Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.
Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.
It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?
I have been in a huge reading slump the last few months, and I got a brilliant idea to listen to several small audiobooks as a way to get myself out of my reading slump. This was one of the first books I listened to out of the 6 I chose. I really enjoy Reese Witherspoon’s movies and I think that she seems like a really genuine person. I couldn’t wait to hear about her life growing up and learning more about her. Unfortunately, that’s not what this book is at all. This book gives you snippets of what her life was like when she was growing up, but this book is pretty much a how to guide to survive the South.
If I were moving to the South and wanted to learn about some traditions and expectations this would be a book I would turn to for advice. This book breaks down everything you need to know from how to set a table, to proper etiquette when entertaining guests. Throughout the book there were small snippets of stories about Reese’s life and about her relationship with her grandmother.
I loved that Reese was the reader for the audiobook. I think it helped bring it to life. I would love to read a book about her actual life where she talks about herself. Also, I would like to see a physical copy of this book so that I could try some of the recipes she includes. This book would be perfect for the right person; however, that person wasn’t me.