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Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color on!

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  628 ratings  ·  92 reviews
The host of All Things Southern shares the sass and strength of Southern mamas in this spunky guide to life.

In this humorous handbook, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, host of All Things Southern, reveals the all-important lessons Southern Mamas teach their daughters. Readers will discover why blue eye shadow is trashy and learn to interpret regional dialect like the Southern Ma
ebook, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Penguin Group US (first published 2008)
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really interesting to see how my raising and experiences have coincided with hers. I now know that I've had a truly Southern raising. I also loved the recipes that are included throughout this book. I can't wait to try them all. I've tracked down her website and it's a lot of fun to go to as well.
Lauren (Likes Literature)
I hate the south sometimes. (I live in NC, so don't take that the wrong way.)

Fat shaming and casual sexism right in the subtitle? check!

Also, according to the synopsis, blue eyshadow is trashy.

I guess I've been doing makeup wrong all these years. Huh.
This book was annoying and underwhelming. That's not a good combination. The whole Southern thing is just so overdone-I really felt like I heard all the same jokes and stereotypes before. And I hate to tell the author-but I have absolutely no Southern roots (except the pretend ones because of my two years in VA) and I got ALL the same advice and direction growing up. So it really is just a tribute to good parenting-rather than southern parenting.

But I did like the title because the chapter with
I really wanted to love this book, but I had a hard time staying interested in the stories--the same stories, jokes and anecdotes I've read a hundred times before.

I love Southern humor so I went into this book expecting the likes of Jill Connor Browne or Celia Rivenbark, which this wasn't. However it's entirely possible that had I read this closer to its release date and not several years later--after I've read many other Southern humor books--maybe I wouldn't have felt that the book was played
This book failed to interest me after a few chapters, and I ended up just skimming to the end. I was expecting to learn something new, but all the Southern Mom advice was the same stuff I heard growing up in a family whose roots were established in Ohio over two hundred years ago. There was a tone in the writing that implied that all things Southern are better than elsewhere that really turned me off. If the book had been marketed as a book of universal motherly advice, I don't think I would hav ...more
This is a funny book. I enjoyed and I can't wait to try some of the recipes. Most of the advice or rather how she was raised was how I was raised. I guess there is some "Southern" in me! Really I just think that the South has held onto the manners and dignity of a time that has gone by and now has unfortunately warped into all for yourself era instead all for one.

It was okay. I was expecting a lot more of the quirky southern-isms (like dancing with a broom at your younger sibling's wedding). Many of her observations were not uniquely southern.
Kitty Tomlinson
Hilarious take on Southern life--especially in Louisiana. Laugh out loud funny. I’m going to buy this book.
Mikki Ibarra
I enjoyed it. It was simply written, had amusing little quips in it from various Southern women, but I did have one issue with it. Most of the Southern women that I have known have not been so fundamentalist as Mrs. Tomlinson. Perhaps she was exaggerating her viewpoints but most of the Southerners that I have known have been open minded about things that she stated were fundamentally opposite Southern "values" and I felt as if she was making blanket statements about her own family rather than "S ...more
I loved this book!

The Southern culture was portrayed in a funny and meaningful way. I laughed out loud many times throughout this book, sometimes because of what happened, but more often because of how it was written. I bookmarked many pages to return to because they made me laugh or contained pearls of wisdom. The recipes that concluded each chapter were a fun addition. I even loved reading them through to see how the directions were worded.

I would recommend this book to women. All women. At
It's been awhile since I read this (it's 2015 now) but I remember laughing that much of the advice was what I heard from my way-down-south Peruvian mom who insisted that I know how to act like a lady (whether I always remembered is debatable). But I knew. And really, I wish more girls were taught these things today.
I enjoyed this book on Southern manners and culture. My husband takes frequent business trips to NC and I go along sometimes. I was so pleasantly surprised by the gracious manners used in that state, (and presumably most of the southern states). It's nice to be in a place where people actually know manners and USE them. There is a lot of good humor in this book and Shellie is kind of a female Jeff Foxworthy. She also has a radio show and a blog.

I am not sure I agree with the manners all being so
This book was okay - entertaining enough to continue reading, but nothing groundbreaking. I thought the author told stories in a funny way, but the anecdotes were similar to what I've read in other "southern raised" books. Content-wise, I found quite a bit of the "southern" advice being the same advice I got from my mother having grown up in the Northeast, so it seemed less about geography and more about just general child-rearing. Either way, it was a fun pool read, and perhaps southerners woul ...more
I liked the quotes from the Southern women from around my neck of the woods. I thought this book would be a lot better than it was. I am from Louisiana and have lots of family down south, so I thought this book would sort of resemble what my family taught me. It was nothing like that. We are not really like that down here. My family talks very openly about lots of things, and this book makes it sound like we are a bunch of prudes. It was also not very funny in my opinion, although it seemed like ...more
Stacie Eagles
This is a hilarious book, especially if you were raised in the south! Full of laughs and truths from southern women!
Becky Morlok
Reading this book is like going home....I'd love to be one of Tomlinson's friends. We'd get along like peas and carrots. She's hilarious, genuine and a great writer. Like her, I'm proud to be a Southern Mama! Fast, fun read!
Liked this for my own memories of my southern grandma! Great book for mothers
A spring break buy! Thought the quotes were funny!
Bethany Stewart
It was a fun read. It was interesting for this northern girl to see how much of our up bringing was the same. The chapter on manners everyone should read and remember. I really enjoyed her discussing hospitality. I think up north this is a lost art. Each chapter ends with southern recipes. I am looking forward to trying several of them.
There were some funny stories. I may even try a few of the recipes. However, I could not relate in any way to the conservative, fundamental and close-minded "values" that Tomlinson equates to Southernism. After the first couple chapters, the book feels extremely repetitive and I forced myself to skim to the end as to "finish" the book.
Jul 11, 2008 Jennie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Annette, Rebecca, Mom
Y'all, I loved this book. It's my new parenting guide. I've made no secret that I wish I was a natural born Southern girl. I do have to say that so many things in this book reminded me of my Gran and even my Mom. I think this stuff just gets in your DNA and you can't get it out.
The recipes are fun, but the stories are better. The world would be a better place, I think, if we all would just adopt the niceties that exist in the South. And the food. Heavens, yes, the food!
A cute book filled with Southern Anecdotes. The formatting wasn't very good on a Kindle though. Overall, fluffy not horribly fulfilling book.
Paula Shulse
A little light reading in between my Fitzgerald books. I like it.
Oct 14, 2013 Ginger rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone wanting a fun but true to life book of Southern ladies being brought up.
Recommended to Ginger by: Emily Cooley
Shelves: humor, southern
Mrs. Tomlinson brings to life a true life story of how our Southern phrases we are taught as "little ladies" come around. As you read it you can hear your mother, grandmother, or aunts say it. It can be quite humorous. Of course I am a sucker for Southern based books. I also enjoyed the recipes that were related to the content of each chapter. I can't wait to try some of these I haven't had before. I look forward to reading her next book.
I was ready to LAUGH OUT LOUD at this book....and it just wasn't as funny as I wanted it to be. It did have some humorous places and definitely was accurate about how being a female in the South is...and explained a few things to me that I have seen growing the "tombstone twitch", the importance of writing prompt and important thank you notes, and why you cut both ends off a ham before you cook it.
Disappointing. The guidance was nothing new. Cute quotes from All Things Southern readers/listeners, but all of the rest of the info was nothing different/better than what I've already learned from my mom, grandmother or aunts. All of the recipes are either in my head, in my recipe book (directly from my grandmother's archives) or available at Cute title, but I was expecting more.
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
I read this book at my Mema's house in Waycross, GA - just about as far South as you can be without being in Florida. Reading it on a trip there with my Mama and her Mama was perfect! So cute and funny and I could literally hear their voices saying the same things that were being said in the book - every once in a while I'd read a passage about something that my Southern Mamas had just talked about!
I was not particularly impressed by this book. I have a Yankee Momma, but have a southern Daddy and have lived most of my life in the South. I didn't find anything that I didn't already know. There were some amusing anecdotes and quotes, but I don't think that this was all that enlightening. If I could do it again, knowing what I know now, I would have rather borrowed it from the library.
Denise Jo
Oh my gosh. This book was hilarious, and I could see so many of things in people I know. myself included. It was an added bonus that the end of each chapter has a few recipes, but the family story will keep you laughing as your reading it, and then when you least expect it, a passage will pop in your head and your going to start laughing about it. Well, at least I did....
I love this book! It is hilarious! It definitely has some good points. Here is one of my favorite tidbits: There will always be people we can't get along with no matter how hard we try. With these people we are to pass and repass which means to speak and move on when you see them but don't look or expect anything else.... Very fitting. ;)
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