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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Southern Lit., Pick of the Week: Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Hey girls! I might be a little late to the party with this week’s review of Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s, Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters the Rest of Y’all Should Know Too , but all I have to say about that is, better late than never!

I have been a follower of Shellie for several years, even before her first book hit store shelves (and she just happens to be a member of Southern Mommas!). I found her originally when I was living “up nawth” in New York and was desperate for some southerness. While roaming the internet I found her “porch” at All Things Southern, and her very first eBook. She was like a breath of warm, humid southern air to my cold, snow-blind self. Well, the Shellie I came to know and love online has a wonderful book full of sweet, southern wisdom! She writes, “Our Southern Mamas have filled our lives with important values and silly little lagniappe, all woven into the fabric of our lives so subtly that it takes a discerning eye and a determined focus to bring them to light. Like a sentimental add-a-pearl necklace, each gem symbolizing an important event or a milestone, these mother-daughter jewels all have a unique value. It is up to each of us, the daughters of the South, to take the time to thread them into beautiful heirlooms worthy of bequeathing to the next generation.” So if you haven’t already read Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! I encourage you to get yourself a copy and read it quickly, because in May, Shellie’s newest book will be hitting store shelves!

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 will debut in just a few short weeks, and I am already lining up to read this one: “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 Running Crazy and surviving the Raging Inferno Syndrome (aka hot flashes)-to the Southern art of handling your man (Bubba Whispering). Whether giving business tips or debunking the Big Boned Theory, making political observations or celebrating the inevitable resurgence of big hair, Shellie is an adviser women can relate to and laugh with regardless of their age or which side of the Mason-Dixon they call home.”

Now, how can that one not be a winner?
This post was written as a member of Southern Mommas Writers
(and you don't have to be a Momma!)


16 comments:

  1. I have this book! It is so cute. I didn't know about the new book. I will look for it next month!

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  2. I have this book! It is so cute. I didn't know about the new book. I will look for it next month!

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  3. Those look hilarious. Must check them out!

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  4. I'll have to check these out. Bet they're available for Kindle!!

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  5. I'll have to read these! Sounds great! Carla

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  6. Well you know I'm a big fan! I've had a sneak peek of the new book and I can tell you it is just as good if not better than the first! In fact, Mr. Jeff Foxworthy himself just endorsed it! If he says something is Laugh out loud funny, you know it's good! :)
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. I've been looking for some good reading material. Thanks for the recommendation! Thank you for stopping by my blog today.
    Yes, let's be flybuddies! It'll be fun! :)

    Have a great day!
    Jennifer @ http://justpeachyindixie.blogspot.com

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  8. Too funny Michelle, I love the titles. Soooo southern.

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  9. I am in the need of some southern about now. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!!

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  10. Been busy lately so am catching up...thanks for the recommendations.

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  11. I need to read these! They look great.

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  12. I am off to find her first book -- I had not heard about this author before, but these books sound hilarious :)
    Are her books similar to Florence King or Celia Rivenbark?

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  13. I have not heard of these, but will be checking them out. I always enjoy your book reviews.

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  14. Thanks for the great review of my work, Bella Michelle! I appreciate you and I do hope your readers enjoy :)

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  15. Love these!! Very important literature to us Southern girls :) Thank you for your sweet comments lately! They help make my day! Oh, and I'm loving the old photos you've been posting, too! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

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  16. So glad you liked my mom's book. I am a little biased but I think its fantastic! lOl! your so sweet and your kids are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom! Hope you are doing well! much love
    jessica

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