Swag: Southern Women Aging Gracefully

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John F. Blair, Publisher
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Ranging from swimsuit shopping to squirrel battling, from magnolia theft to cemetery etiquette, Melinda Rainey Thompson's delightful essays reflect the everyday peculiarities of life in the south.

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User Review  - msimelda - LibraryThing

I bought this on a whim, my daughter is a GRIT (girl raised in the South) and I lived in Georgia ten years. I thought this book would be irritating, another silly book - but I found this to be a ... Read full review

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User Review  - madamlibbytellsall - LibraryThing

Humerous essays about family life from a Southern woman's perspective. The essays cover familiar topics from swimsuit shopping to batteling with squirrels in the attic. It's not a badly written book ... Read full review


How You Know You Havea Best Friend
Never a Good Idea
Some Things I Love About Summer
Rules Children Garden By
Questions to Avoid Asking at the Family Reunion
SWAG Translations
Surefire Ways to a SWAGs Heart
Things Southern Women Find Suspicious
Rules for Burying a SWAG
Things a SWAG Might Monogram
A SWAGs Checklist for Obsessive Behavior
A SWAG Business Glossary
Ten Good Reasons to Clean House
Things You Should Never Do Without Professional Help
Things Not To Say to the Workmen
00 PM Conversation the Homemaker and the Husband

Things a Southern Woman Could Live Without
You Know Youre a Bossy Southern Woman If
Things Not to Say to a New Mother
Your Mama Was Right When She Said
Reasons Children Wake Their Parents in the Middle of the Night
Letter to My Sons Kindergarten Teacher
Things SWAGs ShouldNeverWear in Church
SWAG Rules for Children in Church
Southern Wedding NoNos
Things Parents Actually Say to Their Children in Restaurants
Thanksgiving Table Tips
Thanksgiving Vows for Southern Women
What to Get a SWAG for Christmas
A SWAGs New Years Resolutions
Party Conversations Unveiled
What That SWAG Really Means
Photograph of the author by Brit Huckabay

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About the author

 Melinda Rainey Thompson will always be “from” the small town of Greenville, Alabama, even though she lived in Birmingham for the twenty-five years and now resides in Homewood, Alabama. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Tulane University, where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma, and an MA in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a member of Birmingham-Southern College’s English faculty from 1988 to 1994. In August 1999, Melinda began writing and publishing The SWAG Letter, which continued for the next four years. Since then, she has published two books of her essay collections: SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully (2006) and The SWAG Life(2007). Her first book, SWAG, graced the SIBA best-seller list for 17 weeks in a row. I Love You--Now Hush (cowritten with Morgan Murphy) was a 2010 ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year winner and a 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist, both in the Humor category.

Melinda is married to Bill Thompson, Presiding Judge of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. They have three children (Warner, Nat, and Lily), 10 fish that were supposed to die by now, and an 18-year-old cat that refuses to go into the light.

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