Understanding what southern ladies are saying has nothing to do with accents. That's what author Helen Ellis wants people who aren't from the South to understand. The author stopped by On Second Thought to talk about her new book, Southern Lady Code.

Ellis says the title refers to the “technique by which, if you don't have something nice to say, you say something not-so-nice in a nice way.”  

On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott speaks with Helen Ellis.

Ellis will visit The Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta Monday night to discuss her life story — one that defines the delicate line between flattery and fakeness. 


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