Southern Lady Code

Southern Lady Code

The bestselling author of American Housewife is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.Helen Ellis has a mantra: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way."...

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Southern Lady Code Reviews

  • Chris

    Helen Ellis is hilarious, brilliant, and utterly mad. Southern Lady Code will make you a better woman or a better man — once you have cleaned up the coffee you spit through your nose from laughing so hard. I loved this book: every essay and every word.

  • J.T.

    This book is overflowing with personality and humor - I can't tell you how many times I laughed aloud. There is nothing Helen Ellis writes that I won't buy immediately. She's that good.

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Just a couple days before the release of

    , Helen Ellis tweeted:

    And bless her heart, she succeeds with this new collection of essays!

     From witnessing a man fake a shooting at a Halloween birthday party full of eighth-graders in

     to bein

    Just a couple days before the release of

    , Helen Ellis tweeted:

    And bless her heart, she succeeds with this new collection of essays!

     From witnessing a man fake a shooting at a Halloween birthday party full of eighth-graders in

     to being the only woman invited to a bachelor party in

    , Ellis offers up some entertaining and often embarrassing stories!  She covers everything from being the slob in her marriage, the decision to remain child-free, and the certainty she's stolen another woman's Burberry trench coat.

    Sprinkled throughout are some Southern Lady Code gems:

    Throw in some stories about pornography, marijuana, and ghosts (and also some brief mentions of Designing Women) and you have an amusing collection of essays that will allow people who are not Southern by the grace of God to interpret the code of Southern ladies.

    If you love to laugh, this is a great collection you can breeze through in an hour or so.  

    If you enjoy the book, I recommend the author's podcast also titled Southern Lady Code; all episodes of season one are available to download!

    was released by Doubleday on April 16, 2019.

    For more reviews, visit

  • Valerity (Val)

    Southern Lady Code: Essays 

    This is an entertaining collection of funny essays by Helen Ellis written with wit and candor and touching on family and marriage. Having lived in the South for a couple of decades now, I found plenty to grin at and relate to. If you’re Southern or know someone who is, you’ll likely enjoy it too, or if you like sassy, slightly snarky humor. I enjoyed the style of humor. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Helen Ellis, and th

    Southern Lady Code: Essays 

    This is an entertaining collection of funny essays by Helen Ellis written with wit and candor and touching on family and marriage. Having lived in the South for a couple of decades now, I found plenty to grin at and relate to. If you’re Southern or know someone who is, you’ll likely enjoy it too, or if you like sassy, slightly snarky humor. I enjoyed the style of humor. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Helen Ellis, and the publisher for my fair review.

    Also on my BookZone blog:

  • Beth Dean

    Southern Lady Code gives us a peek into what it is to be a lady.

    Imagine me crossing my legs daintily and lifting my teacup while saying “lady.”

    While it doesn’t have the same venom and bite of American Housewife, Southern Lady Code gives us more down-to-earth tips and tricks on surviving as a lady in a man’s world.

    Some of the tips and observations here are hilarious. For example:

    “And then came Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Or as I like to call it: “Surprise, You’re Sti

    Southern Lady Code gives us a peek into what it is to be a lady.

    Imagine me crossing my legs daintily and lifting my teacup while saying “lady.”

    While it doesn’t have the same venom and bite of American Housewife, Southern Lady Code gives us more down-to-earth tips and tricks on surviving as a lady in a man’s world.

    Some of the tips and observations here are hilarious. For example:

    “And then came Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Or as I like to call it: “Surprise, You’re Still a Hoarder!”

    Helen Ellis, Southern Lady Code

    Yep. I’ve had that feeling.

    The real-life wife portrayed here is a bit softer than the fictional one in American Housewife. A bit more compromising, sometimes old-fashionedly so. She urges us to incorporate the football foam finger into lovemaking on Superbowl Sunday and tells us what it is to be properly put together.

    I may be a bit biased in Ellis’ favor, though. I am a grandchild of a proper southern lady.

    My Grandmere, Rubye, was a force. She sold mass amounts of Tupperware and attended Eastern Star meetings in formal dresses she sewed herself.

    Southern ladies live on. And they are fabulous.

    Many thanks for Netgalley and Doubleday Books for providing an advance e-reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    A light read with some giggles for anyone who knows southern women. I like the idea of an Alabama southerner serving onion dip and cheese log to their friends in Manhattan but had a hard time identifying with coats around $1k.. must be a different south from mine!

  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)

    A decidedly average essay collection. I loved some of these essays and loathed others. Helen Ellis has a strong voice that shines through all of her writing, but sometimes she misses the mark with humor. She leads such a clearly privileged life that it's often hard to relate to some of the things she deals with (ex. having to buy a new $1,500 Burberry coat after she misplaces her old one). Also, as a born and bred Southern Lady™ myself, I really wanted this to be more... Southern. With themed es

    A decidedly average essay collection. I loved some of these essays and loathed others. Helen Ellis has a strong voice that shines through all of her writing, but sometimes she misses the mark with humor. She leads such a clearly privileged life that it's often hard to relate to some of the things she deals with (ex. having to buy a new $1,500 Burberry coat after she misplaces her old one). Also, as a born and bred Southern Lady™️ myself, I really wanted this to be more... Southern. With themed essay collections, I like the thread of the theme to be present throughout each essay, and I felt like this theme often got lost.

  • JanB

    Southern Lady Code: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way."

    After a couple of books that were misses, Marialyce and I decided to go a different route and read a book of humorous essays, Southern Lady Code. We were ready for some laughs.

    At 224 pages this is a quick, easy read, perfect as a palate cleanser. Helen Ellis is witty and snarky and delivers more than a few lines that made me chuckle out loud. Other essays were misses, but overall I would recomm

    Southern Lady Code: "If you don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way."

    After a couple of books that were misses, Marialyce and I decided to go a different route and read a book of humorous essays, Southern Lady Code. We were ready for some laughs.

    At 224 pages this is a quick, easy read, perfect as a palate cleanser. Helen Ellis is witty and snarky and delivers more than a few lines that made me chuckle out loud. Other essays were misses, but overall I would recommend it as a good book to toss in the beach bag. 3 stars

    For our review, and others, please check out Marialyce's blog

    *many thanks to Edelweiss, Doubleday, and the author for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

  • Marialyce

    This was a fun easy read, just a couple of hours of stories that were suppose to inform Southern ladies about the way they act, which of course is always the correct way. Being a transported Southern lady, I was anxious to see what I needed to do to be part and parcel of the Southern Lady culture. Along the way, I picked up a few pointers, chuckled a few times, and pretty much liked the essays presented.

    You can't be a Southern lady though without the term "Bless your heart" a phrase that has mor

    This was a fun easy read, just a couple of hours of stories that were suppose to inform Southern ladies about the way they act, which of course is always the correct way. Being a transported Southern lady, I was anxious to see what I needed to do to be part and parcel of the Southern Lady culture. Along the way, I picked up a few pointers, chuckled a few times, and pretty much liked the essays presented.

    You can't be a Southern lady though without the term "Bless your heart" a phrase that has more meaning and innuendo then I ever imagined. Sadly though it was missing in these essays, but that being said the bits and pieces we learn about Southern ladies was cute and full of whimsy. While some of the essays made me chuckle, there were some that seemed to fall a bit on the not so funny side for this Southern lady. However, on the whole this collection is a good way to while away one's time on the beach or traveling.

    Jan and I read this one and are interested in looking into this author's other stories. Recommended to those who long for a book that has short bits and pieces of a culture many of us embrace as our own.

    Thank you to Helen Ellis, Doubleday Books and Edelweiss for a copy of this book which is publishing today!

    You can find our reviews of this book here:

  • rsvreads

    I read about half of this book and didn’t find it interesting or particularly funny so I stopped reading and moved on. I’ve lived my entire life in the south so, sure, I saw some truths in her essays, but nothing any random person I met here on the street couldn’t articulate just as clearly as she does. I think there are readers who will love this book, but I was hoping for something on par with Jenny Lawson and this just wasn’t up to my southern standard for funny women.

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