Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Southern Lit, Pick of the Week #2, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown

Miss Hildreth Wore Brown was a quick little read that I soaked up one afternoon and thought y’all (all Belles in your hearts, right?) would enjoy. Of course, I had to read it when I saw on the book jacket, “With storytelling written in the finest Southern traditions from the soap operas of Candler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Ga….” See, we moved from Gainesville just a few months ago. It was too tempting!

This is my favorite type of book to pass a few hours, full of pithy Southern Anecdotes laced with just enough truth. My accent just gets thicker from the reading! It is the kind of book that makes you wonder if someone hasn’t watched YOUR Southern family and decided to write their observations down – the good, the bad and the truly nutty. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is the author’s first book and she claims that she wrote it because her husband ("long suffering husband" – her words, not mine!) told her to write her stories down as he had apparently heard them a time or two enough. She is a true Southern Belle, and how can you not love a Belle who lists her sorority affiliation in the first line of her bio( Olivia deBelle Byrd)?

I found myself chuckling throughout the book, and no more than in the section where Mrs. Byrd talks about worrying about her children. I was practically rolling when she described what she worried about when her daughter went off to college: “Do I worry about her eating right or getting enough sleep? No, I worry because I don’t think she shaves her legs often enough. One time I sent her a postcard from France. It didn’t say “Having a great time. Wish you were here.” It just said, “Shave your legs!” Deep down, the main reason I was glad she got a boyfriend, I figure she would shave her legs more often.” Now, if that isn’t a true Southern Momma, I don’t know what is. Of course, I may relate to this a little more than some, as I told my daughter when she went to college that if she became one of those girls who wore their jammies to class (yes, they do that now…everywhere) I would cut off her allowance – and I was (am) serious. So, if you are in need of a Southern infusion pick up a copy of Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, you will enjoy!
This post was written as a member of the Southern Mommas Writers


  1. Can't wait to pick up this book! Sounds like quite the fun book and you know I love this type as well.

  2. Thanks for the review of this book. Sounds interesting and entertaining! I will see if I can find it to read.

  3. Thanks for posting this. It sounds just like the kind of thing I like to read.

  4. This sounds like a book that I'd enjoy.

  5. I so enjoyed your review of Miss Hildreth Wore Brown. Your recount of the southern Mama who implored her daughter to shave her legs was a hoot and I could relate....not with shaving legs but with putting on lipstick.
    My daughter, and the ladies that worked in my shop still poke gentle fun at my looking them in the eye and drawing little air circles around my mouth signaling them to apply more lipstick.
    I am ordering the book today! Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. Sounds cute. I will have to add it to my list.

  7. Thanks so much for popping in from Amanda's blog today! This sure has been a fun way to get to know new bloggers!

    This book sounds like it's right up my alley. I love Gone With the Wind and try to reread it from time to time but it is rather long, this will be a quick read.

    I will be following you! : )


  8. Thanks for the review--I'm adding it to my list!

  9. Ooh, thanks for the rec! I will add it to my reading list!
    Thanks for visiting, I'm your new follower :D

  10. LOVE this, Michelle!! I must be a Southern Mama then, b/c I can totally picture myself saying that to my girls about shaving their legs. I'm already worried about Natalie's eyebrows. There, I said it. ;)

    Thank you so much for joining my party. :)


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