The Sweet Potato Queen's Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit

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Overview

When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you’ve got a baby on the way.

Part of that new math, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne - whom USA Today calls “just plain funny” - includes the addition of an outsize sense of humor to balance the equation of your growing family.

The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is a hilarious (though not scientifically tested) wink at the time-honored mysteries ...

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Overview

When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you’ve got a baby on the way.

Part of that new math, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne - whom USA Today calls “just plain funny” - includes the addition of an outsize sense of humor to balance the equation of your growing family.

The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is a hilarious (though not scientifically tested) wink at the time-honored mysteries of parenting, for anybody who has ever had a kid or has ever known one, knows that the experience is neither fun nor profitable - so, you might as well laugh!

As each generation begins its hopeful, happy, and, yes, sometimes harrowing journey together as Parent and Child, together they spawn a new body of “knowledge,” the nuances of which will elude the Experts every time. Here are stories of the things we do for Mother Love - or, the most incredibly full-time volunteer job ever - and tips guaranteed not to be found in any other parenting guide.

- How to Talk to a Pregnant Woman
- How the Diamonds on Delivery Policy Can Speed Up the Labor Nature Intended
- Why a Good Mother Is Always Adept at Subterfuge
- The List of Things You Wouldn’t Think You Would Have to Tell Kids Not to Do
- Why Mothers of Sons Can Never Retire and
- Why, for Parents, It’s Just a Short Drive to the Poorhouse

The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit will have everyone who’s ever been a parent - or ever thought of becoming one - or been a child - or is still one - giggling and grinning (no small feat) through those child-bearing years…and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Browne once again proves she's the perfect reader of her own rollicking, raucous and riotously funny essays on motherhood and child rearing. You don't have to be a parent or even on the road to parenthood to appreciate her skewed views on the topic. She wonders why mothers dispense scare tactic misinformation to promote abstinence (like French kissing will make you "turn up pregnant") when the truth is far more frightening (episiotomies and "nipples the size of salad plates"). Browne's spirited reading coaxes the laughs out of the material with a gentle Southern drawl, not a standup comic's rim shot. Her observational humor is mixed with tales of empowerment and life lessons. Listeners will have a hard time staying dry-eyed during the final chapter where, choked with emotion, Browne relives a harrowing month that included a fatal car accident and a cancer diagnosis for a woman who was a second mother to her. Simultaneous release with the Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, Nov. 12). (Jan. 1)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423311287
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Sweet Potato Queens Series , #0
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Conner Browne
Jill Conner Browne, New York Times bestselling author and Boss Queen, tours and speaks full-time about all things Queenly. She is the author of The Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big-Ass Novel; The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide; The Sweet Potato Queens’ Field Guide to Men: Every Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay, or Dead; The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner); God Save the Sweet Potato Queens; and The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

Biography

Those without a sense of humor need not read any further.

Now that that's out of the way, welcome to the world of Jill Conner Browne, self-proclaimed "Sweet Potato Queen" and internationally-proclaimed fabulously funny writer of romantic advice, tantalizingly tasty recipes, and -- now, for the first time -- rip-roaring fiction! While Browne is no doubt the queen-bee of the Sweet Potato set, apparently there are factions of other such queens all across the nation. You may even have one in your very own neighborhood; they can always be recognized by their flashy sunglasses, even flashier red fright wigs, their sly pseudonyms of "Tammy" (which they acquire to ‘protect their identities'), and the chilly margaritas inevitably clenched in their hands. The illustrious Sweet Potato Queens have all loved and lost, maybe they're approaching middle-age, and they certainly enjoy a bawdy tale as much as a frosty beverage. As their ranks continue to grow, Jill Conner Browne's popularity and success does, as well -- which is quite an improvement over her less than ideal beginnings.

About fifteen years ago, Browne was awash in financial troubles, twice divorced, and responsible for a little girl and a sickly mother. To combat her less-than-glamorous life, she and a clutch of friends took on the absurdly glamorous personas of the Sweet Potato Queens, parading around the streets of Mississippi in a sweet potato farm truck, dolled up in outrageous tiaras and feather boas. Soon enough the Sweet Potato Queens became something of a local phenomenon, which Browne parlayed into hilariously in-your-face columns about love, life, family, and men. The publication of her very first book The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love followed. The volume was an all-out explosion of ribald, good-natured advice (ex: "The True Magic Words Guaranteed to Get Any Man to Do Your Bidding") and, of course, a smashing recipe for the perfect margarita. With the massive success of Browne's first book, her life suddenly took a turn for the better and she became one of the hottest writers going. Her uproarious sequel God Save the Sweet Potato Queens solidified Browne's status as a role model for other women looking to break out of their shells. The book offered up more advice ("Dating for the advanced, or advancing"; "The joys of marriage -- if you must"), as well as more lip-smacking recipes.

Such recipes were the chief focus of The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner) , a carefree compendium of secret recipes ("The Gooiest Cake in the World"; "Bitch Bar Bacon Swimps") and some tongue-in-cheek financial advice ("Hope that Daddy lives forever").

By now, the Sweet Potato Queens had grown into a veritable nationwide army, eager to devour new titles like The Sweet Potato Queens' Field Guide to Men and The Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner/Divorce Guide. With The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel, Browne's first foray into fiction, the origin of the Queens is finally (and fictionally) revealed. Publishers Weekly for one hopes that Conner's debut as a novelist is just the beginning of her fiction career, declaring it "a GEN-U-WINE page-turner of a novel" and rhapsodizing, "Browne's hilarious and heartwarming debut sets sturdy groundwork for future fictional follies."

Good To Know

Now that Browne has introduced the world to the Sweet Potato Queens via her hilarious books, she is continuing to spread the word in person. She regularly does public appearance tours in which she speaks "about all things Queenly."

Browne is not the only writer in the Conner clan. Her sister Judy is the author of the similarly humorous Southern Fried Divorce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    I wanted so much to like this book.

    After the dismal failures of the last few books, I was hoping tha author rediscovered the talent she displayed in her first offering. Sadly, she did not. This book is a total disappointment, and sadly lacking in even a few good paragraphs to make shelling out hard-earned money worthwhile. Most of it is a rehash of earlier writings, or stories borrowed from other people -- nothing fresh or new. I have been a huge fan of the author's ever since her first book. Reread that one, and pass this one on by.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book is a funny look at the way to raise your children and how each parent must look at their child and laugh at least once a day b/c if we don't we might fall apart. This book has great humor and a really great way to relate to moms and dads everywhere. Great read you won't be sorry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I like to mix up my reading and the Sweet Potato Queens' always make me laugh. So funny and so true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    Sweet

    A humorous look at child raising by none other than the Sweet Potato Queen. Found the book to be easy reading that brought a few smiles out. Lacked the belly busting laughing moments that earlier books in this series produced. But a must have to complete the collection of the Queen's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    First Time Reader-I laughed my 'Ass' off!

    I discovered this book on tape at my local library. What a pleasure to listen to an audio book with Jill reading her own book. I do not believe anyone could do the book justice,her personality comes over very strong. It compelled me to go to her website to see if all of this 'Queen' stuff was really real. I found myself telling all of my girl friends about the book and can not wait for them to read it as well. So we can have fun sharing the'Butt Head' momments that are kids do. As a working mom with 3 kids I truely needed this good laugh that the book gave me.

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