Thursday, July 29, 2010
Jessi Laughs Through "Miss Hildreth Wore Brown"
Title/Author: Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd
Publisher/Year: Morgan James Publishing, 2010
How I Got This: I received a complimentary copy of this from the author (Thanks, Olivia!)
Why I Read It: I love Southern lit and was looking for a good laugh!
Rating: 4 Stars
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 hair had me howling because even though I don't have thin hair (I have the opposite--thick and wavy), I totally get how frustrating it is to make my hair look decent in the humidity.
Olivia deBelle Byrd writes with such wit and such sass that it was as if I could hear her telling me these stories. She's truly a great storyteller. It was great, too, because even though none of my family are from the South or reside in the South (except for my uncle who moved to South Carolina), many of Olivia's ideas and opinions made me think of my own grandmother. If there is above 1% chance of rain, my grandmother goes to no end to make sure that her hair is perfect, complete with 3 cans of hair spray (1 being tucked into her purse), as well as those plastic net things that cover hair. And I know she has plenty of "we-know-Mimi's-crazy" rules. That's what is so great about this little book--no matter where you're from or your situation, you can find something to relate to and chuckle about.
This is a quick read, perfect for a lazy afternoon. It would also make an excellent gift book or travel book. It was a true pleasure to read, and now that all of my laughter has subsided, I'm thinking about passing this onto my grandma Mimi who I know would enjoy this!