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God Save the Sweet Potato Queens [Paperback]

Jill Conner Browne
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Book Description

January 9, 2001
Hallelujah! The Sweet Potato Queens are back!

In 1999, Jill Conner Browne, royal boss of Jackson, Mississippi's own glorious Sweet Potato Queens, introduced them to the world in the hilarious bestseller The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love (which contained everything you ever need to know about Love, Life, Men, Marriage, and the importance of Being Prepared). But, fortunately for us, that was not the final chapter in the Queens' splendid saga. The Sweet Potato Queens still have plenty of stuff to say and valuable wisdom to impart about how they went from being Cute Girls to Fabulous Women, including:

Dating for the Advanced, or Advancing
The Joys of Marriage -- if you must
More Delicious, Death-Defying Recipes
The Promise for Men -- six little words that will make any woman Lolling About -- the official activity of the Sweet Potato Queens

And, of course,
The All-True Story of the Two Most Wonderful Men in the World

Not to mention:
Reader Mail -- honoring the adventures of brand-new Wannabes and Honorary Queens from around the world

If you haven't met the Sweet Potato Queens yet, this is the introduction you've been waiting for. If you already know the joys of Queendom, this is your official welcome-back party.

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Fans of Jill Conner Browne's hilarious advice and queenly assurance should mix up a margarita and prepare to enjoy themselves with her book God Save the Sweet Potato Queens. Whether you're still a Cute Girl or have made it to the glorified ranks of Fabulous Woman, the allure of big hair, utter confidence, and a sparkly tiara is easily understandable. Forget "less is more"--as Jill and all the Tammys can tell you, "more is more, and also better." As a follow-up to The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love, this gem touches on many of the same topics--marriage, motherhood, fiancés, the Promise, and all-important attitude and style. Added are a ton of side-splitting stories from fans around the country, who are apparently busy starting up their own royal families with names like the "Menopause Mafia" and "Brazen Strumpets"; one startling tale of a mom at the end of her rope who bursts into "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" in public as a last-ditch effort to get her kids to behave wins Conner Browne's award for mother of the year. The chapter titled "How to Be a Girl" is one of the greatest instruction manuals ever for turning men into putty--the big secret, it seems, is a large bow in your hair. Who knew? One big surprise at the end of this book is hiding under the title "Matters of the Heart." Here you'll read a touching homage to a much-beloved friend of the author, and it will have you running for the nearest hanky. If you find yourself in need of a little pick-me-up after this sad tale, turn to the recipe section, where Twinkie Pie, Dinksey's Gooey Bars, and Death Chicken are guaranteed to cheer you right up. --Jill Lightner

From Publishers Weekly

Grab your Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margarita mix, a bag of Fritos, a pan of Chocolate Stuff and turn off the phone, because Browne is back with a sassy and hilarious sequel to 1999's The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love, and you're not going to want any interruptions. Browne and her co-Queens (all named Tammy to protect their privacy) are back with more outrageous tales (including scathingly funny and surprisingly touching letters Browne wrote while pregnant) and artery-clogging/death-defying recipes. (Warning that "delaying gratification has always been tough for me," she begins preparation for Twinkie Pie, "Start with a crate of Twinkies.") Browne is a laugh-out-loud delight. On her perfect fianc : "He loves me beyond reason and lives 200 miles awayDshow me the flaw in this deal." On marriage: "Those dresses are some powerful juju and once you try one on, you're a goner." On buying new clothes after a little weight loss: "If that zipper closes, honeyDit fits! Doesn't matter if the pleats and pockets are all stretched out." Her final chapter (which starts: "I've written this entire book to avoid writing this chapter"), a tribute to two men she lost, is as heartbreaking as the rest of the book is hilarious. Browne succeeds at both extremes, writing a jaundiced but life-affirming book with sweetness and heart. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 060980619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609806197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jill Conner Browne is the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine Sweet Potato Queens® books and has created a global phenomenon--6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries--based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through these rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by which the greater message is conveyed--that is, one of self-reliance and empowerment, inspiring all to do what makes their hearts sing.

Customer Reviews

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Wanna Be A Wannabe April 2, 2001
What happens when a group of women all named Tammy get together with their fearless ringleader, Jill, and strut down the road in the middle of Jackson, Mississippi wearing green sequined dresses and pink majorette boots during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade? Oh, I'd say a mild case of hysteria at best....
They're called The Sweet Potato Queens and every one wants to be one. Founder of the Queens and author of this book, Jill Conner Browne has given us much insight into the wacky world of Sweet Potato-ness, all while making the rest of us mortals insanely jealous that we didn't think of it first. Read on as Jill gives us advice on dating, marriage, divorce, children, men and acting like a lady -- Sweet Potato style. While not for the tame at heart, one who enjoys bawdy and rated-R humor will most likely devour this book.
God Save the Potato Queens is an excellent follow-up to the pandemonium that is The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love. I recommend that you read them in order since the first book's subjects are referred to in the second book, and Jill is not going to review them for you just to save you 13 bucks! An excellent addition to the libraries of Southern fiction fans as well as readers who agree Fritos and margaritas is the fifth major food group. Eat up!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Only Jill Conner Browne and her Royal Court of Tammy's could inspire the world with simple prose and potent "Promise"! This is a smile every page kind of book, that had me laughing till my jaw hurt. It is the sort of book you will want to buy and share with your friends and maybe even an enemy or two. (It can only help either way!) I bought copies for all the clergy I know and asked them to use a few of Jill's powerful stories to brighten up those Sunday Morning sermons that are real "sleepers" of another sort. Problem is, more than one preacher selected the wrong stories to share from their pulpit and now assorted clergy and prelates across the USA are talking about adding GOD SAVE THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS to the "INDEX". So don't delay...BUY YOUR COPY TODAY before it is banned in Boston. I have even heard that copies are being sent to the Vatican for immediate translation and review...God Save The Sweet Potato Queens and God save us all from Sad Saints!
Be sure to read the chapter on "Death-Defying Recipes" that will make any soul sing! Death Corn Five is a must try at that next after-funeral gathering. Even if you don't like the corn (and you will) just think of how much fun it will be to tell others about where you found the recipe. Sure to brighten up even the most somber funeral gathering. This is a book you won't want to miss and a fitting follow-up to her first work: "The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love". Guys, this book will help you understand chicks better than any other you've ever read...and it is short with easy words too! Thanks Jill and Vivat Regina!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Queens Still Reign! February 19, 2001
After reading the Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love last year, I thought it was the cat's meow. When I found out the second book was coming out, I was first in line! I didn't think it would be possible for Jill Conner Browne to do it, but God Save the Sweet Potato Queens is just as well-written and witty as her first novel. I found myself chuckling a lot and have passed the book on to a friend to read.
Throughout the book (when you can stop yourself from giggling at the wacky anecdotes concerning all the 'Tammys') there are interesting tips, new sweet potato queens' slang terms, and of course fabulous recipes! If you liked the first book, you'll love this one, too. If you haven't read either of them, you're missing out bless your heart....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She brings us back to the sweetness January 11, 2001
Jill Conner Browne just keeps getting better. God Save the SPQ's is in every respect better than her fabulous debut, The SPQ's Book of Love. Jill has a point of view, a brilliant sense of humor, and a voice I'd kill for. Or at least hurt badly for. Sure, she's funny as hell, but what makes this second book even better than the first is Jill's willingness to expose herself...so to speak. She shows us that the humor frequently comes from not-so-funny places. I think it was Phyllis Diller who said, "Comedy is tragedy revisited." With Jill as your tour guide, you'll laugh as you learn. And after all the funny, funny, funny, she heeds the advice of the late, great Willie Morris, and brings you back to the sweetness. And it makes you cry and feel like you've connected with someone. All books should do so well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Save the Sweet Potato Queens February 23, 2001
By A Customer
I hate sweet potatoes but I love the Sweet Potato Queens. I read excepts to my husband and now he is scared and says that the book is dangerous. I say that it is a must-read for anyone who has ever been a woman or is wanting to be one in the near future!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triumphant Return of the Queens January 12, 2001
If y'all are as particular as I about no-nonsense advice, eat-until-it-hurts cookin', big wigs, sequins, tiaras, and to whom you give The Promise, look no further than Jill Conner Browne's masterful follow-up to her "Book of Love." I swear, Jill's tongue and her brazen wit have actually gotten SHARPER since her debut...and she'll still "Lick You All Over for 10 Cents." My sides have been hurting for days with this one (or is that just the Twinkie Pie?)! God save the Tammys and God save the Sweet Tater Queen!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars god save the potato queens
the wife really likes reading the potato queens. she says they are funny books about life and the writer. she wants to have them all to read
Published 24 days ago by Fred Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars O.M.G - Funny Funny Funny
You really must read the Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love first. Just absolutely FUNNY and fun. And this gang of SPQ's have taken on many other things with all the fuss they've... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these ladies!
What a wonderful experience reading about these ladies. There is a lot of humor in her books! Love them all.
Published 9 months ago by Cathy Lemar
4.0 out of 5 stars I did not like this book
While it was very funny, I really did not like some of the discriptions of possible sexual activity and some of the language. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carol W. Closson
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop laughing and laughing!
Jill's accent makes this read-out-loud version the best way to "read" about the Queens. I like her concept of "duplex" for married couples.
Published 13 months ago by john hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted and easy read
I never heard of the Sweet Potato Queens but I am glad I got a chance to meet them through this book. Of course part of the appeal for me is a shared Southern heritage. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Frugal Shopper
1.0 out of 5 stars God Save the Sweet Potato Queens
I found the coarse humor not to be amusing. I also read The Sweet Potato Queens on Love. I wish I had not bought two of this author's books. I should have tried just one. Read more
Published 22 months ago by James H. Stovall
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Ass Just Gets Better!
I am a caterer, jam maker and just love to cook! I first started to read this series some years ago because I received a 'gift' from a friend. Best gift I have ever received! Read more
Published on February 5, 2010 by Beverly J. Hurt
5.0 out of 5 stars Take this with on a girls weekend!!!
If you go on a girls weekend, take this book and several bottles of wine!
Published on July 31, 2008 by Sharon Odonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud HILL AIR E US
This is one of 3 books I've read from this author. Perhaps since I'm near her age and, not to mention, her height, I can totally relate to almost everything she talks about. Read more
Published on July 10, 2008 by PS
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