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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