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Product Details

  • Series: Sweet Tea
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc. (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967303508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967303505
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brilliant compilation of southern women's stories in the tradition of Anne Rivers Siddons." -- Harriet Klausner, Midwest Book Review

"Delightful. Brew tea or grab something stronger, sit down and enjoy." --Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed novels including the Sneaky Pie Brown mystery series." -- Anonymous reviewer

"Miss Julia would feel right at home on the front porches and in the living rooms and kitchens where these delightful stories originated. SWEET TEA AND JESUS SHOES stir her memories, as well as my own." -- Ann B. Ross, author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

"Storytelling is back with all its southern habits and charms, thanks to six women who are making it easier to get it in print. The stories are so good you'll be hungry for more." -- Liz Carpenter, acclaimed author and former press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson

"Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a feast for any reader." -- Lisa Knighton, editor, Georgia Women Speak

"Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a joyful and endearing collection of nostalgic stories which are sure to win the hearts of readers everywhere." -- Phyllis George, Miss America, TV Personality & Businesswoman

"Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is the debut book from BelleBooks, a small publishing house that caters to Southern fare. The anthology is a collection of family stories that depict the love of family, tradition, and humor which can appear eccentric in other regions, but south of the Mason-Dixon, it's just family. ...knee-slapping humor, two-hanky emotion, and pro-wrestling action into a rich tapestry that defines what it is to be born Southern. ...Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes joins the works of Fannie Flagg, Lewis Grizzard, and Florence King in capturing the Southern experience. Pull up a rocker and pour another sweet tea." -- Joyce Dixon, Southern Scribe Reviews

"These fine veteran writers not only treat their fans to wonderful stories but also dish up their favorite recipes like Sweet Tea and Mama's Pecan Pie for readers to savor!

Don't miss this simply yummy anthology!" -- Pat Rouse, Romantic Times Columnist

"This book is rich in storytelling and makes me long for those southern days as a child listening to the stories of the past." --Barbara Dooley, author, radio talk show host, and wife of University of Georgia Athletic Director, Vince Dooley

From the Publisher

Among the collection's authors are multi-published, award-winning writers Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, and Sandra Chastain. All three are natives of Georgia with pioneer family backgrounds. Smith's 1997 nationally best-selling novel, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, (Bantam Books) received glowing reviews and was called "a page turner" by Publishers Weekly. Smith made news this year with a two-book, $1.2 million deal to write southern-based novels for Little, Brown. Donna Ball is the highly-lauded author of more than 80 novels in both genre and general-list fiction. Her novel, THE PASSION (writing as Donna Boyd, Avon Books,) was acclaimed last year as a "brilliantly erotic tale" by Midwest Book Review and "magical" by Publishers Weekly. Sandra Chastain is the popular author of over 40 novels in contemporary and historical women's fiction. Rendevous Reviews calls her stories "good for the heart." Her current title, THE RUNAWAY BRIDE (Bantam Books,) is a featured selection of the Doubleday Book Club.

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Customer Reviews

I loved this book from first page to last.
Cari M Cole
Wonderful collection of sweet southern stories, strong women, and good times.
L. Scarboro
I really enjoyed reading these short stories.
S. Hogue

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By BarkLessWagMore on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes is a charming collection of stories that range from sweetly sentimental tear-jerkers to laugh out loud funny slice-of-life tales. And, best of all, there isn't a dud in the entire bunch. All of the stories were obviously written with love and each is an author's memory of living in the South. The book is broken up into three sections titled: Precious Memories, Family Portraits (wow, do these ladies have some nutty relatives and neighbors!) and Beloved Critters. Being an animal lover the "Beloved Critters" section contained some of my favorite stories in the collection. The hands down winner for me was Donna Ball's UP JUMPS THE DEVIL. It's about a big, slobbering, affectionate dog that sends an entire town into an uproar and gives one grasping old bitty her comeuppance. This story had me in stitches and will be reread whenever I'm in dire need of a good laugh. The book is a little pricey, at $14.95 for only 171 pages of storytelling, but I feel its stories are worth splurging on (or saving for).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Karen Harbaugh on August 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is worth the price. I was only part way done with it, when I had to e-mail my friends and tell them all about it. I was chuckling and sighing through the stories, and enjoying it every bit, good enough to read aloud. And when I do, I swear I start to have a bit of a twang in my words, even though I'm not from the South. The authors' voices are sure and strong, the stories are funny and heartwarming, and I really can't say enough good things about them.
This is a book sure to get you out of a funk. In particular, "Up Jumps the Devil," by Donna Ball had me falling off my chair because I was laughing so hard! I must have been pretty loud, too, because my husband ran up wondering what all the commotion was about. Of course, I gave him the book, and had the prime opportunity to see him fall off his chair, too. Good job, ladies! I'm buying this book for my relatives in North Carolina, Florida, and Texas, and sending it to them.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes" is a book of short stories. The kind of stories that family and close friends tell at reunions. The kind of stories in which truth is stranger and funnier than fiction.
You'll walk to Bible School with children in the depression. You'll wait at home with the women while the men folk go hunting. You'll see both sides of the long standing feud between a southern woman and her in-laws. You'll meet a mixed breed black dog named Lucifer who went to a picnic and a revival.
Get a glass of sweet tea, and sit in a rocker by the fireplace. Rock your way back in time with five southern women storytellers as your tour guide. You're sure to end each story with a smile on your face and a contented sigh.
Published May 2000 by BelleBooks, authors Deborah Smith, Donna Ball, Nancy Knight, Sandra Chastain, Debra Dixon, Virginia Ellis.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A reader on December 26, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love the title of this book so much! This is a book of stories by Southern women writers. A lot of the stories really struck a chord with me. I laughed. I cried. The stories that stuck with me are "Grandma Tells a Tale," "Fingerprints," "Cookie the One-Eyed Horse," "Grandpapa's Garden," and "Sweet Tea." They are everything that is good about Southern fiction: strong sense of place, interesting characters, tug at your heartstrings, quirky, and just plain Southern.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pix_Z on March 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I needed a break, a short, fun break from all the nutrition and health books I've been reading lately. "Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes" gave just what I needed. It's a delightful collection of anecdotes, the kind you tell when your family gets together for a reunion and that usually start off "Hey, remember that time when Aunt so-and-so did such-and-such?" All infused with Southern flavor.
Come and cry, laugh, and smile as the authors transport you to the South. You only need a stay a little while, as the stories are only about 5-10 pages on average (perfect for a short story before you go to sleep!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Niki Collins-queen, Author VINE VOICE on November 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes" is a charming, fun-filled nostalgic look at life in the South. It is down to earth, funny and refreshing. The six author's stories made me look at my family with new eyes and new chuckles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Broday on August 14, 2000
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This book is the epitome of everything that is good and decent in this world. The stories speak to your heart and leave the reader wanting more. At the book's end, I found myself hungry for more. I want to know what else happened to these wonderful, delightful people. I simply wasn't satisfied with the small glimpses into their lives. I needed more tales to satisfy my craving. The stories were extremely humorous, but at the same time, gave life lessons to all of us. I sincerely hope there is a part two book in the offing! Hats off to some very talented ladies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cari M Cole on June 28, 2000
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Open the cover of this book and prepare to enter the real South. Through this collection of short stories the authors have given us snapshots of how life is viewed by real Southerners--that is mostly with a sense of humor and always with heart. I loved this book from first page to last. Filled with love and family, quirky characters and just plain folks it's a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. One more thing, no matter what part of the country you're from you will recognize people you have known and loved, because some things are universal.
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