DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR YANKEE DOODLE DIXIE

  1. When the book opens we find Leelee headed home to Memphis. She heads straight to Virginia's house and when she can't reach her turns her car around and drives to Kissie's, knowing full-well Kissie will not only be home but probably awake, despite the late hour. Kissie's house is in a part of town some would deem unsafe. Unfazed, Leelee decides to move in with Kissie happy to be near her second mother. When Virginia learns of Leelee's plans she does not hide her disapproval. Would you think twice before taking your two young children to an "across the tracks" neighborhood, even if it meant someone you loved lived there and would care for you in your time of need?

  2. After making the decision to come home to Memphis, Leelee never considers that she would step into a gossip bed where she is the hot topic. Have you ever had to eat humble pie and endure a situation where you were talked about or even ostracized for a decision you made?

  3. Leelee is devastated by Peter's decision to not enter into a long-distance-relationship. He is not willing to pick up his life and run off where his job security hangs in the balance. As hard as she tries she is unable to forget about him in the months following. Do you think this decision is something a man would make more than a woman? Have you been in Leelee's situation before? A relationship that seemed to have all the makings of happiness but one of the partners makes the decision to end it because of distance or job security?

  4. Leelee takes a step backwards when she moves back home to Memphis; she falls right back in to old patterns. Once again it's hard for her to say no and stand up for herself, especially when it comes to her job. It's been said that old habits are hard to break. Just when we feel like we've learned something, that old demon comes back to roost. Do you find this to be true?

  5. Leelee's friends think she is a doormat because she has a hard time saying no. Do you agree? Are you able to tell someone no and be okay with it?

  6. Southerners are often criticized for not saying what's on their mind and Northerners are often accused of being too blunt. Do you agree with this? What are the pros and cons of both sides?

  7. If truth be told we are all a little star-struck, well maybe for some a lot star-struck. It's easy to criticize some of Leelee's decisions from afar. If you are older than Leelee, try to remember back to when you were 34 and did not have all the wisdom you've earned today. If a rock-star invited you to join him in New York City would you accept? If you are close to Leelee's age and single, is this something you would go for? Why or why not?

  8. When Leelee quits her job, she has decided working with Edward Maxwell is simply not worth it. Should you stay in a job even if the conditions are intolerable? Would you consider Edwards' personality intolerable?

  9. Leelee and her friends still enjoy their shenanigans together. What is the craziest thing you've ever done with your adult girlfriends? Are you ever too old for pranks?

  10. Leelee and her girlfriends are more like sisters. They certainly take matters into their own hands when they send Leelee's unsent letters to Peter. Would you be mad at your friends (or sisters) if they had done the same thing? Would you do something similar for one of your closest friends?

  11. How much influence do your friends have over your life? Do you consult them first or your husband (or wife) first when making big decisions?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER

  1. Alice, Virginia and Mary Jule try talking Leelee out of moving to Vermont. How blunt should you be with your friends when you see them potentially making a big mistake? Were you frustrated with Leelee when she made her decision to follow Baker up North?

  2. Would you move across the country or even out of the country for the person you love? Ponder the thought. If your spouse wanted to pursue a dream that would uproot the family, would you actually leave your comfort zone and move far away from all things familiar?

  3. When you hear the term "Southern belle," do you automatically think back to Scarlett O'Hara or does the term still have a place in today's society? What constitutes a Southern belle today? Does it have negative or positive connotations?

  4. Friendship is vastly important to Leelee. Why do you think this is true? Virginia, Alice and Mary Jule surprise Leelee by coming to Vermont to help her through her toughest time. What is the most selfless thing you've done for a friend in need? How far would you travel to help a friend?

  5. Leelee is surprised by her growing camaraderie with Roberta. Have you ever become close with someone who at first seemed unlikely? Do you make a point to diversify your friendships?

  6. How much influence do your friends have over your life? Do you consult them or your husband (or wife) first when making big decisions?

  7. When Baker deserts Leelee all she wants to do is come home to Memphis but Kissie talks her into staying put. She tells Leelee, "You can stay in Hell a little while, long as you know you're getting' out." What does she mean by this? Would you have left at that point or stayed put?

  8. Leelee and her friends still enjoy their shenanigans together. What is the craziest thing you've ever done with your adult girlfriends? Are you ever too old for pranks?

  9. Leelee's friends think she is a doormat because she has a hard time saying no. Do you agree? Are you able to tell someone no and be okay with it?

  10. Southerners are often criticized for not saying what's on their mind and Northerners are often accused of being too blunt. Do you agree with this? What are the pros and cons of both sides?

  11. What similarities to the Wizard of Oz are there in Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter? Which particular scene has dialogue similar to the movie? What does Leelee discover about herself that symbolizes the wizard inside her?

  12. Why did Leelee decide to return home and not stay with Peter?

 

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