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We're Just Like You, Only Prettier
by Celia Rivenbark
288 pages
Hardcover, St. Martin's Press, 2004, $19.95 ISBN: 1-312-31243-1
Trade page, St. Martin's Griffin, 2005, $12.95 ISBN: 0-312-31244-X
  Celia Rivenbark lets you into her world that looks like the cover of Southern Living on the outside, but on the inside could be confused with an episode of Super Nanny. Her humorous view of life in the modern South mixed with traditions of hospitality will have you howling and turning the page for her next comedy of life.

The essays are divided into five groups: The Southern Family; Kids; Couples Therapy, Southern Style; The Southern Woman; and The Gravy on the Grits.

Family mishaps range from a constipated doll baby ruining Christmas to Mom getting a buzz while trying to one up the Jones at a Chuck E. Cheese's birthday party. Wonder why mothers look half-baked on the family church pew, then read the section on Couples Therapy, where you will also learn how to get those annoying husbands to stay away from baby showers.

Rivenbark covers the Southern Woman with the miracles of the fat virus, cell phone, and manicure addiction. She finishes the collection with essays on modern living, covering SUVs, cloning, TV, the workplace, and computer hackers.

We're Just Like You, Only Prettier is a great gift for women friends, a book club pick, or shoot -- bathroom reading.

Celia Rivenbark is the author of Bless Your Heart, Tramp. She writes a weekly column, "From the Belle Tower," for the Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.


Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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