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Whiskey in a Teacup Review

Whiskey in a Teacup Review

It’s no secret I love Reese Whitherspoon. She’s my Southern Belle role model, and I habitually read selections from her book club, Hello Sunshine.

I’ve been awaiting her book since it was announced, and soaked up every bit of promotion I could. She did such a fun interview on Getting Curious, Johnathan Van Ness’s podcast. The day it was released I marched my happy self to Target (as if I needed a reason) to pick it up. Once I was in the car, I read the introduction and knew this was a book I’d read time and time again.

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Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.
— Reese Whitherspoon, Whiskey in a Teacup

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Whitherspoon brings the South straight into your home, complete with pink binding. You open the book and your greeted by happy yellow pages covered in magnolias. She has practical life advice such as how to keep a tidy home, the art of hosting dinner parties, and the importance of knowing how to hold a proper conversation. These chapters among many explaining Southern charms and traditions: monograms, sweet tea, Dolly Parton, fried chicken, and biscuit makin’. Witherspoon even offers a personalized playlists for the perfect road trip, and a pronunciation key of southern words.

It’s light-hearted, and as a Southern Woman myself, there were multiple times I caught myself smiling at how true her descriptions of the South are. But the true charm of this novel comes from Reese sharing memories and wisdom from her grandmother Dorothea. Sprinkled throughout her book are memories of her beloved grandmother, or recipes Dorothea would have served at a backyard BBQ or while hosting a party. It elevated her book from a peek into the South, to an intimate look into Witherspoon’s upbringing.

I’ll recommend this book for two reasons: we southerners are proud of our heritage and traditions, and this book is a great way to understand why, secondly, it looks beautiful on your coffee table. ;)

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Whiskey in a Teacup is also nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards Best Books 2018. Cast your vote for Best Nonfiction here.

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