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A Southern Belle Primer: Or Why Paris Hilton Will Never Be a Kappa Kappa Gamma Paperback – September 12, 2006

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The Southern belle lives on, in a world of  proprieties and protocols that would shame the Royal  Family (and have). An uproarious guide to the  manners, mores, and mystique of the legendary ladies of  the South. What The Official Preppy  Handbook did for the madras-and-penny-loafer  set, A Southern Belle Primer  does for the indestructible ladies from below the  Mason-Dixon line.


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About the Author

Maryln Schwartz was a feature writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News. Her work has appeared in more than two hundred newspapers, and she has won numerous awards for her articles. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Ms. Schwartz lives in Dallas

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (September 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767925270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767925273
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After my father died in April of 2002, my mother and I drove to the Alabama coast to take a break from eighteen months of stress and sorrow. Mom bought two copies of the original book in Natchez, Mississippi and that night we laughed ourselves silly reading it out loud- the first wholehearted laughter we'd shared in a long time. The silverware Zodiac almost did us Acorn Pattern girls in and for the record, I put dark meat in my chicken salad and y'all can discuss me if you like.

My mother died eighteen months after my father. Her copy of this book now rests in my bookcase and her silverware is in my china cabinet. Whenever I get to missing her, I make myself some chicken salad and ice tea, pull the Southern Belle Primer out for company, and laugh all over again. I swear I can hear her own laughter as well.
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This is the 5th one I've purchased for my daughters and neices. My mother being a belle herself from New Orleans, I was raised on these principles. What a delightful way to pass down this knowledge to my girls. Its a fast and hysterical read, we laughed so hard on our trip to Atlanta we had to pull over. I recommend this for any lady who lives below the Mason Dixon line.
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I loved this book when it came out in 1990 (right?). I see it has been somewhat updated. It contains very helpful, true information. I just wish it wasn't all disguised as humor. Many of my friends didn't like this book because they thought it was making fun of us.
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I THOUGHT I WAS PURCHASING A NEW RELEASE BOOK. IT IS THE SAME BOOK PUBLISHED AS A SOUTHERN BELLE PRIMER OR WHY PRINCESS MARGARET WILL NEVER BE A KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA. THERE ARE A FEW PARAGRAPHS THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO REFLECT PARIS HILTON RATHER THAN PRINCESS MARGARET. THE ORIGINAL BOOK WAS A "5", BUT I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT I SPENT MONEY FOR THE SAME BOOK.
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This is the same basic book as, "Why Princess Margaret will never be a Kappa..."
It offers good insight into Southern women/culture in a lighthearted way.
Great for someone moving to the South or a young woman going to college in the South for the first time.
Easy and fun to read.
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Not only I, but my daughters and husband have loved and reread this book over the years till it wore out. The thing is, we're from a Southern background but have lived outside the South since childhood. The book was so much fun to read that I left it in the guest room, and very enlightening about our relatives and friends in the South.

It includes plenty of actually useful information, and a lot of fun things about traditions in the South. The good ones, not the bad ones.

So glad there is a new edition! I wish the writer would write one on Southern men now!
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...sorority. This book is a delightful satire *and* homage to the southern way of life. Yes, the southern way of life described in this book was ofteh stuffy, circumscribed, narrow, and, at times, just plain wrong. But silver patterns, mayo-laden casseroles, and the southern adjectival kiss of death ("She's NICE") are more than worth revisiting.
The audiobook edition is read by Dixie Carter, who does a tremendous job.
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I agree with the above reviewer in that this book is just like the first book. It only changes a couple of things, like adding a few comments about Paris Hilton. I do wish it had been a little more up-to-date but it is still a great read.
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