Book Review: You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning

by Meryl Evans | Category: Books, Meryl's Notes Blog, Reviews 7 comments

You Can't Drink All Day If You Don't Start in the MorningThe You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning title gives you a very good idea of what you get from reading the book. It shows “Fun real-life stories” and lives up to it. This is my first Celia Rivenbark book and she has a fan in me now. (No, I’m not stalking her. Well, she’s not on Twitter yet for me to do that.) You can’t help but feel like you’re buds with her as you read real-life southerner stories from the gal from North Carolina. We southerners (Texas is south. Southwest… eh… well, food-wise yes..) love our cookin’, so she ends every chapter with a recipe that will “slap-yo-mama-fine.”

I read the book speedy quick (I’ve been reading too much Junie B. Jones to my youngest) because those funny stories keep wantin’ more and they have you swallowing ’em up. I seriously  laughed out loud (not cliche!) a few times causing my kids to think I was deranged. The best way I can describe her book’s content is that  it resembles Dave Barry’s. They both share personal observations of life except she tells stories in her own style not Barry’s. Besides he’s from “Flow-ride-uh” and it doesn’t count as the South. It’s a place where people go on vacation and where mature people go to escape the cold.

She tells it like it is and with a humorous and southern twist. Perhaps, the  table of contents will give you a better idea of the kind of style you can expect from Rivenbark.

  • Poseable Jesus Meets Poser Ken
  • Gladys Kravitz Would’ve Lover Her Some Facebook
  • No TV? I’ll Put My Carbon Footprint Up Your Behind
  • Strapped for Cash? Try Cat Whisperin’

A title like You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning raises our expectations and she meets ’em! No, no she’s not an alcoholic, although I’m sure she considered drinking a bit after a few of the things she writes about like shagging (no, not that kind). She also talks about Jon and Kate of the Plus Eight Fame (or infame. Is that a word? It oughta be.). Boy, I could hear Rivenbark’s jokes in my head because they hadn’t broken up when she wrote the book.

I don’t recommend following the book’s title advice. First, if you are gonna drive, it’s dumb to drink (alcohol, that is!) right before you drive. Second, like everyone says reading the book will have your drink going everywhere except down your throat.

Guess what! Celia is stopping by here on Tuesday, October 6 and I’m giving away my copy of You Can’t Drink All Day If You Don’t Start in the Morning. I hate to give it up, but I love to do things for you.

Weird observation: If you switch the N and R in her last name, you get Riverbank. Just sayin’.

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  • Posted by mizavery on October 2nd, 2009, 10:11 AM

    Well, bless your heart! I recognized the author’s name from when she worked for the Wilmington (NC) Star and I lived there for ten or fifteen minutes. Among other treats, Celia introduced me to pig-pickin’ and advised me how to correctly pronounce her last name so as not to reveal that I was not a native North Carolinian. It’s nice to see she has a book.

  • Posted by Meryl on October 2nd, 2009, 10:14 AM

    Glad to help you find her book, mizavery. She has lots more out — so check ’em out. If they’re anything like this one, you’ll be having a grand ol’ time without any drinking involved.

  • Posted by Andrew on October 3rd, 2009, 8:15 AM


    Drinking all day is a bad idea – a few drinks in the evening works best for me.

    More seriously, it sounds as though you had a great deal of fun reading this book.
    .-= Andrew’s blog …Back home/back online! =-.

  • Posted by Meryl on October 3rd, 2009, 8:21 AM

    Andrew, you think so? 🙂 Back to business nonfiction reads…

  • Posted by George Angus on October 3rd, 2009, 12:17 PM


    I have to admit the title caught me. When I’m processing the new books at the library, it’s the title that makes me open the book and read a little bit.

    I mean how can you not read a little of books with titles like, “How to Build a Spaceship in Your Own Back Yard”? they’re serious, by the way.

    .-= George Angus’s blog …New Twitter User Name =-.

  • Posted by Meryl on October 4th, 2009, 8:23 AM

    George, it’s tough to come up with a snappy title that represents the book without setting expectations too high or too low. This one is a winner. Right on target.

  • Posted by Fighting the Green-Eyed Monster…Or Not | on October 8th, 2009, 9:31 AM

    […] of this book, dontcha? Yes, the things I do for you. Oh, it’s a great book (here’s the book review for all to see) not some lousy one I’m willing to dump on someone […]

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