Southern Lady Code

Southern Lady Code Review

The bestselling author of American Housewife is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.

Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." Say "weathered" instead of "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." Say "early-developed" instead of "brace face and B cups." And for the love of Coke Salad, always say "Sorry you saw something that offended you" instead of "Get that stick out of your butt, Miss Prissy Pants." In these twenty-three raucous essays Ellis transforms herself into a dominatrix Donna Reed to save her marriage, inadvertently steals a $795 Burberry trench coat, witnesses a man fake his own death at a party, avoids a neck lift, and finds a black-tie gown that gives her the confidence of a drag queen. While she may have left her home in Alabama, married a New Yorker, forgotten how to drive, and abandoned the puffy headbands of her youth, Helen Ellis is clinging to her Southern accent like mayonnaise to white bread, and offering readers a hilarious, completely singular view on womanhood for both sides of the Mason-Dixon.

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  • JanB

    Southern Lady Code: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way."After a couple of books that were misses, Marialyce and I decided to go a different route and rea...

  • Marialyce

    This was a fun easy read, just a couple of hours of stories that were suppose to inform Southern ladies about the way they act, which of course is always the correct way. Being a transported Southern ...

  • Valerity (Val)

    Southern Lady Code: Essays This is an entertaining collection of funny essays by Helen Ellis written with wit and candor and touching on family and marriage. Having lived in the South for a couple of...

  • Chris

    Helen Ellis is hilarious, brilliant, and utterly mad. Southern Lady Code will make you a better woman or a better man — once you have cleaned up the coffee you spit through your nose from laughing s...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Southern Lady Code: a technique by which, if you don't have something nice to say, you say something not so nice in a nice way.Just a couple days before the release of Southern Lady Code, Helen Ellis ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    A light read with some giggles for anyone who knows southern women. I like the idea of an Alabama southerner serving onion dip and cheese log to their friends in Manhattan but had a hard time identify...

  • J.T.

    This book is overflowing with personality and humor - I can't tell you how many times I laughed aloud. There is nothing Helen Ellis writes that I won't buy immediately. She's that good....

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    A decidedly average essay collection. I loved some of these essays and loathed others. Helen Ellis has a strong voice that shines through all of her writing, but sometimes she misses the mark with hum...

  • Beth Dean

    Southern Lady Code gives us a peek into what it is to be a lady.Imagine me crossing my legs daintily and lifting my teacup while saying “lady.”While it doesn’t have the same venom and bite of Am...

  • rsvreads

    I read about half of this book and didn’t find it interesting or particularly funny so I stopped reading and moved on. I’ve lived my entire life in the south so, sure, I saw some truths in her ess...