The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time

The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town


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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time
  • David Valdes Greenwood
  • English
  • 14 June 2020
  • 0307465276

About the Author: David Valdes Greenwood

Sisterhood: A Kindle ´ David Valdes Greenwood is the author of two memoirs, Homo Domesticus and A Little Fruitcake, and the new narrative nonfiction book The Rhinestone Sisterhood As a playwright, his work has been staged coast to coast and in the UK A former freelance journalist, Valdes Greenwood is best known for his Boston Globe columns.



10 thoughts on “The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time

  1. Y Y says:

    As one of the queens having a minor feature in the book, Greenwood adequately depicts the life of a Festival queen The author chose to immerse himself in the world of Louisiana Fairs and Festivals to gain a true understanding of the pageant world He did not make assumptions nor try to create a glitzy Toddlers and Tiaras docudrama He showed the highs and lows of pageant life with gratifying victories and sometimes heartbreaking defeats but accurately showed that no matter what we are a si As one of the queens having a minor feature in the book, Greenwood adequately depicts the life of a Festival queen The author chose to immerse himself in the world of Louisiana Fairs and Festivals to gain a true understanding of the pageant world He did not make assumptions nor try to create a glitzy Toddlers and Tiaras docudrama He showed the highs and lows of pageant life with gratifying victories and sometimes heartbreaking defeats but accurately showed that no matter what we are a sisterhood of strong young women who want to keep the Louisiana tradition of local historic festivals thriving

  2. Vicki Vicki says:

    There are four kinds of pageants festival, civic, scholarship, and glitz The most familiar to us are Miss America and Miss USA, which are considered scholarship pageants The other pageants many have become familiar with are the glitz ones with titles like Miss Super Cutie The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes us for an inside look at the world of festival queens, focusing on four the Frog, Fur, Cotton and Cattle Queens of Louisiana These hard working young women juggle school, jobs, and publ There are four kinds of pageants festival, civic, scholarship, and glitz The most familiar to us are Miss America and Miss USA, which are considered scholarship pageants The other pageants many have become familiar with are the glitz ones with titles like Miss Super Cutie The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes us for an inside look at the world of festival queens, focusing on four the Frog, Fur, Cotton and Cattle Queens of Louisiana These hard working young women juggle school, jobs, and public relations responsibilities promoting their festivals and local industries They lead parades, chase greased pigs, kiss frogs, feed calves, and eat all manner of local foods In the case of the Fur Queen, who represents an area devastated by recent hurricanes, she takes some of her sisters of the sash on a tour of Cameron Parish to see the damage firsthand.The Rhinestone Sisterhood is a highly entertaining, fast paced read, filled with suspense and laughter, disappointment and triumph You will never look at pageant queens in quite the same way

  3. Anne Milford Anne Milford says:

    I genuinely enjoyed this book I have a friend from college who was the Strawberry Queen and I had no idea what this was all about It was really heartwarming how conscientious these festival queens were It wasn t about beautyit was about public service, and doing the best job possible promoting your town industry Really great stuff I also loved the author s voice Everyone needs a gay best friend and David Greenwood would be a great one His wry, funny, and spot on observations about smal I genuinely enjoyed this book I have a friend from college who was the Strawberry Queen and I had no idea what this was all about It was really heartwarming how conscientious these festival queens were It wasn t about beautyit was about public service, and doing the best job possible promoting your town industry Really great stuff I also loved the author s voice Everyone needs a gay best friend and David Greenwood would be a great one His wry, funny, and spot on observations about small town life were thoroughly entertaining I also appreciated the fact that he was not mean, snotty or condescending about a single aspect of this book It is so easy to be snarky Greenwood had a genuine appreciation and affection for the girls, the small towns, and what being a festival queen means A sweet, uplifting book that will make you smile

  4. Miranda Landry Miranda Landry says:

    LOVED this book it will forever document my daughter s year as petite cattle queen we really enjoyed seeing David throughout the year as he followed Kristen and the other girls around while writing this book my daughter will treasure this book, it mentions her several times by title we found out in 2013 when my daughter represented the la cattle festival for the second time that Mr puzzles ended up in the freezer not long after the cover photo was taken.

  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    I found this to be a really interesting book I think I just might have to move south and start competing The Rhinestone Sisterhood would make a great movie.

  6. ModCloth ModCloth says:

    What do crayfish, church buggies, and a Bayou Christmas have in common All are things you could be Queen of in the state of Louisiana Regions across the country proudly tout their specialties through annual festivals and fairs, along the way appointing ambitious young ambassadors to spread their holy gospel be it of yams or catfish Think you can handle the duties that come with the highly sought after title of Swine Queen After reading David Valdes Greenwood s new book, The Rhinestone Sist What do crayfish, church buggies, and a Bayou Christmas have in common All are things you could be Queen of in the state of Louisiana Regions across the country proudly tout their specialties through annual festivals and fairs, along the way appointing ambitious young ambassadors to spread their holy gospel be it of yams or catfish Think you can handle the duties that come with the highly sought after title of Swine Queen After reading David Valdes Greenwood s new book, The Rhinestone Sisterhood A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time May 2010 Crown Publishing , you ll be thinking again.With over 130 festivals annually, Louisiana loves its celebrations and its Queens But these are hardly bikini wearing, mechanical answering, perfect bodied women There s Frog Queen Chelsea the five foot pixie who knows how to pose with Kermit while handling the possibility that he might just pee on her Kristen, the confident Cattle Queen who has ambitions of getting her PhD in psychology Lauren, the vivacious Fur Queen whose duties help distract her from her parents recent divorce and sister s hospitalization and Brandi, the quiet Queen Cotton, who despite fluctuating weight and self confidence has overcome her struggle to become seasoned festival royalty.As they negotiate their time during the week among full time jobs, college classes, on again off again boyfriends, and family, their weekends are spent bouncing throughout the state acting as spokeswomen at neighboring festivals duties which may include milking cows, sporting a homemade potato sack ensemble, sitting atop a parade float for two hours in the Louisiana s summer heat, or wrestling a Vaseline covered pig to the ground.Valdez Greenwood takes us through a year in the life of a festival queen from Chelsea s win at Frog to the state s grand event the Queen of Queens pageant Despite an initial opinion that this book is all sunshine sparkling off rhinestones, Valdes Greenwood proves life atop the parade float isn t so easy Being Queen doesn t make you immune to the universal consequences that come with underage drinking or crippling migraines But as if that isn t enough, there s mean spirited internet message boards gossiping about how you probably rigged the whole thing What if the town that hosts your festival barely exists after a devastating hurricane You might even have a stalker.Full of vibrant and strong willed characters, The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes you on a boisterous ride through high spirited communities, local tradition, and the pride and perils of life as a Queen While at times the glitter may seem to spill off the page, in the moment, you can t help but be delighted by it, as Valdes Greenwood has made you fall completely for these girls He artfully navigates the space between being too close and too distant to his subjects, giving the reader just the right view of the narrative, while still intertwining moments of festival history and pageant politics This charming portrait of small town life through its young women might just encourage a trip to next year s Giant Omelette Celebration Sarah, Fashion WriterWin a copy of The Rhinestone Sisterhood Interested in reading The Rhinestone Sisterhood Become our friend on GoodReads Don t know about GoodReads It s a social networking site that allows book lovers to share their favorite finds.To enter our giveaway, join our Book Smarts group on GoodReads, and leave us a comment in the discussion titled, What book has most inspired you and why If you tell us what book has most inspired you ON GOODREADS by 11 59 p.m on May 31st, you ll be entered to win a free copy of The Rhinestone Sisterhood

  7. Helena Helena says:

    I picked this up from the library at random I was curious about the title and decided to take it home After all, I get to give it back, so what s the harm In a nutshell, the book follows four girls, who become the Frog, Fur, Cotton, and Cattle Queens Our local Strawberry Festival has a queen and attendant royalty, so it was kind of interesting to learn about this kind of thing even though the book deals only with Louisiana festivals, I m sure they re similar There are the expected pageant I picked this up from the library at random I was curious about the title and decided to take it home After all, I get to give it back, so what s the harm In a nutshell, the book follows four girls, who become the Frog, Fur, Cotton, and Cattle Queens Our local Strawberry Festival has a queen and attendant royalty, so it was kind of interesting to learn about this kind of thing even though the book deals only with Louisiana festivals, I m sure they re similar There are the expected pageants and requisite drama, but also some funny moments pig chasing, frog kissing, and bull riding see the cover of the book that s the Cattle Queen and Mr Puzzles, I believe.It ended up being aenjoyable read than I expected, and a quick one I would liken it to the reality shows I occasionally watch Clean House, anyone a guilty pleasure that I don t need to indulge in all the time, but fun in small doses I wouldn t buy it, but if you see it at your library, consider picking it up

  8. Liz Liz says:

    Okay, so after my brief outburst of hatred for this book I decided to go back and attempt to finish it The day I threw it across the room was a bad day and I think the plethora of Queens and drama was just all too much for me.I wouldn t call this a ground breaking book by any means, but the subject matter is definitely interesting and certainly something I have never heard about This is a whole different world of pageants from those you see on tv with the crying children and scary wigs Yes Okay, so after my brief outburst of hatred for this book I decided to go back and attempt to finish it The day I threw it across the room was a bad day and I think the plethora of Queens and drama was just all too much for me.I wouldn t call this a ground breaking book by any means, but the subject matter is definitely interesting and certainly something I have never heard about This is a whole different world of pageants from those you see on tv with the crying children and scary wigs Yes there are some moments like that, but it is definitely a different experience The drama is much the same and you hear about it, a lot But you do get to know a little about these girls lives and feel for their trials and tribulations while being impressed by the amount of effort they put into representing their town.There is something mysterious and magical to me about small towns perhaps because I have never actually been a part of one It is a whole new world to me

  9. Denise Denise says:

    Not all beauty pageants are Toddlers and Tiaras These girls are beautiful and glamorous but also educated and intelligent I read this one because I have friends whose daughter s have held a title within our state My closet friend, her daughter held our Sugar Queen title and place second in the state pageant which is an honor She is bright, witty and a strong person I know she will go far in life because of the amount of pageants and titles she s won Her self esteem is amazing and she can Not all beauty pageants are Toddlers and Tiaras These girls are beautiful and glamorous but also educated and intelligent I read this one because I have friends whose daughter s have held a title within our state My closet friend, her daughter held our Sugar Queen title and place second in the state pageant which is an honor She is bright, witty and a strong person I know she will go far in life because of the amount of pageants and titles she s won Her self esteem is amazing and she can capture an audience with just her smile As u read this, the author takes u on a journey thru our pageant system Shows u the ins and outs, the beautiful side of it and the ugly side of it as well It was a very good read and for one little sentence stole my heart completely Page 49, the author mentions my high school dance team, the Sugarettes, so he gets a BIG STAR for that one

  10. Morgan Landry Morgan Landry says:

    I was the 2008 petite Cattle Queen with the girl on the front cover while David was researching writing this book Now I m 17 and was recently interviewed, due my participation in pageants still to this day, by a TV station in London trying to get the green light on making a documentary about the world of LAFF I often think back about this book and am glad that I got to see where I was and how far I ve come and to look back on things that I wasn t able to comprehend at the time Thank you for d I was the 2008 petite Cattle Queen with the girl on the front cover while David was researching writing this book Now I m 17 and was recently interviewed, due my participation in pageants still to this day, by a TV station in London trying to get the green light on making a documentary about the world of LAFF I often think back about this book and am glad that I got to see where I was and how far I ve come and to look back on things that I wasn t able to comprehend at the time Thank you for documenting a portion of my childhood David Even if I was hardly mentioned, it s still an honor to able to be part of the experience, and I hope this book continues to expose people to what festival queens truly do and how proud we are to not only represent our state s commodities, but it s culture and history

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10 thoughts on “The Rhinestone Sisterhood: A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time

  1. Y Y says:

    As one of the queens having a minor feature in the book, Greenwood adequately depicts the life of a Festival queen The author chose to immerse himself in the world of Louisiana Fairs and Festivals to gain a true understanding of the pageant world He did not make assumptions nor try to create a glitzy Toddlers and Tiaras docudrama He showed the highs and lows of pageant life with gratifying victories and sometimes heartbreaking defeats but accurately showed that no matter what we are a si As one of the queens having a minor feature in the book, Greenwood adequately depicts the life of a Festival queen The author chose to immerse himself in the world of Louisiana Fairs and Festivals to gain a true understanding of the pageant world He did not make assumptions nor try to create a glitzy Toddlers and Tiaras docudrama He showed the highs and lows of pageant life with gratifying victories and sometimes heartbreaking defeats but accurately showed that no matter what we are a sisterhood of strong young women who want to keep the Louisiana tradition of local historic festivals thriving


  2. Vicki Vicki says:

    There are four kinds of pageants festival, civic, scholarship, and glitz The most familiar to us are Miss America and Miss USA, which are considered scholarship pageants The other pageants many have become familiar with are the glitz ones with titles like Miss Super Cutie The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes us for an inside look at the world of festival queens, focusing on four the Frog, Fur, Cotton and Cattle Queens of Louisiana These hard working young women juggle school, jobs, and publ There are four kinds of pageants festival, civic, scholarship, and glitz The most familiar to us are Miss America and Miss USA, which are considered scholarship pageants The other pageants many have become familiar with are the glitz ones with titles like Miss Super Cutie The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes us for an inside look at the world of festival queens, focusing on four the Frog, Fur, Cotton and Cattle Queens of Louisiana These hard working young women juggle school, jobs, and public relations responsibilities promoting their festivals and local industries They lead parades, chase greased pigs, kiss frogs, feed calves, and eat all manner of local foods In the case of the Fur Queen, who represents an area devastated by recent hurricanes, she takes some of her sisters of the sash on a tour of Cameron Parish to see the damage firsthand.The Rhinestone Sisterhood is a highly entertaining, fast paced read, filled with suspense and laughter, disappointment and triumph You will never look at pageant queens in quite the same way


  3. Anne Milford Anne Milford says:

    I genuinely enjoyed this book I have a friend from college who was the Strawberry Queen and I had no idea what this was all about It was really heartwarming how conscientious these festival queens were It wasn t about beautyit was about public service, and doing the best job possible promoting your town industry Really great stuff I also loved the author s voice Everyone needs a gay best friend and David Greenwood would be a great one His wry, funny, and spot on observations about smal I genuinely enjoyed this book I have a friend from college who was the Strawberry Queen and I had no idea what this was all about It was really heartwarming how conscientious these festival queens were It wasn t about beautyit was about public service, and doing the best job possible promoting your town industry Really great stuff I also loved the author s voice Everyone needs a gay best friend and David Greenwood would be a great one His wry, funny, and spot on observations about small town life were thoroughly entertaining I also appreciated the fact that he was not mean, snotty or condescending about a single aspect of this book It is so easy to be snarky Greenwood had a genuine appreciation and affection for the girls, the small towns, and what being a festival queen means A sweet, uplifting book that will make you smile


  4. Miranda Landry Miranda Landry says:

    LOVED this book it will forever document my daughter s year as petite cattle queen we really enjoyed seeing David throughout the year as he followed Kristen and the other girls around while writing this book my daughter will treasure this book, it mentions her several times by title we found out in 2013 when my daughter represented the la cattle festival for the second time that Mr puzzles ended up in the freezer not long after the cover photo was taken.


  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    I found this to be a really interesting book I think I just might have to move south and start competing The Rhinestone Sisterhood would make a great movie.


  6. ModCloth ModCloth says:

    What do crayfish, church buggies, and a Bayou Christmas have in common All are things you could be Queen of in the state of Louisiana Regions across the country proudly tout their specialties through annual festivals and fairs, along the way appointing ambitious young ambassadors to spread their holy gospel be it of yams or catfish Think you can handle the duties that come with the highly sought after title of Swine Queen After reading David Valdes Greenwood s new book, The Rhinestone Sist What do crayfish, church buggies, and a Bayou Christmas have in common All are things you could be Queen of in the state of Louisiana Regions across the country proudly tout their specialties through annual festivals and fairs, along the way appointing ambitious young ambassadors to spread their holy gospel be it of yams or catfish Think you can handle the duties that come with the highly sought after title of Swine Queen After reading David Valdes Greenwood s new book, The Rhinestone Sisterhood A Journey Through Small Town America, One Tiara at a Time May 2010 Crown Publishing , you ll be thinking again.With over 130 festivals annually, Louisiana loves its celebrations and its Queens But these are hardly bikini wearing, mechanical answering, perfect bodied women There s Frog Queen Chelsea the five foot pixie who knows how to pose with Kermit while handling the possibility that he might just pee on her Kristen, the confident Cattle Queen who has ambitions of getting her PhD in psychology Lauren, the vivacious Fur Queen whose duties help distract her from her parents recent divorce and sister s hospitalization and Brandi, the quiet Queen Cotton, who despite fluctuating weight and self confidence has overcome her struggle to become seasoned festival royalty.As they negotiate their time during the week among full time jobs, college classes, on again off again boyfriends, and family, their weekends are spent bouncing throughout the state acting as spokeswomen at neighboring festivals duties which may include milking cows, sporting a homemade potato sack ensemble, sitting atop a parade float for two hours in the Louisiana s summer heat, or wrestling a Vaseline covered pig to the ground.Valdez Greenwood takes us through a year in the life of a festival queen from Chelsea s win at Frog to the state s grand event the Queen of Queens pageant Despite an initial opinion that this book is all sunshine sparkling off rhinestones, Valdes Greenwood proves life atop the parade float isn t so easy Being Queen doesn t make you immune to the universal consequences that come with underage drinking or crippling migraines But as if that isn t enough, there s mean spirited internet message boards gossiping about how you probably rigged the whole thing What if the town that hosts your festival barely exists after a devastating hurricane You might even have a stalker.Full of vibrant and strong willed characters, The Rhinestone Sisterhood takes you on a boisterous ride through high spirited communities, local tradition, and the pride and perils of life as a Queen While at times the glitter may seem to spill off the page, in the moment, you can t help but be delighted by it, as Valdes Greenwood has made you fall completely for these girls He artfully navigates the space between being too close and too distant to his subjects, giving the reader just the right view of the narrative, while still intertwining moments of festival history and pageant politics This charming portrait of small town life through its young women might just encourage a trip to next year s Giant Omelette Celebration Sarah, Fashion WriterWin a copy of The Rhinestone Sisterhood Interested in reading The Rhinestone Sisterhood Become our friend on GoodReads Don t know about GoodReads It s a social networking site that allows book lovers to share their favorite finds.To enter our giveaway, join our Book Smarts group on GoodReads, and leave us a comment in the discussion titled, What book has most inspired you and why If you tell us what book has most inspired you ON GOODREADS by 11 59 p.m on May 31st, you ll be entered to win a free copy of The Rhinestone Sisterhood


  7. Helena Helena says:

    I picked this up from the library at random I was curious about the title and decided to take it home After all, I get to give it back, so what s the harm In a nutshell, the book follows four girls, who become the Frog, Fur, Cotton, and Cattle Queens Our local Strawberry Festival has a queen and attendant royalty, so it was kind of interesting to learn about this kind of thing even though the book deals only with Louisiana festivals, I m sure they re similar There are the expected pageant I picked this up from the library at random I was curious about the title and decided to take it home After all, I get to give it back, so what s the harm In a nutshell, the book follows four girls, who become the Frog, Fur, Cotton, and Cattle Queens Our local Strawberry Festival has a queen and attendant royalty, so it was kind of interesting to learn about this kind of thing even though the book deals only with Louisiana festivals, I m sure they re similar There are the expected pageants and requisite drama, but also some funny moments pig chasing, frog kissing, and bull riding see the cover of the book that s the Cattle Queen and Mr Puzzles, I believe.It ended up being aenjoyable read than I expected, and a quick one I would liken it to the reality shows I occasionally watch Clean House, anyone a guilty pleasure that I don t need to indulge in all the time, but fun in small doses I wouldn t buy it, but if you see it at your library, consider picking it up


  8. Liz Liz says:

    Okay, so after my brief outburst of hatred for this book I decided to go back and attempt to finish it The day I threw it across the room was a bad day and I think the plethora of Queens and drama was just all too much for me.I wouldn t call this a ground breaking book by any means, but the subject matter is definitely interesting and certainly something I have never heard about This is a whole different world of pageants from those you see on tv with the crying children and scary wigs Yes Okay, so after my brief outburst of hatred for this book I decided to go back and attempt to finish it The day I threw it across the room was a bad day and I think the plethora of Queens and drama was just all too much for me.I wouldn t call this a ground breaking book by any means, but the subject matter is definitely interesting and certainly something I have never heard about This is a whole different world of pageants from those you see on tv with the crying children and scary wigs Yes there are some moments like that, but it is definitely a different experience The drama is much the same and you hear about it, a lot But you do get to know a little about these girls lives and feel for their trials and tribulations while being impressed by the amount of effort they put into representing their town.There is something mysterious and magical to me about small towns perhaps because I have never actually been a part of one It is a whole new world to me


  9. Denise Denise says:

    Not all beauty pageants are Toddlers and Tiaras These girls are beautiful and glamorous but also educated and intelligent I read this one because I have friends whose daughter s have held a title within our state My closet friend, her daughter held our Sugar Queen title and place second in the state pageant which is an honor She is bright, witty and a strong person I know she will go far in life because of the amount of pageants and titles she s won Her self esteem is amazing and she can Not all beauty pageants are Toddlers and Tiaras These girls are beautiful and glamorous but also educated and intelligent I read this one because I have friends whose daughter s have held a title within our state My closet friend, her daughter held our Sugar Queen title and place second in the state pageant which is an honor She is bright, witty and a strong person I know she will go far in life because of the amount of pageants and titles she s won Her self esteem is amazing and she can capture an audience with just her smile As u read this, the author takes u on a journey thru our pageant system Shows u the ins and outs, the beautiful side of it and the ugly side of it as well It was a very good read and for one little sentence stole my heart completely Page 49, the author mentions my high school dance team, the Sugarettes, so he gets a BIG STAR for that one


  10. Morgan Landry Morgan Landry says:

    I was the 2008 petite Cattle Queen with the girl on the front cover while David was researching writing this book Now I m 17 and was recently interviewed, due my participation in pageants still to this day, by a TV station in London trying to get the green light on making a documentary about the world of LAFF I often think back about this book and am glad that I got to see where I was and how far I ve come and to look back on things that I wasn t able to comprehend at the time Thank you for d I was the 2008 petite Cattle Queen with the girl on the front cover while David was researching writing this book Now I m 17 and was recently interviewed, due my participation in pageants still to this day, by a TV station in London trying to get the green light on making a documentary about the world of LAFF I often think back about this book and am glad that I got to see where I was and how far I ve come and to look back on things that I wasn t able to comprehend at the time Thank you for documenting a portion of my childhood David Even if I was hardly mentioned, it s still an honor to able to be part of the experience, and I hope this book continues to expose people to what festival queens truly do and how proud we are to not only represent our state s commodities, but it s culture and history


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