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Whiskey in a Teacup

A nonfiction book by Reese Witherspoon.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon's grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women "whiskey in a teacup." We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we're strong and fiery.

Reese's southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties and plenty of Dorothea's fried chicken. It's reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home and makes holidays special for her kids — not to mention how she talks, dances and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese's fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea's most delicious recipes as well as her favourite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. (From Simon & Schuster)

From the book

When I was a little girl in pigtails and Coke-bottle glasses, listening to Dolly Parton cassette tapes and watching 90210 and Designing Women, I imagined that when I one day left the South, I would see the world and do important things. When I told a teacher that I aspired to be the first woman president, she said, "I'll be the first one to vote for you, Reesey!"

Well, I didn't become president (nor, alas, did I achieve another early goal: marry Willie Nelson), but I did become president of a production company that makes movies and TV shows with strong female characters. And I have traveled all around the world, to places I never dreamed I'd go. In a lot of ways, I'm living out my grandmother's dreams. She couldn't do many of the things I get to do, so I don't take these opportunities for granted for one second. And I everything I can to make sure those opportunities are there for my daughter and for other young women.


From Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon ©2018. Published by Simon & Schuster.