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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

Book Description

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing; First Edition edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600377483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600377488
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle by Olivia deBelle Byrd is an absolutely amazing book. At just over 150 pages it is an incredibly fast and funny read. The anecdotes remind my of Erma Bombeck and Lewis Grizzard all rolled into one delightfully hilarious book of Southern comfort. The image of her husband leaping out of the car to have a showdown with their son only to have his pants fall around his knees..."I'm here to tell you, your sense of authority is greatly compromised when you are standing on the side of the road with your pants in a pile around your ankles." All the way to Olivia threatening to go bonkers and embarrass her son at every opportunity that presents itself. ("'Well, all I can say,' he answered, 'is that you're well on your way.'") These are stories that I'll remember long after I've passed this book on.

But as much humor as there is--and the book is chock full--there is wisdom embedded as well. I particularly liked her explanation of self-esteem:

"You can tell children they are intelligent or beautiful or talented all you want, but that doesn't give them self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from trying and failing and finally succeeding. It comes from your own efforts and not those of your parents."

Southern humor sprinkled with Southern wisdom makes for an enticing combination that is impossible to resist. Combine that with a wonderfully accessible writing style and you have a real winner! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the South, witty anecdotes, family humor and just plain excellent writing. Four and a half stars out of five. (Amazon would only let me go with a straight four or five)
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If you have read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel or The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love , you only got a small sample of the art of the Southern Woman. This book, Miss Hidreth Wore Brown, should take away the stereotype blinders that these books have given you.

Olivia Byrd tells essays of old time Southern life that most novels glimps over. Southerns have their own view of the world, the author recants these anecdoes with a pinch of Sunday dinner and a mountain of true Southern charm. Her storytelling ability is amazing. She takes her readership to the real South.

This is the other side of Jeff Foxworthy-land. You may find a redneck here and there, but Miss Byrd puts them in their southern places. Her inner Southern Belle is real, hip and truly witty. She is a straight Shooter and gets to the heart of the matter.

When I got tp reading the chapter called "The Art of Bargaining", I counted the remaining pages. I really wondered if I should slow down since I was enjoying myself too much. As I was reading the chapter on Bargaining, I also wanted to ask the author when is her next book.

She and Bailey White tread in similar circles...But I find Miss Byrd a lot funnier,,and so will you. She is a prize that you must savor and relish over after Sunday Dinner

Bennet Pomerantz
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Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle
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!
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MISS HILDRETH WORE BROWN: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle is a relic - and a welcome one at that! Author Olivia deBelle Byrd charmingly details moments in Southern etiquette that span memory of childhood and the manners taught for generations and then compares those with incidents she encounters today - incidents that simply do not fall under the good upbringing of Southern belles - or their children...... Her writing style is smart, to the point, and oh so intimidating as when observes behaviors or modern customs that 'won't do' or do not fit into the pattern of the gentility of the South.

This is by no means a scolding book: Bryd makes fun of her own ideas and upbringing and shares many stories that are laugh out loud funny. And she knows how to use that snide wit in more subtle ways, too. But the overall feeling after reading this short book of anecdotes is how far we have slipped in our consideration of common courtesy and proper manners - not only in the South but also across the country. Topics like not writing thank you notes will sting the readers who not only have ceased this bit of civility but also make them reflect on the training they have passed on to their own children. Byrd entertains us, yes, but she also is a fine watchdog for reminding us (in her own gentle Southern fashion) just what well-bred folks are forgetting. Emily Post would approve - and probably chuckle, too! Grady Harp, August 10
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