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The bestselling author of Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! returns with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie. Guided by principles from the ancient Belle Doctrine, the host of radio and television's All Things Southern offers down-home advice on everything from health and fitness-managing thy caloric calculations without going Straight RunnThe bestselling author of Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! returns with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie. Guided by principles from the ancient Belle Doctrine, the host of radio and television's All Things Southern offers down-home advice on everything from health and fitness-managing thy caloric calculations without going Straight Running Crazy and surviving the Raging Inferno Syndrome (aka hot flashes)-to the Southern art of handling your man (Bubba Whispering). Whether giving business tips or debunking the Big Boned Theory, making political observations or celebrating the inevitable resurgence of big hair, Shellie is an adviser women can relate to and laugh with regardless of their age or which side of the Mason-Dixon they call home....

Title : Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind
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Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind Reviews

  • Theresa
    2019-04-05 13:07

    This book is absolutely laugh out loud FUNNY! I was born in the Midwest and lived there 12 years, moved to the South and lived there for 12 years, and moved back to the Midwest 20 years ago, so I consider myself a transplanted southerner. Not only did I live in the South, but my Nanny (maternal Grandma) was born and raised in West Virginia, so my upbringing was heavily influenced by a Southerner. This book brought a smile to my face, laughter to my lips and tears to my eyes in turn, bringing back a flood of memories of living in the South and of my Nanny. Not to mention making the homesickness for the South rear it's ugly head a time or two.With topic such as: Raging Inferno Syndrome (I can so relate!), Bubba Whispering, SRC (Straight Running Crazy), every Southern Belle or Wannabe Southern Belle can surely relate. If you're not a Belle or Belle Wannabe, Miss Tomlinson, and you just don't understand what in the world she's talking about, the Author provides a very handy "official guide to Speaking All Things Southern" throughout the book. Each "guide" gives you the definitions for such things as bellerina, squat, get-go, worn slap-out, six ways to Sunday, belleisms, and nekkid as a jaybird, to name a few.And if all the insights and principles dished out in the book (albeit with tongue in cheek) weren't enough, she also provides some pretty delicious sounding recipes, all with a decided Southern flavor. You'll find such great classics as Blackened Cajun Fish, Southern Steak Potpie, Bodacious Black Bean Salad, and several of that Southern staple: Casseroles. All in all, this book is one that will stay on my shelf for a long time. Not only was it a fun to read book, full of Southern wit, it does double duty as a go-to Southern Cookbook, full of tried and true recipes.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through the LitFuse Publicity Group blog tour program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-10 09:14

    When I saw that this book had advance praise from Jeff Foxworthy, yes I’m a closet Foxworthy fan, I had to request this laugh-out-loud book. From the start I was laughing out loud and since my children and husband weren’t privy to what I was reading they thought I was laughing at them! I am not a Southerner by birth, but in heritage and heart I am a Southern gal – yes I say ain’t and ya’ll and sometimes a warsh slips out instead of wash.Reading Shellie’s newest book was a breath of fresh air and her comedy was completely clean – even though she does mention unmentionables and a friend alludes to a certain bodily function – but when you live with a boy and a husband who finds these things funny, your not so easily grossed out. The ‘advice’ she offers in her book is meant to be taken more tongue in cheek than as specific advice. Some advice you could actually put into action in life but some is best left behind after you laugh fest is over.The other great part of this book are all the Southern recipes that Shellie has included with each chapter. Definitely not diet or low carb friendly, they sound delicious, although I haven’t had time to actually try them. Some that you’ll find is: Mandarin Almond Salad, Chicken Crescent Roll-ups, Firecracker bread, Cuzin Peggy’s Jambalaya Grits, and much more. There are also some seafood recipes, if you like that sort of thing, and I may have to try those to satisfy my husband.If you’re looking for something that is inspirational and has clean humor this is it, if you’re like me you’ll be laughing from page one until you finish. I would suggest letting your husband and children know before beginning that you are not laughing at them, unless you want them to think that. This book was a fast and enjoyable read and now I’m going to have to check out the first book!**I was provided a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

  • Carly
    2019-03-29 12:21

    I was born and raised in the north, but for the past decade, I have been a southern girl. After I moved to North Carolina, I felt like I had finally come home and I love all things southern. I could not wait to read Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat. I always enjoy reading books full of that southern wit and wisdom that just can’t be found anywhere else. Shellie Tomlinson is a delightful Southern belle with a terrific sense of humor and a strong sense of who she is. She passes that wisdom on in this book in a thoroughly entertaining way. I especially like Shellie’s Official Guide to Speaking All Things Southern that is sprinkled throughout the book. There were “words” there that I have heard before and wondered what on earth they meant. Now, Shellie is not some ditzy southern belle without a brain in her head. That is probably what I liked best about this book. Shellie is intelligent, fun and she writes with substance while keeping it light and entertaining. She has also included several yummy Southern recipes at the end of each chapter. I like that all the recipes were not all just stuck at the end of the book, instead you get a little recipe break at the end of the chapter before moving on to the next. I really enjoyed Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy much more than I thought I would. I liked it so much, I already ordered Shellie’s previous book, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On. I am really looking forward to reading that one too. Whether you live in the South or not, Shellie’s book will charm and delight you.

  • Laura
    2019-04-08 13:54

    Title: SUE ELLEN’S GIRL AIN’T FAT, SHE JUST WEIGHS HEAVYAuthor: Shellie Rushing TomlinsonPublisher: PenguinMay 2011ISBN: 978-0-425-24085-4Genre: Self-helpGuided by principles by the ancient Belle Doctrine, Shellie talks about everything from health and fitness—managing the caloric calculations without going Straight Running Crazy and surviving the Raging Inferno Syndromo to the fine Southern art of managing your man. Complete with input from Shellie’s reader and fan base, and topped off with Southern recipes, this book is part therapy, part education, and all smiles and laughs. I wasn’t real sure what to expect when I picked up this book to review. It sounded like a fun book to read. And it was. It has me laughing out loud in the prologue or introduction. I read parts of the book out loud when my family wanted to know what I was laughing at. And it did have some real advice that women can use—though some they might find beneficial to ignore. Such as cutting out one entrée per year after the age of twelve. Along with the author, if I obeyed that, I’d be trying to survive on three grapes and two peanuts—not sure if that’d be a day or rationed to last the year…If you are looking for some down home Southern humor laced in liberally with your self-help book then SUE ELLEN’S GIRL AINT FAT, SHE JUST WEIGHS HEAVY should be on the top of your list. This is a book you’ll not only want to read but you’ll actually enjoy reading it. $15.00. 320 pages.

  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    2019-04-02 14:51

    My ReviewThis is my first book by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson and I was in for a surprise. Shellie is the creator of All Things Southern, and strives to give everyone tips and lessons on the southern life. Being a southerner, I appreciated her efforts and could identify with some of her sayings. She just has such a extremely funny way to teaching. I have to say the same as Jeff Foxworthy’s quote on the front of the book, It is truly a Laugh Out Loud book!Shellie covers many topics in this book including gas(and yes you heard me right!), hot flashes, health and fitness, that huge big hair, weight gain, being big boned, and how to handle bubba with food, and yes she had those recipes right in the book. In fact at the end of each chapter you will find recipes and great tips, and so funny too!Since this is really a woman’s book, I highly recommend this to all women. We all need laughs in our lives to brighten our mood, and this book will surely do that.I was provided a copy of this book by LitFuse Publicity Group in exchange for a review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

  • Meg Hykes
    2019-04-17 07:01

    Can I just start off by saying (in my most Rapunzel voice from Tangled) BEST BOOK EVER!!! The side notes "Official Guide to Speaking All Things Southern" had me literally laughing out loud. No joke - my husband band me from reading it in bed at night because I was keeping him up! Shellie has an amazing way of telling the truth about life that keeps you rolling in laughter. From the very beginning of the book I felt like I could sit down with her, have a glass of sweet tea and laugh for hours. Not to mention all the amazing recipes! I can not wait to start "testing" them all out! My only regret is that I haven't read her bestseller Suck Your Stomach in & Put Some Color On! yet - which I will be rectifying soon! Believe me when I tell you I will be quoting from this book for years to come! This is definitely a book that ALL women should read!http://meg-homeschoolinmama.blogspot....

  • Kay
    2019-04-08 09:18

    Enjoying this one so much that I'm rationing the final chapters, so as to extend much-needed laughing aloud moments! Shellie's unique story-telling talent translates into her writing perfectly. So glad I've heard her voice; it seems to arrive on the page with the perfect inflection on each sentence. Also appreciating the collection of phrases and anecdotes. They are generating forgotten childhood memories, causing a desire to go back home and capture stories (time for a cousins' reunion?!) before it's too late.And the best result - that old huge chip on my shoulder from being country-raised is melting down to a splinter... The last time I laughed so much while reading about being Southern (and knew, or am related to, so many similar characters) was Florence King's "Southern Ladies and Gentlemen" (1970's) - still recommend it to those who don't 'get it'.Shellie's books are on top of my favorites shelf, and will only move down when she publishes the next one.

  • Wall-to-wall books - wendy
    2019-04-01 08:56

    This book is absolutely hilarious! Laugh-out-loud-tears-down-your-face-funny! At one point I found myself laughing so hard with tears running down my face that I couldn't hardly answer the phone when it rang. Then I started telling the person on the other end of the line all about the book. The big question is - How did I miss the first book (Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On)? Now I am gonna have to look that one up. Ladies! and I say ladies because men just can't appreciate this kind of funny, you do not want to miss this one! If you follow everything in Shellie's book you are guaranteed a happier, easier, and all round better life (if not funnier)!Thank you thank you thank you Litfuse for sending me this book to review! I honestly do not know how I ever got this far in life and marriage without it!

  • Liz Butler
    2019-04-17 13:17

    How I wish I could give a book NO stars!I don't even know where to begin. I believe this might be the very first time (maybe second?) that I have abandoned a book before actually finishing it. I'm currently on page 69 and I can't bring myself to continue reading. I just CAN'T do it, and not for lack of trying! Annoying is the word that comes to mind. Well, annoying and irritating and unbearable. I currently live in the South, and have lived in the South for quite a few years now, and I have yet to meet anyone who talks or acts like this author. She actually comes across as the "stereotypical" southern woman, and I hate it! Despite the favorable reviews written on this book, I would not recommend it to anyone I know!

  • Laura Murdoch
    2019-04-20 06:56

    Shellie Tomlinson is the Erma Bombeck of the South. If you've ever lived in the South or even wanted to live in the South you'll laugh out loud at some of the eccentricities Southerners have that Shellie brings to light. She's spot on with some of the quirky Southern behavior. Cute book.

  • Renea Winchester
    2019-04-22 15:05

    Laugh Out Loud Funny. You'll love Shellie. Truly, she is the Belle of All Things Southern.

  • Jlaurenmc
    2019-04-07 10:15

    I wasn't sure what to expect from Shellie Rushing Tomlinson's latest book, Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy: The Belle of All Things Southern Dishes on Men, Money, and Not Losing Your Midlife Mind.Tomlinson was a new-to-me author and one whose website All Things Southern was a place I had never ventured. Julie from Book Hooked Blog recently raved about the book, and comedian Jeff Foxworthy wrote a blurb saying it was "laugh-out-loud funny," so I decided it must be worth my time.Sue Ellen's Girl is not necessarily a book you have to read from cover to cover; it doesn't tell a story. Rather, it is chock full of Tomlinson's own stories about life in the south (and southern relatives), her readers' stories, definitions of southern sayings, and delicious-sounding recipes. I will admit that I felt a little behind, not having read the author's book Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! or having visited her website. Tomlinson frequently references things in the book and stories from her book tour.However, that just means I'll have to go back and read it at some point! I can definitely relate to the title. My whole life first my maternal grandmother and then my mother have encouraged me to "put a little color on" because otherwise I look "peaked." I won't reveal exactly when my mom let me start wearing mascara, but it was well before middle school. After all, I have her eyebrows and eyelashes, meaning when we have no "color" on, we look ill. When people who have never seen me sans makeup see me for the first time, they invariably think something is dreadfully wrong!My favorite part of the book, hands down, were the absolutely mouth-watering recipes Tomlinson included. Apparently, she regularly includes recipes on her website, so there's no doubt I will be making my way over there frequently! Her daughter Jessica Ann (discussed fairly often in the book), also has a food blog called Kitchen Belleicious, another place I'm sure I will be frequenting. (I mean, seriously -- she recently posted both Spicy Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Mac and Cheese and Nutella Coconut and Caramel Brownies. Can you say YUM?!)Another fabulous part was the way Tomlinson defines southernisms -- you know, words or phrases that southerners use all the time, that mean absolutely nothing to those outside the region. I'm not going to spoil the book by telling you the definitions, but should you happen to pick up a copy of Sue Ellen's Girl, you will be privy to the following vocabulary: weighing heavy (that one is obviously included, given the title, right?) the get-go six ways to Sunday wet your whistle broke fellowship nekkid as a jaybird (as opposed to just plain "nekkid")And many more words and phrases unique to the south.When I finished reading Sue Ellen's Girl, I had a virtual fan of bent-down page corners -- things I wanted to remember to go back and look at again. Most of them are one-liners, things that I just needed to share with you when I reviewed the book, because they spoke so strongly to my own life orupbringing. Here are some of those excerpts: "All I'm saying is that there are times -- hormonal times -- in every woman's life when she's just one bad decision away from a Fudge Frenzy" (8-9). "MSS stands for Male Speaker Syndrome, a condition I identified that causes our men to sweat while ordering at drive-in windows. . . . For all those frustrated females struggling to reach over the console and holler into the sound system because Daddy is sweating over the burger order. . . . " (44). "Where I come from, making it through the night was obviously much more than a barometer of health. It was also used to assess a family member's concern, or lack thereof, as in 'Why, she hasn't even called to see if I made it through the night.'" (60) "I have considered marketing a Southern GPS, you know, one with a good double Southern name, some new and improved manners, and a more pleasing personality. . . . Not only would [Mary Elisabeth] be more considerate and understanding when you missed your exit, but she'd help prevent such unfortunate mistakes way ahead of time by saying things like 'Pardon me for interrupting, Sugar, but you need to be getting in the right lane. Ya'll gonna have to turn up the road a piece -- right beside that house where the little boy with the big ears is riding his bicycle in the driveway. Good Lord, I wonder if his mama has ever thought about having those things fixed. You can, you know.'" (133)And finally (this could go on indefinitely, as many things as I have marked in this book), a story from one of Tomlinson's readers: "My 4-year-old daughter told her preschool teacher (my co-worker) before our egg hunt last Friday . . . 'Mrs. Shelly, it's a sad, sad day.' Shelly asked her why. She said, 'The Easter bunny isn't real and Michael Jackson is dead.' Shelly, who was trying her best to contain her laughter asked her, 'How do you know this?' Prissy looked her dead in the eye and said very matter-of-factly, 'Just check out YouTube,' and walked away." ~ Jamie Ainsworth McBride Monticello, ArkansasIn short, you want to read this book. It may not be a fine piece of literary fiction, but it will make you shake your head and laugh your tail off.Shellie Rushing Tomlinson can be found at her website All Things Southern, on her blog For Whom the Belle Blogs, and on the radio Mondays from 5-6pm CST.

  • Julie - Book Hooked Blog
    2019-04-17 07:17

    I'm kind of on a Southern humor kick right now, can you tell? When I saw that a tour was available through LitFuse, I jumped at the chance. I am a HUGE fan of this author. Before I tell you about the book I have to tell you my story about this author. Two years ago I had major surgery and was in bed for three weeks. I took my pain medication as directed, no overdosing, but I did not understand the need to taper off. So, I wound up having a terrible withdrawal. I spent several days doing nothing but crying. I couldn't stop. Luke and my parents were so worried and we ended up decided that I'd go with my parents to visit my grandparents for a few days because Luke was afraid to leave me alone while he went to work. While we were there, I read the author's first book (Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On) and loved it. A few weeks later my grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the next time I went to visit he was very sick. Sitting with him on the couch and reading Suck Your Stomach In while he watched the gospel music network was the last quality time I got to spend with him while he was able to remember me. My mom also read it while we were there and we had some wonderful talks about the book with my grandmother and heard some hilarious stories about our own Southern family members. All of that to say, it became kind of a special book to me - one that I can't look at without remembering that trip and how it helped me get past my awful withdrawal and how I had such a good time with my grandparents.So like I said, when I had the opportunity to review the book, I jumped on it. And I have to say that it is just as great as the first one. I've been reading several heavy books lately (reviews to come) and this was my "break" book when I was on mental overload. Tomlinson never fails to make me laugh. The book consists of humorous essays on Southern life (especially things that are "taaaacky", like sheer bodiced wedding dresses) as well as amazing recipes for delicious Southern foods.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-14 07:10

    When I saw that this book had advance praise from Jeff Foxworthy, yes I’m a closet Foxworthy fan, I had to request this laugh-out-loud book. From the start I was laughing out loud and since my children and husband weren’t privy to what I was reading they thought I was laughing at them! I am not a Southerner by birth, but in heritage and heart I am a Southern gal – yes I say ain’t and ya’ll and sometimes a warsh slips out instead of wash.Reading Shellie’s newest book was a breath of fresh air and her comedy was completely clean – even though she does mention unmentionables and a friend alludes to a certain bodily function – but when you live with a boy and a husband who finds these things funny, your not so easily grossed out. The ‘advice’ she offers in her book is meant to be taken more tongue in cheek than as specific advice. Some advice you could actually put into action in life but some is best left behind after you laugh fest is over.The other great part of this book are all the Southern recipes that Shellie has included with each chapter. Definitely not diet or low carb friendly, they sound delicious, although I haven’t had time to actually try them. Some that you’ll find is: Mandarin Almond Salad, Chicken Crescent Roll-ups, Firecracker bread, Cuzin Peggy’s Jambalaya Grits, and much more. There are also some seafood recipes, if you like that sort of thing, and I may have to try those to satisfy my husband.If you’re looking for something that is inspirational and has clean humor this is it, if you’re like me you’ll be laughing from page one until you finish. I would suggest letting your husband and children know before beginning that you are not laughing at them, unless you want them to think that. This book was a fast and enjoyable read and now I’m going to have to check out the first book!**I was provided a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.You can see more reviews at www.homeschoolblogger.com/ohiosarah

  • Nesie
    2019-03-31 08:56

    Now I have to say that when I picked this up, I thought it was a chick-lit book. But I saw it was a book of essays & observations ala Erma Bombeck (with a little sweet tea for flavor). Shellie is a great storyteller, and does what I love best; tells about 12 tales at the same time. This book is sit & pay attention funny, not in-your-face funny, and it works for her Southern "tips". I use quotes because for me, this is common knowledge (though my mother would hate to know that I don't use my knowledge all the time). But each chapter is a fun bit of nostalgia, even for this barely beneath the Mason Dixon line-born gal. Oh, and there are recipes! I can't wait to try several of them, because y'all know you can't have too many ways to make good food.

  • Laurie
    2019-04-26 07:10

    Being from the Texas, I love Southern books. I picked this up because of good reviews and the title was catchy. Being in need of a few laughs, I had high hopes. I tried several times, in vain, to trudge through this book. I just did not find it funny. There were "cute" moments, but that is about it. Overall it made Southern women seem like conniving airheads. Maybe if I was a teenager I would find this humor funny. Sadly, I didn't. It was pure fluff. It was more redneck than southern, unfortunately. I was very disappointed.

  • PhillyGrrrl
    2019-04-26 11:13

    I received this book for free through a Goodreads Giveaway. The following is my unsolicited review.As my username implies, I'm a Northern gal, but I have plenty of friends and relatives from "down south". I knew I'd enjoy this book and I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Tomlinson is a witty Southern belle with a great sense of humor. I especially enjoyed the little snippets in the margins which appeared throughout the book. I can't wait to try the recipes too, as they had my mouth watering.

  • Julee Johnson-Tate
    2019-04-18 11:00

    I marked this as "to read" because I was informed I won a give away. I sent all my information as instructed and NEVER GOT THE BOOK. *sigh* And it was one I wanted too. Certainly not buying it now, though.

  • Emily
    2019-04-22 11:19

    Parts of this book were hilarious, and for the most part I really enjoyed it. However, I did find that there were a few little stories/topics I really just couldn't relate to.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-11 10:10

    I can just hear my mother-in-law telling some of these stories in my head! I'm sure she used some of the recipes too.

  • Mary Hammack
    2019-04-26 09:13

    Totally adorable. So many laugh out loud moments. The recipes are wonderful. They remind me of dinners at Mama Chris' house back home.

  • Carey
    2019-03-31 12:08

    Hilarious!

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-16 09:18

    Wasn't as funny as I'd thought it would have been based on the title and reviews. Was hoping for something closer to a Celia Rivenbark or Jen Lancaster book.

  • Rebekah
    2019-04-19 14:51

    This book is hilarious! I can't wait to read her other books. I'm from the South and some of this is spot on!

  • Cynthia
    2019-04-10 14:00

    I especially like the recipes it contains!

  • Mel
    2019-04-25 09:02

    n/ssome parts were laugh out loud funny. most of the book was not. it was very hard to get into. I'm from the south & love when we make fun of ourselves but this just wasn't itstopped on pg 67

  • Fran
    2019-04-15 11:59

    Hilarious! A good walk down memory lane... reminded me of sayings I hadn't heard in a month of Sundays.

  • Jeffie Thomas
    2019-04-20 14:13

    Funny book, but a little too scattered for me. The recipes sound fantastic though. I can't wait to try a few of them out.

  • Grandma Mush
    2019-04-05 12:00

    Enjoyable easy read. I am not a Southener but I agree with lots of Ms. Tomlinson comments.

  • Monica Gajda
    2019-04-07 11:59

    Not as good as the first one, but still amusing.