Yankee Doodle Dixie: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter



Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa's poised to go to the next level--because whether in Vermont ...

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Overview

A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter



Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa's poised to go to the next level--because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity...and ultimately, love.


Having watched her life turn into a nor'easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that's a task easier said then done…Leelee's a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again. Filled with heart and humor, women's fiction fans will delight in this novel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Baker seamlessly expands her 2004 Hugo and Nebula-nominated novella of the same title into tale of nonconformist survival. Widow Mary Griffith and her daughters relocate to an oddly anachronistic Mars, a world dominated by the badly run British Arean Company. Declared redundant by BAC, Mary establishes the first bar on Mars, which prevails despite the moralistic disapproval of her former bosses. Her customers are colorful characters who exist at the periphery of Martian society, from shyster Stanford Crosley to would-be "space cowboy" Ottorio Vespucci. Mary's family, friends and neighbors struggle to survive economic setbacks, the inhospitable climate and BAC's hostility to all forms of eccentricity. Though the international politics are sometimes threadbare, Baker's tale of individualists battling enforced conformity is a worthy evolution of her novella and will especially appeal to longtime science fiction fans. (May)

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429990448
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Series: Dixie Series, #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 94,732
  • File size: 320 KB

Meet the Author

Lisa Patton

LISA PATTON is a Memphis, Tennessee native who spent three years as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters drove her back down South. A former promotion director for both radio and TV in Memphis, Lisa also worked as a manager of the Historic Orpheum Theatre. She has over 20 years' experience working in the music and entertainment business, including several years with five-time Grammy Award winner, Michael McDonald. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Lisa guides walking tours of Historic Downtown Franklin, her hometown in Tennessee. Currently at work on her third novel, Lisa is the proud mother of two sons and a little Havanese puppy dog named Rosie. To learn more about her, you can visit Lisa's Web site.


LISA PATTON spent over twenty years in the music industry before discovering her passion for novel writing and is now the bestselling author of Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter and Yankee Doodle Dixie. Both novels have been featured on the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Bestseller List, and in 2010 Lisa was selected by Target as an Emerging Author. Born and raised in Memphis, Lisa spent time as a Vermont innkeeper until three sub-zero winters sent her speeding back down South. When she's not writing Lisa guides walking tours of Historic Downtown Franklin, her hometown in Tennessee, and also writes for Southern Exposure Magazine. Lisa is the proud mother of two sons and a little Havanese pooch named Rosie.
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The Empress of Mars


By Baker, Kage

Tor Books

Copyright © 2009 Baker, Kage
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765318909

Chapter One

 

The Big Red Balloon

What were the British doing on Mars?

For one thing, they had no difficulty calculating with metric figures. For another, their space exploration effort had not been fueled primarily by a military-industrial complex. This meant that it had never received infusions of taxpayers’ money on the huge scale of certain other nations, but also meant that its continued existence had been unaffected by bungled wars or inconvenient peace treaties. Without the prospect of offworld missile bases, the major powers’ interest in colonizing space had quite melted away. This left plenty of room for the private sector.

There was only one question, then: was there money on Mars?

There had definitely been money on Luna. The British Lunar Company had done quite well by its stockholders, with the proceeds from its mining and tourism divisions. Luna had been a great place to channel societal malcontents as well, guaranteeing a workforce of rugged individualists and others who couldn’t fit in Down Home without medication.

But Luna was pretty thoroughly old news now and no longer anywhere near as profitable as it had been, thanks to the miners’ strikes and the litigation with the Ephesian Church over the Diana of Luna incident. Nor was itromantic anymore: its sterile silver valleys were becoming domesticated, domed over with tract housing for all the clerks the BLC needed. Bureaucrats and missionaries had done for Luna as a frontier.

The psychiatric Hospitals were filling up with unemployed rugged individualists again. Profit margins were down. The BLC turned its thoughtful eyes to Mars.

Harder to get to than Luna, but nominally easier to colonize. Bigger, but on the other hand no easy gravity well with which to ship ore down to Earth. This ruled out mining for export as a means of profit. And as for low-gravity experiments, they were cheaper and easier to do on Luna. What, really, had Mars to offer to the hopeful capitalist?

Only the prospect of terraforming. And terraforming would cost a lot of money and a lot of effort, with the successful result being a place slightly less hospitable than Outer Mongolia in the dead of winter.

But what are spin doctors for?

So the British Arean Company had been formed, with suitably orchestrated media fanfare. Historical clichés were dusted off and repackaged to look shiny-new. Games and films were produced to create a public appetite for adventure in rocky red landscapes. Clever advertising did its best to convince people they’d missed a golden opportunity by not buying lots on Luna when the land up there was dirt cheap, but intimated that they needn’t kick themselves any longer: a second chance was coming for an even better deal! And so forth and so on.

It all had the desired effect. A lot of people gave the British Arean Company a great deal of money in return for shares of stock that, technically speaking, weren’t worth the pixels with which they were impressively depicted in old-engraving style. The big red balloon was launched. Missions to Mars were launched, a domed base was built, and actual scientists were sent out to the new colony along with the better- socially-adapted inhabitants of two or three Hospitals. So were the members of an incorporated clan, as a goodwill gesture in honor of the most recent treaty with the Celtic Federation. They brought certain institutions the British Arean Company officially forbade, like polluting

The Empress of Mars industries and beast slavery, but conceded were necessary to survival on a frontier.

So all began together the vast and difficult work of setting up the infrastructure for terraforming, preparing the way for wholesale human colonization.

Then there was a change of government. It coincided with the British Arean Company discovering that the fusion generators they had shipped to Mars wouldn’t work unless they were in a very strong electromagnetic field, and Mars, it seemed, didn’t have much of one. This meant that powering life support alone would cost very much more than anyone had thought it would.

Not only that, the lowland canyons where principal settlement had been planned turned out to channel winds with devastating velocity. Only in the Tharsis highlands, where the air was thinner and colder, was it possible to erect a structure that wouldn’t be scoured away by sandstorms within a week. The British Arean Company discovered this after several extremely costly mistakes.

The balloon burst.

Not with a bang and shreds flying everywhere, exactly; more like a very fast leak, so it sort of dwindled down to an ignominious little lopsided thing without much air in it. Just like the dome of the Settlement Base.

So a lot of people were stuck up there without the money to come home, and they had to make the best of things. Under the circumstances, it seemed best to continue on with the job.

Excerpted from The Empress Of Mars by Kage Baker.Copyright © 2009 by Kage Baker.Published in May 20096 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.



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Reading Group Guide

1. When the book opens we find Leelee headed home to Memphis. She heads straight to Virginia’s house and when she can’t reach her, Leelee turns her car around and drives to Kissie’s, knowing full-well she will not only be home but probably awake, despite the late hour. Kissie’s house is in a part of town some would deem unsafe. Unfazed, Leelee decides to move in with Kissie happy to be near her second mother. When Virginia learns of Leelee’s plans she does not hide her disapproval. Would you think twice before taking your two young children to an unfamiliar neighborhood, even if it meant someone you loved lived there and would care for you in your time of need?

2. After making the decision to come home to Memphis, Leelee never considers that she would step into a gossip bed where she is the hot topic. Have you ever had to eat humble pie and endure a situation where you were talked about or even ostracized for a decision you made?

3. Leelee is devastated by Peter’s decision to not enter into a long-distance-relationship. He is not willing to pick up his life and run off to a place where his job security hangs in the balance. As hard as she tries she is unable to forget about him in the months following. Have you been in Leelee’s situation before: A relationship that seemed to have all the makings of happiness but one of the partners makes the decision to end it because of distance or job security?

4. Leelee takes a step backwards when she moves back home to Memphis; she falls right back in to old patterns. Once again it’s hard for her to stand up for herself, especially when it comes to her job. It’s been said that old habits are hard to break. Just when we feel like we’ve learned something, that old demon comes back to roost. Do you find this to be true?

5. Leelee’s friends think she is a doormat because she has a hard time saying no. Do you agree? Are you able to tell someone no and be okay with it?

6. Southerners are often criticized for not saying what’s on their mind and Northerners are often accused of being too blunt. Do you agree with this? What are the pros and cons of both sides?

7. If truth be told we are all a little star-struck, well maybe for some a lot star-struck. It’s easy to criticize some of Leelee’s decisions from afar. If you are older than Leelee, try to remember back to when you were in your late 20s and early 30s and did not have all the wisdom you’ve earned today. If a rock-star invited you to join him in New York City would you accept? If you are close to Leelee’s age and single, is this something you would go for? Why or why not?

8. When Leelee quits her job, she has decided working with Edward Maxwell is simply not worth it. Should you stay in a job even if the conditions are intolerable? Would you consider Edwards’ personality intolerable?

9. Leelee and her friends still enjoy their shenanigans together. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done with your adult girlfriends? Are you ever too old for pranks?

10. Leelee and her girlfriends are more like sisters. They certainly take matters into their own hands when they send Leelee’s unsent letters to Peter. Would you be mad at your friends (or sisters) if they had done the same thing? Would you do something similar for one of your closest friends?

11. How much influence do your friends have over your life? Do you consult them first; or your husband (or wife) first when making big decisions?

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Leelee is a fun and engaging character. I enjoyed reading about

    Leelee is a fun and engaging character. I enjoyed reading about her life. After finishing this book, I found myself questioning why she would seemingly take a step back with her job at the radio station. She became so empowered in the first book when she stood up to the German Witch and I was a little surprised that she would tolerate an overbearing boss after being so empowered. After reading this book, I realized that she returned "home" but it was not the same home she had known before, which enabled her to make seemingly silly or redundant mistakes. She had to create a whole new life for the second time in as many years. That's not an easy task, but she should have carried the insight and confidence from her previous experiences with her as she embarked on her new journey back home. Liam and Riley were unecessary distractions in the book. I wanted to see more of Peter! It was a little hard to believe that they were apart for so many months without any contact after they had fallen in love. I kept reading ahead to see when he would appear! The author also did a lot of retelling of events from the first book, which was completely unecessary.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    A perfect sunny day read!

    LeeLee Satterfield follows her Husband, Baker, to Vermont, cause good southern girls stick by their man, to open The Peach Blossom Inn. After making The Peach Blossom Inn a huge success, her husband leaves her and their two young girls for his mistress. LeeLee decides to sell the Inn and move back home to Memphis. When she gets back to Memphis she finds out life is not the same as when she left.

    Kissie, Alice, Mary Jule, and Virginia are all in the Memphis area to help and support LeeLee as she has to learn how to be a single mother and has to deal with the town gossips. She realizes with her best friends by her side anything can be done. LeeLee manages to find a place to live and a job and still have great fun with her friends and family.

    LeeLee is the true heroine in this novel. She shows her bravery first by leaving all that is familiar to her and following her husband to Vermont to start a new business in a new town with new friends. When her marriage fails, her bravery shows again, she decides she has to take her children and move back home, where she has no home and no job, but plenty of good friends to help her find her way.

    Yankee Doodle Dixie truly has me cheering for LeeLee and her girls. I loved that her second mother, Kissie, Took her in and helped her with the girls with no questions asked. The fact that her girlfriends never gave her any grief about her lives decision made them be the kind of friends every girl needs.

    I won’t give away the ending but it was perfect. Lisa Patton wrote an amazing novel that made me smile and laugh. The southern feel to Yankee Doodle Dixie made it a perfect sunny day read. I cannot wait for more stories about LeeLee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Disappointing

    Should have been the middle book of a trilogy. I was expecting the North to come to Memphis and that didn't happen until the last chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Pretty Good

    This book was enjoyable. Not a book that I just couldn't wait to read but it was nice. Kept me interested. Nice simple story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Sweet as a peach!

    What a great book about friendship and getting another chance at a happy life. Highly recommend it.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    Not as good as whistlin

    Loved Lisa Patton's first novel... but the follow up was a disappointment.

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

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    The second Leelee comedic escapades are an entertaining southern family drama

    Leelee "Fiery" Satterfield married her high school sweetheart and left their Memphis home to build a successful Dixie B&B in Vermont. When her spouse left her and their two daughters for bigger boobs, Leelee decides Vermont was his dream. She sells the B&B and with her kids returns to Memphis. Her only New England regret is leaving behind Peter the chef.

    Back in Memphis, Leelee's late parents' former housekeeper Kissie helps her take care of the house and the kids. Leelee obtains a job at Classic Hits FM 99 and reunites with her best friends. At the station she becomes victim to DJ Johnny's pranks and the assaults including olfactory of Stan the jock. Rock star Liam White meets and likes Leelee so he invites her to attend his New York show, which breaks the station's rule of no extracurricular activity with the "guests".

    The second Leelee comedic escapades are an entertaining southern family drama but lose the edgy cultural war of a Tennessee rebel in Vermont that made the first tale refreshingly unique (Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter). Still this is a fun tale starring a thirtyish woman whose family (including Kissie), friends and professional relationships make for an entertaining migration back to Dixie.

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