This one starts out very funny, and then goes downhill pretty quickly. I’d recommend just reading the first third, or skipping it altogether…
Celia Riverbark is a Southern woman, and really proud of it. Obnoxiously so. Some parts of this collection of stories cracked me up, especially her updates to a 1950s textbook on pleasing your man:
“[Home Economics Textbook from 1950]: “Make [your husband] comfortable. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in low, soft, soothing tones, allowing him to relax and unwind.”
Mama Celia: “Place a pillow over his head and hold it there until he promises to do at least one household chore a month.”
But most of the book is either political (and it’s about 10 years out of date, and doesn’t hold up well), or insensitive in a way that’s not funny (a whole chapter of transvestite jokes). I have a sense of humor, and I live in the South, but a lot of the contents of this book are too tasteless to be funny.