Southern Lady Code

Author(s): Helen Ellis
Original Publish Date: Apr 16, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (3.18 hours)
Product Number: Z100142105
Released: Apr 16, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781984840868
Narrator/s: Helen Ellis
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"I loved it." —Ann Patchett The bestselling author of American Housewife ("Dark, deadpan and truly inventive." --The New York Times Book Review) is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon. Several pieces in this collection originally appeared in the following publications: "Making a Marriage Magically Tidy" in the New York Times column "Modern Love" (June 2, 2017); "How to Stay Happily Married" in Paper Darts (Winter 2017); "Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1979" in Eating Well (November/December 2017); "How to Be the Best Guest" as "An American's Guide to Being the Best Guest" in Financial Times (March 2016); and "When to Write a Thank- You Note" in Garden & Gun (February/March 2018).

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Author(s): Helen Ellis
Product Number EB00729961
Released: Apr 16, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385543903

Professional reviews

"Author Helen Ellis is the perfect narrator for her humorous essays. She has just the right inflections and tone for her anecdotes and words of wisdom. Hearing about the decades between the 1980s and the 2010s, listeners are quickly indoctrinated into a world of euphemisms, unusual customs, and genteel hospitality, both in Alabama, where Ellis was raised, and in New York City, where she currently lives. Whether discussing ghosts, birthdays, relationships, or clothing, Ellis draws listeners into her circle as if they were friends eager to catch up on the latest gossip. Listening to SOUTHERN LADY CODE is absolutely the best way to "read" this book. B.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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