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Who is always perfectly put together and never at a loss for words? Who is professional, courteous, and harder working than anyone else? Whose Christmas cards arrive the day after Thanksgiving, year after year? Y'all know she's got to be a Southern Belle. A Southern Belle takes care of herself and makes sure people treat her right. She always gets her way, even if her man t Who is always perfectly put together and never at a loss for words? Who is professional, courteous, and harder working than anyone else? Whose Christmas cards arrive the day after Thanksgiving, year after year? Y'all know she's got to be a Southern Belle. A Southern Belle takes care of herself and makes sure people treat her right. She always gets her way, even if her man thinks it was his idea. (That's a win for you both.) But, darling, you don't have to be raised in the South to be the same fun-loving package of looks, charm, and determination that makes a Belle a Belle. That's what this delightful little book is for! Ladies, take it from Phaedra Parks, the smart, confident, and always poised star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Life as a Belle is simply better: for you and for the people around you. So let's imagine you're rocking on the front porch, with a tall glass of sweet tea and a plate of ladyfingers, because Phaedra's got a thing or two to tell you!


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Who is always perfectly put together and never at a loss for words? Who is professional, courteous, and harder working than anyone else? Whose Christmas cards arrive the day after Thanksgiving, year after year? Y'all know she's got to be a Southern Belle. A Southern Belle takes care of herself and makes sure people treat her right. She always gets her way, even if her man t Who is always perfectly put together and never at a loss for words? Who is professional, courteous, and harder working than anyone else? Whose Christmas cards arrive the day after Thanksgiving, year after year? Y'all know she's got to be a Southern Belle. A Southern Belle takes care of herself and makes sure people treat her right. She always gets her way, even if her man thinks it was his idea. (That's a win for you both.) But, darling, you don't have to be raised in the South to be the same fun-loving package of looks, charm, and determination that makes a Belle a Belle. That's what this delightful little book is for! Ladies, take it from Phaedra Parks, the smart, confident, and always poised star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Life as a Belle is simply better: for you and for the people around you. So let's imagine you're rocking on the front porch, with a tall glass of sweet tea and a plate of ladyfingers, because Phaedra's got a thing or two to tell you!

30 review for Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    Everybody knows that each franchise of the Bravo's hit series Real Housewives, there is one housewife that becomes a fan favorite. For me, that person is Phaedra Parks, Esq. of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. She's not the typical housewife who married into money and sits on her behind. She's an accomplished lawyer with a business savvy that rivels the best. I placed the bias for her aside in hopes of writing an impartial and honest review for the Netgalley provided copy of Secrets of the Southe Everybody knows that each franchise of the Bravo's hit series Real Housewives, there is one housewife that becomes a fan favorite. For me, that person is Phaedra Parks, Esq. of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. She's not the typical housewife who married into money and sits on her behind. She's an accomplished lawyer with a business savvy that rivels the best. I placed the bias for her aside in hopes of writing an impartial and honest review for the Netgalley provided copy of Secrets of the Southern Belle. Phaedra Parks has written an advice book on how to be a Southern Belle which is her reality personality on the series so it's hard not to associate her with the advice given in the book and compare it to the show. There's no getting around it especially if the reader is familiar with the reality show. This isn't a bad thing because I think much of Parks actions and personality coincide with the advice given in Secrets of the Southern Belle. This provides a little more insight to fans of her actions. Now on to the book! Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment let's us into the inside world of a true Southern Belle and exposes the secrets to her pulling it off without a hitch. Parks encourages women to take care of themselves and the rest of the world will too. She's not suggesting that Belle's behave like the feminist revolution never happened or to cater to any man's needs, but to simply put more effort into the person they present to the world. I love this idea. Most people are judged by there outside appearance so why not put your best foot forward? One of the ways a Southern Belle can get what she wants is by being respectful, mannerful and establishing connections. Parks notes that manners mean a lot and many have forgotten this. My experience in customer service has made me more than happy to help Parks get this message out. There are rude people who need not be rude especially when that energy can be used at making a lasting connection with someone. Ultimately the goal of a Southern Belle is to make a connection with people by using "please" or "thank you". Even sending flowers, gifts, or thank you cards can be terms of endearment and a meaningful way to nurture that relationship. What's a book about being a Southern Belle without giving advice about how to maintain your outward appearance? Parks gives sound advice that everybody should know such as under garments should remain just that. No one wants to see that you've been wearing the same underwear three days in a row. And much of the advice is not limited to just women. There's insight on how to raise young gentlemen worthy of a true Southern Belle. I admit I don't need 2-hours in the morning... but then again... maybe I do. Now on to my gripes. I'm a northerner and was a little put off by the constant references to us as if we are from some other planet. I discussed this with my mother who's a southerner through and through (although she's been raised in the north) and she agrees with Phaedra Parks. There is a distinctly different culture I'm sure. My gripe is that the references almost take away from the charm of the book especially if a northerner takes it personally. Everybody knows that this book oozes Phaedra Parks inside and out. During my read I could not keep her voice out of head. I liken it to having tea on the front porch with a good friend shooting the breeze. Secrets of the Southern Belle is a fun, engrossing, and inspiring advice book that can have any girl on their way to becoming true Southern Belles. If that is not the goal of the reader, Parks provides sound advice in most areas in life, that the Southern Belle rules apply in hopes of becoming better people overall. I imagine fans of the Real Housewives are the intended audience, although I'd recommend this book to all my girlfriends.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This book is fine if you have no feminist tendencies. Here are some examples of the advice in this book: Don't curse. It's not ladylike. Wear pearls. Every day, if possible. Never contradict anyone, even if you know they are wrong. Don't get drunk. You need two full hours to make yourself presentable each morning. Only a really unusual woman watches football alone. I won't lie. There is some decent advice in the book as well but it's obvious advice. I think certain women would find this book to be very This book is fine if you have no feminist tendencies. Here are some examples of the advice in this book: Don't curse. It's not ladylike. Wear pearls. Every day, if possible. Never contradict anyone, even if you know they are wrong. Don't get drunk. You need two full hours to make yourself presentable each morning. Only a really unusual woman watches football alone. I won't lie. There is some decent advice in the book as well but it's obvious advice. I think certain women would find this book to be very charming but I couldn't help but be a little insulted by her views on the way women should behave.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Before this book, I was not familiar with Phaedra Parks (apparently she's on some reality tv show?), so I'm unsure about her personality and sense of humor. I hope she was being sarcastic throughout this book, otherwise I find her extremely pretentious. I do like her overall messages of being kind, having manners, and not acting/dressing like a slut. I think she makes some good points about how we could all behave more decently. However, she seems to believe that all Northerners are a bunch of r Before this book, I was not familiar with Phaedra Parks (apparently she's on some reality tv show?), so I'm unsure about her personality and sense of humor. I hope she was being sarcastic throughout this book, otherwise I find her extremely pretentious. I do like her overall messages of being kind, having manners, and not acting/dressing like a slut. I think she makes some good points about how we could all behave more decently. However, she seems to believe that all Northerners are a bunch of rude, drab, uncivilized heathens. Honey, just because I was born a Yankee doesn't mean my mama didn't teach me any manners. And we don't go around wearing gray and black all the time! Again, I hope this was meant to be humor, but if not, she has a serious superiority complex. Bless her heart.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauri Rottmayer

    What a great book full of great advice! I'm a girl from the North but much of the advice Ms. Parks gives in this book was given to me by my mom and grandma as I was growing up. I believe if young women read and heed this advice, they can bring back a level of civility and self respect currently not in evidence. I don't have daughters but if I did, I would make sure they knew the information in this book. In a nutshell, Ms. Parks describes how to be class and not trashy. I hope girls, who might not What a great book full of great advice! I'm a girl from the North but much of the advice Ms. Parks gives in this book was given to me by my mom and grandma as I was growing up. I believe if young women read and heed this advice, they can bring back a level of civility and self respect currently not in evidence. I don't have daughters but if I did, I would make sure they knew the information in this book. In a nutshell, Ms. Parks describes how to be class and not trashy. I hope girls, who might not take this advice from their mother, will take it from Phaedra Parks! Awesome. :-)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Killian

    I love watching the crazysauce that is The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Phaedra has always been one of my favorites so I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this book on Netgalley, and it didn't disappoint! Living in the South and being raised by a mother who is a "Southern Belle" in so many ways that I never could be, I enjoyed reading this and comparing it to my life experiences here in the Deep South. I am not personally what I (or for that matter, Phaedra) would consider a Southern Belle b I love watching the crazysauce that is The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Phaedra has always been one of my favorites so I was absolutely thrilled when I saw this book on Netgalley, and it didn't disappoint! Living in the South and being raised by a mother who is a "Southern Belle" in so many ways that I never could be, I enjoyed reading this and comparing it to my life experiences here in the Deep South. I am not personally what I (or for that matter, Phaedra) would consider a Southern Belle but I know more than my fair share of them. It's not as common among people my own age as it is in a generation ahead of me, and I think it is a gradually dying ideal. Still, it was amusing to read her anecdotes and tips (though at times they would directly contradict each other, a few times from one page to the next). A great read if you enjoy watching Phaedra stay classy on Housewives and want to get some background information on how and why she does it. Copy courtesy of Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    On the one hand I feel as if I'm perhaps a bit too stereotypical "northern" to appreciate what Parks is talking about in this book. See seems convinced that girls in the North--or really any part of the US that is not the south--just don't understand how to be a Southern Belle. She espouses such advice as being unfailingly polite to everyone, even if they are being rude to your face you should give them your brightest smile and be sweet as sugar. A Belle should also never let there be a moment i On the one hand I feel as if I'm perhaps a bit too stereotypical "northern" to appreciate what Parks is talking about in this book. See seems convinced that girls in the North--or really any part of the US that is not the south--just don't understand how to be a Southern Belle. She espouses such advice as being unfailingly polite to everyone, even if they are being rude to your face you should give them your brightest smile and be sweet as sugar. A Belle should also never let there be a moment in the conversation that could lead to discomfort. Be it about religion (which you should have! but she doesn't judge you too much if you don't), politics or child raising. A True Southern Belle can keep a conversation going that includes everyone and everyone's beliefs while talking in as banal generalities as possible. I think somewhere around the halfway point I decided that she couldn't possible be as deadly serious as she seemed. But I think she is. If you can get past the superiority Parks seems to feel over everybody who is not (and does not want to be) a Southern Belle, there is some good practical advice. Remembering to thank your host or hostess after a dinner or party. Showing proper appreciation when someone goes out of their way for you. Respecting others and their property. This is all sound, common sense, advice. The more specifics--such as basically owning your own Stationary store or keeping a closet of trinkets/gifts to wrap and hand out on the off chance you need one--is perhaps a bit much. I also don't think you need to play "Oh you" game. I don't advocate calling a neighbor or friend and being like "Hey Jen--mind if I borrow that pan of yours for this party you're not invited to?" I don't think you need to speak for 30 minutes about everything BUT the pan, then hedge around the question for another 10 minutes before spending the remaining 20 effusively thanking the person. So while this is an interesting book, I think what works best as advice from the book is common sense. Parks' recollections and stories however are genuinely entertaining and if you're fan of hers from the show this will likely please you to no end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    **I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review** I love The Real Housewives franchise on Bravo and The Real Housewives of Atlanta ranks among one of my favorites! When I found out that the lovely Mrs. Phaedra Parks was writing a book I was so excited to read it! I was beyond thrilled when I won a copy from the publisher for a review!! In Secrets of the Southern Belle, Phaedra discusses a variety of topics on how to be the perfect Southern Belle or how to be close to on **I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review** I love The Real Housewives franchise on Bravo and The Real Housewives of Atlanta ranks among one of my favorites! When I found out that the lovely Mrs. Phaedra Parks was writing a book I was so excited to read it! I was beyond thrilled when I won a copy from the publisher for a review!! In Secrets of the Southern Belle, Phaedra discusses a variety of topics on how to be the perfect Southern Belle or how to be close to one. I have always loved how she carries herself on the show and I see her as a woman that is classy and very admirable. While reading Secrets of the Southern Beller I could just imagine her saying everything that was in the book in her voice. She brings up many good pointers on the planning of a variety of events such as weddings, Christmas Holidays, and party throwing among a few to name. Some of the pointers she gave that I liked and never really thought of as obvious as it might seem was to test waterproof mascara in the shower! I also can say that I 100% agree with her on the importance on having family dinners together at the dinner table with the TV’s off and cell phones or laptops put away! This is something I know I always loved that we did in my family growing up. I also agreed with her on that a lady should not have no more than 2 drinks at a social event. There is nothing more ugly than a drunk woman! AMEN!!! One of the most interesting secrets she revealed that I wonder if it’s true or not, is that getting Botox in your armpits keeps them from sweating. That’s mighty interesting stuff if you ask me! I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an insightful delight for every classy woman such as myself! :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Toton

    I often read books about cultures that I’m interested in, like the French culture, but I rarely read books about cultures I’m not really interested in. I read this book just to kind of see what life is like for another group of people. Interestingly enough, I was able to identify some things from my southern upbringing that I wasn’t aware were actually influences in my life. This book was somewhat interesting, as reading about someone who is very different from yourself always is, but I would no I often read books about cultures that I’m interested in, like the French culture, but I rarely read books about cultures I’m not really interested in. I read this book just to kind of see what life is like for another group of people. Interestingly enough, I was able to identify some things from my southern upbringing that I wasn’t aware were actually influences in my life. This book was somewhat interesting, as reading about someone who is very different from yourself always is, but I would not take it seriously as a life advice book. It was a quick read, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    I had no idea Ms. Parks was a reality tv star until I googled her name to see if she had written more books. This book took me several years to read, but I kept coming back to it. The Southern Belle life has always fascinated me and I enjoyed reading lessons from Ms. Parks. Really the book is how to be a good human being to others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna K. Amendolare

    Regardless of what you may think a Southern Belle is, Ms. Phaedra defines her as a woman who can get stuff done with courtesy and panache. I found this an interesting read, with useful tips and definitely enlightening as to what it truly means to be a Southern Belle.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Wolford

    I have made it my goal to try and read more self-help books in the coming year. I decided to start with one that appealed to my already innate nature: being a Southern Belle! I really dislike reality television, so I had no clue that the author of this book was the star of the T.V. show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but honestly this did not deter my interest in reading it. This book called to me from the first moment I saw its cover! The advice that Parks gives within this book is valuable, pr I have made it my goal to try and read more self-help books in the coming year. I decided to start with one that appealed to my already innate nature: being a Southern Belle! I really dislike reality television, so I had no clue that the author of this book was the star of the T.V. show The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but honestly this did not deter my interest in reading it. This book called to me from the first moment I saw its cover! The advice that Parks gives within this book is valuable, professional, and relatable. She shares things that could be really beneficial to anyone, not just Southern Belles. I love how she has everything sectioned off, it’s organized by section, and she even provides bulleted lists when necessary. I am an extremely “listy” person, so this makes me happy and keeps me entertained. She speaks to every part of life from the social aspects, the work field, and even about personal relationships. She covers every category! What I instantly loved about Phaedra Parks and her writing is that she is completely honest! She admits that while she knows what it takes to be a proper, respectable woman, she sometimes fails at being a Southern Belle herself. I can tell what type of person she is through her writing, and I think this speaks volumes for her and her passion on this topic! ***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review***

  12. 5 out of 5

    Books_and_Budgets

    I admired Phaedra's grace under the, otherwise humiliating fires, created by her poor selection of a husband on the show, RHOA. So it was rather confounding to me that this self-proclaimed "Belle" would make such a gross error in judgment that completely contradicted her own advocacy of "Southern Belle charm and class" that she espoused of in her book. How is it that a woman, who so readily discounts and dismisses the upbringings of her northern female compatriots, make such a dim-witted and con I admired Phaedra's grace under the, otherwise humiliating fires, created by her poor selection of a husband on the show, RHOA. So it was rather confounding to me that this self-proclaimed "Belle" would make such a gross error in judgment that completely contradicted her own advocacy of "Southern Belle charm and class" that she espoused of in her book. How is it that a woman, who so readily discounts and dismisses the upbringings of her northern female compatriots, make such a dim-witted and contradictory gaffe as to desperately pursue a man with such a deficiency of polish, not to mention moral orientation (Remember Apollo outing her on RHOA on the fact that Phaedra visited him in the halfway house he was staying in after his first prison release, sleeping with him on a mattress on the floor? Classy, for sure) At best, this was an amusing read, if not for the insensible and risible ramblings of the author. If Phaedra holds herself and her likewise identified, "Southern Belles", as an exhibit of the "finer models of southern refinement and advantage", well, God as my witness, I am ever so thankful of being a Yankee. Pure hypocritical rubbish. Skip it, or if so intrigued that you MUST read it, borrow it because it is certainly not worth the paper it is printed on.

  13. 5 out of 5

    LaToya

    I received this book as an ARC from Edelweiss. I am an avid viewer of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Shh!), and when the show is on, I do not miss an episode. I was excited when Phaedra Parks first came to the show because she was not just a housewife, she has an excellent career, an impressive academic resume, and she is a lady (minus the black mesh outfit she wore while on vacation in the Caribbean and the workout video incident). Phaedra often remarks about being a Southern Belle and what it I received this book as an ARC from Edelweiss. I am an avid viewer of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Shh!), and when the show is on, I do not miss an episode. I was excited when Phaedra Parks first came to the show because she was not just a housewife, she has an excellent career, an impressive academic resume, and she is a lady (minus the black mesh outfit she wore while on vacation in the Caribbean and the workout video incident). Phaedra often remarks about being a Southern Belle and what it takes to be a lady and her book, Secrets of the Southern Belle does not disappoint. As a woman from the Deep South, I can attest that most of the things she mentions, such as things we say, the way we dress, and our mannerisms are not an exaggeration. Everybody who enjoys Phaedra on RHOA will enjoy this book. Though she does open the book with an insult to Northern women- she calls them "drab"- the book is humorous and highly entertaining. This would be a fun book for book clubs. I think it would create quite the discussion. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the show.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Normally, a book like this wouldn't find its way into my hands, but I will admit that being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta made me a little curious. A modern day book of manners, Secrets of the Southern Belle is filled with tips on how to live a fabulous life as a "lady" and how to do things "properly". Like most books of its kind, there are guidelines on relationships, keeping a home, work life, and entertaining. Parks' humor and southern twist makes those old standards fun to read. And Normally, a book like this wouldn't find its way into my hands, but I will admit that being a fan of The Real Housewives of Atlanta made me a little curious. A modern day book of manners, Secrets of the Southern Belle is filled with tips on how to live a fabulous life as a "lady" and how to do things "properly". Like most books of its kind, there are guidelines on relationships, keeping a home, work life, and entertaining. Parks' humor and southern twist makes those old standards fun to read. And yes, she gets a few jabs in, like what to do when someone attempts inappropriate communication with your significant other (looking at you, Kenya) and other reality show related tidbits. I'm not necessarily the target market for this book, but it could be helpful for young women who need guidance on the appropriateness of certain behaviors and situations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    I'm not a fan of reality TV. I watch maybe one episode per year. That one episode is usually of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and that is because I love Phaedra Parks, Esq. when I learned she had written a book I had to read it. That being said, this may be understood, but I loved this advice book. Mrs. Parks' sense of humor is undeniable and comes across clearly. The advice is clear and concise, exactly what I'd expect to learn from the only Belle among women who are all supposed to represent I'm not a fan of reality TV. I watch maybe one episode per year. That one episode is usually of the Real Housewives of Atlanta and that is because I love Phaedra Parks, Esq. when I learned she had written a book I had to read it. That being said, this may be understood, but I loved this advice book. Mrs. Parks' sense of humor is undeniable and comes across clearly. The advice is clear and concise, exactly what I'd expect to learn from the only Belle among women who are all supposed to represent Atlanta. My only disappointment lies in the fact that the book is clearly written for a very specific audience. The mid thirties woman with a husband and children, established careers, etc. There is only advice here and there for the young and single. So... Maybe another book Mrs. Parks? Overall, a great read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Judging by the other reviews the author is apparently on a reality tv show I've never seen. However, that didn't really factor into the book. It was mostly silly fun. I wouldn't take all of her advice seriously, but most was just common sense anyway. Some of the advice was total nonsense, but she has an entertaining voice so it was still an enjoyable read. However, she really liked to belabor her belief about the friendliness of Southerners. This, as anyone who as ever moved to the South can attes Judging by the other reviews the author is apparently on a reality tv show I've never seen. However, that didn't really factor into the book. It was mostly silly fun. I wouldn't take all of her advice seriously, but most was just common sense anyway. Some of the advice was total nonsense, but she has an entertaining voice so it was still an enjoyable read. However, she really liked to belabor her belief about the friendliness of Southerners. This, as anyone who as ever moved to the South can attest, is total nonsense. The further south I go, the less friendly people are. If a Southerner is speaking to you in a friendly manner, they are likely only digging for gossip. And if you want customer service south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you are completely out of luck--especially in small towns. It's shameful. But back to the book: Cute fluff.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Elizabeth

    Alright, what I learned here ladies and gentlemen, is that I'm not a Southern Belle. But I did learn some pretty cool things, and the funny part is, I'm from the south! For example, I knew ladies keep their legs crossed, but I did not realize you don't cross them at the knees (I didnt think it mattered) or it can lead to varicose veins. There are some things I know I'll never meet her criteria for either, for example that I wear Denim on denim (jean jacket with colorful top and jeans) and sometim Alright, what I learned here ladies and gentlemen, is that I'm not a Southern Belle. But I did learn some pretty cool things, and the funny part is, I'm from the south! For example, I knew ladies keep their legs crossed, but I did not realize you don't cross them at the knees (I didnt think it mattered) or it can lead to varicose veins. There are some things I know I'll never meet her criteria for either, for example that I wear Denim on denim (jean jacket with colorful top and jeans) and sometimes I do mix jewelry, and I have to admit (shamely) that I don't own any pearls. I was also really surprised (pleasantly) about her ideas on giving a cheap wedding too! I think one of the coolest parts of this, was that Phaedra included some of her own recipes too.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Hard to rate this book. I honestly read it just for the eye rolling potential. That anyone who is on any rendition of “Real Housewives” could consider themselves a Belle, much less a lady is hilarious. She does have some things correct – especially the raising of children. But her version of a Belle is all about rules. A real Belle has her own set of rules - an being nice isn't necessarily one of them. The author seems to confuse Belles with ladies and they aren’t the same thing. If you want to Hard to rate this book. I honestly read it just for the eye rolling potential. That anyone who is on any rendition of “Real Housewives” could consider themselves a Belle, much less a lady is hilarious. She does have some things correct – especially the raising of children. But her version of a Belle is all about rules. A real Belle has her own set of rules - an being nice isn't necessarily one of them. The author seems to confuse Belles with ladies and they aren’t the same thing. If you want to know about Southern Belles, read Florence King. You’ll learn and laugh your ass off at the same time!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ghgilmore

    A cute read. Nothing I didn't already know as a southern girl myself.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Well...there are some good points in the book, but some are so contradicting that I can't begin to understand what all of the hoopla is about for this book. Maybe it's because I can' t get pass Parks being a housewife and a lawyer, and a mortician, and a consultant, and on and on and on that masquerading as a housewife, she may as well be masquerading, or disillusioned, that she is a Southern Belle. When I first picked the book up, I thought it was a joke, but she really think she is a Southern Well...there are some good points in the book, but some are so contradicting that I can't begin to understand what all of the hoopla is about for this book. Maybe it's because I can' t get pass Parks being a housewife and a lawyer, and a mortician, and a consultant, and on and on and on that masquerading as a housewife, she may as well be masquerading, or disillusioned, that she is a Southern Belle. When I first picked the book up, I thought it was a joke, but she really think she is a Southern Belle. Oh well, at least she can add author to her list of occupations...I guess.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    Entertaining etiquette guide and lifestyle manual chock full of nuances that may come as a surprise to folks who are not members of AKA or the Junior League. I don't buy everything she's selling, but there are ladies who do and it's fascinating to see that world from the inside. Also, all the stuff about how to converse and avoid conflict in a ladylike manner is pure gold, particularly the chapter called "Never Say No". If you are wondering why a Southern lady is not giving you a straight answer Entertaining etiquette guide and lifestyle manual chock full of nuances that may come as a surprise to folks who are not members of AKA or the Junior League. I don't buy everything she's selling, but there are ladies who do and it's fascinating to see that world from the inside. Also, all the stuff about how to converse and avoid conflict in a ladylike manner is pure gold, particularly the chapter called "Never Say No". If you are wondering why a Southern lady is not giving you a straight answer, this is it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Cute book, nothing groundbreaking but some good, basic etiquette reminders. Probably has no appeal for anyone not from the south. To be honest, I'm from Georgia (born and raised!) but not a lot of this really resonated with me. I like to take something away from everything I read, though, and I like her general theme of being gracious, as a host, a friend, a coworker, etc, in everything you do. Now I wouldn't mind reading more about the author herself- a lawyer, mother, and funeral director-in-tr Cute book, nothing groundbreaking but some good, basic etiquette reminders. Probably has no appeal for anyone not from the south. To be honest, I'm from Georgia (born and raised!) but not a lot of this really resonated with me. I like to take something away from everything I read, though, and I like her general theme of being gracious, as a host, a friend, a coworker, etc, in everything you do. Now I wouldn't mind reading more about the author herself- a lawyer, mother, and funeral director-in-training? She has to have some great stories!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I received this book free from the good read's First Reads program. This is a step by step guide on how to become a southern belle. From giving compliments and always smiling to at least owning one thing pink. This book gives you details and gives you comfort knowing that not everyone is perfect and every girl should strive to be a southern belle. Southern Belle's are women of mystery and they like to keep it that way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Zink

    I love Phaedra Parks on rhoa, but this book is terrible. I have not been as passionate as a feminist for the last few years, but this book has reignited my torch. This book fully embraces the strictest adherence to gender roles (there is a chapter titled 'how to be selectively helpless') and encourages fake niceties and backhanded compliments. Her advice for general manners is fine, but also obvious. Love Phaedra, hate this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This was exactly what I thought this would be. Much like other Real Housewives books, this followed a formula and I wasn't expecting anything else. Phaedra has a fun voice (or more like her co-author has a fun voice). My patrons have been checking this out and have enjoyed it. A piffle that went out of my head the moment I finished it, but enjoyable-ish nonetheless.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    First of all, I love watching the insanity that is RHOA and Phaedra is a favorite of mine. That said, this is a really good book. I'm from the south and many of her "Everybody knows" and southern tips are really what my mom drilled into my head also. It's an easy to read reference type book. I loved it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was hilarious. I am by no means a Southern Belle. I did find the book educational and know I have a lot of work if I ever want to try to be a Southern Belle. It was a whole separate world.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Global Donnica

    Enjoyed the book and yes there's true wisdom here but also beauty is inside and out

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I love this Southern Belle! I'm from the North & I thought this book was really cute plus I like to support my favorite housewives. I love this Southern Belle! I'm from the North & I thought this book was really cute plus I like to support my favorite housewives.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was so pretentious and hypocritical, but it was so Phaedra which made it very entertaining.

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