November 01, 1999 12:00 PM

(That Every Woman Should)

by Ronda Rich

Charm disarms. Pretty is as pretty does. And a good attitude is like kudzu—it spreads quickly and never quits growing. Such are the tenets of belledom that Georgian Ronda. Rich says all women should embrace. And she engagingly makes her case with hilarious anecdotes about Dixie chicks who have succeeded in life and love by applying their Steel Magnolia principles. But this 224-page book eventually starts to feel as long as General Sherman’s march. Apparently Rich forgot one more thing southern women know: Sometimes less is more. (Putnam, $19.95)

Bottom Line: Long-winded wit

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