Friday, May 27, 2011

Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy - by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)

The bestselling author of Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! returns with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie.

Guided by principles from the ancient Belle Doctrine, the host of radio and television's All Things Southern offers down-home advice on everything from health and fitness-managing thy caloric calculations without going Straight Running Crazy and surviving the Raging Inferno Syndrome (aka hot flashes)-to the Southern art of handling your man (Bubba Whispering). Whether giving business tips or debunking the Big Boned Theory, making political observations or celebrating the inevitable resurgence of big hair, Shellie is an adviser women can relate to and laugh with regardless of their age or which side of the Mason-Dixon they call home.

My Thoughts:

With chapter titles like, “She Got Those Heavy Legs from Her Mama’s Side,” and “Self-Cleaning Underwear, an Idea Whose Time Should Never Come” the reader knows right away that Shellie Rushing Tomlinson’s book is going to be slightly different from the average reading material. But when you find truly Southern recipes that are under the heading: “Main Dish Recipes to Make Him Sit Up and Beg” – well, you have something special indeed!

“Sue Ellen’s Girl…” was my first introduction you Tomlinson’s sense of humor, and as a Southern gal myself, I have to say it was pretty funny. I don’t know if I found it funny because I could relate to the situations, or if they were so crazy they just hit my funny bone. Either way, this is a very humorous look into a Southern Belle’s point of view, albeit a rather rambling sort of try-to-keep-up-with-my-train-of-thought kind of way.

The collection of vignettes do contain some pretty universal human conditions, and I think no matter which side of the Mason-Dixon Line you find yourself, you will be able to relate to much of Tomlinson’s work. If you like to cook like I do, you’ll make sure you make copies of some of the recipes to cram into your family cook book! If you have a gal in your life who needs a humorous pick-me-up…pick up a copy of this book today!

About the Author:

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson and her husband Phil live and farm in the Louisiana Delta. Shellie is the author of Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road, Twas the Night Before the Very First Christmas, Southern Comfort with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, and the Penguin Group USA release, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On, voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance.

Tomlinson is owner and publisher of All Things Southern and the host of the weekly radio show All Things Southern as well as a weekly video segment by the same name. Listeners also hear Shellie in her All Things Southern Newsstar Lousiana Road Trips.

When Shellie isn't writing, speaking, taping her show, answering email or writing content for the next deadline, you can find her playing tennis with Dixie Belle, (the chocolate lab who thinks she is in
charge of running Shellie's life).

You can purchase a copy of this hilarious book HERE!!

To celebrate the Sue Ellen’s release, Shellie is having a Facebook Party!

Join Shellie and the gang on June 2nd at 5:00 PM PST (6 MST, 7 CST, 8 EST) for a Southern style shin-dig! She'll be dishing on Bubba Whispering, debunking the Big Boned Theory, and how to manage going Straight Running Crazy. If you don't know what any of that is, then be sure to pick up a copy of the book (Not necessary to join the fun! Who knows - you might win a copy!) and join us at 5:00 pm on June 2nd at Shellie's Facebook page. And tell your friends - she's giving away copies of her books and some great gift certificates.


Unknown said...

I went and bought this book last week just because of the title alone!! I've only gotten to read the first few pages, but I can't wait to get a good dose of her sense of humor. :o)

Shellie Tomlinson said...

Thank you for the nice review. :) I'm glad you enjoyed Sue Ellen enough to recommend her to your readers and I hope you to see you at my Facebook party!