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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312614209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312614201
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sharon E. Cathcart VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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This is the fourth of Celia Rivenbark's books that I have read; suffice it to say that I'm a fan.

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.)
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This is the first book I've read by Celia Rivenbark and while I really wanted to like it the humor just fell a bit short for me. Not having a husband or children and not being from the South may have been part of the reason why, but overall I just didn't have any of the moments of laughing out loud that other readers did. After reading the multitude of great reviews I thought that I would be unable to put this book down but that wasn't the case. It just came off as one long rant about fiber, Snuggies, Twitter etc. After awhile I just got sick of it, I can only assume this is written for a more settled, older audience, because I just didn't find it funny at all. I'll maybe try one of her earlier books but if you're a twenty something you might want to look at something else like Laurie Notaro's Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club.
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Few books make me smile and laugh out loud. Janet Evanovich can do it, and now Celia Rivenbark does it. You can read a chapter and let it go, or you can read the whole thing. You will love her and her family and her no nonsense way of looking at the genteel south. I have now purchase all of her books and they remain one of my favorites. I have even passed them on to friends who need a quick pick-me-up. Life is tough, we don't always have to read about it being tough. These are a wonderful, happy release. I used to read Erma Bombeck, bless her heart, now Celia has filled that void.
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Okay, first I have to tell you that I love snark and sarcasm. Also, while I don't use bad words very often, I do think there are times when they punctuate a story like no other word can. So with those two things said, I cannot like this book. I can tell what the author is going for, I just think it is a fail. The poor word choices combined with bad snarky supposed-to-be-funny-but-instead-falls-flat humor makes for a book I have had to suffer through slowly one chapter at a time. I did not want to read more than a chapter even once. I suppose there is an audience for this book...perhaps if one uses foul language all the time, this book would just be unfunny and hard to read...which might appeal to someone, maybe?? However, the title did make me laugh out loud...so I guess the author is capable of being a bit funny every once in a while, yes?
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One of Celia Rivenbark's very best! A lot of laughs for a little amount of money. Book is very reasonably priced and is a very easy read. You can't put it down once you start it. You could also call this the "Best of Celia Rivenbark." Great Value - Highly recommend.
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I read all Ms Rivenbarks books but curiously she writes about weight issues and from her pics I don't see it. But as for this book she makes fun of the hand that feeds her. Writing disparagingly about the fat women at Wal-mart and their double butts is in my view hypocritical considering the woman on the cover of her own book has one..in her eyes at least. She has lost a reader.

From Roberts' wife
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Celia Riverbank has a razor-sharp wit that had me laughing aloud (fairly loudly, much to the alarm of my husband, who rushed in to see what was wrong when he heard my shrieks) in multiple places. She talks about her life, her husband (Duh Hubby), and her daughter (Princess), frequently interjecting a bit of commentary or snark. At the end of the day, although she does snark rather well at her family, you can see that she does still have a deep love for them both, and that she's rather happy to have them around.

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.
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Very funny. I adore Celia Rivenbark! The last one I read by her was "you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning" and I liked that one a little better, but this one gave me plentiful giggles! I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys snark and sarcasm
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