Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker: Missteps and Lessons Learned


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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Katherine Snow Smith has lived throughout the South as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, public relations executive, daughter, sister, mother, wife, divorcee, and friend. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and started her journalism career covering three miniscule towns in South Carolina. After a stint covering business in Charlotte, NC, she got married, moved to Florida, and started a twenty-year career at the Tampa Bay Times--first covering business, and then, after having a baby, creating a parenting column, Rookie Mom, for the paper. Now--three kids, two careers, and one divorce later--she's embracing the fact that life has many chapters.


2020 CIBA Hearten Book Awards 1st Place Winner

"Katherine Snow Smith's sure voice, deft pen, hilarious sense of humor
and always original slant on things offer the reader much to enjoy in
these delightful essays--and also much to identify with, especially for
another Southern girl. Her delightful, humorous accounts always convey a
deeper truth--about self-image, especially for women; about raising
children; about an early death in the family and the later loss of a
friend; about politics and belief--about life itself. Snow Smith's own
lifetime of writing and observant living is distilled in this kind,
original, and compulsively readable book."

--Lee Smith, author of Fair and Tender Ladies and winner of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award

"Katherine's ability to observe her life from the balcony while it plays
out on stage is a gift to her readers. Her keen perspective--which is
unapologetically southern and chock-full of grit, forgiveness, and
humor--reminds us that we all aspire to love well and to laugh until our
face hurts."

--Charla Muller, author of Pretty Takes Practice: A Southern Woman's Search for the Real Meaning of Beauty

"Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker is a warm, genuine memoir about living fully beyond the bounds of others' expectations."

--Foreword Reviews

"Smith writes of going her own way with humor and honesty, encouraging
readers not to take themselves too seriously and find value in friends
and family. Readers of essays from Sloane Crosley, Samantha Irby, or
Bailey White will laugh out loud."