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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle

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While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. If the genesis for a book is to shut your wife up, I guess that’s as good as any.  On top of that ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Morgan James Publishing
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Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for review. Thank you, Olivia!

Oh, how I laughed out loud while reading this one!

As the subtitle tells it, this little book is full of short anecdotes told by a true Southern woman. The topics range from hair to weddings to Victoria's Secret to just about anything there is to chat about. Now, I am not from the South nor am I a mother or a wife, but I still found plenty to laugh about in this little book. The anecdote about hai
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
Published by Morgan James Publishing
ISBN 978-1-60037-748-8
I originally won this book from My Reader's Block blog and then at the request of the author, was asked to read, review and offer my honest opinion. There was no cost to me and/or no monetary compensation.
Synopsis: While Olivia deBelle Byrd was repeating one of her many Southern stories for the umpteenth time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said, “Why don’
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a funny and charming little book full of short stories and anecdotes about being a true Southern woman. Olivia deBelle Byrd covers a wide range of topics including parenting, hair, fashion, traveling, and much, much more. I love her voice in this book because it is uniquely and distinctly her: very Southern but with a little twist. See, Olivia has a bit of sass in her, and isn’t afraid to speak up at all. While she can certainly act like a prim and proper Souther
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Anecdotes of a Southern Belle
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ISBN-10: 1600377483
ISBN-13: 978-1600377488

I love the way this book came to be, as the author was repeating some of her stories for the "umpteenth" time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,“Why don’t you write this stuff down?” Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown—Anecdotes of a Southern Belle.

The anecdotes cover the "Southern Way" of
Kitty Austin
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: "Miss Hildreth Wore Brown"
Author: Olivia deBelle Byrd
Published By: Morgan James Publishing
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: I absolutely adore books like this, ones with light-hearted humor, true life happenings that make you smile and laugh out loud and lift your heart. Being a true Southern born and bred woman this book reminded me of my own days as a kid, hearing some of, what I thought then were the silliest bits of advice and anecdotes I'd eve
From start to finish this set of wonderfully Southern, sweetly humorous, bitingly perceptive essays had me laughing out loud, sipping coffee with a contented smile, and longing to sit on the deck and enjoy the sunshine.

Beginning with a Southern lady’s dismay while viewing a friend in her casket— “Brown is not her color”—and ending with a tale of Southerners in New York, doomed to forget Northern women don’t like to be called Ma’am, these essays range from the joys of rearing children to the sear
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
This is a light and humorous read. Olivia deBelle Byrd tells story seen through the eyes of a Southern Belle. Each story is very short so it would be an ideal book to keep in your purse when you need to wait. That would keep your spirits up and make you feel like a friend was chatting away along side you.

Some things that I noticed that she says are Southern customs were the same ones that I grew up with in the Midwest. Writing thank you notes is the courteous thing to do and should not be forgot
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I found Ms. Byrd's book entertaining and very relatable, being a Southern girl myself. Though our generations differ a little bit, I can't help but find we still have some Southern customs in common. For instance, though I know there are plenty of people who no longer recognize the rule of no white between Labor Day and Easter, I just can't bring myself to do it. You will never catch me wearing a white dress, wearing white shoes, or carrying a white purse anytime between Labor Day and Easter. Ju ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves humor
Recommended to Bev by: Review copy sent by author
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd is an absolutely amazing book. At just over 150 pages it is an incredibly fast and funny read. The anecdotes remind my of Erma Bombeck and Lewis Grizzard all rolled into one delightfully hilarious book of Southern comfort. The image of her husband leaping out of the car to have a showdown with their son only to have his pants fall around his knees..."I'm here to tell you, your sense of authority is greatly compromised ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This review first appeared on my blog:

My mother and her family were from the South; I remember listening to their stories and have even picked up some of their sayings by osmosis.

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a charming collection of anecdotes of the South. I found myself laughing out loud in places, and nodding my head in others as I recalled stories told to me by my great-grandmother, aunts, grandmother, and mother.

From the origin of the title (at Miss Hi
Martha Cheves
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘I woke up the other morning, took one look in the mirror, and went and called my children. “You have to get married. My face is falling. People are going to think I’m the grandmother of the bride/groom instead of the mother, for Pete’s sake! Do you really want me walking down the aisle on a walker with oxygen attached?” The last time my son had a girlfriend and met her mother, the first words out of my m
Jul 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-sent-to-me
The Short of It:

If you don’t have any Southern friends, you’ll want some after reading this.

The Rest of It:

Is it possible to be a Southern Belle without having ever stepped foot in the South? No, I didn’t think so, but as I was reading, I saw so much of myself in what Ms. Byrd shared. Each story is short…sometimes VERY short, as in one or two pages long, but no matter how short, she injects humor and charm into each one. Anyone who loves all things Southern, will enjoy it and it’s short enough t
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I was especially excited to receive this book for review because I'll be meeting the author in just a few days! She's going to be at Decatur Book Festival, appearing with Amanda Gable, and I was anxious to finish the book before meeting Ms. Byrd. I've already emailed her and told her that I plan to stop by and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to meet her. Her book reminds me so much of my family, especially my dad's sisters.

I don't know that I'd classify it as humor the same way I
Susan Heim
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What a treat of a book! I feel like I just sat on the porch with a friend laughing our way through stories. I really like Southern humor in this style, just gentle stories that find the humor in every day events. It reminds me a little bit of one of my favorite comediennes, Jeanne Robertson, another Southern humorist, and takes me back to the columns in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of Lewis Grizzard and Celestine Sibley. In this collection of essays, Olivia deBelle Byrd takes us through ever ...more
Shawn Remfrey
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I approached this book expecting to find a bunch of fancy, schmancy snobby anecdotes. In the north, sometimes we're left with the impression that a southern belle is just plain prissy! I was expecting a few prissy anecdotes that would make me snort in derision. Surely what would make a southern belle laugh wouldn't be funny to me. I'm neither prissy, nor a diva. I admit it, once again, I was wrong!

Byrd writes in such a manner that I was laughing out loud throughout most of the book. The stories
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This 156-page book is a series of 1 to 3 or 4 page, supposedly humorous, anecdotes about being a Southern woman. One of the quotes on the back cover compares Ms. Byrd to Fannie Flagg, but Fannie Flagg she is not!

Apparently Ms. Byrd has never lived outside of the South because many of the attributes she ascribes to Southern women apply to women everywhere. Most women worry about what they are going to wear and how their hair looks. Ms. Byrd thinks this is a hilarious trait that applies only to wo
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The book was a delight to read. I enjoyed it so much that I found myself laughing out loud more than once. Olivia has narrated real life instances with such a sense of humor that I had to put down the book and run looking for my (book-deprived) husband to tell him some of them.

The book is drafted in the form of short stories so it is a very quick and light read. Each story is interesting and not to mention “hilarious”. The Dairy Queen instance where her son believes the “false advertising” or ho
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Author Olivia deBelle Byrd's page-turning series of anecdotes about Southern life had me chuckling from start to finish.

In the very first chapter, we discover how the book title came into being; in a chapter on Southern Grandmothers, we learn about the highlight of the day: watching "As the World Turns," and carrying on conversations with the characters on the screen; in still another chapter, we learn the importance of manners; and in another one, we learn all about hair obsessions. Every chapt
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown by Olivia deBelle Byrd takes us on a laugh out loud trip down south in her charming debut novel.
This book is a compilation of 41 short stories with such titles as Possum Queen, We Know Mom's Crazy Rule and Ivana Trump and Asparagus.

One of my favorite stories would have to be New Neighbors. The author describes how she had thrown a receipt away and needed to go dig it out of the trash and guess what her new neighbors drive by and all she could do is smile and wave. Well t
Linda Marie Marsh
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reads
I've never been able to understand the southern habit of making a one syllable word into a compound word! So tho i was laughing a lot while reading these southern snippets of life, i snorted- like a pig- when i read the following when a northern friend questioned her pronunciation..
" Well at least you know its a word. YOU, on the other hand, talk so fast it sounds like you're speaking a foreign language."`
THIS happened to me...having moved from the Boston area to the Memphis area i was accused
Charity U
Nov 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A book that will have you laughing from the first page! It’s packed with 41 chapters on a huge variety of topics that you will identify with, from “Christmas Sweaters” and “Mint Juleps” to “Robert Redford” and “Hair.” It’s hilarious, as the above excerpts show! A book that’ll make you lean back to laugh, then exclaim “That’s SO TRUE! But I never thought of it before!” You’ll want all your friends to read it. It’s a great cheer-me-up if you’ve had a long day – just pick it up, flip to any chapter ...more
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a quick, fun read! This book is full of short little anecdotes, ususally 2-3 pages. Which was the perfect length: not too long, not too short. I live in Orlando, Florida, so while I live in the South, people often say we live too far south to be Southern. But reading this book, I often found myself thinking "yup, I've done that!" The stories were often hilarious and had me laughing out loud. The author wrote as if she were talking to a friend and I felt like I was her ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! Ii's like taking a stroll through someone's memory book. I could really envision myself right there with her. My favorite story is "Success". It's about Olivia and her cousin David building a putt-putt golf course in her back yard. They were only 10 years old, but they built that course and played putt-putt golf there. What wonderful times they must have had. If you haven't read this book, you should put it at the top of your list of books to read. It is full of laugh- ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My first impression of this book was when I opened the package in the mail to find a beautifully hand-written note wishing me congratulations. That's southern hospitality for you! When I read the chapter on thank you notes, I certainly felt warm and fuzzy about that little note. My second impression of the book, I flip through the pages, and I swear the pages are scented with Chanel No 5.
This is the perfect book for those five minute coffee breaks, and is guaranteed to light
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I’ve never laughed so hard while reading! This was absolutely hilarious! The book contains 41 short stories about childhood, motherhood and life in general in the South. I loved the writing style which was very down to earth.

My favorite was Directionally Challenged. I can totally relate! I have no idea which way to held a map and can’t for the life of me to tell which way if North and which South.

I truly recommend this if you want to read something light and funny. Quaranteed to give yo
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
This is exactly what I needed to make a lazy weekend afternoon go by!
It was funny, hit home at times, and just generally entertained me. There was one part that will forever stick out in my head... about adding another commandment... Thou Shall Not Sass. As a parent, I get that!
Definitely a fun book, women will love!
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was great fun, being from the south I recognized many stories as my own. I definitely will use this book as a reference for when I have children because it does have some good southern lessons in it through the short stories. It really was a fun light read, something I would bring to the beach and read aloud to friends.
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
A light, fun read that is entirely relatable and will have you roaring with laughter. I have the pleasure of having met the author personally, which made the read even better. Simply written. The unadorned, rye observations of some of life's unintentional hilarity only enhances the tales. And as a Yankee transplanted to the South, I loved the insight.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
From my book review blog Rundpinne...."If one is looking for a sweet, southern, and charming book, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a delightfully fun choice" full review may be found here.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I saw this book described online as I was ordering some before Christmas and thought it sounded like fun so ordered it for myself.

It was fun to read. This book contains many light humourous stories from life, like many told by families all over (if they share!).

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Olivia deBelle Byrd is a self-proclaimed Southern Belle who resides in Panama City, Florida, with her husband, Tommy, and is the proud mother of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a Kappa Delta. Like many Southerners, Olivia has a penchant for turning ordinary happenings into entertainment. The result is her first collection of humorous essays, Miss Hildr ...more
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