Carole Townsend is a author and southern humorist from Atlanta, GA.
Her book, Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear takes an honest, sometimes humorous and often poignant look at the lives of women from adolescence through our golden years, all based on the advice we got from our mamas.
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Carole is a true Southerner, having been born in Atlanta, living in Nashville during college, and going right back to Atlanta upon graduation. Following a brief stint as a New York City resident, she married a Southerner, and they've raised their family of four children (plus four rescue dogs) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She and her husband now have their first grandchild, who of course is perfect and off-the-charts smart.
Before she began writing for the Gwinnett Citizen, she was a staff correspondent and blogger for the Gwinnett Daily Post for more than 12 years. Through her unique brand of no-nonsense humor and her love for observing the quirkiness of human nature, Carole has developed a solid following in the southern region of the United States.
Her first three books are:
SOUTHERN FRIED WHITE TRASH is a frank and hilarious look at how families spin out of control under pressure, such as weddings, funerals, holiday gatherings and reunions.
RED LIPSTICK AND CLEAN UNDERWEAR is an examination of the advice and hand-me-down wisdoms women glean from their mothers, grandmothers and aunts. While there are some very funny observations and scenes in this book, there are also some poignant moments. This book has remained a top book club selection since its publication in 2012.
MAGNOLIAS, SWEET TEA AND EXHAUST is an amusing and witty look at the national phenomenon known as NASCAR. As Townsend herself explains in the book, while NASCAR has its roots deep in southern culture, she knew nothing about the sport. When her youngest child left for college, she decided to hit the road and learn what she could about the sport and the culture. For one year, she traveled the NASCAR circuit, learning everything she could about the sport, drivers, cars and fans. OF course, as a 50-something suburban mom who knew nothing about any of it, the result is a well-researched, educational, hilarious examination of NASCAR.