Southern Lady Code : Essays
by Helen Ellis


Overview - Click Here For the Autographed Copy "I loved it." --Ann Patchett

The bestselling author of American Housewife ("Dark, deadpan and truly inventive." --The New York Times Book Review) is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.

Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

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Overview
Click Here For the Autographed Copy "I loved it." --Ann Patchett

The bestselling author of American Housewife ("Dark, deadpan and truly inventive." --The New York Times Book Review) is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.

Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385543897
  • ISBN-10: 0385543891
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish Date: April 2019
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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Perfect little gifts for mom

Helen Ellis’ essays in Southern Lady Code are witty missives from a woman both delighted and bemused by modern life. With bone-dry humor and seen-it-all poise, Ellis takes us through her childhood and into an adult life of uncomfortable mammogram appointments and, in one instance, a dinner party full of dishes that were popular in 1979. And New Yorker   writer Patricia Marx shares her mother’s particular approach to parenting in Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions, illustrated by Roz Chast’s signature hand. Case in point—when a young Marx announced that she was planning on running away, her mother said her goodbyes, packed her a lunch and then told her she could go wherever she wanted as long as she didn’t cross the street.

 
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