Thursday, September 4, 2008

Review: Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny With a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fits, by Celia Rivenbark

The sum of my experience with Southerners is four years on college campus in Virginia, but I could definitely relate to the humorous essays in Celia Rivenbark’s latest collection. Covering everything from home repair to pop culture, Rivenbark is strongest when she’s talking about the habits of Southerners (she’s from North Carolina), but each of the short essays is equally filled with insight. I absolutely couldn’t stop laughing with this book, and I finished it within a few hours yesterday afternoon. In a lot of ways, Rivenbark reminds me a lot of Laurie Notaro or Jen Lancaster, but less self-absorbed.

My only problem with this book is the editing—the punctuation is off, and there are even whole words missing that made me have to go back and re-read various sentences. But don’t let this one minor flaw deter you from reading this perfectly enjoyable brain fluff.

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