You can’t buy happiness but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.
That’s especially true when there is a favorite author’s new book and a free afternoon at hand.
Fannie Flagg has been threatening to retire for some time, saying that each of her novels will be the last. In fact, I still haven’t read the book she released a few years ago because once I read it I will no longer have a Fannie Flagg book to anticipate reading.
How nuts is that?
In case you aren’t familiar, she is the author of the novel “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” which was turned into a hit movie starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates in 1991.
She has written many other wonderful books and she tells the rest of the Fried Green Tomatoes story in a new novel called “The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop.”
When I bought the book, I swore that I would read slowly, cherishing each word and really savor the experience.
These were lies. All lies.
I tore through this book in a marathon reading session Saturday.
It was wonderful. The book leaps through time ranging from the 1930s when Whistle Stop was still a bustling railroad community through present day. You meet new characters and catch up with some old ones, learning some of the story behind the story.
It was delightful.
The book isn’t without faults but it was nothing that can’t be overlooked.
Plus, it was exactly what I needed to take my mind off the madness of the world around me.
How are you relaxing these days? Have any authors to recommend? I am always on the prowl for a new read so don’t hold back!
Thanks for the tip for another great book. It’s now on my list. (Also, I love Wheatberry!) If you haven’t read Fannie’s, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion, put that on your list. I think you might like it!
I absolutely Love that book! I listened to the audio book and then read it too! The audio book is a hoot because Fannie Flagg reads it herself. ❤️
I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
I can’t wait to read this!!
I’m reading “I Still Dream About You” by her now. Some parts are so funny! I don’t want to put it down.
That one is wonderful too! Enjoy!!
Yeah, a good book sure does help in times like these! ❤
Books are the best escape! 📚
Have you ever read anything by Sandra Dallas? I’m currently reading “West of Here” by Jonathan Evison and “Thunderstruck” by Erik Larson.
I haven’t read Sandra Dallas. Can you recommend a title? You really cannot go wrong with Erik Larson. He is wonderful!
She’s apparently pretty prolific. The Chili Queen is a hoot. More serious are Tallgrass and True Sisters. She bases many of her works on actual historic events.
I will look her up! Thanks for the recommendation!!