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 HaggasCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
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.