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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
What happens when a group of women all named Tammy get together with their fearless ringleader, Jill, and strut down the road in the middle of Jackson, Mississippi wearing green sequined dresses and pink majorette boots during the annual St. Patrick's Day parade? Oh, I'd say a mild case of hysteria at best....
They're called The Sweet Potato Queens and every one wants to be one. Founder of the Queens and author of this book, Jill Conner Browne has given us much insight into the wacky world of Sweet Potato-ness, all while making the rest of us mortals insanely jealous that we didn't think of it first. Read on as Jill gives us advice on dating, marriage, divorce, children, men and acting like a lady -- Sweet Potato style. While not for the tame at heart, one who enjoys bawdy and rated-R humor will most likely devour this book.
God Save the Potato Queens is an excellent follow-up to the pandemonium that is The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love. I recommend that you read them in order since the first book's subjects are referred to in the second book, and Jill is not going to review them for you just to save you 13 bucks! An excellent addition to the libraries of Southern fiction fans as well as readers who agree Fritos and margaritas is the fifth major food group. Eat up!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2001
Only Jill Conner Browne and her Royal Court of Tammy's could inspire the world with simple prose and potent "Promise"! This is a smile every page kind of book, that had me laughing till my jaw hurt. It is the sort of book you will want to buy and share with your friends and maybe even an enemy or two. (It can only help either way!) I bought copies for all the clergy I know and asked them to use a few of Jill's powerful stories to brighten up those Sunday Morning sermons that are real "sleepers" of another sort. Problem is, more than one preacher selected the wrong stories to share from their pulpit and now assorted clergy and prelates across the USA are talking about adding GOD SAVE THE SWEET POTATO QUEENS to the "INDEX". So don't delay...BUY YOUR COPY TODAY before it is banned in Boston. I have even heard that copies are being sent to the Vatican for immediate translation and review...God Save The Sweet Potato Queens and God save us all from Sad Saints!
Be sure to read the chapter on "Death-Defying Recipes" that will make any soul sing! Death Corn Five is a must try at that next after-funeral gathering. Even if you don't like the corn (and you will) just think of how much fun it will be to tell others about where you found the recipe. Sure to brighten up even the most somber funeral gathering. This is a book you won't want to miss and a fitting follow-up to her first work: "The Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love". Guys, this book will help you understand chicks better than any other you've ever read...and it is short with easy words too! Thanks Jill and Vivat Regina!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2001
Jill Conner Browne just keeps getting better. God Save the SPQ's is in every respect better than her fabulous debut, The SPQ's Book of Love. Jill has a point of view, a brilliant sense of humor, and a voice I'd kill for. Or at least hurt badly for. Sure, she's funny as hell, but what makes this second book even better than the first is Jill's willingness to expose herself...so to speak. She shows us that the humor frequently comes from not-so-funny places. I think it was Phyllis Diller who said, "Comedy is tragedy revisited." With Jill as your tour guide, you'll laugh as you learn. And after all the funny, funny, funny, she heeds the advice of the late, great Willie Morris, and brings you back to the sweetness. And it makes you cry and feel like you've connected with someone. All books should do so well.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2001
After reading the Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love last year, I thought it was the cat's meow. When I found out the second book was coming out, I was first in line! I didn't think it would be possible for Jill Conner Browne to do it, but God Save the Sweet Potato Queens is just as well-written and witty as her first novel. I found myself chuckling a lot and have passed the book on to a friend to read.
Throughout the book (when you can stop yourself from giggling at the wacky anecdotes concerning all the 'Tammys') there are interesting tips, new sweet potato queens' slang terms, and of course fabulous recipes! If you liked the first book, you'll love this one, too. If you haven't read either of them, you're missing out bless your heart....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2001
If y'all are as particular as I about no-nonsense advice, eat-until-it-hurts cookin', big wigs, sequins, tiaras, and to whom you give The Promise, look no further than Jill Conner Browne's masterful follow-up to her "Book of Love." I swear, Jill's tongue and her brazen wit have actually gotten SHARPER since her debut...and she'll still "Lick You All Over for 10 Cents." My sides have been hurting for days with this one (or is that just the Twinkie Pie?)! God save the Tammys and God save the Sweet Tater Queen!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2001
I hate sweet potatoes but I love the Sweet Potato Queens. I read excepts to my husband and now he is scared and says that the book is dangerous. I say that it is a must-read for anyone who has ever been a woman or is wanting to be one in the near future!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2001
The Tammys, those Mississippi belles gone bad, are back with another hysterically funny cross-section of their bigger than life lives. Just a sampling of the chapter titles should be sufficient to give you a good feel for the irreverent joy in store when you read this: My Hors Are Moning; A Pot to Priss In; What to do When the Rabbit Dies; Divorce, Dating Again, and Revirgination; Civil Rights, Body Hair, and Other Delicate Matters; and, of course, More Death-Defying Recipes. Let me just tell y'all, if you work somewhere sedate and dignified, don't try to read this there because I guarantee you're going to be hooting out loud and you might even wet your pants a little. God save the Sweet Potato Queens, God love 'em and, God willing, there will be a SPQ3 soon.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2001
What a delight!! I have read some wonderful books in my 60 something years, but Sweet Potato Queens Book Of Love, and your God Save the Sweet Potato Queens, are some of the funniest, and most entertaining works in print. I think any man regardless of age ought to read these books- in fact they should become compulsory reading. John Parrott Crestview, Florida
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2001
God save the Sweet Potato Queens is a fabulous follow up to the Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love. Jill Conner Brown and the Tammys are riotously funny but still down to earth. After reading this book, I did something I have never done before--I e-mailed the author. She is just as funny on-line as she is in print. This book exposes more of the things that make the South both bizarre and incomparably wonderful. I highly recommend both books for anyone you know who has anything remotely resembling a sense of humor.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2001
This is another hysterical romp with the Queens. It's inspiring, shocking, educational and above all enjoyable. Beware before you start this book--the laundry won't get done, your family won't eat--you'll simply want to loll about with the Queens and share in their glorious adventures and revel in their spot-on advice. Thank you Ms. Browne for introducing me to a whole new world filled with unforgettable characters. I loved this book and give it 5 tiaras! Long live the Queens.
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