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Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life | [Jill Conner Browne]

Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne's ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

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Publisher's Summary

The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne's ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them. And fortunately for the rest of us, Browne is well equipped for both. Including the exploits of the Queen contingent and her family, she delivers applicable tidbits like:

  • Thinking or talking about watermelon can save any negative situation.
  • If you get drunk in Scotland, you can't have your cow with you.
  • When sanity and reason fail, you can always cheerfully resort to ridicule.
  • Denial means that every situation is perfectly perfect.

More fun than a Cracker Barrel full of monkeys, Fat Is the New 30 will change your life - or at least give you ideas for making fun of your own self.

©2012 Jill Conner Browne (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Kathy
    Bedford, TX, United States
    05/06/12
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    "A cure for what ails ya"

    All the Sweet Potato Queen books are wonderful and this one may be the best . I'm still laughing. I highly recommend JCB's humor as an antidote to whatever is buggin' ya.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany
    11/08/14
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    "Couldn't get past the first 5 minutes!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't really rate the story because the narration was so dreadful that I stopped listening after 5 minutes. This is the first time I have done that. I just couldn't abide another moment.


    Has Fat Is the New 30 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Jill Conner Browne’s performance?

    She spoke sooooo sloooowly and drearily.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed, as it would probably have been reasonably entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • K. T. Archer
    Montgomery, AL, United States
    20/05/12
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    "Precious"
    What made the experience of listening to Fat Is the New 30 the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Jill read her own work. Her tales are of her life and experiences, this just adds to the satisfaction she would give that much of herself to her listeners. Even through the rough part about her mother.


    What other book might you compare Fat Is the New 30 to and why?

    Any of her other works or Olivia deBelle Byrd's, "Miss Hildreth Worn Brown"


    Which character – as performed by Jill Conner Browne – was your favorite?

    Loved the story about the gator hunt! That was hysterical!


    What did you learn from Fat Is the New 30 that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned if my own writing career should ever take off in a way that Jill's has then I might truly have to think long and hard about how to do a book tour: plane or bus.


    Any additional comments?

    In the book Jill talks of "Big Butter Jesus" she saw while doing a bus book tour. Just as she said, the original singer and his video is on Youtube BUT I was shocked to see "Jesus" had been struck by lightening. Guess Heywood's line in the song about God not liking idols built was true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Patty
    South Texas
    15/09/14
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    "Jill herownself"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fat Is the New 30 to be better than the print version?

    It is a great advantage to have the book read by the author. My only caveat would be in the area of recipes; how can I refer back to a recipe when it is in audio?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fat Is the New 30?

    I think her list of ways people have gone to the limit to save money.


    What about Jill Conner Browne’s performance did you like?

    Her accent; her inflection; her emotion.


    What did you learn from Fat Is the New 30 that you would use in your daily life?

    Faith, forgiveness, acceptance and denial :)


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all the Sweet Potato Queen books but this is the first I've gotten as an audiobook. As mentioned above, it has so many advantages except in the area of following recipes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carlie
    Skagway, AK, United States
    18/08/14
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    "Listen to the sample before you buy."
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to love this book. I was looking forward to the humor, the laughs, the stories, the narration and all the fun it seemed that would be this audio book. The author as narrator just killed it. She reads so slowly and deliberately it is painful. You would think that she could just treat this style of book like a conversation and speak in a conversational tone, but she does not. She enunciates painfully hesitantly and by the time she has slogged through a paragraph there is no joy in it. Maybe I need a tranquilizer or something. I am actually going to return it for my credit back. I will never be able to listen to this book. This may be a fantastic book to read, but to listen to it is pure aggravation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela W. Sherfy
    Bradenton, FL
    26/07/14
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    "Better than antidepressants!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fat Is the New 30 the most enjoyable?

    New way to look at things. Funny and endearing. Good to know there are people in this world like her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her, of course.


    What about Jill Conner Browne’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I couldn't complain about a thing except her books are WAY TOO SHORT. Try and get the book about Princess Margaret--sounds like a hoot!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Loved her relationship with parents and loved the relationship they had with each other. I have no friends now that I have moved, can't drive anymore, don't work, and have medical problems. My parents just passed away and husband prefers to be at home. I guess I'm just lonely, 65, far away from home, and don't know what to do. Neighbors don't even come out of house.


    Any additional comments?

    Only thing would like to see is she is so giving in support to friends, world, animals.On Christmas, etc., if she doesn't like buying gifts, me neither, but would be nice to give donation to SPCA, org. for meds for kids,etc., for gifts. That way everyone gets a gift, esp. the warm one in your heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    BAYFIELD, WI, United States
    30/06/14
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    "Not for me, but I'm sure my mom would love it"

    Didn't identify, but good for another generation, I told my mom to download it, I'm sure she'd love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    QUEMADO, NM, United States
    27/06/14
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    "Not a book my Mom would like"

    While Jill made me both laugh and cry in this book and I felt a real kinship with her, I can't recommend this book.

    She sends some mixed messages and with that and her profanity, I just can't send you off to buy it expecting a clean book. Too much profanity for my taste.

    It was a struggle, but I have decided not to buy the other books, despite the fact I really like Jill, and I feel she is a very talented person and writer. I love the pictures she paints with her words (without the profanity).

    She has a huge vocabulary and really Jill, you don't need that F word to express yourself.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy B. Hamlin
    ellaville ga usa
    01/06/14
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    "very good but...."

    I totally enjoyed this book, i'll buy 1 more. But a little too much personal religious and general religion opinions. I'm an atheist and respect all opinions but I want entertainment not bible readings. i'll get one more because I did enjoy it but if it's the same i'll pass on any further.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tina
    sutherlin, OR, United States
    15/07/13
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    "Great pick me up!"

    Sweet potato queens are perfect if you need a laugh! Its a great reminder that even the rough times can be funny with the right perspective. I wouldn't have bought this for myself but it was a great gift!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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