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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle Paperback – May 1, 2010
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“With Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Olivia deBelle Byrd proves that she is the real thing—an authentic Southern Belle with stories galore. I can’t wait to give this hilarious and heartwarming book to all my sweet friends.”
—CASSANDRA KING, author of The Same Sweet Girls
“As a fifth generation Southerner, I thought I knew all there was to know about Southern culture. However, Olivia deBelle Byrd has taught me a thing or two. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown covers everything from Sunday church, beauty pageants and Northern exposure with humorous insight. This is one that you’ll want to savor with a mint julep!”
—MICHAEL MORRIS, author of A Place Called Wiregrass
“Olivia deBelle Byrd is a wonderful writer if you happen to enjoy wit, talent, charm, and good looks. Anyone who has ever cracked a grin at the works of Nora Ephron or Fannie Flagg owes it to herself to read Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, which is the warmest, wisest, funniest book I’ve read in a month of Sundays. It’s like lunch with your wittiest friends—full of heart, love, and juicy gossip!”
—ROBERT LELEUX, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy
With storytelling written in the finest Southern tradition from the soap operas of Chandler Street in the quaint town of Gainesville, Georgia, to a country store on the Alabama state line, Olivia deBelle Byrd delves with wit and amusement into the world of the Deep South with all its unique idiosyncrasies and colloquialisms.
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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a collection of 41 anecdotes about the author's memories of growing up in the South.
The author explains this book was written at the suggestion of her husband as he heard her tell many of these stories over and over. All I can say is thank you to her husband for this wonderful suggestion!
Each anecdote is very short. Each one will make you laugh and at the same time you will learn a mini-lesson filled with wisdom.
I loved each of the anecdotes but some of my favorites are: Directionally Challenged, Robert Redford, Breaking and Entering, Possum Queen, and A Southern Belle Errs.
What makes this book such a great read is the author writes exactly what she is thinks. The reader will feel like they are right there beside her as she is telling these stories.
All readers will love this book but I would recommend that every woman read it. If you had a stressful day, reading just one of these anecdotes will make you laugh and feel much better. If you live in the North, you will see things might be a little different growing up in the South but the wisdom that comes from each of these essays would be the same no matter where you grew up.
Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a very enjoyable, humorous and entertaining read. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys the humor we all see in our lives even though we might not recognize it as being funny at that very moment!
I asked my mother about some of the people in the book and she told me about each. As 'Mama Byrd' got older, she would catch a ride to Enterprise on the Pepsi delivery truck......(as her family owned the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. in Panama City). She visited close friends, including my grandmother, Mrs.Clyde Capps. They continued to stay in close contact by calling or writing each other. (I could still pick out Mrs. Byrd's distinctive handwriting.)
I hope that the author continues to write about her memories of such interesting REAL LIFE characters. We 'know just what you are talking about'!
Becky Brock Wiggins
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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown is a funny and charming little book full of short stories and anecdotes about being a true Southern woman.Read more