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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Ask Me Anything is a wonderfully delightful memoir about the life of Marie Rudisill, better known as The Fruitcake Lady. Susan Marg teamed up with Mrs. Rudisill to chronicle the events of this feisty and outspoken woman's life. Born and raised in the South during the early 1900s, Marie’s family values and roots run deep. “Being a Southerner means taking care of your family.” Marie became famous in two ways. First of all, she was the aunt of Truman Capote; secondly, she was the renowned Fruitcake Lady on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. While on the show, the audience asked her all kinds of questions. But Beware! Marie’s motto: “Ask Me Anything, I’ll tell you what I think... If you can’t handle the answer, you shouldn't ask the question.” Marie Rudisill's memoir is bursting with real-life escapades. Ask Me Anything overflows with delicious wit and candor-filled nuggets of truth.
Marie Rudisill “tells it like it is” in her memoir, Ask Me Anything. Susan Marg co-authored this charming story, stating, “It is hard to say no to Marie.” Being a book of memories, it is written solely from the author’s point of view. Ask Me Anything captures the heart and soul of Mrs. Rudisill. Each story flows with smart humor, revealing analogies, metaphoric phrases and sensory descriptions. The diversity of characters and family members that helped shape her life and friends that accompanied Marie in her life were described with sentimental detail. Marie’s life is portrayed eloquently; each chapter is full of breath, fragrance, and tasty morsels of knowledge. This book is written realistically so that at times I felt I was sitting at a table, sipping coffee and eating pound cake, and listening to her endless tales of life in the South. As a reader, I was drawn into Marie Rudisill’s life story. After reading, Ask Me Anything, I can truly call Marie Rudisill my friend.