Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

Rip-roaring belly laughs!

From the Publisher
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.

My Take
When I requested this book, I wasn’t expecting a “self help” AND cookbook that was going to be so stinkin’ funny!!! Beginning with the first chapter, I was laughing out loud and realizing she was talking about ME! Okay, not me but all women at this mid-life stage living the same “syndromes”. I especially loved the Raging Inferno Syndrome….hot flashes….that I experienced while I was reading about it! It’s an entertaining book that definitely “helps” the “self” with humor and truthful view of women. This is a great chic-lit book to give as a gift to a girlfriend who could use a rip-roaring belly laugh.

Each chapter ends with some fabulous tips & dee-lish-us recipes. The tips from “Thus Saith the Belle Doctrine…..” (rules governing a Southern Belle’s life) are hilarious while incorporating each chapter in the tip. Add in the “Guide to Speaking All Things Southern” in each chapter and you get even more chuckles.  About halfway through the book, though, I’d kind of had enough but I trudged on to the end. It’s one of those books to keep in the car for waiting in a doctor’s office, or (& I hate to say it!) in the bathroom to pass the time, or by the chaise lounge while taking a break from everyday.

On the other hand, there are some great looking recipes in the book that I can’t wait to try!  Jessica Ann’s Chicken and Dumplings, Chocolately Chip Pound Cake, and Shellie’s Stacked Tortillas to name a few (I’m all about easy cooking!).  Quick, simple recipes for the busy woman on the go.

Overall, it’s a fun read but more appropriate for short spurts of reading—not a cover to cover, all in one sitting read.  I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars, but it’s still a great gift for a for a menopausal friend!


To celebrate the Sue Ellen’s release, Shellie is having a Facebook Party!  
Join Shellie and the gang on June 2nd at 5:00 PM PST (6 MST, 7 CST, 8 EST) for a Southern style shin-dig! She'll be dishing on Bubba Whispering, debunking the Big Boned Theory, and how to manage going Straight Running Crazy. If you don't know what any of that is, then be sure to pick up a copy of the book (Not necessary to join the fun! Who knows - you might win a copy!) and join us at 5:00 pm on June 2nd at Shellie's Facebook page. And tell your friends - she's giving away copies of her books and some great gift certificates.


About the author:

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson
and her husband Phil live and farm in the Louisiana Delta. Shellie is the author of Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road, Twas the Night Before the Very First Christmas, Southern Comfort with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, and the Penguin Group USA release, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On, voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Tomlinson is owner and publisher of All Things Southern and the host of the weekly radio show All Things Southern as well as a weekly video segment by the same name. Listeners also hear Shellie in her All Things Southern radio segments aired across the South. Shellie writes a weekly inspirational feature in Newsstar and a monthly print and online column for Lousiana Road Trips.

When Shellie isn't writing, speaking, taping her show, answering email or writing content for the next deadline, you can find her playing tennis with Dixie Belle, (the chocolate lab who thinks she is in charge of running Shellie's life). 

I received this book free from Lifuse as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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