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Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind

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The bestselling author of Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! returns with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie.

Guided by principles from the ancient Belle Doctrine, the host of radio and television's All Things Southern offers down-home advice on everything from health and fitness-managing thy caloric calculations without going Straight Runn
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Berkley (first published April 21st 2011)
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Theresa
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely laugh out loud FUNNY! I was born in the Midwest and lived there 12 years, moved to the South and lived there for 12 years, and moved back to the Midwest 20 years ago, so I consider myself a transplanted southerner. Not only did I live in the South, but my Nanny (maternal Grandma) was born and raised in West Virginia, so my upbringing was heavily influenced by a Southerner. This book brought a smile to my face, laughter to my lips and tears to my eyes in turn, bringing bac ...more
Sarah
When I saw that this book had advance praise from Jeff Foxworthy, yes I’m a closet Foxworthy fan, I had to request this laugh-out-loud book. From the start I was laughing out loud and since my children and husband weren’t privy to what I was reading they thought I was laughing at them! I am not a Southerner by birth, but in heritage and heart I am a Southern gal – yes I say ain’t and ya’ll and sometimes a warsh slips out instead of wash.

Reading Shellie’s newest book was a breath of fresh air and
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Carly
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was born and raised in the north, but for the past decade, I have been a southern girl. After I moved to North Carolina, I felt like I had finally come home and I love all things southern. I could not wait to read Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat. I always enjoy reading books full of that southern wit and wisdom that just can’t be found anywhere else.

Shellie Tomlinson is a delightful Southern belle with a terrific sense of humor and a strong sense of who she is. She passes that wisdom on in this bo
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Jodie
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, litfuse, non-fiction
From the moment this book begins, you will be either laughing with her or shaking your head in agreement with her observations. She talks about husbands, money, politics, media, work ethic, southern belles, of course bubba, and so much more! The book is nicely broken up into these various topics, neatly divided into short subsections, and then each chapter ends with several southern recipes. I was thankful to have had a chance to read this book and know that I'm not the only one thinking there a ...more
Laura
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Title: SUE ELLEN’S GIRL AIN’T FAT, SHE JUST WEIGHS HEAVY
Author: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
Publisher: Penguin
May 2011
ISBN: 978-0-425-24085-4
Genre: Self-help

Guided by principles by the ancient Belle Doctrine, Shellie talks about everything from health and fitness—managing the caloric calculations without going Straight Running Crazy and surviving the Raging Inferno Syndromo to the fine Southern art of managing your man.

Complete with input from Shellie’s reader and fan base, and topped off with Sou
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My Review

This is my first book by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson and I was in for a surprise. Shellie is the creator of All Things Southern, and strives to give everyone tips and lessons on the southern life. Being a southerner, I appreciated her efforts and could identify with some of her sayings. She just has such a extremely funny way to teaching. I have to say the same as Jeff Foxworthy’s quote on the front of the book, It is truly a Laugh Out Loud book!

Shellie covers many topics in this book inc
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Meg Hykes
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Can I just start off by saying (in my most Rapunzel voice from Tangled) BEST BOOK EVER!!! The side notes "Official Guide to Speaking All Things Southern" had me literally laughing out loud. No joke - my husband band me from reading it in bed at night because I was keeping him up! Shellie has an amazing way of telling the truth about life that keeps you rolling in laughter. From the very beginning of the book I felt like I could sit down with her, have a glass of sweet tea and laugh for hours. No ...more
Kay
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Kay by: Already a fan
Enjoying this one so much that I'm rationing the final chapters, so as to extend much-needed laughing aloud moments!

Shellie's unique story-telling talent translates into her writing perfectly. So glad I've heard her voice; it seems to arrive on the page with the perfect inflection on each sentence. Also appreciating the collection of phrases and anecdotes. They are generating forgotten childhood memories, causing a desire to go back home and capture stories (time for a cousins' reunion?!) befor
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely hilarious! Laugh-out-loud-tears-down-your-face-funny! At one point I found myself laughing so hard with tears running down my face that I couldn't hardly answer the phone when it rang. Then I started telling the person on the other end of the line all about the book. The big question is - How did I miss the first book (Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On)? Now I am gonna have to look that one up. Ladies! and I say ladies because men just can't appreciate this kin ...more
Liz Butler
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
How I wish I could give a book NO stars!

I don't even know where to begin. I believe this might be the very first time (maybe second?) that I have abandoned a book before actually finishing it. I'm currently on page 69 and I can't bring myself to continue reading. I just CAN'T do it, and not for lack of trying! Annoying is the word that comes to mind. Well, annoying and irritating and unbearable.

I currently live in the South, and have lived in the South for quite a few years now, and I have yet
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Laura Murdoch
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shellie Tomlinson is the Erma Bombeck of the South. If you've ever lived in the South or even wanted to live in the South you'll laugh out loud at some of the eccentricities Southerners have that Shellie brings to light. She's spot on with some of the quirky Southern behavior. Cute book.
Renea Winchester
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Laugh Out Loud Funny. You'll love Shellie. Truly, she is the Belle of All Things Southern.
Jlaurenmc
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from Shellie Rushing Tomlinson's latest book, Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind.

Tomlinson was a new-to-me author and one whose website All Things Southern was a place I had never ventured. Julie from Book Hooked Blog recently raved about the book, and comedian Jeff Foxworthy wrote a blurb saying it was "laugh-out-loud funny," so I decided it must be worth my time.
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Julie - Book Hooked Blog
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-humor
I'm kind of on a Southern humor kick right now, can you tell? When I saw that a tour was available through LitFuse, I jumped at the chance. I am a HUGE fan of this author. Before I tell you about the book I have to tell you my story about this author.

Two years ago I had major surgery and was in bed for three weeks. I took my pain medication as directed, no overdosing, but I did not understand the need to taper off. So, I wound up having a terrible withdrawal. I spent several days doing nothing
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Sarah
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I saw that this book had advance praise from Jeff Foxworthy, yes I’m a closet Foxworthy fan, I had to request this laugh-out-loud book. From the start I was laughing out loud and since my children and husband weren’t privy to what I was reading they thought I was laughing at them! I am not a Southerner by birth, but in heritage and heart I am a Southern gal – yes I say ain’t and ya’ll and sometimes a warsh slips out instead of wash.

Reading Shellie’s newest book was a breath of fresh air and
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Nesie
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Now I have to say that when I picked this up, I thought it was a chick-lit book. But I saw it was a book of essays & observations ala Erma Bombeck (with a little sweet tea for flavor).

Shellie is a great storyteller, and does what I love best; tells about 12 tales at the same time. This book is sit & pay attention funny, not in-your-face funny, and it works for her Southern "tips". I use quotes because for me, this is common knowledge (though my mother would hate to know that I don't use
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Laurie
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Being from the Texas, I love Southern books. I picked this up because of good reviews and the title was catchy. Being in need of a few laughs, I had high hopes. I tried several times, in vain, to trudge through this book. I just did not find it funny. There were "cute" moments, but that is about it. Overall it made Southern women seem like conniving airheads. Maybe if I was a teenager I would find this humor funny. Sadly, I didn't. It was pure fluff. It was more redneck than southern, unfortunat ...more
PhillyGrrrl
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book for free through a Goodreads Giveaway. The following is my unsolicited review.

As my username implies, I'm a Northern gal, but I have plenty of friends and relatives from "down south". I knew I'd enjoy this book and I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Tomlinson is a witty Southern belle with a great sense of humor. I especially enjoyed the little snippets in the margins which appeared throughout the book. I can't wait to try the recipes too, as they had my mouth watering.
Julee Johnson-Tate
Apr 26, 2011 marked it as to-read
I marked this as "to read" because I was informed I won a give away. I sent all my information as instructed and NEVER GOT THE BOOK.

*sigh* And it was one I wanted too. Certainly not buying it now, though.
Emily
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Parts of this book were hilarious, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. However, I did find that there were a few little stories/topics I really just couldn't relate to.
Debbie
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can just hear my mother-in-law telling some of these stories in my head! I'm sure she used some of the recipes too.
Mary Hammack
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Totally adorable. So many laugh out loud moments. The recipes are wonderful. They remind me of dinners at Mama Chris' house back home.
Carey
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious!
Jeanette
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Wasn't as funny as I'd thought it would have been based on the title and reviews. Was hoping for something closer to a Celia Rivenbark or Jen Lancaster book.
Rebekah
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious! I can't wait to read her other books. I'm from the South and some of this is spot on!
Cynthia
Jan 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: al
I especially like the recipes it contains!
Mel
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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some parts were laugh out loud funny. most of the book was not. it was very hard to get into. I'm from the south & love when we make fun of ourselves but this just wasn't it
stopped on pg 67
Fran
Hilarious! A good walk down memory lane... reminded me of sayings I hadn't heard in a month of Sundays.
Jeffie Thomas
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-library, faylib
Funny book, but a little too scattered for me. The recipes sound fantastic though. I can't wait to try a few of them out.
Grandma Mush
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable easy read. I am not a Southener but I agree with lots of Ms. Tomlinson comments.
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