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Mama Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living    by Bailey White order for
Mama Makes Up Her Mind
by Bailey White
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Vintage, 1994
Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
* * *   Reviewed by Marian Powell

So you're sick in bed with a high fever and all of a sudden your mother's friends show up with some eggs. The eggs are not for eating. They belong to a rare species of wild duck; they're close to hatching; the mother duck has vanished so the friends ask if they can put the eggs beside you. A fever of 102 degrees should be just right to finish incubating them.

This isn't suprising. After all, your mother is someone who searches for roadkill to serve for dinner. She also raised worms in a bowl in her kitchen (both for fish bait and composting), so it goes with the territory that she tends to collect slightly eccentric friends.

Mama Makes Up Her Mind : And Other Dangers of Southern Living is a book of short essays (mostly 2-4 pages each), many of which were first read on National Public Radio. The author, Bailey White, lives with her mother, teaches elementary school in South Georgia and writes humorous accounts of her rather unusual family.

Her memoir is a delightful entertainment, lightweight and charming. It's a perfect book for the times you want something easy to read for a few minutes diversion.

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