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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop | Fannie Flagg
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The beloved author returns to the small town at the heart of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf with a heartwarming novel about secrets of youth rediscovered, hometown memories, and everyday magic. Bud Threadgoode grew up in the bustling little railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his mother Ruth, church going and proper, and his Aunt Idgie, the fun-loving hell-raiser. Together they ran the town's popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known far and wide for its friendly, fun, and famous "Fried Green Tomatoes." And as Bud often said to his daughter Ruthie, of his childhood, "How lucky can you get?" But sadly, as the railroad yards shut down and the town became a ghost town, nothing was left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip, just to see where his beloved Whistle Stop used to be. In so doing, he discovers new friends, new surprises about Idgie's life, and about Ninny Threadgoode, Evelyn Couch, other beloved Flagg characters, and also about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events, both touching and inspiring, which change his life and the lives of his daughter and many others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you go home again?
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I absolutely loved being back in the lives of people from Whistle Stop!

MidnightBookGirl I really loved this book too! Flagg creates such beautiful, cozy reads. 3mo
UwannaPublishme Agreed! A memorable revisit with all those delightful characters of Whistle Stop! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Mshookquilts
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I had a hard time putting this down even when family came to visit for the weekend. Folksy but at the same time real, we read of the peak of a small town and it‘s downfall, right up to it‘s resurrection. You will enjoy meeting it‘s inhabitants.

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Blueberry
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#Bookmoods. #IncludesRecipes
I believe this includes the recipe for fried green tomatoes.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent! I love this one! 6mo
Eggs Both are great stories 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Had to DNF at 46%. I LOVED Fried Green Tomatoes…. But this had none of the underlying tension and was just far too sweet and nostalgic. It will have its readers, but I‘m just not one of them.

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MidnightBookGirl
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My February pick for #12BooksOf2021 hosted by @Andrew65

I absolutely loved this book! I read Fried Green Tomatoes when I was still a teen, and I remember liking the movie a lot more, but I suspect I just too young to appreciate the book and it's setting. I really enjoy Flagg's depiction of small towns and the magic she brings to life. I recently read A Red Bird Christmas, which I also loved.

Jess_Read_This Love this post about Fannie Flagg. She‘s been an author I‘ve always meant to get around to reading but haven‘t yet. 11mo
Andrew65 Great to return to this town. 11mo
Aims42 I got this for my mom for Christmas, she loved “Fried Green Tomatoes” so hoping she enjoys it 😊 11mo
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Blueberry
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Currently reading for f2f book club.

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JenlovesJT47
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You guys, I didn‘t want this to end!! With the #audiobook of Fried Green Tomatoes fresh in my mind, I decided to grab the audiobook for the sequel. If possible, I think I loved this one even more! If you‘re feeling down at all, this will leave you feeling all giddy and warm and fuzzy inside. I love these characters! It‘s a perfect sequel. I hope they‘re making a movie! 5⭐️ Highly recommended!

#depressionerafiction
#historicalfiction
#feelgood

JenlovesJT47 Oh yes! The author narrates the audiobook and does a nice job. It‘s jarring to hear a town near me mentioned so frequently (although she did mispronounce it but everyone does who isn‘t from here 😬). I really connected with all these characters and I loved to see the evolution of Evelyn Couch. Such a great reminder how important it is to try to lift up those around us, you never know what a difference you can make. 🥰 14mo
CampbellTaraL Oh man, I didn't even think to check for a sequel after reading the first. Stacked! 14mo
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rebbyj
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Oh fun. Love my old friends! Ready for the movie! ❤️

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UwannaPublishme
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What a deliciously satisfying sequel! Revisiting all the edgy & endearing characters from Fried Green Tomatoes made my heart sing.Purchased my signed copy to support Fannie‘s favorite charity:Free2Teach. “I was lucky enough to have had several wonderful teachers in my life who encouraged me even though I am dyslexic to keep trying and keep fighting," says Flagg. "If I hadn't had these teachers, I don't know if I would have ever started to write."

PurpleyPumpkin What a lovely quote, so inspirational! 💜Glad you enjoyed the sequel. You know, I still haven‘t had a chance to read the original! 😳So many books, so little time. 📚 2y
UwannaPublishme When you do decide to read Fried Green Tomatoes, I highly recommend the audiobook. Fannie‘s narration is the best! Have a great weekend, my friend. 🤗💕 2y
rubyslippersreads ❤️❤️❤️ all her books! 2y
UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads Ditto! 🥰So glad she wrote this one! I‘ll cry if she ever retires. 2y
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webhau1
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Started today and really enjoying so far❤️

EdnaC I love Fannie Flagg! 2y
webhau1 @EdnaC I do too! 2y
EdnaC @webhau1 the book is great! Enjoy! 2y
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AvidReader25
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Though this one doesn‘t have the depth of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, it was still a treat to return to the characters. I‘ve always loved Idgie & we to see how Evelyn Couch is doing. Ruth‘s son Buddy is the main focus, but we dip in & out of his life through the decades & get glimpses of all of the people he crossed paths with. Things come together in the 2nd half. The first half is disjointed, but the ending made it worth it.

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Addison_Reads
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Enjoyable follow-up to Fried Green Tomatoes. 💚 Reading this book was like sitting down to visit with old friends you haven't seen in years.

Any book that gives me more Idgie is a pick. 😀

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dragondrool

I talked myself out of waiting for the paperback, and I do not regret it one iota. Is it more than a bit fluffy? Yep. Does everything tie up all too neatly? Yep. Did it make my heart all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic. Yep. So much fun! Towanda!

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EdnaC
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Just finished this last night. I adore Fannie Flagg‘s books. It was very fun to revisit Whistle Stop so many years later. Also I just found out the Whistle Stop Cafe exists in Georgia and now I really want to go. :)

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aperfectmjk
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I'm a bit behind on my posts. Typical. 🤷‍♀️

I ❤ this! A perfect follow up to Fried Green Tomatoes. I'm so glad that Fannie Flagg decided to give us a bit more on these characters including the town of Whistle Stop.

#bookspinbingo #readtheusa2021 - Alabama, #LitsyAtoZ2021 @TheAromaofBooks @BookishMarginalia

Traci1 Would you recommend rereading FGT if it's been decades since I read it before reading this one? 2y
aperfectmjk @Traci Ohhh that's a great question. I just read it last year, so it was fresh for me, but honestly as long as you have a good recall of the characters I would think it wouldn't be necessary. A lot of it is new stories from the past mixed with the present day. Little Bud is all grown up. 2y
aperfectmjk Oops, sorry wrong tag. @Traci1 2y
Traci1 @aperfectmjk I remember most of the big stuff, but not much beyond that. i may go ahead and reread it. It was one of my favorite books when I read it the first time, so it's not like it will be unpleasant. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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aperfectmjk
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Starting this one tonight. Only have a few days left before my loan expires. I've come to really enjoy Fannie Flagg and her stories. #bookspinbingo #JumpStart2021

Clwojick I've loved both books I've read from her, and I can't wait to read more. 😍 2y
aperfectmjk @Clwojick I just finished it and I loved it. I think listening to Fannie read it just makes her characters really jump off the page. 2y
Clwojick I listened to this one a few months ago, and adored it! 2y
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JenDR
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This was exactly the comfy read I needed this Christmas season. It made me think of my mother. She wasn‘t an avid reader but she did give me a love of southern female writers.

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JoyBlue
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November reading recap: 16 books finished (not including 1 bailed)

*4-star reads (in order of reading)*

Redshirts, John Scalzi

The Black Kids, Christina Hammonds Reed

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop, Fannie Flagg

*honorable mention (3+) (in order of reading)*

Fortune and Glory, Janet Evanovich

Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt, Anonymous

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JoyBlue
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Delightful! In the beginning, I wished that I had read the first book more recently; but, Flagg did a fine job of reminding me of the original characters and story. Flagg narrates the book wonderfully.

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KathyWheeler
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While this book wasn‘t quite as good as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, it was still good and was a quick read — I started and finished it today. It was perfect for me right now as it felt like visiting old friends; I‘ve had a bad last couple of days where I needed friends. I also read the very short Thanksgiving Memory; Capote‘s writing is lovely and the story sweet with a lesson attached. #FeastMode

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KathyWheeler
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Thanksgiving reading. Quite a different vibe from Moby Dick. #FeastMode

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MaggieCarr
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I only experienced Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe for the first time this year. While I didn't have several decades to wait for this book it was still deeping satisfying to return to these storylines. Dot quickly catches readers up on who married who, moved where... with the Weems weekly until the town is disbanded and still her annual Christmas card connects the town and its people. It was simply delightful to have it all wrapped up.

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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book has the same feel of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. We get to catch up with a lot of our friends from the first book...Bud, Idgie, Dot Weems and many more. It is such a feel good book that you cannot put down!!!

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Reecaspieces
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Review is up on my blog. Check it out...this one fell a little short for me.

https://reecaspieces.com/2020/10/28/the-wonder-boy-of-whistle-stop-by-fannie-fla...

Prairiegirl_reading Aww disappointing!! I love Fannie Flagg and I was really looking forward to this one. 😕 2y
Reecaspieces @Prairiegirl_reading me too!! I just adore her stuff. This one is all over the place. 2y
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bookishkai
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It‘s heeeeeerrrreee! I sure hope this lives up to all the build up in my head!