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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446695424
  • ASIN: B003D7JUPS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,494,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathy Patrick is the founder of Beauty and the Book, the world's only combination beauty salon/bookstore, located in Jefferson, Texas. She is also the founder of the national book club, the Pulpwood Queens.

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Kathy Patrick is one of the great souls of Texas--an inspired writer and personality.
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This book is reads like you we're having a relaxed, laugh-out-loud, and heartfelt conversation with the author.
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She shares her story of sorrow, joy, hopes, and dreams with heartwarming humor, honesty, and wisdom.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kacey H. Kowars on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kathy Patrick is a national treasure. She is a tireless promoter of literacy and her love of books comes through loud and clear in this wonderful book. Kathy tells her story in a refreshingly candid style. The book is filled with her favorite lists of books- an invaluable guide for book clubs and serious readers. I enjoyed reading about the road trips the Pulpwood Queens took, and I enjoyed learning more about Jefferson, Texas (Kathy's hometown). Kathy doesn't take herself too seriously, but don't sell this lady short. She knows books, and more importantly, she puts her money where her mouth is. Her passion for literature and life come shining through in this book. Thank you Kathy for all you do for readers and writers. I'm proud to be an honorary Timber Guy. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deedee on January 8, 2008
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What a wonderful reading experience! Kathy takes you so many places with such vigor and energy! Whether or not you were raised in the midwest in the 1960's, you can relate to the childhood stories. But that's such a small part of the overall experience. For anyone who can use the inspiration to get over whatever life has dealt and live your passion. She gives us true and vivid life to the saying, "when life hands you lemons.... make margarita's!!!" Kathy's writing is a thoroughly entertaining tribute to promoting literacy, imagination and fun for fun's sake. Read it wearing your tiara and share it with your best girlfriend. It's worth it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie Tidwell Oliver on January 2, 2008
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I loved every word of this book. I did not want it to end. Kathy Patrick writes as if she if in the room with you having a conversation. She is the ultimate girlfriend, the guru of readers and a fantastic author. I thoroughly enjoyed the book lists!! Most of all, I enjoyed the honesty of Kathy Patrick. She tells it like it is. She is a wise and personable woman. I like the way she has learned her lessons in life and the sweetness of her. But, through it all, Kathy Patrick is a powerful woman. In my opinion, this is a must read. She knows how to live and enjoy life - and she takes her friends along for the ride!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ErinAubrey on September 12, 2009
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Parts of this book were fun and inspirational, and others felt a little like being a forced witness to the author's self gratification. Certain chapters were awkward and uncomnfortable to read, and the author assumes that unless she hits you over the head with it, you are going to reject her clothing choices or think she is unintelligent or insignificant...so she repackages similar sounding tales of how much her friends love her or the significance of her work every few chapters so you don't forget to revere her "specialness." It seems almost like the published version should have been her own personal, "real" copy, but that an editor should have done the work to take the rough draft and polish it into a fully satisfying read from beginning to end. Kathy Patrick surely seems like an admirable woman who has taken an unrelenting spirit and applied it to the mission of fostering a nation wide love of reading. I am glad I read this book, as it certainly managed to get me revved up for promoting reading again, and Kathy has some fabulous ideas for doing just that. Pieces of her story dealing directly with the creation and growth of her book/beauty shop and book club were intriguing. All in all, there is some very valuable inspirational material in about 75 pages of this book, and while a lot of the book is awkward and, as one other reviewer assessed, a bit TMI, it was worth it to slog through the rough to find the diamond.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Doran on January 4, 2008
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A wild Yee-haa of a read. Laughs galore, I enjoyed both the humor and the humanity on every page. So whether you have big hair, short hair, or no hair you'll love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prill Boyle on January 10, 2008
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With a heart that's even bigger than her "go to town" hair and a story that will make you laugh until you cry, Kathy Patrick reminds us that we're never to old to achieve our dreams--or play dress up. Part memoir, part reading guide (with some deliciously decadent Pulpwood Queen recipes tossed in for good measure), this is an honest, heartwarming and inspirational read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on January 24, 2008
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One part memoir, one part inspirational how-to-be-happy-and-do-unto-others-as..., I flew through this book in a few short sittings and enjoyed every minute of it. She may be a "small-town girl from Kansas," but Kathy Patrick clearly comes with a great big ol' heart. Whether she is describing the antics of the tiara-wearing Pulpwood Queens as they grew from six to the whole, big, nationwide phenomenon they've become, remembering her childhood and her relationship with her parents with stark truth measured by humor, or - the most moving chapter for me - detailing the day she fixed the hair of her dear friend Joyce in preparation for Joyce's own funeral, Kathy's humanity and compassion shines through. And to top it all off: great quotes on friendship, literature and life; wonderful reading lists; and recipes for East Texas Martinis and Great-Grandma Chisolm's Green Tomato Pie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 14, 2008
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The Pulpwood Queens' Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life
Kathy L. Patrick
Grand Central, Jan 2008, $13.99
ISBN: 9780446695428

Born and raised in Kansas, Kathy Patrick became a licensed cosmetologist and soon a book publisher's representative. When she lost her position in the publishing industry due to downsizing, she decided to combine her two experiences. Kathy opened Beauty and the Book, which likes its title implies combined a salon with a bookstore. With the encouragement of her customers who debated the merits of books they read, Kathy soon created The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas reading group that took their literature seriously, but the meetings as a time to let down one's hair (hard to do wearing a tiara).

Her well written autobiography is a terrific inspiration as she has become one of the diehards trying to get people literate and reading as Ms. Patrick believes this is a way to bring the world to anyone as well as a means to making strong friendships. The tiara wearing sisterhood anecdotes make this "Guide to Life" worth reading as these ladies will inspire the audience to join clubs.

Harriet Klausner
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