Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle Paperback – May 1 2010
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“With Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, Olivia deBelle Byrd proves that she is the real thing—an authentic Southern Belle with stories galore. I can’t wait to give this hilarious and heartwarming book to all my sweet friends.”
—CASSANDRA KING, author of The Same Sweet Girls
“As a fifth generation Southerner, I thought I knew all there was to know about Southern culture. However, Olivia deBelle Byrd has taught me a thing or two. Miss Hildreth Wore Brown covers everything from Sunday church, beauty pageants and Northern exposure with humorous insight. This is one that you’ll want to savor with a mint julep!”
—MICHAEL MORRIS, author of A Place Called Wiregrass
“Olivia deBelle Byrd is a wonderful writer if you happen to enjoy wit, talent, charm, and good looks. Anyone who has ever cracked a grin at the works of Nora Ephron or Fannie Flagg owes it to herself to read Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, which is the warmest, wisest, funniest book I’ve read in a month of Sundays. It’s like lunch with your wittiest friends—full of heart, love, and juicy gossip!”
—ROBERT LELEUX, author of The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy
About the Author
Olivia deBelle Byrd was born and bred in the South. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and is a Kappa Delta. She resides in Panama City, Florida, with her husband Tommy and is the proud mother of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the second time I’ve read this book and it was just as funny as the first time. The author has a way with words and knows the south very well. I wouldn’t even know how to pick a favorite story, the are all my favorites. I plan on keeping this book nearby so that I can pick it up and read a random chapter whenever I need to lighten my mood.
Anyone who is looking for a light, feel good read would like this, and I recommend you get a copy.
Publisher: Morgan James
Category: Southern Fiction
'Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle' is an absolutely hilarious read. We all have stories about our upbringing, the stereotypes, the new generation vs the old generation and the influences of others in our lives. We love recounting the hilarious stories about individuals in our towns. After telling her stories verbally over and over for years, Olivia finally puts pen to paper, and delivers a fascinating read. Olivia deBelle Byrd picks her readers up and drops her readers into a Southern world. A world filled with traditions, and laugh-out loud stories. Stories that will leave you thinking, and have you recollecting your own stories. Each chapter is a short fun filled chapter, one that will leave you laughing and learning from her lessons. A self-proclaimed 'directionally challenged' individual, Olivia recounts driving her son to soccer practice, but ending up in the wrong state. Her husbands response when she asks why he never gave the correct directions, 'I didn't think you knew where west was.' Yes, Olivia's husband is always ready with an answer. After her husband asks her to purchase blue or brown pants. OIivia responds with 'Marine blue, navy blue, dark blue, chocolate brown, mocha brown, latte brown?' I wonder what my husband would say...Imagine her husbands shock when he learns Ice Cream is no longer 25 cents a scoop and Chanel No.5 is not cheap. Imagine his horror when she pretends the bottle spills to the ground...
This book is not written solely for the Southern reader, everyone can relate and enjoy this book. A Fun, fast-paced, hysterical read. This is one that you will pick up, and not want to end. It's all of 150 pages, so you may want to ration the stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
But as much humor as there is--and the book is chock full--there is wisdom embedded as well. I particularly liked her explanation of self-esteem:
"You can tell children they are intelligent or beautiful or talented all you want, but that doesn't give them self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from trying and failing and finally succeeding. It comes from your own efforts and not those of your parents."
Southern humor sprinkled with Southern wisdom makes for an enticing combination that is impossible to resist. Combine that with a wonderfully accessible writing style and you have a real winner! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the South, witty anecdotes, family humor and just plain excellent writing. Four and a half stars out of five. (Amazon would only let me go with a straight four or five)
Olivia Byrd tells essays of old time Southern life that most novels glimps over. Southerns have their own view of the world, the author recants these anecdoes with a pinch of Sunday dinner and a mountain of true Southern charm. Her storytelling ability is amazing. She takes her readership to the real South.
This is the other side of Jeff Foxworthy-land. You may find a redneck here and there, but Miss Byrd puts them in their southern places. Her inner Southern Belle is real, hip and truly witty. She is a straight Shooter and gets to the heart of the matter.
When I got tp reading the chapter called "The Art of Bargaining", I counted the remaining pages. I really wondered if I should slow down since I was enjoying myself too much. As I was reading the chapter on Bargaining, I also wanted to ask the author when is her next book.
She and Bailey White tread in similar circles...But I find Miss Byrd a lot funnier,,and so will you. She is a prize that you must savor and relish over after Sunday Dinner
This is by no means a scolding book: Bryd makes fun of her own ideas and upbringing and shares many stories that are laugh out loud funny. And she knows how to use that snide wit in more subtle ways, too. But the overall feeling after reading this short book of anecdotes is how far we have slipped in our consideration of common courtesy and proper manners - not only in the South but also across the country. Topics like not writing thank you notes will sting the readers who not only have ceased this bit of civility but also make them reflect on the training they have passed on to their own children. Byrd entertains us, yes, but she also is a fine watchdog for reminding us (in her own gentle Southern fashion) just what well-bred folks are forgetting. Emily Post would approve - and probably chuckle, too! Grady Harp, August 10
Morgan James Publishing
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I love the way this book came to be, as the author was repeating some of her stories for the "umpteenth" time, her long-suffering husband looked at her with glazed over eyes and said,"Why don't you write this stuff down?" Thus was born Miss Hildreth Wore Brown--Anecdotes of a Southern Belle.
The anecdotes cover the "Southern Way" of handling everything from funerals, thank notes and the dreaded wearing white after Labor day, all written with the author's true Southern charm.
It is a truly adorable fast read. A perfect book to pick up if you are having a bad or stressful day because these short little stories are sure to put a smile on your face and help you "escape" from your everyday strife.
I do have to mention I was born and raised in the North, a Yankee, oh my, but a lot of the things she talks about happening in the South were part of my upbringing also, so either the etiquette traveled North or we are not as different from each other as we were led to believe. Let's face it every family has at least one "eccentric" relative.
So whether you are a woman from the North, West, East or South, you will enjoy this book. It is chock full of humor, sarcasm and wit. You may even catch yourself laughing out loud. This also is definitely one you with friends and family too.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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."
Its a very entertaining insight to life growing up in the Old South, and raising kids in the modern south. For those of you who grew up there, this will remind you of the laughter and quirkiness you grew up with. To those of you who didn't grow up here, its a great insight to why your southern friends are the way they are. The stories are short and sweet with just a touch of sass. You can read them one at a time for short pick-me-ups, or you can read the whole book in 1 sitting. Just great.