The SWAG Life

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Following the success of Melinda Rainey Thompson’s first book, SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully, her newest collection of humorous and touching essays and lists addresses such problems as aging, becoming your mother, raising children who love sports, dealing with the unexpected, and the fate of manners.

Much more than just funny (reason enough to read this, by the way), the collection captures those “exalted moments of heaven sandwiched right in the minutia of the daily ...

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Overview

Following the success of Melinda Rainey Thompson’s first book, SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully, her newest collection of humorous and touching essays and lists addresses such problems as aging, becoming your mother, raising children who love sports, dealing with the unexpected, and the fate of manners.

Much more than just funny (reason enough to read this, by the way), the collection captures those “exalted moments of heaven sandwiched right in the minutia of the daily grind.” Thompson shares plenty of SWAG life lessons that she has learned the hard way—through bumbling experience. Included are many of her most embarrassing moments, not only for the belly laughs, but to warn you away from making the same humiliating mistakes. She also has plenty of suggestions for improving society, starting with ten things better left in the past:
·Your pre-baby weight
·Sordid details of your previous marriages
·Your natural hair color
·Your prescription-medication history
·Labor and delivery stories
·Your high-school sports career
·Your overcoming-addiction stories
·Your vacation photographs
·Your college fraternity and sorority sportswear
·Family feuds

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895873514
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 837,567
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Rainey Thompson will always be “from” the small town of Greenville, Alabama, even though she has lived in Birmingham for the past twenty-five years. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Tulane University, where she was a Kappa Kappa
Gamma, and an MA in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a member of Birmingham-Southern College’s English faculty from 1988 to 1994. In August 1999, Melinda began writing and publishing The SWAG Letter, which continued for the next four years. Since then, she has published two books of her essay collections: SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully (2006) and The SWAG Life (2007). Her first book, SWAG, graced the SIBA best-seller list for 17 weeks in a row.

Melinda is married to Bill Thompson, a judge on Alabama’s Court of Civil Appeals. They have three children (Warner, Nat, and Lily), 10 fish that were supposed to die by now, and an 18-year-old cat that refuses to go into the light.
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    Posted July 25, 2014

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    Posted May 19, 2013

    Meg

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    Lexi

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    Posted April 30, 2013

    Darris

    Yea we are...me and jennifer alexaindra:) ...i just love her. "It will rain" by bruno mars is how i would feel if i lost her.

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    Posted November 11, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    Picked it up and couldn't put it down.

    I hadn't read SWAG, the author's first book, but I have recently bought it too and will be reading it as soon as I get the opportunity. There were many humorous parts to this book to make me laugh and that reflected my life as a wife, mother, friend, southerner etc... However, it was the tender parts that I liked the most. The stories that made me want to cry because they were so touching. Melinda Rainey Thompson has a real way with words. I want to read anything she writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    The SWAG Life is the perfect follow-up to Ms. Thompson's first book. She sees the humor in everyday situations and describes it in a way that is funny, often self-deprecating, and always compassionate. I feel like she could be the lady sitting next to me at the little-league baseball field, or my sister. She's certainly not a stranger, and I love reading her descriptions of random moments from her life -- especially where they intersect with mine! This book is great for any woman of a certain 'maturity' who's been through and is ready to laugh about family Thanksgiving dinners, angst over appropriate wardrobe, and the general hilarity, if you really think about it, of being a Southern Woman Aging Gracefully -- or at least trying to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2007

    Loved SWAG, love this one more!

    This book is even more my life than the first. Thompson writes about things from a different perspective in this book, and I can identify with her. I have children who play sports and are in those teenage years. She made me laugh when I thought I just might lose my mind.

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