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The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  2,065 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
If the Nobel committee offered awards in Gender Relations, the Sweet Potato Queens would have the prize all locked up. These fine ladies have devoted an absolutely inordinate amount of time to the pursuit of love, marriage, and great sex, and they’re just bursting to share their stories. Now their royal ringleader, bestselling author Jill Conner Browne, brings you The Swee ...more
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Published October 5th 2004 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2004)
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Dione Basseri
Jul 30, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it it was ok
I feel like this is the SPQ book I wind up being most critical of. While a goodly portion of Browne's previous books revolve around the relationships between men and women, there's at least some non-relationship stuff that helps dilute the sexism throughout the texts. And I'm talking about sexism which harms both men and women. Browne definitely has a more second-wave "feminism" focus. Basically, men are scum, and if you treat them like scum they'll do whatever you want. Which is...really disapp ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Eva rated it it was amazing
Men have finally been analyzed and qualified in this laugh-out-loud funny book. Men are not from Mars and women from Venus. Men are spuds and women are yams. Jill carefully describes each type of spud so you can identify them when you come across them. From the Dud Spud to the Spud Stud, they are all here, with anecdotes from the Sweet Potato Queens who have dated them and, sometimes, accidentally married one.

I read choice sections aloud to my own Spud, who howled at the descriptions and antics.
Aug 29, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Browne's fourth training manual for belles gone bad is a Southern-fried delight. It's ostensibly a guide to men, but it doesn't take long for the book's focus to return to the care, feeding, maintenance and revenge secrets of the SPQs. Men (or "spuds") are classified in categories including the platonic "Bud Spud," the beautiful-but-dense "Scud Spud," the shouldn't-wear-bikinis "Pud Spud" and the elusive "Spud Spud" (aka "Mr. Right" or "The One"). Browne is at her laugh-till-it-hurts best detail ...more
Dec 07, 2013 Louann rated it it was amazing
HILARIOUS!!!! I had the CD and laughed all the way down the road. She gets a little...ahem...risque in parts but it is all good-natured. I will def be getting all her books now. I highly recommend the CD as she reads and has a wonderful southern drawl that makes the book all the more enjoyable. I heard a comment in here that I had not heard since my childhood in small town Texas: Yank a knot in your ass (or tail). LOL!!
Whitney 'Thompson' Jenkins
These books are hilarious
Tabby Kat
Jun 13, 2008 Tabby Kat rated it it was amazing
Browne's fourth training manual for belles gone bad is a Southern-fried delight. It's ostensibly a guide to men, but it doesn't take long for the book's focus to return to the care, feeding, maintenance and revenge secrets of the SPQs. Men (or "spuds") are classified in categories including the platonic "Bud Spud," the beautiful-but-dense "Scud Spud," the shouldn't-wear-bikinis "Pud Spud" and the elusive "Spud Spud" (aka "Mr. Right" or "The One"). Browne is at her laugh-till-it-hurts best detail ...more
May 09, 2011 Lana. rated it liked it
Shelves: funny-ha-ha
A quick read with plenty of cheap laughs, The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men definitely made bus rides a little more tolerable. But one has to get through / overlook some rather bad puns regarding "Spuds" (men) and "Yams" (women) and other saccharine terms of endearment.

Similar to "He's Just Not That Into You", "The Guide to Men" has some fairly good advice along the "Don't bother obsessing, just concentrate on having fun and being absolutely fabulous" variety. All mixed with a "girl p
Aug 30, 2013 L. rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A bit like the last book and quite cliche but funny. I am not one for reducing the opposite sex into neat categories, unless I am drunk with my knitting buddies. I agree that there are men who need killing and most men do not understand the purpose of a hamper. A few days ago a few friends and I went on a tear about wet towels on the bed. The author should have put a caveat that these annoying behaviors show up during the teenage years and if you don't stop it early the damage will be irreversib ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
This book was a little raunchier than I was expecting, although it was quite funny. Made for a nice light and quick read when that was all I could manage. Could have done without the heavy-handed application of the "f" word, but otherwise enjoyed the little tales of how difficult men can be and how best to get, or get rid of, or get even with, said men.
Pretty funny book on understanding the male species from the Southern Woman's point of view. Easy to read NC-17 guide on the maintenance of men including a witty chapter on revenge in the event your relationship tanks.
Apr 16, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
I swear I'm going to start "talkin" with a Southern accent...:) and pronouncing important with "d's"instead of "t's" the word. I totally enjoy her sense of humour.....
Diane Wachter
Jill Conner Browne, Sweet Potato Queens, Bk 4, HB-B @ 2004, 12/04. More of the same fun! Very good.
Pat Walker
Jun 10, 2014 Pat Walker rated it liked it
I have known a few SPQs. A delightful and quick romp; but a little raw to recommended to many of my friends.
Feb 02, 2014 Khile rated it it was amazing
How can I not love this book when Jill included one of my OWN dating episodes? (And, no, I won't share which one of the chapters is mine!!)
Mar 02, 2012 Patrice rated it really liked it
A friend loaned me this book, which I accepted with skepticism. I'm not a fan of the women-ripping-on-men genre, and much of what passes as literary humor these days fails to move me (unless you count eye-rolls). SPQ's Field Guide To Men starts out slow and I feared the worst. Thankfully, I kept reading because it is HILARIOUS! I earned some askance looks on the bus ride to work, shaking with laughter that I tried (somewhat unsuccessfully) to keep silent. The other riders probably wondered if I ...more
Jan 20, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
This was so incredibly hilarious, I must've looked like a lunatic lmao in the middle of bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic, but it was a definite good choice since I was lmao instead of being irritated to high heaven by the traffic.

Also, the audio-book version I had was read by Jill herself, so it gave it an extra special umph to hear it told in her accent and with her own inflection to it.

It really felt like sitting down and having a chat with a wiser, honest, and really old friend that has k
Jan 24, 2016 Kary rated it liked it
It was okay, still my favorite would be first one SPQ Book of Love
Nov 11, 2014 Penelope rated it it was amazing
A great piece of Americana. I wish I had read this years ago!
Meredith Watson
Feb 13, 2015 Meredith Watson rated it liked it
Shelves: chic-lit, 2015
The usual silliness. Great for a laugh and a quick read after reading something long and serious.
Sep 26, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
This is Browne's fourth self-help/advice/humor book for women. This one (like most others) deals with men. Browne tells you the five men that you must have in your life (things she's touched on previously), more crap about the blowjob Promise (this just doesn't die), stuff on why your interested date doesn't seemed too interested in you and how to get him back. Really it's all stuff she's talked about before in the three previous books she's written. That doesn't mean this book was humorous. It ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and so true. I got this as an audiobook from the library for my 45 minute commute to and from work and finished it in a couple of days. It causes belly-aching laughter and weird looks by oncoming traffic wondering why you are grinning ear to ear riding down the road by yourself. This is truly a perfect gift for a girl going away to college to get the true information on the different "spuds" out there and the ones to stay away from. Loved it and can't wait to listen to other Sweet Pota ...more
May 12, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mouthy broads
I am apparently some sort of charter member of the Sweet Potato Queens, an international collection of fabulous outspoken women. The Head Boss Queen, Jill Connor Browne, has written five or six great books on a variety of subjects - this one's is, obviously, men. You know that old saying, "Men: can't live with `em, can't live without `em"? Well, Jill and her Queens tell you how to do both with a lot of humor and attitude. ...more
Staci Magnolia
I picked this one up on the sale rack at Borders during a time when I needed some female empowerment in the male department. If you're looking for a humorous how-to and how-not-to snag your perfect "spud" this is the ideal text.
Since it had been sitting in my beach bag without much use, and given the fact I believe I have found my own perfect spud, I think I shan't have use for it any longer......
Aug 10, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
Sweet Potato Queens, a funny, witty, group of ladies who made themselves Queens in their home state of Mississippi offer their advice about men in this followup to their introduction in their Book of Love. It was a great read and fun throughout and I am sorry it took me so long to read this book :( I was missing out!!
Aug 12, 2008 Myra rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult-lit-2008
Normally, I love the SPQ books. However, this one sort of dragged on, and I found myself just not as interested as I usually am. Don't get me wrong, the book is still full of the normal witticisms and trashy humor that are trademarks of the author - it just wasn't as good as the first three SPQ books that I've read.

The first 50 pages were a little slow, but the book got better later on. Still wasn't as funny as I'd hoped. Her very first book was the best. I've wanted to be a Sweet Potato Queen ever since I read the first book. I wish I'd had someone to teach me the Queens' take on men and life while I was still a larvae.
Fairly funny.. I am a little to young and married to be part of the intended audience, but it is funny nonetheless. The book ends with several artery clogging recipes. The gist is good, so for those that are in bad relationships later in life, this book is for you, or a good one to give your friends!
Oct 06, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it
I heard Jill Conner Browne talk on a radio show and she was hilarious. Her book is equally funny, but I listened to the audiobook and though she reads it herself, it was kinda lackluster. She sounds nervous and slightly monotone. But it's funny, and I'd like to read some of her other stuff.
Sep 30, 2008 Larissa rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
" 'Aint it the truth?" say so many women as a reaction to this title!

This was the first book I picked up in the months that followed my daughter's birth & my return to work. Laughter really is the best medicine! (Even if this one wasn't as funny as the previous ones)
Stefan Jung
Dec 31, 2013 Stefan Jung rated it it was amazing
I loved this book the same as I have the previous Sweet Potato Queens books I've read. The book is a laugh out loud funny send-up of the ups and downs of the modern dating world and the battle of the sexes. Jill Conner Browne is a gifted comedienne and writer!
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Jill Conner Browne is the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine Sweet Potato Queens books and has created a global phenomenon--6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries--based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through these rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by whic ...more
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