Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments
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Bless Your Heart, Tramp: And Other Southern Endearments

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by Celia Rivenbark
     
 

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From the wickedly hilarious pen of Southern humorist Celia Rivenbark comes a collection of essays that brings to mind Dave Barry (in high heels) or Jeff Foxworthy (in a prom dress).

Step into the wacky world of "womanless wedding" fund-raisers, in which Bubbas wear boas. Meet two sisters who fight rural boredom by washing Budweiser cans and cutting them into

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From the wickedly hilarious pen of Southern humorist Celia Rivenbark comes a collection of essays that brings to mind Dave Barry (in high heels) or Jeff Foxworthy (in a prom dress).

Step into the wacky world of "womanless wedding" fund-raisers, in which Bubbas wear boas. Meet two sisters who fight rural boredom by washing Budweiser cans and cutting them into pieces to make clothing. Learn why the word snow sends any right-thinking Southerner careening to the Food Lion for extra loaves of bread and little else.

Humor columnist and slightly crazed belle-by-birth Celia Rivenbark tackles these and other lard-laden subjects in Bless Your Heart, Tramp, a hilarious look at Southern---and just plain human---foibles, up-close and personal.
So pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and curl up on the pie-azza with Bless Your Heart, Tramp.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Bright, witty, and warm.” —St. Petersburg Times

“Hilarious---and right on the money.” —The Charlotte Observer

“Just when you think Erma Bombeck strip-mined the comedy out of motherhood, Rivenbark shows off some sparkling new gems.” —The State (Columbia , SC)

Southerners sometimes try to convince us that they're just like northerners, but Celia Rivenbark knows better. After all, the Myrtle Beach Sun News humor columnist didn't write a book called We're Just Like You, Only Prettier to promote globalization. In her new titter-inducing tome, Celia introduces culturally impoverished Yankees to the joys of "womanless wedding" fundraisers, fried turkey, and Budweiser couture. It's even more fun than church-social gossip.
Library Journal
Southern humorist Rivenbark (We're Just Like You, Only Prettier) is back with a new short essay collection that explores home life, the South, and various topics such as tofu, greeting cards, Barbie, and Al Gore. The writings are loosely divided into three major sections-"At Home," "The South," "And Everywhere Else"-but they are unconnected and do not require to be read in any particular order. This is not presented as an anthology of Rivenbark's weekly columns for the Myrtle Beach Sun News (titled "From the Belle Tower"), yet the length and discrete nature of the essays suggest previous publication. Rivenbark's observations are quirky and entertaining but rarely scathing; her pride in being a belle is tempered by her ability to take a lighthearted look at serious and occasionally provocative issues. Larger public libraries-particularly those in the South-should consider purchasing.-Audrey Snowden, Cleveland P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312343422
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
386,037
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.18(h) x 0.70(d)

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Chapter One

A Mom Looks at Forty

Having a baby at age forty, or any age for that matter, is a whopping life-changer. We went from impetuous, "What? A new martini and cigar lounge opens tonight? We are there!" kinda folks to the couple who spends Saturday night at K&W begging our twenty-month-old to please stop spitting creamed corn on our sweatpants.

You go from buying pricey bags of mesclun greens to eating iceberg because it's thirty-nine cents a head this week with your VIC card. Fish sticks find their way into your freezer although nobody, including the kid, can stand them.

I spent twenty-two years writing for newspapers, but my palms never got soggy and my heart never beat too fast when I was interviewing folks like Jay Leno, Nick Nolte, or Jimmy Carter. You don't know nervous until you're sitting in a pediatrician's office wondering why you have to wait your stupid turn behind the football physicals when your toddler's fever is so high she's speaking in tongues and thinks everybody else in the room is Franklin the turtle.

You go from wearing little chocolate-colored business suits to wearing chocolate. You now wear your Regulation Issue Mommy Uniform, the one they hand you in the delivery room: leggings that are pilly on the inner thighs and whichever of your husband's T-shirts just came out of the dryer and—hooray!—is still long enough to cover your ass.

You trade in your briefcase for a diaper bag, but because you're what my obstetrician once called "a geriatric mom" (notice he only said that once), you do manage to take back the ten or so you got at the shower with lambs and dancing lollipops on them, and you use the cash to buy a nice, understated one from L.L. Bean. It has your monogram on it, but the letters don't look right because, for now and maybe always, the only thing you'll be known as is M.O.M.

And that is just fine.

You feel stupid times infinity for all the things you used to tell your friends who had children. "I'd NEVER let my children eat french fries or drink soda!" Right. That little rule got broken after the first screaming-so-loud-they're-going-to-call-Child-Protective-Services hissy fit at Target.

Hons, I was cramming Mr. Pibb and Pringles into that baby faster than you could say "redneck mom with Sun Drop in the bottle on Aisle 7."

And of course there was the laughably naive statement I made to a new mom friend of mine a few years ago: "I'd NEVER let my baby sleep in the bed with my husband and me."

Technically, that still holds true around here. She doesn't sleep in the bed with us because, by four a.m., having grown tired of being kicked in the McNuggets for hours, my husband is usually snoozing peacefully in the spare bedroom.

I used to think that nothing could beat the adrenaline rush that comes with beating the competition on a big news story.

Wrong again. A fireside chat with Saddam or Fidel couldn't top being the first mommy in the play group to announce successful potty training.

The fresh-faced mom at the playground (who wore the Mommy Uniform favored by the twentysomethings—Gap khakis and a white T-shirt topped with an oversized Banana Republic sweater) told me that her son, Ian or Liam or Ethan, I forget which, was potty-trained at eighteen months!

I threw her perky little body to the ground and planted my knee in her chest 'til she cried for mercy.

Okay, so that only happened in one of my Ally McEat-something fantasies, but it could happen. Anything could happen. That's the point. There aren't any headlines or scoops anymore, and happy hour is the one when Dad comes through that front door and I can finally pee, but this is the best assignment I've ever had.

Honest.

Copyright © 2000 by Celia Rivenbark

Meet the Author

Celia Rivenbark is the author of the award-winning bestsellers Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank, 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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Bless Your Heart, Tramp 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Insights into southern culture, horror stories, and full-out belly laughs, this book has it all. I can't believe this author is not better known--actually on the NYT bestseller list. You don't have to be southern to appreciate and understand what she's talking about, but it really helps if you are. Her take on the difference in husbands and wives when they're sick is at once funny, sad, and unfortunately, all too true.
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MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
Hilarious Highly recommended. You'll laugh out loud
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Celia book and I have been hooked since!
party-arty More than 1 year ago
Makes me wish I was a Southerner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laughed my ass off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really funny and easy to relate too.
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Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud funny!!
Rachel11 More than 1 year ago
Belly laughs, graphic pictorials in your head. I am not Southern, but yet completely understood what the author had to say. Read if you want to laugh out loud, and loose yourself in in light, but cannot-put-this-book down way
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This amusing essay collection focuses on the southern perspective and home life. The book is broken into three categories: ¿At Home¿, ¿The South¿, ¿And Everywhere Else¿. The contributions are lighthearted amusing and fun to read as a variety of subjects from mama tips to spiked NASA Tang to Wrestlemania are shredded and diced like slaw at a fad diet explosion. Nothing is sacred though nothing is totally gored not even Al. From family recipes to the Rock and his wife Dr. Ms. Rock on to Adam West, Celia Rivenbark provides the below the Mason-Dixon demarcation line but above the Mickey Mouse border look at life. If you have to ask who Adam West is, you¿re probably too young for this sassy slice of Southern sympathy served with ice tea but no grits.------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Take the whole YaYa Sisterhood, throw in a couple of Sweet Potato Queens, add a dab of Jeff Foxworthy, a tad of Dave Barry and a teense of Erma Bombeck and you have Mama Celia's recipe for a good time. Even though Misseriz Rivenbark is Southern --let there be no doubt--ya'll folks from up North can appreciate her take on holiday newsletters (always one in the family), big fake bazumbas and those blasted amish bread starters. You got to love a woman who understands the concept of respect whether it refers to a discount store ('The KMarts' or 'The WalMarts') or an older neighbor lady (always stick 'Miss' or 'Aunt' in front of the first name), but who will--with all due respect, of course--ask where did Lorena Bobbitt get a knife THAT sharp? And speaking of sharp, that's what the book is. It is sharp. And right good, too.