The acerbic journalist/literary critic, author of _Southern Ladies and Gentleman_, _Wasp, Where Is Thy Sting?_ and _When Sisterhood Was in Flower_, tells the story of her first 25 years. A tenth-generation Virginian who grew up in and around the District of Columbia, she details the Southern obsession with femininity and lady-hood (though her father was an English-born bartender-musician and reader of books, and her mother a salty baseball lover). She also recalls hating children (nearly all others as well as any prospect of bearing her own), stalking sex with men and falling in love with women, and the oddities of pre-civil rights sex and race relations at the University of Mississippi where she attended grad school. An utterly hilarious and refreshing memoir.
This report prepared by David Loftus