Indulge Yourself
Enter in to the wonderful world of Fannie Flagg's imagination
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
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 stock-in-trade.
Welcome To The World Baby Girl

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 Southern women.
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.
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.

--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
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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
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
A word for each day-- a prayer for each need

This precious volume lets you join over six million
people who look to Daily Word for spiritual renewal and
direction. As a guide to attaining what we all deserve--
health, happiness, love, and prosperity-- it is

"Daily Word is my daily inspiration!"--Doris Day, actress and

"Daily Word has been a part of my life for years. I need
inspiration ... to help in my transformation. As a surgeon, I know
how many people seek face lifts. What I seek is a faith lift. Daily
Word supplies it."--Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love,
Medicine, and Miracles and Peace, Love, and Healing

"Daily Word in the morning is like the day's first full breath; it
brings new life."--Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Prayer is Good

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