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Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady: A Memoir Paperback – September 15, 1990
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“The damndest adventures in autobiography hilarity to come down the pike in recent years...She is a Bombeck with bite, a female Art Bushwald with Southern sass, an A-one original American humorist down to her wicked, wicked bones.” ―Susan Brownmiller
“An outrageous commentator on men, women, and other sources of amusement, particularly the Southern variety...Florence King never loses her warmth, her humor, or her ability to be delighted by life's inherent contradictions.” ―Chicago Sun-Time
“Miss King, who lives in Virginia, is among the few writers who can make you laugh and gasp out loud...She is a social commentator who wipes away the thick-as-molasses layers of Southern sham...Write on, Miss King.” ―Chattanooga Times
“She lesves more Old South traditions in shreds than Gen. William T. Sherman...Confessions of Failed Southern Lady should appeal to all belles, Southern not, failed or not.” ―Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Witty, intelligent, freewheeling...Surely the author told these stories before she wrote them, stretching and perfecting them with each telling, mining them for humor.” ―Newsday
About the Author
Florence King is the author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, With Charity Toward None, and other books. Though she still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Washington-fed yuppies may yet drive her father into the hills.
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Gentle readers such as myself may find the descriptions of her sexual adventures that occur towards the end of the book to be a little uncomfortable to get through. But although I may have blushed at a few places, overall the book is well worth the read.
Ms. King has a wonderful eye for people and she writes with a crisp, distinct style that left me laughing through most of the book. I would certainly recommend this book.
King is the daughter of an intelligent, self-educated Englishman and an uber-tomboy mother with blue Southern blood. This book recounts her misanthropic childhood, spent with her mismatched parents and her Old Guard maternal grandmother. She also discusses her college years -- including her fight for a non-secretarial education, the search for alcohol in a dry state and her discovery of her true sexual orientation. (It was truly shocking to find out what barriers she and her partner had to cross to be together.)
The book is stuffed with unforgettable characters, quotable lines and alternately hilarious and horrifying scenes.
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Somewhere a reviewer write that she 'cannot write a dull paragraph', and this is a fact.Read more