Doing my school days I was an avid reader – read everything I could get my hands on. Then life got in the way. I can’t remember when I last read anything that wasn’t research for a story I was writing or something I needed to know just to survive life – that is until a couple of weeks ago. I was invited to the launch party for the first book to be published by Gwinnett Daily Post columnist Carole Townsend – “Southern Fried White Trash.” How could I not read a book with a title like that?
I came home with my signed copy of the book and plans to skip through it, like everything else I’ve read over the last couple of decades. Once I got half way through, however, I changed my mind, closed the book and put it away to take with me on vacation. I had forgotten how much pleasure reading just for the sheer joy of it could be – Carole’s book was a great reminder. I intend to start from the beginning again, when I can relax and really enjoy it. What I read in the first half convinced me it will be a great way to get back into reading for pleasure.
One of the first things I learned while reading “Southern Fried White Trash” is that we all feature in the book – or if not us personally, at least a close member of our family. No matter what part of the country (or world), we’re from, and no matter what color, creed, ethnicity or socio-economic status we belong to, there’s a little southern fried white trash in all of us. Although in Carole’s case, she seems to have associated with more than her fair share. I’ve been to a lot of odd family weddings and funerals, but never any that measure up to some she’s attended. I can honestly say I've never been to a family funeral where the pregnant girlfriend of the deceased, in a wrestling match with the wife over who had the rights to the prized Dollywood belt buckle still on the body, managed to tip the then beltless corpse out of the coffin and onto the floor. If I had, I think I’d write a book too - and seriously, what else could you title it but “Southern Fried White Trash.”
It is Carole’s first book - I hope it won’t be her last.