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Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fits

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,110 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Bestselling Author of We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier and Bless Your Heart, Tramp

Hang on to your hats! We’re in for some fiercely funny weather and crackling-sharp observations from Celia Rivenbark, of whom USA Today has said, “Think Dave Barry with a female point of view.”

With her incomparable style and sassy southern wit, you’ll hear from Celia on:
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 1st 2004)
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Oct 22, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok
Quite honestly, this book probably would have merited only two stars, had I not enjoyed "Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank" quite so much. I sort of let her coast into three stars on the former happy feelings. Or maybe her former works actually HURT her, as I couldn't help but compare them to this, her newest work--and find it a bit disappointing. While there are a few laugh out loud moments, Rivenbark never seems to hit her stride. The book feels more scattered as a whole, and the es ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Another funny collection of stories and sarcastic essays. Fun and easy read!
Mar 11, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-ficiton
Celia Rivenbark has again returned to the hilarity and style of her first book "Bless Your Heart, Tramp"! I've been recommending this as a fun, funny, Southern read to everyone!
Oct 09, 2008 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
It's difficult to review an audiobook because there are two things to consider: the written material, and the narration.

In this case, the written material is brilliant! I listened to it in my car and the people around me must have thought I was nuts, laughing so hard as I drove. I am not a Southerner but I still could relate to her take on the ridiculous things we all live with every day.

The narration is done by the author herself, and while it is fun to hear the writer's voice, she is not a p
Jun 21, 2011 Bunny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-09
Okay, she needs to write another one. Now. Because I'm out, and Cod knows how many horrible books I'm going to read until she puts out another one.

This one is fun. Of all of her books, We're Just Like You, Only Prettier is my least favorite, but it still deserved five stars. This one earned it's five and then some.

This had more flow to it, it wasn't just a collection of essays. It covered everything from home renovations (thanks for making me FREAK OUT, Mama Celia!), letter to Britney Spears (m
Mar 07, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
This was so much fun and I think it was enhanced by being an audio book. Even my husband was cracking up at some of her hilarious stuff.
Nov 30, 2010 A.J. rated it did not like it
This was supposed to be a 'witty' book about the south, but it just annoyed me. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Tammy Wichman
Dec 02, 2008 Tammy Wichman rated it really liked it
Celia Rivenbark is just so funny.
Eva Leger
Aug 16, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Rivenbark fans, fans of southern humor
Shelves: b-non-fiction, humor
This is, to date, the last Rivenbark book I had left to read. Thanks to my friend Felicia because this proved fairly hard for me to find for some reason.
I can now say without a doubt that Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: And Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom is by far the best in my opinion. All of her others are still worth reading I think and I enjoyed them all. At the very least you will be chuckling out loud if not laughing.
The funny thing to me is I despise damn near ev
Felicia A
May 24, 2010 Felicia A rated it liked it
Gotta love that Celia. Love the titles of her books, and love her irreverent wit, Souther-en charm and kiss my ass attitude. I think she has a lot of good ideas, and she makes you laugh out loud, but after awhile, her collections of essays don't really work as full books. She does try hard to tie them all in together, and for the first one or two, it was a novel concept. At this juncture, however, I would like to see her sit down, focus, and write a true and complete book, because I think she is ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
I'll admit it. This is my mom's christmas present. I remember her hysterically laughing over another title by this author and I found this book on the shelves at work. It was hardback, so here's hoping she doesn't have it yet.

Anyway. It was fairly hilarious. A liberal Southern Woman's memoir/commentary on life, culture, etc. Politically incorrect and snarky I laughed through the whole thing.

Probably a better pick for your mom though.
Feb 08, 2012 Gina rated it liked it
I started this book ages ago, but then left it on my shelf for days I needed a quick little short story. My goal is to finish it (and some others) so I can clear some space on the shelf!
Finished but have to admit it was not one of my favorites by this author. I really prefer the ones where she talks about being a mom, such as Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old like a Skank:-)
Toni Moore
Aug 25, 2008 Toni Moore rated it really liked it
I'm not laughing out loud as much with this one as with some of her others (her first section about living through home improvement was so decriptive about the hell of contractors and subcontractors and living in a Money Pit that it bordered on tragedy) but it's still Celia Rivenbark, so it's still worth it. She's the Dave Barry of the south.
Oct 31, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book was a hilarious take on many of the subjects that women and mothers experience in life! I literally laughed out loud at her brilliant witty comments! This book is sprinkled with some naughty words and is full of sarcasm (a warning for the light of heart!), but overall a wonderful, light take on life that I devoured!

Dec 27, 2008 Marjanne rated it liked it
A funny collection of stories, which I assume have been collected from the author's newspaper column. I think I liked the other two books I've read by Ms. Rivenbark better, but there were some funny moments and there are the usual 'southern-isms'. This was a quick read.
Oct 05, 2008 Lani rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
This book was funny. It's not laugh out loud all of the time funny, but it is funny non the less. Although, I have to say I was slightly disappointed because from what I've heard, she writes some laugh out loud books, and all I've done is chuckle a bit.
Oct 25, 2008 Kelly rated it liked it
This is perfect for my friends who are in the midst of some remodeling project at their home. You will laugh out loud. I only gave this a "three" because it wasn't quite as funny as some of her other books, but well worth a read.
Mar 19, 2011 Patricia rated it liked it
Loved Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like A Skank but only "liked" this book. I adore most things Southern, although I'm a native New Englander, but lost enthusiasm for her stories the further I got into the book.
Apr 25, 2009 Jodi rated it liked it
This is an entertaining read if you enjoy Southern humor. I liked it, but it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down as it took me several days to get through it. The stories all started sounding the same after awhile.
Kimberly Ann
Feb 15, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it

Ha ha ha...she's so funny, just like me! No, really, I'm not kidding, I'm serious!


"Here's the thing about getting older: when you do & say crazy things, nobody gives much of a shit; it's expected. I've reached the age where I can do and say things that, if I were younger, would land me in the nearest nuthouse doing crayon therapy and weaving dream catchers all day. Because of this, I told Gray over lunc
Oct 21, 2008 Athena rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, humor
When I first glanced at this book I thought it was cute and funny. After reading it however, I find I just can't relate to those southern belles as well as I thought. There are funny bits. Quick read.
Mar 16, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
I love this author's sense of humor. This is a book of short essays about all sorts of topics (home renovation, kids, etc.) all with her sassy southern attitude. Great if you want a light, funny read.
Sep 10, 2008 Dianne rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Celia - lots of laughs, so much that I had tears in my eyes ! I love her take on life, the way she deals with everyday issues and finds the funnyness in all of them.
Sep 05, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
one of my favorite authors. she writes some honestly funny stuff. if you've never read anything by her, check it out, you should. the essays are usually short and easy to read.
Sep 29, 2008 Kati rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008, comedy
Fun - reminds me of my mom and aunt. Crass southern women with the use of well-placed cuss words. Think Weezer on Steel Magnolias.
Linda Foos
May 15, 2009 Linda Foos rated it liked it

Really funny, light reading. Several chapters made me laugh and laugh. This author was new to me, but I'll look for others by her.
Mar 03, 2009 Maxine rated it really liked it
Pretty funny. This is a good "bath tub book!" it doesn't require a lot of thinking but, will make you laugh out loud.
May 29, 2009 Meggityb rated it liked it
At first I was laughing out loud! Rivenbark is a bit of a southern Laurie Notaro!
Dec 19, 2008 Abby rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Abby by: others by the author
I love this author. I rarely laugh out loud with a book but hers always assure a few!
Apr 22, 2009 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I laughed the whole way through this book (which I read in two hours flat).
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Celia Rivenbark was born and raised in Duplin County, NC, which had the distinction of being the nation's number 1 producer of hogs and turkeys during a brief, magical moment in the early 1980s.
Celia grew up in a small house in the country with a red barn out back that was populated by a couple of dozen lanky and unvaccinated cats. Her grandparents' house, just across the ditch, had the first ind
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