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Confessions of a Rebel Debutante: A Cordial Invitation

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A fond, funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a proper young lady...or not.

How does a North Carolina native go from being a tomboy with catfish guts on her overalls to becoming the next Scarlett O'Hara? Turns out, it's not so easy. Too smart, too tall, too fat, too different...Anna Fields was a dud at debbing.

From tea parties to teased hair to where to hide mini bottles of liquor inside poufy crinoline ballgowns, Anna reveals all-in a ...

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Confessions of a Rebel Debutante: A Memoir

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Overview

A fond, funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a proper young lady...or not.

How does a North Carolina native go from being a tomboy with catfish guts on her overalls to becoming the next Scarlett O'Hara? Turns out, it's not so easy. Too smart, too tall, too fat, too different...Anna Fields was a dud at debbing.

From tea parties to teased hair to where to hide mini bottles of liquor inside poufy crinoline ballgowns, Anna reveals all-in a hilarious, behindthe-scenes glimpse into Deb Culture, where for a Southern belle, "the proof is in the pouf."

Unless, of course, she rebels...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238745
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.76 (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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