Confessions of a Rebel Debutante

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A delicious, laugh-out-loud funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a "proper young lady"...or not.

A strict regimen of Southern-belle grooming should have prepared Anna Fields for a lifetime of ladylike behavior.

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As it turned out, Anna-a smart, outspoken, bookish girl- was a dud at debbing. After being kicked out of cotillion classes, the "Rebel Deb" left North Carolina to seek her ...

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Overview

A delicious, laugh-out-loud funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a "proper young lady"...or not.

A strict regimen of Southern-belle grooming should have prepared Anna Fields for a lifetime of ladylike behavior.

But it didn't.

As it turned out, Anna-a smart, outspoken, bookish girl- was a dud at debbing. After being kicked out of cotillion classes, the "Rebel Deb" left North Carolina to seek her fortune. Her first stop was Brown University-right in the heart of Yankee-land-and then the crazy world of Hollywood talent agencies and celebrity-packed restaurants. After a disastrous stint as Diana Ross's personal assistant, Anna headed off to the Big Apple, where she worked for one of Bravo's Real Housewives. It's a rollicking, unlikely success story from a natural-born story­teller.

Sharp, sweet, and sassy, Confessions of a Rebel Debutante proves you can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl!

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Anyone who has ever been a debutante or a rebel knows that the two involve mutually exclusive attitudes, yet Fields takes what should be an oxymoronic state of mind and makes it work for her like some crazy hybrid confection: soft on the outside, hard in the center. From childhood high jinks in a sleepy southern town where she tried but failed to achieve vaunted deb status, to becoming a soap-opera scriptwriter in the heart of demon Yankeeland, Fields chronicles a lifetime of near-miss disasters that pile up like so much roadkill. Following the lows of Brownies and boarding school with the highs of Brown University and Beverly Hills, Fields' escapades resemble a Six Flags over Georgia thrill ride as she endures further demeaning stints as Diana Ross's personal assistant and on-demand tutor to the gnarly teenage daughter of a reality TV star. Armed with her "What would Scarlett do?" mantra, Fields shows how a rebellious southern belle can survive almost anywhere. —Carol Haggas
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Although Fields, a standup comedian and writer for As the World Turns, bemoans non-Southerners who “prefer to believe I grew up with Jim Bakker-style televangelists hoarding Confederate silver,” she dishes out plenty of stereotypes when recounting her own missteps up North—New Yorkers, for example, are “crammed into tiny little apartments... like sardines” and they all dress in black, and the subways are just awful. Fields's memoir skips from one set of anecdotes—boarding school in North Carolina, college at Brown, misadventures in Hollywood, living as a struggling writer in New York—to another, with occasional digressions intended to reflect a down-home common sense leavened by a rebellious streak. (As she remarks early on, she was groomed to be a debutante, but never did get to have her coming-out party.) Most of her stories are, however, unremarkable, and neither her experiences nor her insights stand out. Things pick up when she begins taking gratuitous swipes at celebrities she's encountered, from Julia Stiles (arrogant) to Diana Ross (“crazy-ass”); a later misadventure working for one of Bravo's Real Housewives reads like a Nanny Diariesknockoff. The overall effect is occasionally entertaining but ultimately ephemeral. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399156311
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Fields

Anna Fields was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A scriptwriter for "As The World Turns," she is also a successful playwright and stand-up comedian. She now lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Ch. 1 Sugar and Spice and ... Well, Mostly Just Sugar 9

Ch. 2 Fake IDs and Faker Tans ... How Scarlett Survives Her First Year of Boarding School: Tenth Grade 42

Ch. 3 Scarlett Faces the Inquisition ... and Becomes a Rebel Deb: Eleventh Grade 80

Ch. 4 How a Rebel Deb Semi-Steals a Car and Still Lands on Her Feet: Twelfth Grade 106

Ch. 5 (I Wish I Were) Charlotte Simmons: A Rebel Deb Goes to Brown 133

Ch. 6 From "Dollywood" to Hollywood: A Rebel Deb Goes to Los Angeles 156

Ch. 7 My Momma Says Hummus Looks Like Cat Sick: A Rebel Deb Finds Her Home in New York 203

Epilogue 271

Acknowledgments 273

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Hilarious coming of age story

    Anna Field's Confessions of a Rebel Debutante is a charming, funny and picaresque coming of age story. It details Anna's progress from a Southern teenager rebelling against her strict, old-fashioned boarding school (dedicated to the production of debutantes), to a neuroscience major at Brown University, a writing student at NYU, a personal assistant to Diana Ross, a tutor to the daughter of a Real Houswife of New York, and a soap opera writer. Southerners find Anna too liberal and rebellious, and Northerners complain she's too polite and Southern--but eventually Anna is able to find and be true to her own unique self, both as a woman and a writer.

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

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    Some girls aren't meant to be "proper". Anna could explain that better than anyone. Even though she was raised to act a certain way, she could not deny her free spirit. She was a "rebel" who didn't play by society's rules. Even though this made her an outcast, she was proud of who she was and stayed true to herself.

    This is by far the best memoir I have ever read. Anna is my kind of chick! This hilariously true tale is better than any reality TV show. I think that this is the type of book that would interest any reader. Four stars!

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