Apr 28, 2010

Just Don't Call Me Ma'am by Anne Mitchael

Just Call Me Ma'am: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties with (Most of) My Dignity Still Intact

Call Her an Adventurer, Call Her a Grown-Up, Call Her a Squatter ... Just Don't Call Her Ma'am

Armed with just a suitcase-full of clothes in various shades of black-southern gal Anna Mitchael left Texas and set out to make her mark on the world. It took trying out an array of new zip codes, new jobs, and new boyfriends before she figured out that building a brand new life was more than simply buying a new wardrobe and dropping her drawl.

Just Don't Call Me Ma'am: How I Ditched the South, Forgot My Manners, and Managed to Survive My Twenties with (Most of) My Dignity Still Intact is Mitchael's hilariously truthful tale about one woman and the choices that add up to be her twenty-something life. Detailing impulsive moves to new cities, domestic disasters, and even the occasional nervous breakdown, this is a book for every woman who has ever woken up one day and wondered how she ended up smack dab in the middle of a life she doesn't completely recognize.

The story of a Southern girl who sets out to find a new home-and instead finds herself - Just Don't Call Me Ma'am is a disarmingly humorous (and candidly honest) account of growing up . . . and it's a tale in which each and every reader will see some part of themselves.


Anna Mitchael began her writing career by instructing patrons of her lemonade stand to buy some "or else." She enjoyed threatening people so much that she made a career out of it, and spent her twenties as a copywriter in advertising agencies across the nation. Just Don't Call Me Ma'am, is the project that kept her sane throughout those years.

Anna is a reformed nomad who recently returned home to Texas. She will tolerate y'all but reserves the right to raise hell when anyone calls her ma'am.

You can visit the author's website at www.annamitchael.com


This book is the kind of story that will make you laugh out loud at some of the outrageous things that happened on Anne Mitchael's journey to discover herself. From a Brazilian wax job to being a bridesmaid ... again, the pages are filled with things that we can all relate to, no matter what our age or our roots.

If you are a female, you will definitely find bits of yourself in this book, or it might remind you of someone in your circle of friends. Get this book and you will take a look at things from a fresh and different perspective.  And most importantly, this book will make you laugh, a very welcome diversion from our day to day lives.  

Thank you to Newman Communications and Bostick Communications for providing a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

Just Don't Call Me Ma'am
ISBN: 978-1-58005-316-7
Publisher: Seal Press
Date of publish: April 2010
Pages: 242

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