In this quirky collection of essays, outrageous advice columnist Tammy Manners tells her readers like it is. Sort of.
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Tammy Manners is a dethroned homecoming queen, a disgraced sorority sister, and an ex-Mary Kay saleslady stripped of her pink Cadillac. Now, this rabble-rousing Jewish Republican Junior Leaguer, who once maxed out a gold card on a bender in New Orleans, is a queen on the clock, offering “advice” to lost souls looking for tips on love, religion, popularity, fashion and every social grace in between. Tammy launches into elaborate tales of carousal and mischief—while upholding the highest traditions of etiquette—all set against the gun-toting, big-haired backdrop of north Texas. Her answers are wry and irreverent, veer wildly off course and often have very little to do with the question at hand. “What an absolutely bleak picture you paint,” she responds to one reader in a rut. “After reading this question, I want to pluck out my eye and send it to you in a box.” Thus Miss Manners dives headlong into a frenzied story of her addiction to hashish, which led to an addiction to Taco Bell drive-thrus and culminated in her discovery of God. Though which God she found (Prada, perhaps?), we have no idea. What began as a blog has made its way into book form, and while the 50-plus essays at times tend to drag (no pun intended)—there’s some repeated material, and her thoughts wander so far astray that at times, they’re difficult to follow—the book, like the character herself, is very funny, and sometimes even poignant. Fans of Kids in the Hall veteran Scott Thompson’s famed monologist Buddy Cole will appreciate the wild, weird and often laugh-out-loud yarns that Tammy spins. But because her tales are so meandering and tangential, and the line between reality and parody sometimes blurry, her larger-than-life personality gets a little lost.
A raucous, absurd, often downright hilarious collection from an entertaining persona who might be better suited for the stage than the page.