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When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you've got a baby on the way. Part of that new math, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne -- whom USA Today calls "just plain funny" -- includes the addition of an outsize sense of humor to balance the equation of your growing family. The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you've got a baby on the way. Part of that new math, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne -- whom USA Today calls "just plain funny" -- includes the addition of an outsize sense of humor to balance the equation of your growing family. The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is a hilarious (though not scientifically tested) wink at the time-honored mysteries of parenting, because anybody who has ever had a kid or has ever known one knows that the experience is neither fun nor profitable -- so you might as well laugh! As each generation begins its hopeful, happy, and, yes, sometimes harrowing journey as Parent and Child, together they spawn a new body of "knowledge," the nuances of which will elude the Experts every time. Here are stories of the things we do for Mother Love -- or, the most incredibly full-time volunteer job ever -- and tips guaranteed not to be found in any other parenting guide. How to talk to a pregnant woman How the diamonds on delivery policy can speed up the labor nature intended Why a good mother is always adept at subterfuge The list of things you wouldn't think you would have to tell kids not to do Why mothers of sons can never retire Why, for parents, it's just a short drive to the poorhouse The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit will have everyone who's ever been a parent -- or has ever thought of becoming one -- or has ever been a child -- or is still one -- giggling and grinning (no small feat) through those childbearing years...and beyond.


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When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you've got a baby on the way. Part of that new math, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne -- whom USA Today calls "just plain funny" -- includes the addition of an outsize sense of humor to balance the equation of your growing family. The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is When does 1 + 1 = 3 (or more)? When you've got a baby on the way. Part of that new math, says #1 New York Times bestselling author Jill Conner Browne -- whom USA Today calls "just plain funny" -- includes the addition of an outsize sense of humor to balance the equation of your growing family. The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit is a hilarious (though not scientifically tested) wink at the time-honored mysteries of parenting, because anybody who has ever had a kid or has ever known one knows that the experience is neither fun nor profitable -- so you might as well laugh! As each generation begins its hopeful, happy, and, yes, sometimes harrowing journey as Parent and Child, together they spawn a new body of "knowledge," the nuances of which will elude the Experts every time. Here are stories of the things we do for Mother Love -- or, the most incredibly full-time volunteer job ever -- and tips guaranteed not to be found in any other parenting guide. How to talk to a pregnant woman How the diamonds on delivery policy can speed up the labor nature intended Why a good mother is always adept at subterfuge The list of things you wouldn't think you would have to tell kids not to do Why mothers of sons can never retire Why, for parents, it's just a short drive to the poorhouse The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit will have everyone who's ever been a parent -- or has ever thought of becoming one -- or has ever been a child -- or is still one -- giggling and grinning (no small feat) through those childbearing years...and beyond.

30 review for The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit

  1. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This book was a hilarious child guide. I seriously laughed out loud and found myself sharing things with my husband several time. But there were a couple things that kept me from loving it. First of all, I skipped a couple chapters because I felt the subjects were inappropriate (specifically the chapter on boy's parts, potty training, & sex talk). Second, the author uses a lot of profanity. She even says (in her chapter about kids cussing): "My language would practically qualify me to be the Adm This book was a hilarious child guide. I seriously laughed out loud and found myself sharing things with my husband several time. But there were a couple things that kept me from loving it. First of all, I skipped a couple chapters because I felt the subjects were inappropriate (specifically the chapter on boy's parts, potty training, & sex talk). Second, the author uses a lot of profanity. She even says (in her chapter about kids cussing): "My language would practically qualify me to be the Admiral of all Navies. I cuss. A lot." If language bothers you, I would recommend that you probably skip this book (or at least the first couple of chapters). But overall, the Sweet Potato Queen gave some good advice in a comical way. ----------------------------------------------------------------- "Every little pregnancy bonus that Mother Nature gives us comes with its own corresponding slap in the face with a wet squirrel." Regarding nap taking (& sleeping when your baby sleeps): "This does not mean that on some days, you may not get all your phone calls made. You may not get the errands run. You may not even get a shower until after ten p.m. - but none o f that matters if you get that baby to take a morning and an afternoon nap. It will totally not matter if you also take those naps - because you won’t be so tired you can hardly inflate your lungs. "This is one of those things you need to think about before you start a family: Your life is over. It's about somebody else now for quite a number of years. Suck it up. You did know the job was dangerous when you took it." "If you are momentarily enjoying a relatively angst-free time as a parent, you should take vacation time from work and spend it on your knees, in constant prayers of praise and thanksgiving. And you don't have to worry about using up al your vacation time with this- on account of, as a parent, angst-free time hardly ever happens. Even if your kids are models of exemplary behavior, you worry that they'll fall in with a bad crowd - or be in the wrong place at the wrong time - or they'll get sick. If worry burned calories, there would be no fat parents, that's for sure." "Somewhere around eleven to thirteen, the eyeballs of children become extremely loose in their sockets, so that just about any disturbance in the air around them - say, a word issuing forth from, say, your mouth - will cause immediate and severe rolling" "Play will help save from fraying that last intact nerve you still have to your name...Everybody breathing needs to play - almost as much as they need to breathe. University studies have shown that pay is as important to our (humans) health and well being as food, clothing, and shelter. All humans - all ages - not just kids." "...in that instant and I was filled with absolute terror at the very thought of loving anybody this much. I grasped the full measure of the human hearts capacity for boundless love and transcendent joy - I got the merest glimmer of its potential for being truly and utterly broken. At that moment, I knew that I could bear, believe, hope, and endure all things - for the sake of this little bitty baby girl on my lap. And so, we began our hopeful, happy, and yes, sometimes harrowing journey together as Mother and Daughter. Worth it? Oh, yeah."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Just finished listening to it on tape. It's pretty funny - don't let your kids listen to it - she uses a lot of 4 letter words! I really enjoyed hearing how to get your kids to come in on time when they are older. One mother would go to sleep in her son's bed, so you know there's no getting around not waking her up! I'll have to keep that in mind for later... Just finished listening to it on tape. It's pretty funny - don't let your kids listen to it - she uses a lot of 4 letter words! I really enjoyed hearing how to get your kids to come in on time when they are older. One mother would go to sleep in her son's bed, so you know there's no getting around not waking her up! I'll have to keep that in mind for later...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I've read just about all the previous books of this series, but I hadn't read one in several years. I found this at a used book store on New Year's Eve, and it sure was a fun read that night and the next couple days. This is no serious literature, but it is pure fun. Read it only if you want nothing but to laugh. It will remind you not to take life too seriously. I've read just about all the previous books of this series, but I hadn't read one in several years. I found this at a used book store on New Year's Eve, and it sure was a fun read that night and the next couple days. This is no serious literature, but it is pure fun. Read it only if you want nothing but to laugh. It will remind you not to take life too seriously.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Ann

    This was hysterical....I loved it, and I don't have no babies. Gems include: "Most women cannot be safely queried on the subject of work. Oh you can ask them about their jobs all day long--What I meant was 'work' as in 'have you had any Work done?'" On lactating; "Your breasts fill-up. You can feel them filling-it's like you've got a couple of big water balloons on the front of your body-if they were transparent, I imagine you could watch the levels rise...." "...her 3 yr. old son was less than thri This was hysterical....I loved it, and I don't have no babies. Gems include: "Most women cannot be safely queried on the subject of work. Oh you can ask them about their jobs all day long--What I meant was 'work' as in 'have you had any Work done?'" On lactating; "Your breasts fill-up. You can feel them filling-it's like you've got a couple of big water balloons on the front of your body-if they were transparent, I imagine you could watch the levels rise...." "...her 3 yr. old son was less than thrilled with the new baby sister....wouldn't she please 'return her to Wal-mart, I think she's broke-she won't do anything but cry-try getting another boy.'" "......I never endured the the difficulty of looking up just in time to witness my 3 yr. old son shaking off after having successfully completed a satisfying whiz in one of the display toilets at Sears" "This is one of those things you need to think about Before you start a family: Your Life IS Over. It's about somebody else now for quite a number of years. Suck it up. You did know the job was dangerous when you took it." "babies don't have sinuses, which is really poor planning if you ask me, on account of they do, on occasion, produce a whole big lotta snot. Oh please--does anybody out there really think that the word 'mucus' sounds better than 'snot'? They both sound pretty pukey to me." "A babysitter is a person who is temporarily taking care of a child not of that person's own creation......If the male parent of a child is the sole parent in charge for any period of time, he is on Dad-Duty. Can you imagine a mother Ever saying.....'No, I can;t go out. I'm babysitting the kids tonight.'" And it goes on....for me this is "girlfriend" humor at it's best!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This book was not as funny as previous SPQ books but I still enjoyed it and especially loved listening to the author read it. Every topic is covered from birth through young adulthood. Although I don't have children of my own, I was able to relate to the entire book either through experiences of my own or those of my closest friends. I loved the chapter on cussing just for the pure reinforcement that children do, in fact, repeat EVERYTHING they hear. I also enjoyed the story of the Swiffer which This book was not as funny as previous SPQ books but I still enjoyed it and especially loved listening to the author read it. Every topic is covered from birth through young adulthood. Although I don't have children of my own, I was able to relate to the entire book either through experiences of my own or those of my closest friends. I loved the chapter on cussing just for the pure reinforcement that children do, in fact, repeat EVERYTHING they hear. I also enjoyed the story of the Swiffer which demonstrated that great art of Mommy Psychology. My favorite chapter in the book though, was about playing. It brought back awesome memories of my own childhood and the fact that my parents and aunt took time to play with my brother and I and all of our friends. The best time ever was when we had a HUGE snow (which is rare in Tennessee) and we were out of school for a week. There was a big hill in the neighborhood that was perfect for sleding. We'd sled all day long and at night our fathers would go out and shovel snow from everyones driveways, sidewalks and the side of the road and pack the road back down so the next day would render another perfect sleding day. And everyone must remember the best advice given in this book: "No one ever goes to the nursing home wishing they had served on a few more committees or kept a cleaner house."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna Siebold

    I listened to this book and was anticipating laughing my way down the highway. I did not. Maybe it is because I am not a parent. I've read most of Jill Conner Browne's other material and I usually laugh out loud. I've paid $150 to hear her speak and felt it was a good investment. I found her delivery annoying - and I did not hear that southern accent so strongly when she spoke in person. I thought the stories were just randomly inserted, sometimes I had to rewind the disk to figure out how the n I listened to this book and was anticipating laughing my way down the highway. I did not. Maybe it is because I am not a parent. I've read most of Jill Conner Browne's other material and I usually laugh out loud. I've paid $150 to hear her speak and felt it was a good investment. I found her delivery annoying - and I did not hear that southern accent so strongly when she spoke in person. I thought the stories were just randomly inserted, sometimes I had to rewind the disk to figure out how the next story related to the previous one. But, the absolute worst, was the later part of the story (spoiler ahead) where she discusses the loss of a beloved friend and her fear that her daughter was involved in a life-threatening accident. These two stories give her the platform to talk about not forgetting to tell people how much they mean to us and making sure you make someone else's life better by being there. But, these stories did provoke an outward response in me as I spent not a small amount of time sniffling back tears. Since they were not tears of laughter, I was annoyed. I wanted to laugh not cry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    After a successful foray as a novelist (2006's The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel), Brown returns to instructional mode with this frothy and ribald guide to parenting (the most incredibly full-time volunteer job ever). Beginning with the physical changes during pregnancy, she notes the joy of gaining big, voluptuous, cleaving breasts until realizing that most everything south of them grows exponentially at the same time. There's even advice on talking to a pregnant woman (a crapshoot o After a successful foray as a novelist (2006's The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big-Ass Novel), Brown returns to instructional mode with this frothy and ribald guide to parenting (the most incredibly full-time volunteer job ever). Beginning with the physical changes during pregnancy, she notes the joy of gaining big, voluptuous, cleaving breasts until realizing that most everything south of them grows exponentially at the same time. There's even advice on talking to a pregnant woman (a crapshoot on a good day). But fairly quickly, the baby is out and hungry (Breast-feeding was just about the greatest job I ever had, Browne confesses, recalling her daughter latched on to me like my own little refrigerator magnet). At that point, there's a division between Alpha Moms (who make their own dirt from scratch) and Beta Moms (the one that Alpha Moms trust only to bring the paper towels and trash bags to the parties). Like a sassy best girlfriend, Browne offers her (and her fellow Queens') brassy take on teaching tykes values and manners with an irreverent way of dealing with cussing and kids trying to bilk the Tooth Fairy out of $100.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holyn

    So this is a hilarious look at pregnancy and parenting from the perspective of a humor writer from Mississippi (the Southern in her is definitely present...if you aren't used to some Southern expressions, just roll with them and you will get there :) ). Not only is the book sprinkled with the stories of the author's experiences as a mom but she adds many more stories from other 'Queens' from around the country. I laughed out loud for most of the book and had to read a few sections out loud to wh So this is a hilarious look at pregnancy and parenting from the perspective of a humor writer from Mississippi (the Southern in her is definitely present...if you aren't used to some Southern expressions, just roll with them and you will get there :) ). Not only is the book sprinkled with the stories of the author's experiences as a mom but she adds many more stories from other 'Queens' from around the country. I laughed out loud for most of the book and had to read a few sections out loud to whomever happened to be in the room at the time. Woven through the humor are some common sense ideas for rearing and loving the children (big and small) that come into your life. I also filed some of the stories away in my brain for later as an "oh yeah" kind of thing when my precious little angel suddenly becomes a pre-teen....Really this book is like a nice long therapy session with your closest girlfriends. I loved it and can't wait to read other titles by Browne.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tabby Kat

    Beginning with the physical changes during pregnancy, she notes the joy of gaining big breasts until realizing that most everything south of them grows exponentially at the same time. There's even advice on talking to a pregnant woman. But fairly quickly, the baby is out and hungry At that point, there's a division between Alpha Moms (who make their own dirt from scratch) and Beta Moms (the one that Alpha Moms trust only to bring the paper towels and trash bags to the parties). Like a sassy bes Beginning with the physical changes during pregnancy, she notes the joy of gaining big breasts until realizing that most everything south of them grows exponentially at the same time. There's even advice on talking to a pregnant woman. But fairly quickly, the baby is out and hungry At that point, there's a division between Alpha Moms (who make their own dirt from scratch) and Beta Moms (the one that Alpha Moms trust only to bring the paper towels and trash bags to the parties). Like a sassy best girlfriend, Browne offers her (and her fellow Queens') brassy take on teaching tykes values and manners with an irreverent way of dealing with cussing and kids trying to get 100.00 from the Tooth Fairy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I do love Sweet Potato Queens, the weather & SPQs tempt this Yankee to transplant down South, but this wasn't one of the better books. It was fine, had some mildly humorous moments, but I didn't laugh nearly as much as with other books. A few points feel a little too preachy, but that's the perk of writing a book, you can preach about how you think things should be done. Even though I didn't love this book, at times I felt more like I was getting unsolicited advice from a stranger at Walmart (I I do love Sweet Potato Queens, the weather & SPQs tempt this Yankee to transplant down South, but this wasn't one of the better books. It was fine, had some mildly humorous moments, but I didn't laugh nearly as much as with other books. A few points feel a little too preachy, but that's the perk of writing a book, you can preach about how you think things should be done. Even though I didn't love this book, at times I felt more like I was getting unsolicited advice from a stranger at Walmart (I think most mothers know that feeling, that "I'm glad that worked just fine for you and your circumstances, but I'll just be moving along now..."), I'm still a SPQ fan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cherry Initiation

    honestly wasn t as good as i wanted it , coming off Erma Bombeck it s understandable; doesn t change the fact that this book follows a certain formula that i have seen with a lot of book s from this genre , so it became quite predictable in the topic that it would delve into and predictable as well on how it would discuss this topics , the sense of humor is quite crude sometimes and not appealing at times . it s what people call now 'sassy' i guess , it s just whatevah. it s not bad , it just do honestly wasn t as good as i wanted it , coming off Erma Bombeck it s understandable; doesn t change the fact that this book follows a certain formula that i have seen with a lot of book s from this genre , so it became quite predictable in the topic that it would delve into and predictable as well on how it would discuss this topics , the sense of humor is quite crude sometimes and not appealing at times . it s what people call now 'sassy' i guess , it s just whatevah. it s not bad , it just doesn t feel wise . it just tried too hard to make the south 'sassy'. read it when you re bored i guess .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    I've had a soft spot in my heart for the SPQs for quite some time. Although Kentucky isn't considered the Deep South, it's close enough that most of what she writes (and HOW she says it) is as familiar to me as my own voice (did I really just admit to that?) ;) Anyway, parts of this were quite amusing, and there were tons of things that I recognized from my own childhood, but she didn't really cover any new ground here. I've had a soft spot in my heart for the SPQs for quite some time. Although Kentucky isn't considered the Deep South, it's close enough that most of what she writes (and HOW she says it) is as familiar to me as my own voice (did I really just admit to that?) ;) Anyway, parts of this were quite amusing, and there were tons of things that I recognized from my own childhood, but she didn't really cover any new ground here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A howl, as usual for Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne. How to really scare young people into not having sex (one word: episiotomies), the paramount importance of Baby's (and Mom's) nap, easy and child-pleasing recipes (one is actually low-fat, a rarity for Sweet Potato Queens) and lots of laugh-out-loud stories about clueless prospective fathers, older siblings who want the baby brought back to Wal-Mart ("she must be broke--she won't stop crying") and, well, just give it a read. A howl, as usual for Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne. How to really scare young people into not having sex (one word: episiotomies), the paramount importance of Baby's (and Mom's) nap, easy and child-pleasing recipes (one is actually low-fat, a rarity for Sweet Potato Queens) and lots of laugh-out-loud stories about clueless prospective fathers, older siblings who want the baby brought back to Wal-Mart ("she must be broke--she won't stop crying") and, well, just give it a read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mendy

    I loved this book!!! I can't say enough! Like I said a look at motherhood that makes Beta mom's feel good! I so could relate to this book even the parts about teens, since so many of my friends are at this point right now! Finally a child raisin' book for Beta moms! This book is driving my husband crazy. It makes me laugh out loud ALOT! Gotta love the sweet potatoe queens! I so wanna be one!!! I loved this book!!! I can't say enough! Like I said a look at motherhood that makes Beta mom's feel good! I so could relate to this book even the parts about teens, since so many of my friends are at this point right now! Finally a child raisin' book for Beta moms! This book is driving my husband crazy. It makes me laugh out loud ALOT! Gotta love the sweet potatoe queens! I so wanna be one!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jana Williams

    There is nothing that makes me laugh quicker than any one of Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen's books;they just really tickle my funnybone! This volume did not disappoint either. Browne's books are generally quick reads and lots and lots of fun... and she always includes recipes!!! I would recommend this book (or anything else by Ms. Browne, for that matter) to pretty much any woman I know. Being a Southerner is not a prerequisite, although it will make it funnier! There is nothing that makes me laugh quicker than any one of Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queen's books;they just really tickle my funnybone! This volume did not disappoint either. Browne's books are generally quick reads and lots and lots of fun... and she always includes recipes!!! I would recommend this book (or anything else by Ms. Browne, for that matter) to pretty much any woman I know. Being a Southerner is not a prerequisite, although it will make it funnier!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Fun Fun. Fun. I thought this one was going to be all about child birth and breast feeding and I am so way over that that it is difficult to bother to find stories about it funny. But she goes through a range of ages and circumstances and some are just LOL. I tried to read one about "kids cussing" to my family and just couldn't get it out b/c I was laghing too hard. I am going to pick up some of her other books. Fun Fun. Fun. I thought this one was going to be all about child birth and breast feeding and I am so way over that that it is difficult to bother to find stories about it funny. But she goes through a range of ages and circumstances and some are just LOL. I tried to read one about "kids cussing" to my family and just couldn't get it out b/c I was laghing too hard. I am going to pick up some of her other books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie Addair

    If you've read the other SPQ books, the latest installment is sure to please. Packed with funny anecdotes and stories from various queens, the guide is enjoyable reading even for someone without kids. As a tip, if you've never listened to one of Jill Connor Brown's books on tape/cd, I highly recommend it- her reading her own books is great! If you've read the other SPQ books, the latest installment is sure to please. Packed with funny anecdotes and stories from various queens, the guide is enjoyable reading even for someone without kids. As a tip, if you've never listened to one of Jill Connor Brown's books on tape/cd, I highly recommend it- her reading her own books is great!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Oh my god I love these books. I've read most of them, and just finished this one. If you are a woman and have a sense of humor, I think it's impossible not to like these. This one was really meant for parents, but I still thought it was pretty funny. You will be a better person after reading them lol. Oh my god I love these books. I've read most of them, and just finished this one. If you are a woman and have a sense of humor, I think it's impossible not to like these. This one was really meant for parents, but I still thought it was pretty funny. You will be a better person after reading them lol.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I laughed my tush off to this. I had tears rolling down my face. My husband was wondering what I was reading or plotting against him. It was a great read, and a light read. I can't wait to see what her other books hold. This is the best read for the woman just married and pregnant. Or maybe the mom of several who needs a good laugh at waht she does everyday. I laughed my tush off to this. I had tears rolling down my face. My husband was wondering what I was reading or plotting against him. It was a great read, and a light read. I can't wait to see what her other books hold. This is the best read for the woman just married and pregnant. Or maybe the mom of several who needs a good laugh at waht she does everyday.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Humorous essays on having kids. Pretty funny stuff. Not sure why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5, except that I need to reserve 5 stars for the rare book that I wish would continue forever. But I would like to read more of her stuff. She's the kind of mom who's not perfect and doesn't make us feel guilty for not being perfect either. Humorous essays on having kids. Pretty funny stuff. Not sure why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5, except that I need to reserve 5 stars for the rare book that I wish would continue forever. But I would like to read more of her stuff. She's the kind of mom who's not perfect and doesn't make us feel guilty for not being perfect either.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Whoo...was hard getting past the first few pages in this book. Jill Conner Browne really overdoes it with the italics and bold/caps that it almost drove me crazy! I'm one of those readers who 'hears' the emphasis on the words in my head and that just got annoying. Anyway, I'm past that point and so far it's proving to be just as enjoyable and laugh-out-loud as I've found her other books to be. Whoo...was hard getting past the first few pages in this book. Jill Conner Browne really overdoes it with the italics and bold/caps that it almost drove me crazy! I'm one of those readers who 'hears' the emphasis on the words in my head and that just got annoying. Anyway, I'm past that point and so far it's proving to be just as enjoyable and laugh-out-loud as I've found her other books to be.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Harris

    This book was given to me as a gift after our baby was born. After getting my head back in the game long enough to think, I decided to pick this little goody up during a late night feeding. I seldom laugh out loud at a book, but I cannot count the number of times the anecdotal tales within have had me in stitches. I HIGHLY recommend this book for any new, weary, terrified parent!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Slim

    I don't think I started to like this book until the end. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't my style. I need a more sarcastic pov to get engaged. I am a tough sell on memoirs, Jen Lancaster is the only one that I have found that makes me laugh out loud. That includes sedaris, I guess I am just a cynical b*[email protected] I don't think I started to like this book until the end. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't my style. I need a more sarcastic pov to get engaged. I am a tough sell on memoirs, Jen Lancaster is the only one that I have found that makes me laugh out loud. That includes sedaris, I guess I am just a cynical b*[email protected]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Locum

    Funny and southern with some bonus wisdom. "Hard to tell which upsets Fate more, bragging about her own kids or making snide remarks about other peoples'. Either way you're begging for a smack-down of the severest order." "Nobody ever goes to the nursing home wishing they'd served on a few more committees or kept a cleaner house." Funny and southern with some bonus wisdom. "Hard to tell which upsets Fate more, bragging about her own kids or making snide remarks about other peoples'. Either way you're begging for a smack-down of the severest order." "Nobody ever goes to the nursing home wishing they'd served on a few more committees or kept a cleaner house."

  25. 5 out of 5

    Myra

    It's safe to say, from the two-star rating, that I have become very disenchanted with the SPQ series. :( The first two SPQ books were pretty darn good, but the ones that have been published since just don't hold a candle. It's safe to say, from the two-star rating, that I have become very disenchanted with the SPQ series. :( The first two SPQ books were pretty darn good, but the ones that have been published since just don't hold a candle.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I have read all the SPQ books and this is the best so far. I laughed until I cried and laughed some more. My favorite chapters were about Cussing (something I do on a regular basis) and Penii (something else I'm quite familiar with). I have read all the SPQ books and this is the best so far. I laughed until I cried and laughed some more. My favorite chapters were about Cussing (something I do on a regular basis) and Penii (something else I'm quite familiar with).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Not as engaging as her other SPQ books. Also, her humorous overview of parenting sometimes veers off into rants about specific parenting methods, ie: whether or not to let children "cry it out." Still fun, and my husband is now enjoying it. More evily-delicious recipes included, too. Not as engaging as her other SPQ books. Also, her humorous overview of parenting sometimes veers off into rants about specific parenting methods, ie: whether or not to let children "cry it out." Still fun, and my husband is now enjoying it. More evily-delicious recipes included, too.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I have read several of the sweet potato queen series in the past and they never disapoint. I usually listen to the audiobook versions which I especially enjoy because the reader has a thick southern accent which adds so much character and humor.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Years ago, I bought the "SPQ Book of Love" on a whim. While at the library, I picked this up on a similar whim. This woman is a funny writer. Sometimes, her southerness gets a bit too much, but overall, entertaining. And, I basically agree with her thoughts on child-raising. So far. Years ago, I bought the "SPQ Book of Love" on a whim. While at the library, I picked this up on a similar whim. This woman is a funny writer. Sometimes, her southerness gets a bit too much, but overall, entertaining. And, I basically agree with her thoughts on child-raising. So far.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Ok, my first pass into this book and I wasn't that into it, but then I kept reading....and I realized that I would probably be looking for another Sweet Potato Queen book my next trip to the library. Loved the honesty in this book, even though I didn't agree with all of it. Ok, my first pass into this book and I wasn't that into it, but then I kept reading....and I realized that I would probably be looking for another Sweet Potato Queen book my next trip to the library. Loved the honesty in this book, even though I didn't agree with all of it.

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