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A Red State of Mind: How a Catfish Queen Reject Became a Liberty Belle Hardcover – October 9, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (October 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931722889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931722889
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.


More About the Author

Nancy French is a three-time New York Times best-selling author.

Her most recent books include a collaboration with Sarah Palin on her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas and with Chinese dissident Bob Fu on his book God's Double Agent: The True Story of a Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom.

She regularly writes for National Review Online and Patheos, and her work has appeared in numerous other publications, such as USA Today, Parents magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

She and her husband David have a home in Franklin, Tennessee, where they and their three children. Visit her website at www.NancyFrench.com.

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I know that you will enjoy reading this book, because it will have you laughing out loud all the way through it.
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A wonderful glimpse at the subtle (and not so subtle) cultural differences in our country.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carol R. Cool on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Nancy French is downright funny. She has such a quirky way of viewing everyday events. I don't always agree with her politics, but I can understand her desire not to be seen as a stereotype. We are all more complex individuals than our labels suggest. Nancy's book can help you recognize the need to get to know people who think differently, and you're laughing so hard you don't realize you're learning. A great read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kyliegirl on October 26, 2006
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I loved this book. I'm a lifelong Blue-stater who has been turning off the news for the past six years because I just can't bear to watch. But this book reminded me of my dream of hosting fabulous dinner parties where people talk about what really matters. In this book, Nancy shares what really matters to her, and whether you agree or disagree with her choices isn't the point, because (huge sigh of relief here) she isn't trying to convince us. She tries to make us laugh, and succeeds. Because of this, I'm giving her the ultimate non-fiction compliment: she reminds me of a right-wing Anne Lammott :)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christine Hargrove on October 21, 2006
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Nancy French's account of, well, her life will absolutely enthrall you on every page. She grew up in Paris, Tennessee, moved to NYC, back to Kentucky, to Philly, and back to Tennessee. She talks about marriage, motherhood, politics, fire, rock stars, the Constitution, and more, all while making you laugh and, at points, making you cry.

If you've ever been displaced, have a read through this book. If you're a conservative living in liberal territory (or vice-versa), this book will be better than a year of therapy. This book was a bit like making a new friend--one who really, truly understands. Her frank discussion of being a stranger in a strange land usually makes you laugh and always gives you insight, and perhaps some brevity, into your own struggles.

You won't be sorry you bought this book--you'll just be sorry that the sequel isn't out yet!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Preston on January 11, 2007
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A wonderful glimpse at the subtle (and not so subtle) cultural differences in our country. Mostly funny, but with some serious points, and relevant throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Betty on October 12, 2006
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If you like to laugh, you will enjoy this book--it doesn't matter if you are red, yellow, black, white or blue--Ms. French's commentary on diversity in America will have you rolling on the floor.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ElastiGirl on January 14, 2007
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It's been a while since I finished reading this book. I enjoyed it a great deal. I was 27 when I left the South and moved to upstate NY -- like the author I found that life was VERY different outside the South. A lot of her observations rang true and made me laugh out loud.

Very funny and a good read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on November 10, 2006
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The pundits love to divide our country into blue states and red states. Nancy French takes readers on an amazing journey of her life in both areas of the country. Some sections of this book are laugh out loud funny while others are thought provoking.

Through excellent and compelling writing, Nancy draws you into this theme of diversity mixed with personal experience. For anyone who has moved around the United States and lived in different segments of the population, they will easily identify with her stories. And if you haven't moved around? Well, you need to read this book as well to increase your understanding of the wide range of views in America. I admire her courage in the topics and her honesty in the writing. It's a well-done book worthy of your reading time.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Smith on October 10, 2006
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Nancy French makes me laugh out loud while reading and that's not an easy thing to do. She blends southern charm and her aquired northern tact for a book that brings out the best from all sides. Whether you are a political junkie or just a fan of fun books, this is one to be enjoyed and shared. I hope we'll be reading much more from this Southern Liberty Bell who has a knack for being able to throw in a zigger right when it's needed!
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