Friday, March 5, 2010


By Heather

As most of you know, I’m not a big shopper. But recently I’ve noticed something about my shopping habits—I’m an impulse shopper.

When I run into Target for two things (two!!!) I come out with twelve. I’ll pick up something “we might need soon” or “maybe I can use this for a giveaway” or “this looks really good” or “I can never have too many purses” – it’s just endless.

My most recent impulse buy was a book (surprise, surprise). I have a to-be-read pile that is near to toppling over it’s so tall. I. Do. Not. Need. Another. Book. Yet, when I ran into Target yesterday for three (three!!!) things I ended up wandering into the book aisle (I went out of my way to wander there, mind you) just to, you know, take a look-see.

I ended up buying Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, which is now my car book (the book I keep in the car for those long waits when I pick up the kids or am stuck in traffic, that kind of thing--does anyone else have car books?). So far, it’s really, really great—so it was a good impulse buy at least.

Do you impulse shop? If so, what was your last buy and do you love it or regret it?


About Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (product description):

Steel Magnolias meets The Help in this Southern debut novel sparkling with humor, heart, and feminine wisdom

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town-a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell.

In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah's perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons, to Tootie's all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.