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You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations on Life from the Shallow End of the Pool Paperback – August 16, 2011
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“[Rivenbark]'s as rebellious, irreverent, and comical as ever.” ―Publishers Weekly
“...a rip-roaring read.... What makes Rivenbark's writing so entertaining is that it's a lot like seeing a stand-up comedy act: she does an uncanny job of keeping the flow of comedy fresh.” ―Book Reporter
About the Author
Celia Rivenbark is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank; Bless Your Heart, Tramp; Belle Weather; and You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the Morning. We're Just Like You, Only Prettier won a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor. Born and raised in Duplin County, North Carolina, Rivenbark grew up in a small house "with a red barn out back that was populated by a couple of dozen lanky and unvaccinated cats." She started out writing for her hometown paper. She writes a weekly, nationally syndicated humor column for the Myrtle Beach Sun News. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Rivenbark takes no prisoners with her witty essays on topics ranging from Twitter to elementary school science fairs and the cultures associated with them. She pokes fun at Southern culture, sexual addiction and politics as well. Some of the essays are laugh-out-loud funny, some of them are snarky and some of them are thought-provoking. Many of them are all three. She even takes on her family, with adventures featuring Duh-Hubby and Princess-Daughter. (And yes, she shares family secret recipes. Really.)
If you like columnists in the vein of Dave Barry, Rivenbark's work is for you.
(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)
From Roberts' wife
Also, Ms Riverbank is frequently self-deprecating. The other major thing that struck me is that unlike many comedians, she's up on the latest in pop culture, as well as the current slang. It's not often that you see the word a**hat in print, used correctly.
If you're OK with a "If we can't make fun of _____, then we can't make fun of anything, so let's just leave it at the door, and have fun" sort of attitude, give the book a read-through. If you're easily offended, enjoy fart jokes, or like Hello Kitty, this is definitely not for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an ok book but not something I would want to read again. Only had a few funny moments.Published 8 months ago by Thaddeus Wozniak
These stories are not very funny. I couldn't finish the book.Published 8 months ago by DulcineaLady
Typical Rivenbark - totally hilarious, you won't stop laughing.Published 8 months ago by Lu Anne CLark
I'd love to meet this woman, she is hysterical. Just don't read in bed if your partner is sleeping because I guarantee your snorting laughs will awaken even the neighborsPublished 9 months ago by M. Carter
This wasn't as good as her other books that I've read. It really was just OKPublished 9 months ago by Cheryl Scaia
Love Celia Rivenbark. Have read other books by her and she never disappoints me. When I need to laugh, I grab her book.Published 12 months ago by Wylene5977