The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time [NOOK Book]

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Ride a bull. Chat up a Senator. And get your homework in on time. It’s all in a day’s work for a festival queen.

If you assume all pageant queens are airheads who can’t handle geography, or vain girls who like to parade around in bathing suits, then welcome to the alternative universe of America’s festival queens. With titles like Catfish Queen and Swine Queen, and royal duties ranging from leading parades to kissing frogs to doing PR for ...
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The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time

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Overview

Ride a bull. Chat up a Senator. And get your homework in on time. It’s all in a day’s work for a festival queen.

If you assume all pageant queens are airheads who can’t handle geography, or vain girls who like to parade around in bathing suits, then welcome to the alternative universe of America’s festival queens. With titles like Catfish Queen and Swine Queen, and royal duties ranging from leading parades to kissing frogs to doing PR for local industries, these hardworking girls represent the best of what America has to offer: local cultures, unique traditions, and the kind of can-do community spirit that makes Main Street sparkle with promise.

The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes us deep into the world of small-town festival queens to capture the true story of four “sisters of the sash”—the Frog, Fur, Cotton, and Cattle Queens of Louisiana—and their quest to win the ultimate crown, Queen of Queens. Traveling across the state, David Valdes Greenwood introduces us to local queens with lives full of public speaking, pig chases, and pageant politics. We ride with the girls during their one-year reign, where families and boyfriends can be as complicated as judge’s panels, and a queen’s dreams may be at the mercy of a Category 4 hurricane.

High-spirited yet down-home, suspenseful and genuinely moving, The Rhinestone Sisterhood is, at heart, a story of female friendship and rivalry, of triumph and disappointment—not to mention a Frog Queen who just wouldn’t quit. Anyone who has ever wanted to be a princess will feel right at home.


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  • David Valdes Greenwood
    David Valdes Greenwood  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307465290
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Valdes Greenwood is a lecturer at Tufts University and contributor to The Boston Globe Magazine. He is the author of two memoirs, Homo Domesticus and A Little Fruitcake.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2010

    From A LA Festival Queen; This book is great and really shows how hard we work to promote our festivals and towns

    I really enjoyed reading The Rhinestone Sisterhood, I read it in a day and a half. It was great to finally have someone come into our pageant world and allow everyone else to learn about it through this book. As you'll read festival pageants aren't like other pageants out there. We can go from jeans out on a farm to evening gowns at balls. I believe this book really captured what our jobs are and how important they our to Louisiana and its festivals. It was very nicely written and even though I'm in the pageant system and know many of the girls in the book it was still interesting and caught my attention because of how it went deep into the lives of the main four queen Brandy, Kristen, Lauren, and Chelsea. I learned so much more about the four of them that I never knew and really appreciated how they allowed their stories to be told.

    All in All great book!

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