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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 Paperback – May 3, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425240851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240854
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm here to tell you that Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is laugh out loud funny. For anyone who has an ounce of Southern blood flowing through their veins or those that wish they did, this book is going to be a treasure!   --Jeff Foxworthy

About the Author

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson and her husband, Phil, live and farm in the Louisiana Delta. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As an infant, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson had one of the earliest cases of appendicitis ever documented. Fifty-four doctors came to Natchez, MS to study her case. In retrospect, Shellie believes it may have been better had they studied her brain for she admits to hearing voices. After briefly considering medication Shellie chose a career in storytelling to give them all a chance to be heard. It's working out pretty well. Today this author, speaker, newspaper/magazine columnist, and Belle of All Things Southern entertains audiences on the radio, TV, and web, in a full out celebration of the South with a heavy emphasis on faith, friends, and family. Shellie's gift is mining the exquisite from the ordinary.

A list of the radio affiliates airing Shellie's daily segments can be found at All Things Southern.com along with her weekly video porch chat. Shellie also produces and hosts All Things Southern LIVE each Monday evening from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. CST on TALK 540 KMLB out of northeast LA. The show streams live and podcasts are archived so everyone can join Shellie's southern celebration. Whether sharing her love of story, interviewing radio guests, or interacting with readers thru Facebook and Twitter, Shellie's passion for life has proven to be highly contagious. Shellie's first Penguin Group USA release, "Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On" was chosen as a SIBA Nonfiction Book of the Year 2009 finalist. The followup "Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy!" was subsequently nominated for the same award in 2012. Shellie released her first book in the faith market, Heart Wide Open, Random/Waterbook,on March 18th, 2014.

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I love reading a book that makes me laugh!
Rhiana Jones
Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy by Sue Ellen Tomlinson , is a total breathe of fresh air to me!
Ppreacherswife
Love the funny southern charm and absolutely awesome recipes that are hidden throughout!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Cunningham on June 14, 2011
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Shellie Tomlinson writes the best stories. I could hardly wait for "Sue Ellen's Girl...." to come out! Couldn't put it down until I finished it. Startles my hubby when I suddenly laugh out loud when reading
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cyn Sadler on June 7, 2011
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Hello folks, thanks for drifting back by the porch. It's always good to see y'all. Now, put your feet up and let's chat"
Loving those wonderful words of comfort, written by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson. A spectacular, awe-inspiring spirit, who will touch the very essence of your life. She's the Belle of All Things Southern! Her latest book "Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy" is written with a mischievous, whimsical charm, that will deliver a healthy dose of happy endorphins to the heart, and soul..Guaranteed Laughter! So stop by and chat with her for awhile, or tune in to her very own (ATS Radio Talk Show) Promise you won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T Jones on May 26, 2011
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This book is absolutely laugh out loud FUNNY! I was born in the Midwest and lived there 12 years, moved to the South and lived there for 12 years, and moved back to the Midwest 20 years ago, so I consider myself a transplanted southerner. Not only did I live in the South, but my Nanny (maternal Grandma) was born and raised in West Virginia, so my upbringing was heavily influenced by a Southerner. This book brought a smile to my face, laughter to my lips and tears to my eyes in turn, bringing back a flood of memories of living in the South and of my Nanny. Not to mention making the homesickness for the South rear it's ugly head a time or two.

With topics such as: Raging Inferno Syndrome (I can so relate!), Bubba Whispering, SRC (Straight Running Crazy), every Southern Belle or Wannabe Southern Belle can surely relate. If you're not a Belle or Belle Wannabe, Miss Tomlinson, and you just don't understand what in the world she's talking about, the Author provides a very handy "official guide to Speaking All Things Southern" throughout the book. Each "guide" gives you the definitions for such things as bellerina, squat, get-go, worn slap-out, six ways to Sunday, belleisms, and nekkid as a jaybird, to name a few.

And if all the insights and principles dished out in the book (albeit with tongue in cheek) weren't enough, she also provides some pretty delicious sounding recipes, all with a decided Southern flavor. You'll find such great classics as Blackened Cajun Fish, Southern Steak Potpie, Bodacious Black Bean Salad, and several of that Southern staple: Casseroles.

All in all, this book is one that will stay on my shelf for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ppreacherswife on May 31, 2011
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Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy by Sue Ellen Tomlinson , is a total breathe of fresh air to me! It felt like I walked into my own home, and sat down with a glass of iced tea and had a conversation with myself! Believe it or not, that is a compliment. I had never read any of Sue Ellen Tomlinson's books before, but I will be grabbing them up as quickly as possible now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam C on October 7, 2012
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This book contains phrases, words, and sayins (that's southern for 'sayings') every female south of the Mason-Dixon Line should read. It is also a great learning tool for anyone transplanted there. It's funny, sad, and full of true-to-life examples of life in the south and life with southern mothers! Add in the wonderful recipes, and the book is two books in one--southern life and southern dishes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhiana Jones VINE VOICE on May 26, 2011
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Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is funny! At first I thought this was going to be a Southern Chick Lit book, well it is sort of, but it's non-fiction. Shellie writes about her family and Southern living in numerous anecdotes and stories that put me into the giggles. I can't wait to read more from Shellie Tomlinson. I especially love the side notes with definitions of important southern terms like Bubba and Swanee.

Shellie has a bunch of other books that I just put on my to-read list. Life's so hard now days. I love reading a book that makes me laugh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on October 20, 2011
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Lots of great recipes and humor found on every page! I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a fun, easy, read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Klein on May 28, 2011
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Once I started reading this book~I couldn't put it down.It was just what I needed with the dreary weather that we have been having.When I was reading~I was laughing so hard as she sure has a way with words. Being a northern girl~it was fun to read how much different the southern girls are then the northern girls~of course we are the same we just have different ways of expressing our concerns. Here are two of my favorites~
"Southern Men Don't Wannna Have To Shake The Sheets To Find Their Women!
"Bo-Dollars~A Expression Southerners use when they're talking about serious money exchanging hands!

And one thing I remember that made me really laugh is~Never send your man to Walmart to get you the "un~unmentionable's" as you never know when something might happen and you will have to go to the hospital. Think of what everyone would say when they saw you laying there in those "Granny Panties" that are not only your style but they are so big they reach up to your bra~doubling as Spandex!!
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