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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book Review: Just Don't Call Me Ma'am

Just Don't Call Me Ma'am by Anna Mitchael
Genre: Adult Memoir
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Seal Press
Pages: 248
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: Anna Mitchael is like a lot of the women you know. In fact, she may even be a lot like you. In her fast-moving world, she might be called on as a friend, coworker, daughter, girlfriend, confidante, brat, cynic, or domestic-goddess-in-training. She's willing to juggle pretty much anything that gets thrown her way, but the one label she simply won't embrace is ma'am. Like so many bright-eyed college graduates before her, Mitchael begins her twenties armed with the conviction that the world is hers for the taking. And she discovers that it is, mostly—only no one told her just how often she’d have to pick herself up off the floor along the way. Written for every woman who’s experienced the ups and downs of trying to figure out who you’re really meant to be, Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am is a story of one woman and the choices that add up to be her twenty-something life—and of how sometimes you have to remember where you came from before you can figure out where you’re going.

My Review: Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am was a fun, witty and memorable memoir by Anna. There are so many elements I loved about this book. I automatically connected with Anna's sense of humor and well-written storytelling. Being I am a twenty-something year old I found a lot of her life stories relatable and laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed seeing Anna's transition from a Southern belle to a big city woman. She takes the readers through a journey of relationships, stereotypes, life-altering moments and so much more. Her voice was full of raw honesty and had no shame in embracing her life lessons.

The stories that stood out to me had to do with her Grandmother. Unfortunately, I never really got to know my Grandma, being that she lived in Greece. So, it was refreshing to see the bond that Anna had with her. It definitely made me want to go down to the South to have some comfort food by somebody's grandparent. I have no complaints or flaws about this memoir. It was by far my favorite and will look forward to Anna's future works. She's an excellent writer and knows how to take the reader on a joyous ride! I recommend this book to individual's who are looking for a sarcastic, real and quirky story to devour. However, some parts of this book might not be suitable for young teens.

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Author's Info:
Anna Mitchael began her writing career by instructing patrons of her lemonade stand to buy some "or else." She enjoyed threatening people so much that she made a career out of it, and spent her twenties as a copywriter in advertising agencies across the nation. Just Don't Call Me Ma'am, her first published book, is the project that kept her sane throughout those years. Anna is a reformed nomad who recently returned home to Texas. She will tolerate y'all but reserves the right to raise hell when anyone calls her ma'am.

For more info on Anna, visit her site(s):
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2 comments:

Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

Great review, ma'am!

Dwayne said...

Haven't heard about this one yet - thanks for the review!

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