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Mix red paint and blue paint and the result is purple. Plunk one red-state failed beauty queen down in the heart of urbanely sophisticated blue territory and you get a woman who is nearly purple with dismay over the perceived "godless liberalism" she is forced to endure. Born and raised in the quintessential Southern hamlet of Paris, Tennessee, French embraces conservative politics and devout Christianity as fervently as hush puppies and Friday night football; but when her husband's career relocates them to New York and on to other cities in the Northeast, French is suddenly confronted with people who not only talk differently than she does, they also believe in religions, politics, and ways of life anathema to her own. From school prayer to recycling, natural childbirth to homeland security, French's amusing series of essays recounts how one Southern belle deals with her regional, social, and political culture shock in the midst of daily opprobrium. Carol Haggas
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Nancy French is the author of A Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle, which will be released by Hachette Book Group USA in October 2006. She began her writing career as a Philadelphia City Paper columns tackling politics, religion, and culture with a light humorous touch; her articles have also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Daily News.
She is an alumna of David Lipscomb University and New York University, where she studied English and philosophy. In addition to book writing, she is also co-founder of the grassroots political websites EvangelicalsforMitt.com and TNforMitt.com. Nancy, her husband David, and their two children live in Columbia Tennessee - home of a week long April festival celebrating mules. They attend Zion Presbyterian Church.
I found myself laughing out loud when I read this book. This elicited odd looks from my family but oh well. More times than not, I said , " oh listen to this part!".Published 24 days ago by Lee A. Mullikin
This book presents real views from one funny lady!! I was cracking up....a southern term...for laughing out loud, all the way through it!! Hysterical and true points!!Published on June 1, 2011 by Allyson E. Rogers
I follow Nancy (and her husband) on her website Sixseeds.org and enjoy her insightful writing there. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Wesley
Nancy French has proven one can be both humorous and right, and I don't mean right in the way of political description. Read morePublished on November 13, 2007 by James Phillips
I see Nancy French has continued to poison political discourse with her typical right-wing "I'm right and everyone is entitled to my opinion" attitude, this time in book-length... Read morePublished on October 31, 2007 by Donna Di Giacomo
I loved this book. Nancy French is able to point out the cultural differences in our society through anecdotes which are very funny. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by midlife reader
And this book didn't deliver it.
The author has a good voice and a lovely, light writing style. She knows how to set up a good domestic story and make it funny as sin. Read more
This isn't the type of book I'd normally pick up, yet I found myself laughing with each and every chapter. Nancy truly has a gift for words. Read morePublished on December 13, 2006 by H. P.
Nancy's book Red State of Mind is genuine and interesting throughout...not a dull part. A favorite of mine was her experience at Ithaca's "waste management center," ie garbage... Read morePublished on December 7, 2006 by James A. French