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Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly

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23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often 23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often learning unexpected lessons from the experience. As Dorothy Allison writes in her introduction, “The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.” A diverse array of contributors—mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, fiancées, divorcees, professors, poets, lifeguards-in-training, lapsed Baptists, tipsy debutantes, middle-aged lesbians—lend their voices to this collection. Introspective and abashed, joyous and triumphant (but almost never apologetic), they remind us that sin, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.


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23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often 23 strange-but-true stories of women flirting with perdition... In the steamy South, temptation is as wild and plentiful as kudzu. Whether the sin in question is skinny-dipping or becoming an unlikely porn star, running rum or renting out a room to a pair of exhibitionistic adulterers, in these true stories women defy tradition and forge their own paths through life—often learning unexpected lessons from the experience. As Dorothy Allison writes in her introduction, “The most dangerous stories are the true ones, the ones we hesitate to tell, the adventures laden with fear or shame or the relentless pull of regret. Some of those are about things that we are secretly deeply proud to have done.” A diverse array of contributors—mothers, daughters, sisters, best friends, fiancées, divorcees, professors, poets, lifeguards-in-training, lapsed Baptists, tipsy debutantes, middle-aged lesbians—lend their voices to this collection. Introspective and abashed, joyous and triumphant (but almost never apologetic), they remind us that sin, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

30 review for Southern Sin: True Stories of the Sultry South and Women Behaving Badly

  1. 5 out of 5

    sarah gilbert

    I know, it's a book with my essay in it, I'm hardly going to give it one star. But not only is my essay, 'No Other Gods,' objectively good (I maintain); the whole compilation is an illuminating, thought-provoking, highly-scented description of what it is to be a woman in the south in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Longer review to come when I'm not typing with my thumb. I know, it's a book with my essay in it, I'm hardly going to give it one star. But not only is my essay, 'No Other Gods,' objectively good (I maintain); the whole compilation is an illuminating, thought-provoking, highly-scented description of what it is to be a woman in the south in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Longer review to come when I'm not typing with my thumb.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Well, this was a fun read. Various naughty tales of women in the south. Each short story tells of encounters, questions and thoughtful reflections on true accounts that vary in degrees of sultriness.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dee brown

    Not my cup of tea. I didn't finish it. Not my cup of tea. I didn't finish it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kme_17

    I was given this book from first reads.I liked this book. Like any collection some are better then other. However , all are well written. I love the feeling of this book. In every story you can almost picture the south from the way the speak to the scenery. As a southern myself i really enjoyed that. However it did take me a little bit to get in the flow with this book. Fast read when you do get into it. I recommend this one for anyone looking for good short stories and it makes a great summer f I was given this book from first reads.I liked this book. Like any collection some are better then other. However , all are well written. I love the feeling of this book. In every story you can almost picture the south from the way the speak to the scenery. As a southern myself i really enjoyed that. However it did take me a little bit to get in the flow with this book. Fast read when you do get into it. I recommend this one for anyone looking for good short stories and it makes a great summer fun read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    liked: The On Ramp Dancing in New Orleans Rum-Running Queen Willie drove muscle car to occupy cops while moonshine did their business. They moved 1 million gallons of whiskey and 100 million gallons of moonshine. She went to court but witnesses blamed Capone and she went free. Willie retired and disappeared.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randall Christopher

    I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. It was an easy book to get through due to the shortness of the stories, but the content wasn't all that engaging. Some of the anecdotes were interesting, but others fell short of expectations. Though there might be some people who find it more interesting, this just simply wasn't a book I would typically read. I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. It was an easy book to get through due to the shortness of the stories, but the content wasn't all that engaging. Some of the anecdotes were interesting, but others fell short of expectations. Though there might be some people who find it more interesting, this just simply wasn't a book I would typically read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A well curated diverse collection of women's writing -- Short essays made it good bedtime reading. A well curated diverse collection of women's writing -- Short essays made it good bedtime reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Dickson

    A well-curated collection of non-fiction essays. Current and telling about women's experiences, I'd recommend this for female readers. A well-curated collection of non-fiction essays. Current and telling about women's experiences, I'd recommend this for female readers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Wilson

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Conlan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Martha

  12. 5 out of 5

    bookmammal

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne Sigmon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Gold

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Kerhin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patty Smith

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mothermayhem

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Seyler

  19. 4 out of 5

    Logan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marty Keil

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erik

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anna Beiler

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kat Moore

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alys

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Cheshire

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Randolph

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie Albright

  28. 4 out of 5

    C.M. Chafin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan Cushman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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