Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Review: I love you-now hush

I jumped at the chance to review the book, I love you-now hush because it is basically a Southern take on Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, but funnier and maybe deep fried? My husband Scott was born and raised in Mississippi so I saw this as an opportunity to learn more about his culture. We joke that we have a mixed marriage because we are from opposite ends of the Mason-Dixon line, but honestly our cultures are so different as this book illustrates.

There are 18 different essay categories in the book that range from (not)reading directions, hoarding, to romance, all Southern style of course. The authors, Melinda Rainey Thompson and Morgan Murphy are amazing story tellers and give you the feeling that you are sitting with them enjoying a cup of coffee. Melinda's Southern hospitality and Morgan's Southern charm are palpable. The entire book, cover to cover, was humorous, in good spirits and just a great read. I feel that everyone from the North should read this book prior to any encounter they have in the South. I mean how else would you know what "fine" really means? As my father in law says (he's from Ohio, married to a Mississippian) "fine does not mean fine".

Other standout chapters for me were the chapters on (not)reading directions (got to live this one when we put together the swingset), southern semantics (fine not meaning fine), embrace your inner foodie (I found myself ransacking the house in search of chocolate) and you are what you wear (the checklists at the end are hilarious!). I've already recommended this book to just about everyone I know, and that was just after reading one chapter. Honestly, if you know any person in the South, or are from the South, you need to read this. It is a quality read, entertaining and is sure to lift your spirits. I found that if I was having a stressful day, I would just pick a chapter, read it and instantly be in a better mood. It's that funny.

You can find I love you-now hush on Amazon, Borders and Barnes and Noble.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes from John F. Blair, Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."