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The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit Hardcover – January 1, 2008

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After a successful foray as a novelist (2006's The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel), Brown returns to instructional mode with this frothy and ribald guide to parenting (the most incredibly full-time volunteer job ever). Beginning with the physical changes during pregnancy, she notes the joy of gaining big, voluptuous, cleaving breasts until realizing that most everything south of them grows exponentially at the same time. There's even advice on talking to a pregnant woman (a crapshoot on a good day). But fairly quickly, the baby is out and hungry (Breast-feeding was just about the greatest job I ever had, Browne confesses, recalling her daughter latched on to me like my own little refrigerator magnet). At that point, there's a division between Alpha Moms (who make their own dirt from scratch) and Beta Moms (the one that Alpha Moms trust only to bring the paper towels and trash bags to the parties). Like a sassy best girlfriend, Browne offers her (and her fellow Queens') brassy take on teaching tykes values and manners with an irreverent way of dealing with cussing and kids trying to bilk the Tooth Fairy out of $100. (Jan. 1)
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About the Author

Jill Conner Browne is the New York Times bestselling author of six Sweet Potato Queens books. She lives and writes on all things Queenly from Jackson, Mississippi.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743278364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743278362
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Kennidy on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Prolly the gal above just hadn't been in the throes of child rearin' in a while. I found this highly entertaining and inflicted chapters of it on unsuspecting friends, co workers, relatives and even my very own Most Definitely Cutest Boy in the World. The Alpha Mom description about made me need a depends and the chapter on Penii, since I have a couple of owners them under the age of ten, to rear, also left me in fits.

Check it out of the library if you are too scared to plop down some money but overall it was a good hour or more of entertainment and had a few parenting tricks in there to boot. Read it your ownself if you want to know.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Pollpeter on February 14, 2008
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I have loved the previous Sweet Potato Queen books, though none can top the first SPQ book! This book started out really funny then kind of died. I was laughing out loud on an airplane in the beginning of the book, then put it away until the return flight as I just lost interest. But, if you have small children, you shoould find it very humerous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Shuff on October 16, 2009
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I was challenged to read any of the Sweet Potato Queens' books by a friend on another web site for those of us who are addicted to reading. I, of course, came to Amazon to hunt up these books and check out for myself what the big attraction was. I found most of the books, and in my own style ordered one of each of the books. I am still in the process of reading them, but have thumbed through and read clips of each one. These ladies are so funny. The books are irreverent...and in some cases a little too spicy for some...but for the most part, Jill writes the thoughts that I'm sure all of us have had at one time or another. There is no doubt in my mind that she absolutely adores her daughter, but some of the stories she writes are so funny you will cry when you are reading them. I think the greatest part of her books is the fact that we can picture ourselves, or someone near and dear to us, in every situation she writes about.

If you love to laugh...and especially if you started out South of the Mason-Dixon Line...you will absolutely love this book. You will laugh so hard your sides will ache. My son came in while I was laughing hysterically and asked what was wrong with me. Told me how strange I was to be sitting alone and laughing so hard. Well, I take that as a compliment. I always wanted to be unique...as are all the Sweet Potato Queens.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Addison Guest on March 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was not nearly as good as the first three Sweet Potato Queen books. I guess you can't be funny and charming all the time. The Sweet Potato Queens have become big business so maybe that's the problem. I didn't like Brown's novel either. Neither of these books had the same wit and humor as the previous Sweet Potato Queens' books. Jill, please go back to your roots (whatever color they may be). The Fun and Profit of this book was all yours.
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Format: Paperback
I had seen Sweet Potato Queen books before, but never read one. I had no idea what a sweet potato queen was! I could only gather she's a southern belle who doesn't take crap from anyone and cooks fattening foods...the author seems to assume in this book that we already know her life story, so perhaps this wasn't the best place to start. I enjoyed it anyway though. :)

I picked up this book because it was on sale for $5, and it was autographed, AND because all my friends are having children now - I figured it would be good for laughs.

It's a humorous, and realistic look at raising kids. She tells her own stories as well as stories of other "queens". At several places I laughed out loud, at one point I fought tears, and some other stories of rebellious children frightened me. It was a quick read and I kept coming back for more.

I must add that it took me some time to get used to her style. She's a self-admitted 'potty mouth' and her spelling/grammar is deliberately off, to convey her manner of speaking. Instead of 'my sister', she says 'my seester.' Probably becomes prolly. Myself becomes myveryownself. This drove me crazy at first. After a chapter or two, I started to look past it and concentrate on the stories. By the end I was used to it. This woman definitely has her own unique style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on March 26, 2012
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The book was a gift for my daughter after the birth of her son.
She is still laughing a month after finishing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Provost on April 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I enjoyed this book very much. It has wonderful humor and great real life stories from the great Sweet Potato Queen!
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There are too many days when life in it's natural state, gets us too busy to reflect on all of the situations that were actually comedic and didn't get a laugh from anybody at the moment.
These stories their telling a remind us to "give it " an occasional break and quit being so dang serious about ourselves......
When the day has been a long one and your feet and back refuse to go one more step towards anything other than a recliner, pick up a "Sweet Potato Queen" and get a good belly laugh before you close your eyes. You'll sleep better and probably wake up in a better mood.
Well done Queenie!!
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