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Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena: Includes New Essays Published for the First Time Paperback – 12 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (12 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812973615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812973617
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.3 x 20.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,476,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] rambunctiously charming essay collection . . . as refreshing and bracing as a mint julep . . . Even the most hopeless Yankee will have no trouble getting in touch with her inner Poultry Princess."
-"Vogue"
"[An] effervescent collection of essays . . . charming . . . amusing."
-"The New York Times Book Review"
"Julia Reed is right on target about the South-its food, its hair, its guns, its pests, even the tendency of southern women to kill their husbands and get away with it. She's clear-eyed, raucously funny, and a natural story teller, which makes her something of a southern phenomenon herself."
-John Berendt, author of"""Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil "
"Julia Reed's affectionate and hilarious observations of the Deep South and Southerners past and present are a delight to read."
-Fannie Flagg, author of "Standing in the Rainbow"
"Julia Reed is a Southern original. Her writing is funny and addictive, blending the street smarts of Greenville, Mississippi, where 'girls are taught to drink Scotch and smoke cigarettes and drive a car by the time they are twelve, ' with the sophistication of a globe-trotting journalist. Julia's favorite subjects are Southern--fashion, politics, and above all food, which she describes with irresistable affection, knowledge and delight. If you've ever doubted that Southern food is our greatest gastronomic treasure, be prepared to learn the truth."
-Jeffrey Steingarten, author of "It Must Have Been Something I Ate"
"Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena will be a delight for all Southern readers (all about our favorite subject-us) and an educational tome for Unfortunate Others. It helps explain that We are, after all, just like Them-only funnier and better-looking."
-Jill Conner Browne, "The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)"
"I had some crab dip that Julia Reed made once that I would have eaten all of in one sitting, if I had been sitting, and if the other party guests hadn't dragged me off of it. This book is that good."
-Roy Blount Jr., author of author of "Crackers" and "If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You"
"Not since Eudora Welty has anybody captured in such sophisticated, often mordant prose the brave, gracious, perverse, reckless, God-fearing Southern soul like Julia reed. Whether she's holding forth on fried chicken and catfish, guns, booze, cockfights, pestilence, or Southern womanhood, Reed loads both barrels and never misses the target. As a Carolina Tarheel, I rejoiced, cringed, marveled, and laughed myself sick at Reed's outrageous tales and savvy insights, and I defy anybody-Southerner and Yankee alike-to come up for are after reading the first chapter."
-James Villas, author of "Between Bites" and "My Mother's Southern Kitchen"
"This is a wise and tender book. Julia Reed is a loving defender of the South. Long may she live and write. She understands the deep seriousness that underlies our Scotch-Irish, English, and African roots."
-Ellen Gilchrist, author of "I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting With My Daddy: And Other Stories
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[A] rambunctiously charming essay collection . . . as refreshing and bracing as a mint julep . . . Even the most hopeless Yankee will have no trouble getting in touch with her inner Poultry Princess.
Vogue
[An] effervescent collection of essays . . . charming . . . amusing.
The New York Times Book Review
"Julia Reed is right on target about the South-its food, its hair, its guns, its pests, even the tendency of southern women to kill their husbands and get away with it. She's clear-eyed, raucously funny, and a natural story teller, which makes her something of a southern phenomenon herself."
-John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Julia Reed s affectionate and hilarious observations of the Deep South and Southerners past and present are a delight to read.
Fannie Flagg, author of Standing in the Rainbow

Julia Reed is a Southern original. Her writing is funny and addictive, blending the street smarts of Greenville, Mississippi, where 'girls are taught to drink Scotch and smoke cigarettes and drive a car by the time they are twelve, ' with the sophistication of a globe-trotting journalist. Julia's favorite subjects are Southern--fashion, politics, and above all food, which she describes with irresistable affection, knowledge and delight. If you've ever doubted that Southern food is our greatest gastronomic treasure, be prepared to learn the truth."
-Jeffrey Steingarten, author of It Must Have Been Something I Ate
"Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena will be a delight for all Southern readers (all about our favorite subject us) and an educational tome for Unfortunate Others. It helps explain that We are, after all, just like Them only funnier and better-looking."
-Jill Conner Browne, The Sweet Potato Queens' Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner)

"I had some crab dip that Julia Reed made once that I would have eaten all of in one sitting, if I had been sitting, and if the other party guests hadn't dragged me off of it. This book is that good."
-Roy Blount Jr., author of author of Crackers and If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You
Not since Eudora Welty has anybody captured in such sophisticated, often mordant prose the brave, gracious, perverse, reckless, God-fearing Southern soul like Julia reed. Whether she s holding forth on fried chicken and catfish, guns, booze, cockfights, pestilence, or Southern womanhood, Reed loads both barrels and never misses the target. As a Carolina Tarheel, I rejoiced, cringed, marveled, and laughed myself sick at Reed s outrageous tales and savvy insights, and I defy anybody Southerner and Yankee alike to come up for are after reading the first chapter.
-James Villas, author of Between Bites and My Mother's Southern Kitchen

This is a wise and tender book. Julia Reed is a loving defender of the South. Long may she live and write. She understands the deep seriousness that underlies our Scotch-Irish, English, and African roots."
-Ellen Gilchrist, author of I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting With My Daddy: And Other Stories
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In classic Dixie storytelling fashion, with a rare blend of literary elegance and plainspoken humor, the inimitably charming, staunchly Southern Julia Reed wends her way below the Mason-Dixon line and observes many phenomena- from politics, religion, and women to weather, guns, and what she calls "drinking and other Southern pursuits." To hear Reed tell it, the South is another country. She builds an entertaining and persuasive case, using as examples everything from its unfathomable codes of conduct to its disciplined fashion sense. And then there is Southern food, which is an entire world apart: Gumbo, grits, greens, and, of course, fried chicken make memorable appearances in Reed's essays, which will amuse, delight, and even explain a thing or two to baffled Yankees everywhere.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 23 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed out loud multiple times reading this collection of ... 9 Aug. 2016
By Mandely - Published on Amazon.com
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I laughed out loud multiple times reading this collection of essays. The stories about her family and friends are so familiar to anyone raised in the South.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 15 Jun. 2013
By A. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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This was such a funny and nostalgic book. I saw so many of the "characters" I've grown up with or known in this book. The used copy I received was in terrible condition, I may have to find another copy that's in better condition to keep. This is a Southern classic.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So real I kept thinking I was reading about my own life 13 Feb. 2005
By Jana Eggers - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow, where do I start? I read this book in one sitting and laughed and cried while I was at it. Being from Arkansas myself, I cannot tell you how many times I have heard, "What would people think?" It was a mantra in my household, particularly when I was trying to do something as outrageous as leaving the house without lipstick. I turned about every other page over to show my husband later, so he would understand me better!

I felt Ms. Reed presented both sides of the South well... the backward (and oft times embarrassing) ways, and the strong traditions and attitudes that make a real (positive) difference in a person's life. I bought it for my mom and her three sisters, as I knew they would laugh as hard as I did at how she nailed so many aspects of Southerners. I've also given this book to several young women, as I think it portrays the strength of Southern women. Ms. Reed finally gave me a way of explaining to blue-state Northerners (where I live now) why I'm so proud of being Southern.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 21 Jan. 2014
By Andrew L. Heiskell - Published on Amazon.com
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Only a Southerner could have written this. The stories not only ring true, but made me laugh out loud on the NYC subway. This is a FUN read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 15 May 2013
By evie51 - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to read this book when I saw an article on it in our local paper. It is based in MS & LA & since I live in LA close to MS, I decided to read it. I even bought an extra copy to give to my sister for her birthday.
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