Two years ago I had major surgery and was in bed for three weeks. I took my pain medication as directed, no overdosing, but I did not understand the need to taper off. So, I wound up having a terrible withdrawal. I spent several days doing nothing but crying. I couldn't stop. Luke and my parents were so worried and we ended up decided that I'd go with my parents to visit my grandparents for a few days because Luke was afraid to leave me alone while he went to work.
While we were there, I read the author's first book (Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On) and loved it. A few weeks later my grandfather was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the next time I went to visit he was very sick. Sitting with him on the couch and reading Suck Your Stomach In while he watched the gospel music network was the last quality time I got to spend with him while he was able to remember me.
My mom also read it while we were there and we had some wonderful talks about the book with my grandmother and heard some hilarious stories about our own Southern family members. All of that to say, it became kind of a special book to me - one that I can't look at without remembering that trip and how it helped me get past my awful withdrawal and how I had such a good time with my grandparents.
So like I said, when I had the opportunity to review the book, I jumped on it. And I have to say that it is just as great as the first one. I've been reading several heavy books lately (reviews to come) and this was my "break" book when I was on mental overload. Tomlinson never fails to make me laugh. The book consists of humorous essays on Southern life (especially things that are "taaaacky", like sheer bodiced wedding dresses) as well as amazing recipes for delicious Southern foods.
I highly recommend the book, and I also recommend that you check out the Facebook party that the author is throwing on June 2nd.
Apparently she will be giving away copies of the book and gift certificates - I hope to see you there!
A major thank you to Amy at LitFuse for letting me be a part of the tour. I received a copy of the book in exchange for my review.
Another major thank you to the author for making my life happier during a sad time!