Browne, introduces the Queens ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 19th 1999 by Random House Three Rivers Press
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Nov 03, 2008 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Lets see, it seems like I actually learned one thing, I just cant remember what it was because it was so insignificant. I absolutely hated this book and feel like it was a huge waste of time. The only reason I finished it was because it is for our new book club. I felt like it was 200 pages of really lame and annoying fat lady blabbing. ugh. There were about 3 paragraphs of interest on the last 2 pages, mostly in quoting others, but too little, too late. what a piece of crap.
Sep 19, 2014 Rachael rated it really liked it
Wow, so many bad reviews! Like one reviewer here, I don't read chicklit. Not really my cuppa tea. However, I might change my mind about that after reading the reviews for this book, I don't want to end up all sour and pretentious. If your IQ went down after reading this book, maybe you should take a supplement. I think you have a degenerative issue.

I was given this book as a gift from a most wonderful (and might I add, educated) friend who read it herself and rated it the same as I did. Miraculo
Jan 18, 2013 Julia rated it did not like it
To say that I despise this book is not damning enough. On the one hand, I’m glad I read it, because it’s refreshing to be reminded of why I don’t read chick lit: it’s demeaning to women, to men, to everyone on the planet. It makes me feel dirty to read it, not the sex, that was boring, it's the games. There may be a good recipe in it, I’ll find out when I make it for our Messy Housekeepers Book Club meeting next week. It’s for “chocolate stuff,” I intended to make sweet potato pie for our discus ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I laughed until my face hurt when reading this book.
I am now reading another one of these books and love it.
If you are Southern you will especially love the humor in this book
when you read words like "yamamaanddem" that only we can relate to.
guarenteed laughs on every page because every woman can relate to
each chapter.
Apr 11, 2011 Aviva rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because I was out of things to read and it was just sitting on a friend's coffee table. It's totally what the Ya-Ya women would do if they were real people. Which is why I love it.

Okay, so basically this woman decided that she wanted to have a little fun, and guess what, she WAS a queen. Not one of those insipid beauty queens that's only got the crown for a year, no, she was a queen all the time (after my own heart, I tell you what) and she decided to make her presence kno
Aug 08, 2012 Ashlie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women with a sense of humor
What can I say about the Sweet Potato Queens. You won't believe until you read it, that's for sure. I think this novel, and the women in it, represent what is great about the modern southern woman: unlike the past, we don't feel that we NEED a man, but if we can get one (or a couple) we sure know what to do with them!

Much like my review, this book is not to be taken seriously. It employs a lot of stereotypes about men that aren't necessarily true, but at the end of the day, it is hilarious. Read
Jul 07, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
If you are going to spend time with the queens you should do it on audio. The book is read by the queen herself author Jill Brown. This book keeps a smile on your face from the first to the last page. There is a bit of head shaking as well, when you think did she really just say that aloud??, not for the faint of heart. These girls(who are middle aged) are brutually honest, tell it like it is, southern belles.
They say a woman needs 5 men in her life. My current beau encompasses 3 of the men, w
Feb 17, 2015 L. rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I usually don't buy into girlpower type of books, but this one was actually funny and helpful. The final chapter about living a full life provided the kick in the butt I sometimes need. Every woman should remember the power of trashy lingerie and the fact that not having a man around doesn't mean you're a failure as a female.
Each chapter is full of cute anecdotes and stories. I said "meh" to the whole "I am a queen and you can't be" rhetoric. Most of us don't need a title or tiara. For me, it's
Apr 10, 2012 Amie rated it it was amazing
I am head over heels in love with this woman, her ideals, and all her queens. Its not only HILARIOUS to the point of making you laugh out loud till you pee, but its quite honestly inspiring and just damn good advice. I believe my sisters and I have already tapped into something like this but I've never quite been able to put into words but this book spells it out in a way I never thought quite possible. To be honest, Im a little p*ssed we never thought of this first. :) Golf claps and praises fr ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Denise rated it did not like it
This book is the worst book I have ever read. It was a complete waste of time! I actually thought my IQ was going down as I read it. There were a couple of times where I gave a little chuckle and that's why the book got one star. These "Sweet Potato Queens" have no respect for themselves at all...never mind dignity. Or maybe they just don't know what dignity is. I read SPQ for our book club and I just kept thinking about all the great books I could be reading instead of this. Horrible book, I wo ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a get well soon gift from My Favorite Aunt while I recovered from surgery. She said I would laugh so hard I'd cry while reading it. Simply put: she was right. Read, howl, cry with laughter, repeat. Over and over again.
Lori Law
Dec 14, 2012 Lori Law rated it really liked it
I usually have at least two books going, one on my Kindle and one on my iPhone for those times I'm stuck somewhere and need easy entertainment so I don't die of boredom. Easy entertainment is the key when reading on a phone.. It can't be too heavy or thought provoking since I'm... reading on a phone... and usually in public, active environments. This novel fit that bill perfectly. It's easy to hop right back in where you left off while waiting in line at the DMV and gives plenty of laughs to eas ...more
Jul 06, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Though this book had its charm and some very intriguing thoughts and recipes, I was simply not into it. While there are some very good ideas that I came away with after listening to this, for the most part I just felt a little uncomfortable by the language and actions of these women.

I chose to listen to this instead of read it because I was thinking that having the author do her own narration on the audio book would give it that much-desired edge and reality that other audios lack. I was mistake
Jun 11, 2012 Holly rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club, humor
This is a book about women who act like male drag queens. Men in drag is universally understood to be good comedy, but when women walk around in female drag it's funny for about two seconds then you want to walk away. This book has some very funny lines and moments, but after the first chapter, you've pretty much already got everything there is to get out of the book. It's just more of the same for the remaining chapters. I chuckled out loud maybe twice, smiled a few more times. There's nothing ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Andrea rated it did not like it
I hate not finishing a book. Even if I don't like it. Although I had every intention of giving it 2 stars because I really do admire anyone who could put herself out there and write a book (because I know I couldn't), I just couldn't do it. Just like I couldn't get past 1/2 of the book because I physically felt nauseated by the way she talked about using men to buy them stuff. I don't understand who the intended audience is for this book. It was neither funny, a good story, or inspiring. Oh and ...more
Feb 25, 2008 Kattie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Some sexual references may make some people uneasy. Women's comedy.
Hilarious girly book. It is a quick easy read about the theories of the author and how the sweet potato queen (and then queens and their followers,) came to be. You do not have to be from the south to enjoy the stories of the author and her attitude.
These are women that I would love to hang out with for an evening, even if I don't totally agree with their menu of snacks. If you are interested in their food, you might want to look at the cookbook, which is stories about food and the recipes to fo
Aug 28, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Unlike other beauty queens, the Jackson, Miss., Sweet Potato Queens are self-crowned, rule for life (there's no "former" tag for these gals) and are real women--figure flaws and all. Originally organized in 1982, the Queens are, by their own account, "fallen Southern belles" and "female drag queens"--and as such, they are all about attitude and humor. This buoyantly funny guide to life and love is a hoot from the get-go as ringleader Browne offers queenly observations on life's most pressing iss ...more
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Jun 18, 2014 Donna LaValley rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
Whoa, I thought this was going to be a rollicking novel of zany women doing outrageous things while searching for love, or reasonable facsimiles, aiding and abetting, confronting comforting one another. But… this is non-fiction!

Yes, a group of women in Mississippi really are The Sweet Potato Queens. They have special spangly mini-dresses with perhaps 46 inch built-in busts and matching bottoms. They wear curly long red wigs, tiaras, long gloves, and majorette boots, and what they do is dance aro
Jan 24, 2008 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: southerners of either gender/orientation
Fluffy, fun, light read. Shipped to me fresh from my dear friend Helen in Louisiana (of course.)

I believe I actually quoted this book on a recent date when I put a plate of cookies in front of him and said, "I wouldn't be a proper Southern woman without putting something in front of you that has sugar as the main ingredient." Or some-such...
Nov 29, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
My mother brought this over to me tonight after making Love Lard. I swear, it's much better tasting than the name sounds. Recipe in book.

What a fun, bubblegum read. It is perfect just before going to bed at night because then I fantasize about being a 'Tammy' and putting on green sequins and fake boobs and being oke with it.
Sep 06, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I read about 3 chapters and had to give up....I get that she's trying to be funny, but I found her condenscending and annoying. I get she's a queen but not funny in my opinion. I skipped to The Sweet Potato Queens Big Ass Cookbook which I liked a lot better.
Jan 21, 2008 Kelseyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-time-faves
lol funny, sassy, and full of heart like all the southern women of my life. the book articulates many of the truths of life in a way you never had the guts to do.
Kristin Crocker
Aug 05, 2008 Kristin Crocker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Browne's no-nonsense approach to pretty much everything in life, from death to doing the deed. She and her girlfriends are examples to women everywhere.
Tonya Sink
Feb 05, 2008 Tonya Sink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Every edition of the sweet potato queen books are equally funny. They have a great southern redneck way of tackling every issue, big or small.
Mar 01, 2009 Christi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this on in early 2008 (I think). I think listening to her has to make the book better than just reading it. The recipes are the funniest.
Jun 09, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the most funny of all the memoir/girl gab books. Read everything this woman writes. I laughed out loud, and have not stopped laughing.
Sep 19, 2011 kimmie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was so southern and so hilarious; i was laughing out loud in the car day and night! you HAVE to read this!!!!
Christopher J.j.
Feb 28, 2015 Christopher J.j. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2010
Audio version. LISTEN to Jill Conner Browne. She is a wonderful narrator. Funny. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Mar 15, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
So much fun to read. Reading it is like sitting around with a bunch of girlfriends swapping stories.
Jun 12, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
Sassy, roll on the floor funny!
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