Book Review: Southern Lady Code

I have a handful of authors that I love, and Helen Ellis is one of them. When I read her book, American Housewife I had a deep in the gut visceral reaction. I was reading the whole time thinking, “I love this book. I LOVE this BOOK!” So when I heard that she had a new book coming out, I immediately put it on my I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS list.

When I moved to California from Oklahoma almost thirteen years ago, I was surprised to learn that I was not from the South. People would ask if I missed the Midwest and I would look at them like, “Well, I guess so but I don’t have a particular attachment to Iowa.” I didn’t understand that most people consider Oklahoma Midwestern, while we Oklahomans totally think of ourselves as Southern. Have you seen our politics? Tasted our food? Seen all of the churches? Heard our accents? We are pretty Southern, ya’ll.

That’s another reason I knew that Southern Lady Code would be a book right up my alley. A book of essays with each chapter a different peak inside what we Southern ladies really mean when we say that someone is “Creative” or “Put together.” Ellis has a way of saying things that aren’t so nice but she says them in a really nice way. Exactly like all of us good Southern girls are taught to do.

While reading Southern Lady Code, I once again found myself snorting. Snorting is the best form of laughter because means that something is so funny that you don’t have time to form a proper, lady-like giggle. No, when something is this funny, you snort like a pig first and giggle afterward.

If you’re someone that loves a good story that’s funny and real and sprinkled with mayonnaise and Southern charm, then you’ll love this book! I highly recommend. Enjoyable!


Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
Published by Double Day, April 16, 2019
Genre: Essays
Where I read: On a college tour with my oldest
Stephenie’s Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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