This is my first dive into anything Helen Ellis, so I wasn’t riding a wave of pre-established affection. Ellis is an American Housewife (the title of one of her previous books), born in Alabama before relocating and settling in Manhattan. Southern Lady Code details her reflections on and rules of being a southerner in the elite, uppercrust world of upper Manhattan. While I smiled at a few of her comments (being a Texan who lived in Brooklyn for a few years), nothing caused me to laugh out loud. This might resonate better with an audience of similar peers, but it felt a bit too niche and out of the way for me.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital copy of this book for free from Doubleday Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and have not been influenced by Doubleday Books or NetGalley.
Publication Date: 16 April 2019 by Doubleday Books. Format: ARC e-book.