Hell's Belles
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ISBN-13  978-1-57324-096-3
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Hell's Belles

A Tribute to the Spitfires, Bad Seeds, and Steel Magnolias of the New and Old South

By Seale BallEnglisher

Bad seeds, belleslettres, rule breakers, shreiking violets, bar belles how could any collections of impudent sketches that celebrates and lampoons the American Southern bell go wrong? Most of the women on these pages are instantly recognizable. Among those whose exploits or imagination vaulted them to fame are writers Carson McCullers and Anne Rice; emancipator Harriet Tubman; actress and onetime town owner Kim Basinger; exblack Panther Angela Davis; 30's outlaw Bonnie Parker; and mascara maven Tammy Faye Baker. A few littleknowns and relative newcomers have elbowed their way on stage, too.

From Mama to Mammy, from Scarlett to Blanche, Hell's Bells (often exclaimed in mock piety and defining generations of Southern women) is hilarious and loving tribute to the famous and infamous females of ol' Dixie. This diverse collections features more than 200 womenaristocratic to poverty stricken, well-bred to illmannered, from Virginia to Texas (the heart of the Confederacy) who have one thing in common: a uniquely Southern take on life and a strength and a strength of character molded by their roots.

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