Just Don't Call Me Ma'am: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties with (Most of) My Dignity Still Intact

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Anna Mitchael is like a lot of the women you know. In fact, she may even be a lot like you. In her fast-moving world, she might be called on as a friend, coworker, daughter, girlfriend, confidante, brat, cynic, or domestic-goddess-in-training. She's willing to juggle pretty much anything that gets thrown her way, but the one label she simply won't embrace is ma'am.

Like so many bright-eyed college graduates before her, Mitchael begins her twenties armed with the conviction that...

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Overview


Anna Mitchael is like a lot of the women you know. In fact, she may even be a lot like you. In her fast-moving world, she might be called on as a friend, coworker, daughter, girlfriend, confidante, brat, cynic, or domestic-goddess-in-training. She's willing to juggle pretty much anything that gets thrown her way, but the one label she simply won't embrace is ma'am.

Like so many bright-eyed college graduates before her, Mitchael begins her twenties armed with the conviction that the world is hers for the taking. And she discovers that it is, mostly—only no one told her just how often she’d have to pick herself up off the floor along the way.

Written for every woman who’s experienced the ups and downs of trying to figure out who you’re really meant to be, Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am is a story of one woman and the choices that add up to be her twentysomething life—and of how sometimes you have to remember where you came from before you can figure out where you’re going.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781580053167
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

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    A Fun, Witty and Memorable Memoir!

    Just Don't Call Me Ma'am was a fun, witty and memorable memoir by Anna. There are so many elements I loved about this book. I automatically connected with Anna's sense of humor and well-written storytelling. Being I am a twenty-something year old I found a lot of her life stories relatable and laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed seeing Anna's transition from a Southern belle to a big city woman. She takes the readers through a journey of relationships, stereotypes, life-altering moments and so much more. Her voice was full of raw honesty and had no shame in embracing her life lessons.

    The stories that stood out to me had to do with her Grandmother. Unfortunately, I never really got to know my Grandma, being that she lived in Greece. So, it was refreshing to see the bond that Anna had with her. It definitely made me want to go down to the South to have some comfort food by somebody's grandparent. I have no complaints or flaws about this memoir. It was by far my favorite and will look forward to Anna's future works. She's an excellent writer and knows how to take the reader on a joyous ride! I recommend this book to individual's who are looking for a sarcastic, real and quirky story to devour. However, some parts of this book might not be suitable for young teens.

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    Will resonate with many women

    Anna Mitchael may look like a grown-up woman on the outside, but inside she's the eternal party animal. Unfortunately, the bagger at the grocery store has the wildly myopic view of her from the outside, and so he does the unthinkable. He calls her "Ma'am." Just Don't Call Me Ma'am is Mitchael's renegade hillbilly holler to the universe that she is nobody's ma'am, and she has no interest in clip clopping off into the sunset following some stereotypical, societal-paved path of a woman's life. "Grocery-store baggers of The United States of America, consider yourselves warned," Mitchael writes in the introduction to her memoir.

    Mitchael begins the story by flipping over and revealing her soft, pale (though still fabulous) underbelly, her most vulnerable self. We meet her in the moments before she is about to be ditched by her long-term, live-in boyfriend. But worse, she didn't even see it coming, so distracted was she by Pottery Barn furniture, Saturday pancakes and trips to exotic locales. The author makes the interesting choice to write this first chapter distinctly in the second person. "You wake up and assume it will be a Saturday like any other Saturday," she begins, seemingly implying to readers, Yes, this is your story too, but hang on to your hat, baby, because I'm holding the reins. And off she goes, careening wildly down the homestretch toward the big 3-0.

    Readers who appreciate her humor will fly through this memoir, finding that Mitchael's literary flair comes as much in the telling of the story as in the small in-between sentences and metaphors that will elicit a laugh, a knowing nod, or an "Amen, sister." Readers may feel a slight dip of disappointment when it becomes apparent that the author will spend a portion of the book rehashing the failed romance to "the Yankee." But like an understanding BFF, we are rewarded by hanging in there a while, because, hey, we've been there and perhaps we'll be there again, so it just plain makes good karmic sense to smile sympathetically while she licks her wounds. And as Mitchael never sacrifices the comedy for the telling of the tragedy, readers' entertainment value cascades throughout the memoir. Pick up this book, and enjoy the wild and wooly ride.

    Quill says: With a finely tuned blend of humor of pathos, this memoir will resonate with many women.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    JUST DON'T CALL ME MA'AM

    HOW I DITCHED THE SOUTH, FORGOT MY MANNERS, AND MANAGED TO SURVIVE MY TWENTIES WITH (MOST OF) MY DIGNITY STILL INTACT

    Just Don't Call Me Ma'am: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties with (Most of) My Dignity Still Intact
    This story takes us on a trip with the author through her twenties and into her past. Leaving the south after college, through many states as she moves for jobs and boyfriends and into her past with her wonderful visits to Grandma Camp, and how her mother and grandmother think she should live her life. She realizes she is really growing up a teenage bagger at a grocery store calls her "MA'AM".
    "You can call me a *****, a diva, a hussy or a ho. Just don't call me ma'am."

    I enjoyed this book, it reminded me of the way I left home the day after high school graduation with big ideas and found myself moving home at least once to rethink my big ideas. It is touching, funny and well written. I loved the relationship with her grandma, which was similar in a way to mine, my grandma lived with us all through my high school years and beyond. The "silent treatment" was precious! So if you're twenty something you may find this book interesting because Anna may be a lot like you, but if you are a parent or grandparent you will find yourself laughing out loud and find you were not alone when your kids or grand kids ignored your advice. For everyone you may learn a little something, like it's ok to go home again to the people who will always love you, no matter what.

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