Elmwood Springs Books In Publication Order
- Standing in the Rainbow (1998)
- Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (1998)
- Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven (2006)
- The Whole Town’s Talking (2016)
Whistle Stop, AL Books In Publication Order
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (1987)
- The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop (2020)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man / Coming Attractions (1981)
- A Redbird Christmas (2004)
- I Still Dream About You (2010)
- The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion (2013)
Cookbooks In Publication Order
- Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook (1993)
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Fannie Flagg Books Overview
Good news! Fannie’s back in town and the town is among the leading characters in her new novel. Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her ten year old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety eight year old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks, who starts off in life as a tractor salesman and ends up selling himself to the whole state and almost the entire country; and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten, the beautician whose luck is as bad as her hairdressing skills; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman, lead vocalist of the Oatman Family Gospel Singers. The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future. Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once maligned middle clas*ses and small town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, ‘utterly irresistible.’From the Hardcover edition.
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and prize winning co writer of the classic movie.
Once again, Flagg’s humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small town or suburban America. But this time, her hero*ine is urban: a brainy, beautiful, and ambitious rising star of 1970s television. Dena Nordstrom, pride of the network, is a woman whose future is full of promise, her present rich with complications, and her past marked by mystery.
Among the colorful cast of characters are:
Sookie, of Selma, Alabama, Dena’s exuberant college roommate, who is everything that Dena is not; she is thrilled by Dena’s success and will do everything short of signing autographs for her; Sookie’s a mom, a wife, and a Kappa forever
Dena’s cousins, the Warrens, and her aunt Elner, of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, endearing, loyal, talkative, ditsy, and, in their way, wise
Neighbor Dorothy, whose spirit hovers over them all through the radio show that she broadcast from her home in the 1940s
Sidney Capello, pioneer of modern sleaze journalism and privateer of privacy, and Ira Wallace, his partner in tabloid television
Several doctors, all of them taken with and almost taken in by Dena
There are others, captivated by a woman who tries to go home again, not knowing where home or love lie.
From the Hardcover edition.
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. From the Hardcover edition.
Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present for Evelyn and for us will never be quite the same again…
‘Airplanes and television have removed the Threadgoodes from the Southern scene. Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved a whole community of them in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure. Idgie Threadgoode is a true original: Huckleberry Finn would have tried to marry her!’ Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird ‘A real novel and a good one…
from the busy brain of a born storyteller.’ The New York Times ‘It’s very good, in fact, just wonderful.’ Los Angeles Times ‘Funny and macabre.’ The Washington Post ‘Courageous and wise.’ Houston Chronicle
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 already is. 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.
With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times bestselling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.
Deep in the southernmost part of Alabama, along the banks of a lazy winding river, lies the sleepy little community known as Lost River, a place that time itself seems to have forgotten. After a startling diagnosis from his doctor, Oswald T. Campbell leaves behind the cold and damp of the oncoming Chicago winter to spend what he believes will be his last Christmas in the warm and welcoming town of Lost River. There he meets the postman who delivers mail by boat, the store owner who nurses a broken heart, the ladies of the Mystic Order of the Royal Polka Dots Secret Society, who do clandestine good works. And he meets a little redbird named Jack, who is at the center of this tale of a magical Christmas when something so amazing happened that those who witnessed it have never forgotten it. Once you experience the wonder, you too will never forget A Redbird Christmas.
From the Hardcover edition.
The beloved Fannie Flagg is back and at her irresistible and hilarious best in I Still Dream About You, a comic mystery romp through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, past, present, and future. Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect she s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition. She had been on her hopeful way to becoming Miss America and realizing her childhood dream of someday living in one of the elegant old homes on top of Red Mountain, with the adoring husband and the 2.5 children, but then something unexpected happened and changed everything. Maggie graduated at the top of her class at charm school, can fold a napkin in more than forty eight different ways, and can enter and exit a car gracefully, but all the finesse in the world cannot help her now. Since the legendary real estate dynamo Hazel Whisenknott, beloved founder of Red Mountain Realty, died five years ago, business has gone from bad to worse and the future isn t looking much better. But just when things seem completely hopeless, Maggie suddenly comes up with the perfect plan to solve it all. As Maggie prepares to put her plan into action, we meet the cast of high spirited characters around her. To Brenda Peoples, Maggie s best friend and real estate partner, Maggie s life seems easy as pie. Slender Maggie doesn t have to worry about her figure, or about her Weight Watchers sponsor catching her at the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. And Ethel Clipp, Red Mountain s ancient and grumpy office manager with the bright purple hair, thinks the world of Maggie but has absolutely nothing nice to say about their rival Babs The Beast of Birmingham Bingington, the unscrupulous estate agent who hates Maggie and is determined to put her out of business. Maggie has heartbreaking secrets in her past, but through a strange turn of events, she soon discovers, quite by accident, that everybody, it seems dead or alive has at least one little secret.I Still Dream About You is a wonderful novel that is equal parts Southern charm, murder mystery, and that perfect combination of comedy and old fashioned wisdom that can be served up only by America s own remarkable Fannie Flagg. From the Hardcover edition.
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.