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Mama Makes up Her Mind; And Other Dangers of Southern Living
     

Mama Makes up Her Mind; And Other Dangers of Southern Living

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by B. White
 

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In this national bestseller, Bailey White—whose accounts of Southern eccentricity have enchanted millions of listeners to National Public Radio—offers a humorous, touching, story-filled memoir of her home in south Georgia. "Bailey White's sketches evoke a sort of real-life Lake Wobegon."—The New York Times.

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In this national bestseller, Bailey White—whose accounts of Southern eccentricity have enchanted millions of listeners to National Public Radio—offers a humorous, touching, story-filled memoir of her home in south Georgia. "Bailey White's sketches evoke a sort of real-life Lake Wobegon."—The New York Times.

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Ray Olson
Solely for reviving the "voice" of the storyteller, National Public Radio should be funded in perpetuity. The winningest monologuist NPR's given us may be Bailey White. She's the first-grade teacher from south Georgia with the husky voice with the crack in it that makes you want to say, "Dear! put some honey lemonade on that throat and rest it awhile." She lives with her prodigious mama in a house that, listening to her, you'd think must be Fibber McGee's closet blown up to mansion proportions. She drove the same car faithfully for about 20 years, bought another that conked out kinda quick, then a third with the help of none other than Gen. Robert E. Lee. She knows people like the lady who saw the "Titanic" en route to the iceberg, and has relatives like Aunt Belle, who trained an alligator to come bellow for a treat. "And" she's a volunteer fireman ["sic"], the smallest on the force. She tells us all about it on the radio and all over again in this book. She's marvelous on the air, but dang'd if she isn't funnier, livelier, more stylish in the aural theater of the reader's mind. Or read her stuff out loud the way you think it ought to be inflected. Anyway, she's a great humorist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201632958
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/20/1993
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Bailey White teaches elementary school in south Georgia, her writing has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and her bestselling book Mama Makes Up Her Mind was nominated for the Southern Book Award and the ABBY Award. She is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All things Considered.

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Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Vickie Cooley More than 1 year ago
Good southern stories. I have read it severl times and still makes me lol.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I laughed till I cried. Hilarious yet beautiful prose...divine storytelling, eccentric characters. If you love Southern tales this book will delight you from beginning to end. I've read everything Bailey White has written and keep waiting (hoping) for her to write more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book back when it was first published. It's still, by far, one of the best and funniest books I've ever read. The story about the bicycle race going past her mom's house - after her mom has moved the bathtub to the front porch - is a running joke in my family. Reminds me of growing up in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bailey White's heart warming tales remind me of the stories I heard as a child....before TV & Movies. These are the rich kind of tales that only an elder can repeat and embellish. They become dearer with each telling. Without these we would have no past.