Susan Phelps A Lady Without a Latitude

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A Lady Without a Latitude

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The leaden Lady Without a Latitude (the title has to do with the author's Southern roots being too close to the Mason Dixon line to count, or something like that) sinks like a stone or -since Phelps is interested in defining all types of ladies-a lady with a stone tied to her ankle. Phelps writes of anything and everything: character, academe, her suppository-loving grandmother, her evil uncles (Unc I and Unc II), cartoons. Her humor runs from vaudevillian to just plain unfunny: "'Physicists announced today that they had found the top quark-an ephemeral building block of matter that probably holds clues to some of the ultimate riddles of existence.' And thus, we will finally find those missing socks." The author on business: "In the business world, individuals must reduce their entire lives to one or at most two pages, known as the resume (French. Meaning, a summary of one's experience.) This standard applies to all business professionals from the boardroom to the bathroom (Differences between activities occurring in either are yet to be established.)" Phelps is a visiting fellow at Yale and a performer of one-woman shows. Maybe you just had to be there.
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A Lady Without A Latitude is a collection of anecdotes and essays by a gifted and insightful writer. As a raconteur and satirist, Susan Phelps takes on all her favorite subjects with cult-like intimacy. From the personal to the political, from her heredity to college ethics courses, she is by turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic and wry -- all with an insolence befitting someone who can't figure out her latitude. A Lady Without A Latitude is written from the perspective of on born too close to the Mason Dixon Line to be either northerner or southerner, to a family with no clear sense of ethnic identity and completely incompatible politics, and whose favorite holiday is Groundhog Day. By spinning her own brand of irreverence in A Lady Without A Latitude, Susan Phelps will entertain, and occasionally enlighten, any reader looking for wit as well as wisdom in their reading fare. Highly recommended! -- Midwest Book Review

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