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American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Preserving Your Assets

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  951 ratings  ·  133 reviews
Aging; American; Audiobooks; Feminine; General; Humor; Literary Criticism; MP3 (Audio coding standard); Non-Fiction; Self-Help; Women
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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Okay, you have to listen to Jill Conner Browne read this book. Her other books are also fun and hilarious, but I hadn't listened to any of them before. To hear it in her actual voice, that Southern drawl, is priceless.
I'm in my 30's and both my mother (50's) and I were in absolute stitches. Not the best thing to have happen while you're driving.
Ms. Browne brings her inimitable humor once again to the SPQ series and adds yet another wonderful book to the cannon. Short stories interspersed with "a
Sep 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
Got through 68pp and quit.

JCB is now an INDUSTRY. She's very funny, but seems to think sprinkling each page liberally w/ words in ALL CAPS for emphasis just in case you MISS the POINT is a good thing. NOT.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am probably JCB's ideal demographic - 50ish (heavy on the ish) Southern woman. I love these essays, quite likely because if I haven't lived them, I know someone who has. The SPQs take on life and love is very much spot-on. Parts were just worthy of a grin, while others had me rolling in the floor. Bless your hearts, if you don't understand…and I mean that in the nicest way.

Quotes to remember:

MOST women DO go for regular checkups - guys, as a rule, won't go until something blows up or falls off
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just enormous fun! Snarky, witty, occasionally dirty, this was just a rambling fun romp into the life and observations of the Sweet Potato Queen. And it includes recipes! Some of them are waaayyyy too Southern for me (read: walking heart attack waiting to happen), but a couple of them sound really good! Like the pineapple vodka!
Mar 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
There was one funny story, but it was mostly pretty rambling.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I can only truly enjoy JC Browne's books by listening to her reading them. As she was spinning her yarns while I cooked and cleaned over a few days, I thought, hmmm "haven't I heard this one before?" And that is the downside to her brand of storytelling, it can feel repetitive. However her story about the fabulous Ester and how this character came into the Sweet Potato Queen world and how she is leaving it, redeemed the whole dang thing. Because I love a story that can make me cackle but also tu ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Could not finish reading, between the casual use of EVERY swear word out there and, how shall I say this delicately...Delicately? She doesn't know the meaning of the word. For instance in describing body hair. Then there is her need to use CAPITALIZED words FOR EMPHASIS EVERYWHERE until they BECOME ANNOYING instead of amusing. I tried but two chapters (if that) in I gave up.
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have read all of Jill Conner Browne's books and American Thighs does not dissapoint. I am only a bit younger than she is so I can really laugh with her and certainly not at her
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
This books is kinda funny, but lost my interest after awhile.
Kristie J.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a series of funny anecdotes from a Southern woman whose claim to fame is declaring herself the Sweet Potato Queen in the annual St. Patrick's day parade in Jackson, Mississippi. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author in her Southern accent, which added to the charm of the stories. There were times when I laughed out loud, and I enjoyed the Southern perspective on things. Many of the stories in this book are about growing older and how women's bodies change and lose all of t ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Mostly surface level fluff with an affected Southern Belle attitude. Would be obnoxious to spend a long time here, but fun for a short excursion. Her observations about aging and wisdom learned over time often contained wry wisdom that made me chuckle.

pg. 41 re: skin "You've got to live in it your whole EN-tire life, so consider yourself behooved to taking great good care with it and of it. Our mamas didn't know any better than to let everybody, themselves and us, get chargrilled every summer of
Dale Safford
Feb 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Got to where I couldn't wait to finish this book. Very self-serving, talking about her followers who come once a year for a parade, and who have chapters across the country. Thought it would be hilarious, but I only really got a good laugh about twice. Did she really have to discuss traveling with a vibrator in your suitcase?

Written by a fellow young senior citizen, this book is a bunch of essays about women trying to look their best and working with the body they have been given. Hairstyles, fi
Lisa Burrington
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had a few funny thoughts - I listened to it on audio and did not worry about what I was missing if I had to turn down the volume to do something - not sure I could have gotten through the written version.
Gerda Leek
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny - she started the sweet potato queen; from Jackson
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Definitely not as funny or entertaining as the SPQ's Book of Love. An extra star because I love her voice, which is the main reason I finished the book.
"American Thighs" was funny in a light and fluffy way, but as I was listening I kept on thinking about the next thing I was going to read. I just wasn't as engaged as I normally am with a book.
Tobey Hull
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
She’s just plain funny
Heather Culley
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was pretty good. I like her stories.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I quit after forcing myself to read a couple of chapters. I've been happy with a couple of other books by her, but won't read any more.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having previously written books on finding a man, planning a wedding, raising kids and coming through a divorce, Browne's latest offers hilarious tips on enjoying our inexorable trudge into Geezerdom. Browne is already checking off the days until November 23, 2012, when she turns 60 and can move into a retirement home; at 80, she plans to start smoking again. Looking back at her youthful follies (like slathering on baby oil for all-day tanning sessions), she warns, Karma is listening and she has ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I may have preferred to read this rather than listen to it. Although the author's accent does add flavor, she read so slowly that it diminished the experience; 7 disks should've been 6 or even 5. This was my first Sweet Potato Queens experience & I see how she turned it into a "movement". Parts of this book made me snort aloud & hit the reply button- the tale of a young woman falling into a "big giant cow" at a fair being my favorite. I feel like I spent a reunion weekend with my souther ...more
Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I have read most of the Sweet Potato Queens books so far. At first I was disappointed in this one. Reason? The picture of the author on the dust cover, shows us that she appears to be a petite, attractive brunette, instead of the big-boned, brassy, gum-snapping woman she portrays herself to be in this series of books. So I felt that maybe these books are more comic fiction than about real women who eat too much and talk when they shouldn't (which is the reason I read the first several books in t ...more
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queen Jill of the SPQ (Sweet Potato Queen) fame once agains pens a witty funny story for women of a certain age. If you are a "Lovely Larva" (<40) you may not appreciate the humor and stories of tanning (yes, guilty of the baby oil and iodine routine with Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven double album!), family, friends, fashion and hairstyles, football games and drinking, careers and hobbies until you become a woman who can be comfortable with YOU! Witty little vignettes of life that will hav ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young women
This was lots of fun...I listened to the audio which was perfect for her Southern Accent. I'm a Yankee, but I certainly admire the Southern ladies and their traditional style and flair. One favorite description that describes a Southern lady's back handed compliments was, "Gracious hostility". TOTALLY loved that phrase!

I did understand so much of Jill's "historical" or should I say "her-sterical" (much more fitting), to getting older, girdles, and other clothing references of the time. I'm slig
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Not really all that different from her other books, subject matter aside. JCB is VERY good at what she does. What she does is write southern women!

She is the Tyler Perry of Southern (wannabe) Belles. We may not always like what she has to say but you can usually make bank on it causing you to laugh out loud, even at yourveryownself!

My favorite part of her books is her ADD habit of getting off track and having the detour make me laugh until I ache. But even if she didnt crack me up, I would
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Jill Conner Browne never fails to make me laugh. This is a must read book for anyone over 45. In a discussion on memory, she said she made a pact with a friend who was getting forgetful also. They promised that whicever one of them was the last in possession of a brain cell would somehow kill the one who had lost all of hers. All of this is in context to the process of forgetfullness. My favorite comment from Queen Jill is that grandkids are the upside of Geezerdom...since those adorable babies ...more
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
You must read this as an audiobook to appreciate. Do not read if you are not at least 35 with kids or a husband or the humor may be lost on you.
If you are not from the south, there may be parts that clearly aren't as funny. It is a random monologue of amusing probably true stories in her
charming souther dialect, completely uninhibited and unabashed honest. If you don't like off color jokes, you won't appreciate. I however loved it and can't wait to read the SPH books, which are apparently funni
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
As usual, I'm listening to this on CD. It's read by the author and so far it's been laugh-out-loud funny. She's talking about aging....gracefully and other wise.

As Ms Browne has aged (such a harsh term unless you're referring to cheese) she seems to have become less and less inhibited. Some of the things writes about (or in this case says outloud on the CD) aren't exactly suitable for some people. None the less, she remains quite entertaining.

Several of the recipes she mentioned in the course of
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
To be read in small doses. She is WAY TOO MUCH to take in one or two hours. She is what most people call OVER THE TOP & has a propensity to use caps lock such as I have demonstrated. However, apart from the occasional crude language, she's pretty funny. I especially enjoyed the bits about her friends divorces (the taking of the remotes & slipper...and the one who ran off with her hairdresser. That's true horror, right there.
I guess with this being the eighth book in a series of the same
I have been missing South Louisiana like crazy lately. I have especially been missing the crazy older South Louisiana women in my life like my aunts and my grandmas so I decided to listen to Jill Conner Browne's anecdotes and commentary on southern life in the hopes that it would remind me of home a little. And you know what, it actually did. Browne is funny and American Thighs is very lighthearted and endearing. Loved the audio version of this and I plan on reading/listening to more by this aut ...more
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“Queen of the Night Salsa 2.0 This is a jazzed-up version of an earlier recipe from our Precious Darlin’ George. He is ever seeking new and more delicious ways to please us and we adore him for this and other reasons.   MIX ALL THIS stuff together—1 15-ounce can drained and rinsed black beans, 1 11-ounce can Niblets corn, 1 small can chopped green chilis, 1 small can chopped black olives, 2 to 3 chopped fresh tomatoes, at least 8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack, 1 bunch chopped green onions, some cilantro (fresh or dried, to taste), 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 to 3/4 of a 16-ounce bottle of Wishbone Robusto Italian dressing, and a whole big lot of chopped-up bacon. Obviously, the more bacon, the better—duh. Chill all that overnight in the refrigerator and then eat it all at one sitting the next day with Fritos.” 1 likes
“Michael’s Magical Sweet Potato Muffins WHISK TOGETHER 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1/2 cup oil, 1 running-over teaspoon vanilla, and 2 eggs. Then, in another bowl, mix together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. To that, add 2 big giant sweet potatoes—either baked or boiled—and mashed. I suppose you COULD use canned ones, but it kinda makes me gag to think about. Add your egg/sugar mixture to all of that and stir it up without beating it to death. Put it in greased muffin tins and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes at 350°F. (If you want to, you could add 1/2 cup raisins or 1 cup pecans. I’d go with the pecans—not a big fan of raisins in stuff, but that’s just me.)   Okay—I have got” 1 likes
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