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Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light
“I love Helen Ellis! As usual, I listened to the audiobook from Libro.fm because her narration brings so much laughter to each story. Her stories are relatable, and she writes what we all say in our head. I grew up in South Carolina, so I can totally picture her in Alabama at the garage sale, telling jokes with friends, and simply being herself. Much love!”Sara,
“Dear Helen, Are you there? It’s me, Cori. Will you be my friend? I loved her last collection of essays, and this one was just as enjoyable with its mix of hilarity and (slightly) more serious contemplations on life and friendship. What made it even better is listening to Helen narrate her own stories because then I felt like she was telling them to me in person! Her Southern charm, combined with her wit and wisdom, makes it the perfect listen or read for women trying to navigate the indignities of aging and life with grace and humor. Helen - Thanks for being my slightly older friend who provides honest and unfiltered insight and advice. P.S. If you do agree to be my friend, let it be forewarned that you will not get any stories about my sex life, but I promise I can still be fun!”Cori,
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“Helen is back with delightful stories full of heart, wit, and laugh-out-loud moments that make you feel like you are part of her inner circle. As delightful as a tall glass of Southern sweet tea.”Mary,
“Helen Ellis's essays in Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light are equal parts "let me tell you how it is" and sass. Her chapters celebrate the good, bad, and ugly of growing older with a dear group of friends. Read this book to find a kindred spirit then give it away to a girlfriend who needs the same. Human connection is the most important thing and Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light celebrates that.”Rachel,
The bestselling author of American Housewife and Southern Lady Code returns with an “inspiring, hilarious, straight-to-the-point” (Entertainment Weekly) collection of essays on friendship among grown-ass women.
"Ellis' prose is filled with so many laugh lines, you might want to go ahead and book the Botox.” —NPR
When Helen Ellis and her lifelong friends arrive for a reunion on the Redneck Riviera, they unpack more than their suitcases: stories of husbands and kids, lost parents and lost jobs, powdered onion dip and photographs you have to hold by the edges, dirty jokes and sunscreen with SPF higher than they hair-sprayed their bangs senior year, and a bad mammogram. It's a diagnosis that scares them, but could never break their bond. Because women pushing fifty won't be pushed around.
In these twelve gloriously comic and moving essays, Helen Ellis dishes on married middle-age sex, sobs with a theater full of women as a psychic exorcises their sorrows, gets twenty shots of stomach bile to the neck to get rid of her double chin, and gathers up the courage to ask, "Are you there, Menopause? It's Me, Helen."
A book that reads like the best cocktail party of your life, Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light is alive with the sensational humor and ferocious love for her friends that won Helen Ellis legions of fans. This book has a raw vulnerability and an emotional generosity that takes this acclaimed author to a whole new level of accomplishment.