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Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg
takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising
experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question:
Why are we here?
Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs,
and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running
into people she never in a million years expected to meet. Meanwhile, back home, Elner’s
nervous, high-strung niece Norma faints and winds up in bed with a cold rag on her head;
Elner’s neighbor Verbena rushes immediately to the Bible; her truck driver friend, Luther
Griggs, runs his eighteen-wheeler into a ditch–and the entire town is thrown for a loop and
left wondering, “What is life all about, anyway?” Except for Tot Whooten, who owns Tot’s Tell
It Like It Is Beauty Shop. Her main concern is that the end of the world might come before
she can collect her social security.
In this comedy-mystery, those near and dear to Elner discover something wonderful: Heaven
is actually right here, right now, with people you love, neighbors you help, friendships you
keep. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven is proof once more that Fannie Flagg “was put on this
earth to write” (Southern Living), spinning tales as sweet and refreshing as iced tea on a
summer day, with a little extra kick thrown in.
When Cleo Threadgood and Evelyn Couch meet in the visitors
lounge of an Alabama nursing home, they find themselves
exchanging the sort of confidences that are sometimes only safe
to reveal to strangers. At 48, Evelyn is falling apart: none of the
middle-class values she grew up with seem to signify in today's
world. On the other hand, 86-year-old Cleo is still being nurtured
by memories of a lifetime spent in Whistle Stop, a pocket-sized
town outside of Birmingham, which flourished in the days of the
Great Depression. Most of the town's life centered around its one
cafe, whose owners, gentle Ruth and tomboyish Idgie, served up
grits (both true and hominy) to anyone who passed by.
A sprawling, feel-good novel with an old-fashioned beginning,
middle and end. The predominant setting is tiny Elmwood Springs,
Mo., and the protagonist is 10-year-old Bobby Smith, an earnest
Cub Scout also capable of sneaking earthworms into his big
sister's bed. His father is the town pharmacist and his mother is
local radio personality Neighbor Dorothy (whom readers will
recognize from Flagg's Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!). In
1946, Harry Truman presides over a victorious nation anticipating
a happy and prosperous future. During the next several decades,
the plot expands to include numerous beguiling characters who
interact with the Smith family among them, the Oatman Family
Southern Gospel Singers, led by matriarch Minnie, who survive
misadventures galore to find fame after an appearance on the
Arthur Godfrey show in 1949, the same year Bobby's self-esteem
soars when he wins the annual town bubble gum contest. Also on
hand are tractor salesman Ham Sparks, who becomes amazingly
successful in politics, despite his marriage to overwhelmingly shy
Betty Raye Oatman, and well-liked mortician Cecil Figgs, a
sponsor of Neighbor Dorothy, who, as a bachelor in the
mid-century South, also enjoys a secret life. The effects of
changing social mores are handled deftly; historical events as
they impact little Elmwood Springs are duly noted, and everything
is infused with the good humor and joie de vivre that are Flagg's
Fans of Fannie Flagg's Southern-fried yarns will enjoy her
folksy reading of her third novel--the story of New York TV
anchorwoman Dena Nordstrom, who must take her fast-paced
life down a few notches, face her mysterious past, and shake
hands with her small-town heritage in order to find happiness.
Listening to Flagg's storytelling on this abridged rendition, one
might as well be sitting across a kitchen table from her as she
pours two cups of coffee and serves up slices of apple pie
along with the latest neighborhood gossip.
They're called Sweet Potato Queens, Steel Magnolias, Ya-Ya Sisters, and Southern Belles,
but at heart they're just plain Grits-Girls Raised In The South! Now, the woman who turned
this clever acronym into a symbol of Southern pride reveals the code behind the
distinctive-and irresistible-style of the Southern woman. Equal parts sweet sincerity and
sharp, sly humor, The Grits Guide to Life is chock-full of Southern charm: advice, true-life
stories from honest-to-god "Grits," recipes, humor, quotable wisdom, and more. Readers will
learn vital lessons, including: how to eat watermelon in a sundress; how to drink like a
Southern lady (sip . . . a lot); and the real meaning of PMS (Precious Moody Southerner)
This down-home primer reveals "everything you need to be the beautiful belle you've always
wanted to be." No matter where you're from, becoming a Grits girl requires daily practice, as
well as an understanding of the basic ingredients of Grits life: style, grace, poise, manners
and kindness. To this end, the authors offer "practical" instructions on setting the perfect
table, recycling bridesmaid's dresses into tree skirts, sending thank-you notes and speaking
like a Southerner (add syllables whenever possible). Quotes, trivia, recipes (including Dolly
Parton's Favorite Meatloaf and Sun Tea, "The House Wine of the South") and
knee-slapping Grits Pearls of Wisdom such as, "If you can be ready to go in less than thirty
minutes, you probably shouldn't be leaving the house at all!" This handbook is a
welcome-and entertaining-addition to anyone aspiring to capture the unique essence of
In Fannie Flagg’s high-spirited first novel, we meet Daisy Fay Harper in the spring of 1952,
where she’s “not doing much except sitting around waiting for the sixth grade.” When she
leaves Shell Beach, Mississippi, in September 1959, she is packed up and ready for the
Miss America Pageant, vowing “I won’t come back until I’m somebody.” But in our hearts she
Sassy and irreverent from the get-go, Daisy Fay takes us on a rollicking journey through her
formative years on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. There, at The End of the Road of the
South, the family malt shop freezer holds unspeakable things, society maven Mrs. Dot hosts
Junior Debutante meetings and shares inspired thoughts for the week (such as “sincerity is
as valuable as radium”), and Daisy Fay’s Daddy hatches a quick-cash scheme that involves
resurrecting his daughter from the dead in a carefully orchestrated miracle. Along the way,
Daisy Fay does a lot of growing up, emerging as one of the most hilarious, appealing, and
prized characters in modern fiction.
Lured by a brochure his doctor gives him after informing him that his emphysema has left
him with scarcely a year to live, 52-year-old Oswald T. Campbell abandons wintry Chicago
for Lost River, Ala., where he believes he'll be spending his last Christmas. Bestselling
author Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes; Standing in the Rainbow) makes this down-home
story about good neighbors and the power of love sparkle with wit and humor, as she tells of
Oswald's new life in a town with one grocery store and a resident cardinal (or redbird, as the
natives call it). Frances Cleverdon, one of four widows and three single women in town,
hopes to fix him up with her sister, Mildred—if only Mildred wouldn't keep dying her hair
outrageous colors every few days. The quirky story takes a heartwarming turn when
Frances and Oswald become involved in the life of Patsy Casey, an abandoned young girl
with a crippled leg. As Christmas approaches, the townspeople and neighboring
communities—even the Creoles, whose long-standing feud with everybody else keeps them
on the other side of the river—rally round shy, sweet Patsy. Flagg is a gifted storyteller who
knows how to tug at readers' heartstrings, winding up her satisfying holiday tale with the
requisite Christmas miracle.
Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.
"IT'LL MAKE FOR SOME MIGHTY FINE EATING."
--Fort Worth Star Telegram
After the tremendous success of her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe,
and the beloved movie that followed, author Fannie Flagg received thousands of requests
from all over the world asking for recipes from the little cafe of her Alabama childhood that
was the model for the cafe in her novel. Now, she joyfully shares those recipes, in what may
well be the first cookbook ever written by a satisfied customer rather than a cook! Inside
you'll find wonderful recipes for:
* Skinless Fried Chicken * Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes * Baked Ham and
Pineapple Rings * Baked Turkey with Traditional Cornbread Dressing * Black-eyed Peas *
Fried Okra * Creamed Onions * Broccoli Casserole * Southern Cream Gravy * Fried Catfish *
Scalloped Oysters * Down Home Crab Cakes * Beaten Biscuits * Corn Pones * Lemon Ice
Box Pie * Kentucky Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie * And much more!
The recipes in Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook are all for delicious
hearty happy food that comes with all sorts of things, from gravies to hot sauces (very often
the secret's in the sauce). But most of all this food, and this book, comes with love.
"If you liked her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and if you liked the
movie they made from that novel, you'll like this cookbook....It's funny, just like Flagg."
Recommended...All the traditional dishes are here, along with the author's irreverent,
irresistible commentary on Southern cooking and culture
Fairhope is a marvelous town on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It's colorful history is as
deep and wide as any other place I know. Fannie Flagg intimately knows all this, and
plenty more. The illustrations are plentiful and well placed in this volume. The reader can
easily get lost in the pages and plates as the imagination takes over. The local folklore,
oral histories, economic development, and cultural flavor of Fairhope rivals the most
succulent pot of seafood gumbo. Baldwin County's canopy of Live Oaks draped in
Spanish moss shades, but doesn't hide, the syncretism underneath. Red dirt roads that
lead to and from white sand beaches were once trails for oxen and mules. Names on
mailboxes and street signs validate the presence of settlers whose descendants chose
never to leave. These pages are as valuable to the rest of the world as they are to the
transgenerational residents who are fortunate enough to live there. I find this smallish
book a wonderful addition to my library, and highly recommend it for anyone interested in
Americana in any form. Leaf through its pages casually, or dig more deeply into its text.
Enjoy this book.
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