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What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should): Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work

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A Southern Belle Primer meets The Rules in this engaging volume that explains the mystique of Southern women and why they always get what they want, and shows women how to get the same kind of romantic, professional, and personal success.


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A Southern Belle Primer meets The Rules in this engaging volume that explains the mystique of Southern women and why they always get what they want, and shows women how to get the same kind of romantic, professional, and personal success.

30 review for What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should): Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I absolutely love this book. I every time I read it someone borrows it from me, and more often then not I never get it back. :) It's witty, and fun, and oozing with southern charm. It has a lot of the manners that people have forgotten, and has tons of little tips that I loved adding into my life. I absolutely love this book. I every time I read it someone borrows it from me, and more often then not I never get it back. :) It's witty, and fun, and oozing with southern charm. It has a lot of the manners that people have forgotten, and has tons of little tips that I loved adding into my life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Makenzie

    This really is a fun, flirty, enjoyable read. As others have said, the main point of it is just to be kind and respectful when dealing with other people. The other day I got a bit of extra attention at the airport when people were having luggage issues. I was very polite and had a smile on my face as I approached him to deal with the issue, and at the end he even said I had a nice smile. All I could think to myself was that my mother and Ronda would be proud. Common courtesy can go a long way wh This really is a fun, flirty, enjoyable read. As others have said, the main point of it is just to be kind and respectful when dealing with other people. The other day I got a bit of extra attention at the airport when people were having luggage issues. I was very polite and had a smile on my face as I approached him to deal with the issue, and at the end he even said I had a nice smile. All I could think to myself was that my mother and Ronda would be proud. Common courtesy can go a long way when dealing with people, especially those who are used to dealing with short-tempered, rude customers.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    It boils down to bringing back civility to our society. We get more out of life using a bit of honey rather than vinegar. We can be confident without being brash and caustic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    pianogal

    Some good ideas here, but the author carries it too far - at least for this Yankee girl. I can only imagine the looks I would get if I tried to convince my boss to do something by starting the sentence with "Now you are just the smartest person I know and..." I'm not even sure I could keep a straight face, that's just so ridiculous - even if my boss really is the smartest person I know. It's so blatant and manipulative. I did like the point, though, that it is always easier to negotiate from a pl Some good ideas here, but the author carries it too far - at least for this Yankee girl. I can only imagine the looks I would get if I tried to convince my boss to do something by starting the sentence with "Now you are just the smartest person I know and..." I'm not even sure I could keep a straight face, that's just so ridiculous - even if my boss really is the smartest person I know. It's so blatant and manipulative. I did like the point, though, that it is always easier to negotiate from a place of respect and politeness, than anger and selfishness. Catch more flies with honey and all that. If nothing else, it was a quick read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    Read it for book club and it was terrible. She recommends wearing the shortest shirt possible to get what you want in life. Really. And not in jest.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan Shaner

    Although the author offered some timeless - and regionless - advice about how to treat other people with respect and how everyone can come out of a negotiation a winner, I have several objections to other "pearls of wisdom." The advice about dressing sexy and flirting to get what you want is manipulative, shallow, and repulsive. The chapter about getting revenge was un-Christian and spiteful -- I really hope there aren't a lot of Southern women who employ these tactics. Many statements throughout Although the author offered some timeless - and regionless - advice about how to treat other people with respect and how everyone can come out of a negotiation a winner, I have several objections to other "pearls of wisdom." The advice about dressing sexy and flirting to get what you want is manipulative, shallow, and repulsive. The chapter about getting revenge was un-Christian and spiteful -- I really hope there aren't a lot of Southern women who employ these tactics. Many statements throughout the book seemed to imply that women should only be interested in wealthy men who can buy expensive things, like sports cars, jewelry, and upscale fashion labels. Overall, the book's tone seemed to come from a place of upper-class white privilege, leaving me to wonder if Southern women of color would subscribe to much of the author's vision of Southern womanhood. This book had a very rose-colored glasses view of the Southern culture.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie McGregor

    I 'read' this on audio book. The introduction was quite annoying because of the much too loud background music and almost put me off listening any further, but I had to do some house work and put it back on after a few weeks. I really liked this view inside the world of a Southern family. The stories that were related to the reader were really sweet and filled with Southern Christian values. I bought this because, not be from the south, I was doing some research for my next YA and being abroad r I 'read' this on audio book. The introduction was quite annoying because of the much too loud background music and almost put me off listening any further, but I had to do some house work and put it back on after a few weeks. I really liked this view inside the world of a Southern family. The stories that were related to the reader were really sweet and filled with Southern Christian values. I bought this because, not be from the south, I was doing some research for my next YA and being abroad right now in Scotland left me with very few choices in research material. I'm so glad I decided to finish listening to this book. It really spoke of days gone by and of a culture that I felt privileged to spend some time in.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

    To use a phrase by the author in the book: "Unequivocally, the most important bit of wisdom possessed by Southern women is that the syrupy stickiness of sweet honey always catches more flies than the bitterness of liquid vinegar." This presents a good over-all idea of the theory behind why the author believes that Southern women can be more successful, due to their steel magnolia countenance. Personally, I believe any woman could learn a few useful life lessons in this book. To use a phrase by the author in the book: "Unequivocally, the most important bit of wisdom possessed by Southern women is that the syrupy stickiness of sweet honey always catches more flies than the bitterness of liquid vinegar." This presents a good over-all idea of the theory behind why the author believes that Southern women can be more successful, due to their steel magnolia countenance. Personally, I believe any woman could learn a few useful life lessons in this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    This book is full of hilarious anecdotes about Southern Women and how they have been succesful in life and love by applying certain "Southern" principles in their lives. The author recommends that women combine their feminity and charm with their shrewdness and charm to "get everything they want in Love, Life and Work. This book is full of hilarious anecdotes about Southern Women and how they have been succesful in life and love by applying certain "Southern" principles in their lives. The author recommends that women combine their feminity and charm with their shrewdness and charm to "get everything they want in Love, Life and Work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    the "anti-Lean In". maybe the title should be: What Southern Women Know (Lean Out!) instead? Her strategies are pretty hilar- one anecdote talks about how to get your man to "drape you in the latest Versace" (Versayce- Nomi Malone). This is more of a 1.5 because it was pretty entertaining to read sections aloud to my husband and was a quick read. the "anti-Lean In". maybe the title should be: What Southern Women Know (Lean Out!) instead? Her strategies are pretty hilar- one anecdote talks about how to get your man to "drape you in the latest Versace" (Versayce- Nomi Malone). This is more of a 1.5 because it was pretty entertaining to read sections aloud to my husband and was a quick read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a fun book about how to live a fun, fulfilled life. I still remember to smile and sugar coat things with honey when you're in a "sticky" situation. Good tips on how to provide excellent hospitality. This was a fun book about how to live a fun, fulfilled life. I still remember to smile and sugar coat things with honey when you're in a "sticky" situation. Good tips on how to provide excellent hospitality.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlane

    Funny. I laughed a lot - at things I agree with (I am from Louisiana, a southern gal) and at things that I could not believe she honestly thought would help anyone. All in all I enjoyed her overall concept to "accent your life with laughter" and to "choose your battles carefully". Funny. I laughed a lot - at things I agree with (I am from Louisiana, a southern gal) and at things that I could not believe she honestly thought would help anyone. All in all I enjoyed her overall concept to "accent your life with laughter" and to "choose your battles carefully".

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Loved this book from cover to cover. Will check out Rhonda Rich's other books. Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work. That is the Subtitle of this book. Worth Reading. Loved this book from cover to cover. Will check out Rhonda Rich's other books. Timeless Secrets to Get Everything You Want in Love, Life, and Work. That is the Subtitle of this book. Worth Reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lvolk

    I didn't finish reading this one. Each chapter was kind of the same as the one before it. Basically the message is "be nice" because it makes for a more pleasant existence for you and the people you come in contact with. I'll try............ I didn't finish reading this one. Each chapter was kind of the same as the one before it. Basically the message is "be nice" because it makes for a more pleasant existence for you and the people you come in contact with. I'll try............

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emmy Williams

    This is a great book. It is like a miss manners book but with southern charm. I like it. The book talks about genuine compliments and making people feel good about themselves. I thought the book made sense and I enjoyed it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    •More flies are caught with honey than vinegar. •Positive, optimistic attitudes are a necessity of life. •Kindness and compassion are never out of date or out of style. Quite the fun read that every true Southern woman would enjoy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Marble

    Charming. And good guidance for everyday living regarding politeness, good manners and swkward situations. Especially for those who think Minnie Pearl represents Southern women.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is my favorite gift for friends who move to the South!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Daelith

    I tried to read this twice and it just wasn't catching my attention. I tried to read this twice and it just wasn't catching my attention.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Okay, picked this up at Half Priced Books for $1.... It is funny to see how your surroundings can mold your personality and expectations... If you can find it for $1 read it for a laugh....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    This was a fun book to read having been raised in the South.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    I relate to this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Fun book of Southern women's guide to life. Fun book of Southern women's guide to life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Oooooh, I love this book. Any lady from the south (and anyone that wants to know about Southern women - hint, hint, guys!) should read this book. Gad, I wanna go read it again!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    I really, really, really didn't like this. The writing felt forced and the author, a caricature of a southern bell. I really, really, really didn't like this. The writing felt forced and the author, a caricature of a southern bell.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sena

    The only good thing about this book was that I finished it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephwereley

    The writing's not stellar, but I liked the content. Charm disarms, y'all! The writing's not stellar, but I liked the content. Charm disarms, y'all!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Ronda Rich tells some very funny stories in this book. However, if you were raised as a proper southern lady, there is no reason to read this book because you already know how you should behave.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susie Orsenigo

    If you are a steel magnolia, this is the book for you!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Well, yes, we know these things.

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