Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

by Florence King
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Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The rules say that one-word reviews are out, so I can't say 'funny, funny, funny.' But 'Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady' certainly is. Florence King is a true American original and should be treasured. She's a Southern Belle who might have wound up in bed with the same sex but NEVAH smoked on the street. With her British musician father, her gung-ho mother, her delicate Southern grandma, and a sharp maid, Jensy, they share an apartment in Washington, D.C., where Florence observes that city's incredibly hypocritical racial segregation. Later she goes to college, then to grad school and then has to contend with the fact that most of society considers her just another 'M.R.S.' degree. You'll enjoy her take on the fifties, whether you were there or not. The wit in her book ranges from slapstick (an overdose of Ayn Rand prompts her to throw a plastic doll into the street, nearly triggering a race riot) to subtle (mama gets a raise and buys new suits, one of the grey flannel), but it's always guaranteed to rate a smile, if not a belly laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The auther is able to hold onto your attention through her most personal experiences
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So irreverant.....I love her wit and her family stories!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Florence King's tales are very shocking, especially for the time frame of events. The characters are wonderfully complex and fascinating. I enjoyed this book very much but did not consider it funny. I grew up in the South and would love to share this book with my friends and family but I think they would be too much like 'granny' and consider the book too vulgar!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Florence King is a master storyteller. Having roots in an eccentric Southern family myself, I found King's observations of Southern mores and contradictions to be astute (and amusing).
Guest More than 1 year ago
If these are King's confessions - she should have kept them to herself. Our bookclub just read this and in no way shape or form can this book be considered hilarious. Save your time, save your money and save yourself. Some of the direct quotes from our group are: 'if this is her memoir I say get a life', and 'it was one big eyeroll'. I don't know what these other reviewers idea of funny is - but this is not it.