Collected Tarts & Other Indelicacies

Collected Tarts & Other Indelicacies

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"Tabatha Southey is possessed of the wisdom of the ages. She understands the psychological struggles of shadowy Russian pee traffickers. She recognizes the PR benefits of puppy-throwing. She has deeply considered the moral quandaries presented by sea-slug penises. She even knows her own bra size (really, please stop asking). Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies showcases the many lessons learned from over a decade of column writing. For example, you don't want to piss off the jazz enthusiasts. And you really, really don't want to piss off the homeopaths. Along with these thorny issues, Southey has covered the most pressing topics of our times, from the struggles of having an unusually handsome prime minister to the impending dystopic future faced by the Trump United States and Casino Resort. Between her takedowns of all forms of bigotry, ignorance, laziness and poor writing by those in power, and glimpses into the equal parts bizarre and touching moments of her personal life, it is clear why Southey's columns have endeared her to readers of Elle Canada, The Globe and Mail and Maclean's among other publications. Sure to delight loyal readers and win over new ones, Collected Tarts and Other Indelicacies offers the perfect balance of light and darkness, frivolity and knife-sharp wit."--
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC :, Douglas & McIntyre,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781771621670
Branch Call Number: ANF 819.76 SOU
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Southey, Tabatha


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Apr 16, 2018

Southey has a quirky wit, sometimes way out in left field when she writes about her dear-to-her-heart chimpanzees. I have to say I found the humour a bit too over the top and reaching at times, but in the main did enjoy her thoughts. Some of the essays would be incomprehensible to non-Canadians, but you can skip over them if you want. The one I found most personal, and my favourite, was the homage to her beloved dog, "When you lay down with Tulip, you wake up with warm feet", a real aw-moment account. This collection of 336 articles has something to regale or offend everyone, so do what I did, take it in small doses and skip over what doesn't appeal. I am sure Southey would expect no less.

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