Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays

Ever since moving to Mississippi I've heard that the Delta is its own special world. Driving through it, you see that it is a land of cotton fields and swamps, churches and blues joints. But people told me, it isn't the geography that makes it different it's the people. They are different. They don't live in the same world we do. Reading Being Dead Is No Excuse by and about Delta people will help you understand just what "eccentricity" means.

Even the book format is eccentric. Short humorous chapters about the people and social events of the Delta are followed by party recipes commonly served at funerals. The writing is light and the juxtaposition of social grace and careless decadence leads to irony laid on with a trowel. And a hint: the most important element in any Delta social event (including funerals) is a well-stocked bar.

This book is total fluff, but it is fun to read these catty Delta ladies skewering their closest friends and neighbors. The recipes tend to include lots of canned soup and cake mix, but as long as the bar is well stocked, nobody seems to notice.

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