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A Southern Belle Primer: Why Princess Margaret Will Never Be a Kappa Kappa Gamma Paperback – August 1, 1991
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As a northern Belle (Detroit), I was completely tickled when I read this book. She confirmed so many of the things my mother and grandmother (both Alabama Belles) taught me when I was growing up, such as why I had to take ballet class. Turns out ballet class is the perfect place for a girl to learn to sparkle, and boy did I learn! (Ballet is also a good way to get girls accustom to wearing hosiery.)
Mrs. Schwartz explains the personality behind the silver pattern a girl chooses. I've read the section a million times, however, I'm still torn! My mother is a "Grand Baroque" girl. Grand Baroque girls have a sense of the dramatic, but also have a literary bent. My grandmother is an "Eloquence" girl. Eloquence girls like nice things and are extremely loyal. I'm a little of both, but I dare not mix silver patterns, that would just be tacky. Though I can't pick which one I should get, I've known since I was four years old that those two are the only patterns I'd ever consider. And don't tell my Grandmother, but the older I get, the more I learn toward "Grand Baroque."
"Southern Belle Primer" explains the Junior League's role in the South. Specifically, the Junior League is a volunteer organization. It flows directly into the vein of selflessness and consideration that Belles are taught to give everyone, thereby making life better for all they come in contact with.
I'll say this last little bit, then I'm finished. For Belles born outside the South, Mrs. Schwartz said "...sometimes the stork gets off course and deposits Southern Belles in Detroit, Hollywood, Washington, Las Vegas, even London and Paris.Read more ›
I chuckled at the first chapter's title "Who Are Your People?" because although I have lived my life barely straddling the Mason-Dixon line, this is still an often-asked question!
While some may put down these kinds of traditions, I found many of them to be touching. And in today's on-the-move society, isn't it nice to have the stability of tradition in one's life?
I am giving this book as a gift to my friend, who is a Brit marrying into a very southern family. She will hardly know what hit her otherwise.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This delightful book has brought many smiles, laughs and guffaws!
For you other GRITS out there (Girls Raised In The South), this is a must have! Read more
Laughter really IS the best medicine. A good friend and I were both facing difficult health issues a few years ago when we started reading this book out loud to each other one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alice
This is a fun book full of things that those of a certain era and place can truly understand. This is the book to get not the updated version.Published 1 month ago by Chris Coleman
I remember reading this book about 25 years ago. Someone must have given it to me because I would not have sought it out on my own. Southern Primer?? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carol Moore
I was temped to check "graphic violence" ;-)
it is an amusing book, informative and humorous.