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From Publishers Weekly

Browne's fourth training manual for belles gone bad is a Southern-fried delight. It's ostensibly a guide to men, but it doesn't take long for the book's focus to return to the care, feeding, maintenance and revenge secrets of the SPQs. Men (or "spuds") are classified in categories including the platonic "Bud Spud," the beautiful-but-dense "Scud Spud," the shouldn't-wear-bikinis "Pud Spud" and the elusive "Spud Spud" (aka "Mr. Right" or "The One"). Browne is at her laugh-till-it-hurts best detailing her adventures having an eye- and facelift ("I have pretty much adopted plastic surgery as my hobby"), bowling ("There are few things in life... with a cringe-and-gag factor to rival that of putting rented shoes on one's own personal feet") and losing weight (temporarily) with acupuncture ("We would—and have—done anything to lose weight, except, of course, the obvious one: changing our eating habits"). As usual, there are also mouth-watering recipes for those with steel arteries. One bacon, cheese and cracker concoction advises a cooling off period "for maximum reabsorption of any grease that may have inadvertently escaped during baking." This is a high-caloric treat.
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The Sweet Potato Queens are a group of Southern women of a certain age known for their no-holds-barred approach to life and their no-nonsense brand of advice. Already having tackled love, financial planning, and cooking in previous best-sellers, chief queen Conner Browne returns with this guide to understanding the habits--mating, grooming, and everything in-between--of men. She categorizes the male of the species into eight groups: the Bud Spud, Dud Spud, Crud Spud, Fuddy-Dud Spud, Pud Spud, Blood Spud, Scud Spud, and the ultimate--the Spud Stud. Often it seems like she's re-treading old and tired male stereotypes, but she backs up her generalizations with anecdotal references. These hilarious and often unbelievable real-life snapshots are what separate this book from other male-bashing relationship guides. Perhaps most importantly, Browne reminds women that though good men exist, they're not the key to happiness. At times this field guide reads more like a sales catalog directing readers to the Web site where they can purchase Sweet Potato Queens' merchandise, but that won't deter Browne's legions of devotees. Aleksandra Kostovski
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st paper edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400049687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400049684
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Ayla on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had to leave the South, as Queen Jill and Tammy had already taken all the Cutest Boys...at least in the South! Last night I was asked to leave Amtrak's "Quiet Car" during my commute home, as even my attempts to stifle my laughter were disturbing the other passengers. As an acupuncturist, I must advise Jill that not only does it work for weight loss, but for "facial rejuvenation" as well. Unfortunately for me, treating myself would intrude on my lolling about time.

This is serving not only as a refresher course "Guide to Men," but I am also reading passages to my daughter as it is time for her education! She is speechless...mostly because she can't breathe.

Hilarious!!! All those things we think about men...the things we say to our girlfriends about our bodies and our men...and all the things our mothers told us that ladies don't say out loud!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Garrison VINE VOICE on November 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I love all the Sweet Potato Queens books, and this one is right up there with the very first one -- truly a great, hysterical read, all the way through to the end.

One of the things I like best about all the Sweet Potato Queen books is how much they celebrate women of all ages and shapes. Too much chick lit can sometimes leave a girl wondering if the really fun things in life only happen to thin girls in the city, but that's definitely not the case here.

Not only a fun book to read, but definitely a great gift -- for anyone upset about their man, or for a man who really wants to understand women but just isn't getting it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Michael Cohen on November 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
My wife and I have loved the Sweet Potato Queen books from the beginning. Reading them together became something of a ritual for us. This book, however, left us both rather disappointed.

Jill Conner Browne is a very talented writer, no question about that, and her latest book did offer several laugh-out-loud moments. Her descriptions of the various types of men (and the women who are involved with them) was very funny. She devoted one brief chapter to explaining why "he" didn't call, which combined humor and down-home good sense as only the SPQ can do.

However, Conner-Browne's distinctive literary voice has changed over the years, and not for the better. In one chapter she goes on endlessly about her plastic surgery experience, from which she recuperates with a shopping spree. In another section, she describes her experience with acuptuncture, blissfully glossing over the expense of it. Previously, the SPQ came across as folksy and full of love-for-life. In discussing her high-priced indulgences, however, she comes across as spoiled and decadent. This kind of self-worshipping prattle distances her from those of us who don't have endless piles of money, and frankly makes her book less enjoyable to read.

Mind you, this doesn't mean that the latest SPQ book isn't worth reading. My wife and I agreed that we were both glad we read it. However, we also agreed that compared to the previous books in the series, it just wasn't as good.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amy Bryan on November 9, 2004
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The Fourth book proves again this woman's books should be issued to all women as bibles of refrences in dealing with men and food. Not quite as fast paced as the other three but I still shot Dr Pepper out my nose laughing and almost choked on my fatten you right up roll! Can't wait for the Fifth.
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By Jacque on September 5, 2011
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It was like hearing too much about a good movie, then you go, and you are disappointed. The books ARE entertaining, don't get me wrong, but every review I read said how HILARIOUS the books were, how people had tears streaming down their faces while reading etc..... Ok, YES, I found myself chuckling in public, which I rarely do when reading, I gave the first book to a friend to enjoy and I have actually USED THE PROMISE concept from the book. (Which to my surprise - because I wasn't serious AT ALL about it - WORKED!) The books are very light reading - you'll blow through an entire one on a long flight. Jill writes about so many random things she has experienced as a wife, ex-wife, friend, sister, mother...... you are bound to connect with several of her pitfalls and relate to her comments about these things that no one ever actually SAYS. I recommend reading these books, but don't have high expectations, they are easy to read and entertaining. THATS ALL. Enjoy.
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As with the whole series of the Sweet Potatoe Queens this one did not dissappoint. It is an enjoyable read and gives you a laugh when everything else around you seems like the world is coming to an end (it is 2012 after all jk). It is refreshing to know that not only is it okay to laugh when you do something stupid but if you have true friends they to will laugh with you and tell on themselves when it's their time to win the Darwin award. It touches on real life matters but teaches us that if it didn't kill you one day you will look back and laugh and not imagine how it was such a big deal at the time. You can lose your page and pick up anywhere and enjoy yourself or read them over knowing what will be said and still laugh because the story is still that funny. If you get a chance read them all, they also have yummy recipies, perhaps not healthy but you only live once might as well stop and smell the flowers.
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