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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609804138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609804131
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Unlike other beauty queens, the Jackson, Miss., Sweet Potato Queens are self-crowned, rule for life (there's no "former" tag for these gals) and are real women?figure flaws and all. Originally organized in 1982, the Queens are, by their own account, "fallen Southern belles" and "female drag queens"?and as such, they are all about attitude and humor. This buoyantly funny guide to life and love is a hoot from the get-go as ringleader Browne offers queenly observations on life's most pressing issues. Some topics may seem trivial, such as tanning, making the most of big hair and delighting in "big, sturdy, serviceable, substantial Russian immigrant underwear" for pregnant women (it's so "indescribably comfy" that "you may never go back"), but they are expertly mined for laughs. Non-cooks may reconsider when reading the hilariously artery-clogging recipes in the chapter "What to Eat When Tragedy Strikes," highlighting the four main food groups (sweet, salty, fried and au gratin) and suitable for both therapeutic and recreational eating. The life-affirming final chapter reminds readers of life's many options: "Life may indeed be short, but it is, for a fact, wide." If you can't get enough of the Queens, you can visit their Web site (coming in January): www.sweetpotatoqueens.com.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Let me say right up front that I had never heard of the Sweet Potato Queens until their book landed on my front porch. If you too are unenlightened, let me inform you that they are a group of women in green sequined dresses, red wigs, and "enhanced" figures that participate in parades and other events in the South, led by founding Queen (and humor writer) Browne. Their tongue-in-cheek advice includes chapters on maintaining the queenly look, magic words to get any man to do your bidding, and what to eat when tragedy strikes. The book includes recipes ("chocolate stuff" for when you're feeling down) and addresses (where to order fake teeth). But chapters like "The Five Men You Must Have in Your Life at All Times" and "Men Who May Need Killing, Quite Frankly" just weren't all that funny. Some of the stories were touching, and there's more than a little truth to all of them, but most of this book is a bit heavy-handed. Strictly a regional title; not recommended for most libraries.?Kathy Ingels Helmond, Indianapolis-Marion Cty. P.L.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Jill Conner Browne is the multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine Sweet Potato Queens® books and has created a global phenomenon--6,200 chapter groups in 37 countries--based upon her philosophy and world-view as recounted through these rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays. Women and smart men understand that the bawdy, sassy, down-to-earth humor is simply the vehicle by which the greater message is conveyed--that is, one of self-reliance and empowerment, inspiring all to do what makes their hearts sing.

Customer Reviews

Fun book and a fast read.
Carolyn A. Courtney
The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love does and does it in spades.
Melody Hopkinson
I laughed at loud while reading this book at times.
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144 of 146 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
"The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love" will have you calling friends and reading them quotations, which is usually annoying, but in this case will probably make them want to buy their own copy, and I heartily suggest that they do. The Book is at once hilariously funny and utterly sensible. My copy has taken up residence on the shelf along with a few treasured others, to be read and re-read innumerable times in the future.
The Sweet Potato Queens take a bit of explaining. A tradition in the Jackson, Mississippi Saint Patrick's Day parade since 1982, they were founded by the Original and Supreme Queen, author Jill Conner Browne. They are all women of a certain age; past the first bloom of youth, one might say, but proof that you can blossom into something better after. The Queens appear in the parade, waving graciously from their float and tossing trinkets to the adoring crowds. They are easy to spot, traditionally garbed in green sequined mini-dresses (with hugely amplified bosoms and busts), flowing red wigs, Revlon Love That Pink lipstick, and majorette boots. It is often said of the Queens that "[they] turn into someone else when they put those outfits on." Queen Jill responds that they in fact are completely themselves only when they put those outfits on, and this is what the book is hilariously, wisely about; living the life you like, giving yourself what you desire, and having a really good time.
Queen Jill graces the lucky reader with advice on how to live a Queenly life. I could begin quoting the parts that made me laugh, but that would mean copying out the whole book, so I'll simply tell you that The Book is consistently, screamingly funny without ever being mean.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Sherrie Martin on September 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gently reared females are taught that less is more. But females also know that rules were made to be broken, and sometimes you've just got to let your hair down, tease it up, buy yourself a tiara, and strut your stuff in sequins because ... more is so much better!
The Sweet Potato Queens break all the rules with an earthy joie de vivre that is hysterical to read. Since nobody is going to do it for you, appoint yourself the queen of whatever, stock up on comfort food, and read this book. From majorette boots and white girls and suntans to men who may need killing and zippity-doo-dah, I hooted like a loon. I was raised to be prepared, but I never thought of pocket hams. I loved the possum story and the recipes for Chocolate Stuff and Fat Mama's Knock You Naked Margaritas, but my favorite was the one about the mixing bowl. You may not want your mama, if she's prissy, to be reading about making The Promise in spikes and trashy lingerie, but women of a certain age will bust a gut laughing. This is by far the funniest book I've read this year and, believe me, I'll read it again next time I get the blues.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mamalinde on February 12, 2001
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I thought I was the only woman who ever told her spousal unit I only wanted to be put on a pedestal, worshiped and adored, that's all. He thought I was kidding, so I bought a tiara. While he still doesn't get it, I did move up a notch when I whipped up some of Miss Lexie's pineapple casserole. I was thrilled beyond measure when a church friend (or should I say Goddess?) handed me this book and said that I just had to be a Sweet Potato Queen. Well, the cover was amusing, and a few pages into this wonderful book I knew I had received a huge compliment. The naughty but oh so nice Sweet Potato Queens have wisdom and insight for women of a certain age, and deliver it in such a way as to leave the reader laughing out loud (in between rolls on the floor). Not a book to read in public, or possibly to share with your mama. But I've paired it with the latest adventure of the Sweet Potato Queens (God Bless the Sweet Potato Queens!) and found it to be the most marvelous gift to give a friend who already has a twinge of the right attitude. Interestingly enough, it is NOT a regional tome, since Princess Calamity Joan in NEW YAUWK, said "The book almost killed me. I'd get laughing so hard, I'd start wheezing...and then I couldn't breathe at all...and the tears were streaming out my eyes. I'm far too 'edgy' to be a Su'thrun Belle...and at first I thought...Nuts, these gals have a p'tiklar hook on this stuff....and then it dawned on me that the words in the SPQ's tome were words I'd uttered myself years ago, usually to myself, sometimes to other knowing women...and that all these 'insights' are more about the women and less about the geographical location....I'll bet my last dollar that there are SPQ's in Seattle and Sitka!"
So - push that button and order at least a couple of these valuable books, `cause you are going to want to own it as a reference/cookbook and you are gonna want to share the fun with your friends. The Princess Lightning Bolt
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
The title made me smile. The cover photo made me grin. But that's nothing compared my response to the real life advice for "ladies of a certain age" that fills the book. I laughed out loud -- and often. But the best thing about the Sweet Potato Queen's book is the fun you get from giving it to a friend. I shared my copy with a special person who I love to laugh with. Since then we have had an ongoing, hilarious dialogue fantasizing new ways to use what we've learned (especially about promising guys what they really want). We think the advice from the Sweet Potato Queens can help us save the world, or at least our small corner of it. It's not often that a book which takes just a couple of hours to read also helps a friendship grow and might well help readers rescue a community from the hands of seemingly ruthless developers. I highly recommend that you buy this book now -- but at the same time you must choose which friend you want to share some ongoing and very funny times with too.
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