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 KostovskiCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved