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Southern Living (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback – August 26, 2003
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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“Winning . . . [A] breezy comic outing.”
—The New York Times
“You’ll think it’s a man’s world until you read Househusband, Ad Hudler’s hilarious debut. It will make you laugh, cry, and eat—move over Martha Stewart: wait until you taste his tortellini!”
Author of Big Stone Gap
“[An] engaging debut . . . With self-deprecating humor and adroit expression, Hudler delves deep into the American psyche of gender roles. . . . The dialogue rings with authenticity.”
—The State (Columbia, SC)
“A funny and insightful book . . . Should be required reading for men who wonder what their wives do all day.”
Author of Patty Jane’s House of Curl
Top Customer Reviews
Yet so many Southern habits, ideas and traditions now crowd my mind and household that I can't imagine not having experienced the place (I still live in Virginia, but Arlington doesn't really count as The South, despite its having brought forth that region's very scion, Robert E. Lee). Ad Hudler, author of the new comic novel SOUTHERN LIVING, has been similarly affected. In one interview, Hudler talks about how often during five years in Georgia he heard women use the term "cute," pronounced as "ke-YOOT," meaning that the thing/person/behavior described had their firm (although not necessarily long-lasting) seal of approval. (I can confirm this, having myself been in tiny towns full of boutiques whose purpose seems otherwise hazy and heard fellow shoppers say things like "Lookit this li'l Beanie Baby --- isn't it ke-YOOT?")
Hudler is also a transplanted Yankee, having grown up in Colorado with a firmly feminist mother. He found his little nuclear family living in Dixie when his journalist wife took a job with the Macon, Georgia newspaper.Read more ›
If you enjoy small town tales, check out Garden of Eden by Eve Adams (pseudonym). Now THAT is the charming tale I hoped Southern Living would be.
I was giddy with delight at Hudler's hilarious description of aesthetic nightmares of certain wealthy Southern homes so overly decorated that an unsuspecting Northerner may wonder if a fabric and trimmings store had exploded nearby, raining down endless layers of gaudiness upon the brass-and-burgundy abode.
However, although I'm far from a Southern Baptist, am neither a fundamentalist nor an evangelical, and I most certainly don't fit the Bible Belt mould, I was nonetheless offended at Hudler's blatantly disparaging, cruel mockery of Jesus and all things Christian. Why the author had to resort to such tasteless scenes as 2 main characters hysterically laughing at what they perceive as the absurdity of a figure of Jesus holding his bleeding heart in his hands is beyond me. Would Hudler dare mock other any other faith in the same way? I doubt it. After all, Christianity remains the one religion of which our politically correct culture still allows merciless mockery.
Sadly, the author fills this would-be enjoyable book with outrageous--and to some, gravely offensive--vitriol.
ijust started househusband today and am already almost finished...can't wait for a new one!!!
Boy, does this guy have women down pat.
How does he do it?
His charachters are so finely drawn that I could not put the book down. It's a superb read.
What a wonderful peek at the genteel South. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this book.
I'd recommend it to anyone. Highly!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not enjoy the book. It was one I had to make myself go back to finish it.Published 10 months ago by Sandra M. Blair
Ad Hudler must be related to Fanny Flag. Very entertaining and true. If you anticipate going to live in the south, read this first.Published 16 months ago by Peter H.
bought this book for the title alone..i swear......and couldnt help laughing out loud at some parts....and enjoying every second of reading it. def a worth buying bookPublished on January 27, 2011 by Virginia P
My preference in light fiction is charming southern characters. There weren't any charming or truly quirky people to capture me. Read morePublished on January 15, 2007 by Whitney Matthews
I found his portrayal of Southerners to be incredibly insulting. In fact, I found the entire book poorly written and not at all in the league of Fannie Flagg which the cover... Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by Gina P
Ad Hudler's "Southern Living" doesn't require much from the reader. Comfortable characters yearn for contentment; conflicts have tidy, predictable resolution, and Dixie... Read morePublished on March 14, 2004 by Bruce J. Wasser
I began reading this book while stranded in the airport, and it made the time fly by. i thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining commentary on life in the south and highly recommend... Read morePublished on February 14, 2004