Fannie Flag- The All Girls Filling Station

The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.
Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.

Advance praise for The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion
“Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can’t wait for her next book.”–Carol Burnett
“The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg’s trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you’re looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you.”–Kristin Hannah
“An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II.”–Beth Hoffman
“Sly and funny, and a delight from beginning to end. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, until night falls and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet around you.”–Sarah Addison Allen

“The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel. With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights.”–Edward Kelsey Moore

Please join” Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club at “Chop House” Restaurant Augusta, GA October 28, 2014 5:30pm
for a evening of “chat and chew”

From the Hardcover edition.

Photo: The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are. 
Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future. 

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family's filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life. 

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America's twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg. 

Advance praise for The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
"Fannie Flagg is a fantastic storyteller. She surprises the reader in every chapter with unexpected twists and turns. The only problem I had with this fascinating story is that it ended too soon. I can't wait for her next book."--Carol Burnett 
"The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is an absolute joy to read, full of Fannie Flagg's trademark humor, warmth, tenderness, and heart. If you're looking for a novel to lift your spirits and make you smile, this is definitely the book for you."--Kristin Hannah 
"An engaging, heartfelt story where family secrets unfurl and the past reshapes the present in surprising ways. Fannie Flagg has crafted a love letter to the courageous women who accomplished the extraordinary on the homefront during World War II."--Beth Hoffman 
"Sly and funny, and a delight from beginning to end. Reading Fannie Flagg is like sitting on the porch and listening to a master storyteller, until night falls and the tale is finally told, then not wanting to move a muscle because the story is still resonating in the quiet around you."--Sarah Addison Allen 

"The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion has all of the ingredients we hope to find in a Fannie Flagg novel. With its unforgettable characters, wildly hilarious scenes, and deeply touching moments, this novel is loaded with delights."--Edward Kelsey Moore 

Please join" Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club at "Chop House" Restaurant October 28, 2014 5:30pm
for a evening of "chat and chew"

From the Hardcover edition.

 

An Elderberry Fall ” Simon”

Hello TTT Ladies,

I hope you are enjoying the “read” An Elderberry Fall by Ruth P. Watson.

Simon really has baffled me, he makes the choice to put on his” super man cape” and rescue Carries by marrying

her,and agreed to be the father to her child Robert conceived in a brutal rape by Herman Camm.

Is he really to good to be true?   He is a base-ball player, but now working as a bouncer at the club.

He  really at this point only has good looks.

 

 

An ElderBerry Fall Ruth P. Watson

“Throw Me To The Wolves And I Will Return Leading The Pack”

This quote does not begin to describe Ruth P. Watson, the author of “An Elderberry Fall”

This novel is exquisite, daring, and intriguing.  You are engaged the moment you read the first word.

The characters leap from the page as they each take you on a journey of mystique, but each of them have

a personal story, but what makes this novel rare the character’s are constantly trying to convince you that they did not kill

Herman Camm.  This is the “aroma” of the subliminal story line.  Carrie, Simon, Ginny, Ms Pearl, Carl ect. would not stop

talking, because they are trying to defend themselves, before you start  asking the question, Where were you when

Heman Camm was murdered.? or was he really murdered, he did have a twin ok  more to come!!!

Ladies enjoy the read!!!

I look forward to your comments as we read and blog “An Elderberry Fall by the infamous Ruth P.Watson.

 

 

An Elderberry Fall by Ruth P. Watson

This sequel to the historical bestseller Blackberry Days of Summer reunites the people of Jefferson County, Virginia, with yet another murder and the resurrection of an evil thought to be dead and gone.

As she adjusts to a new beginning in Richmond, Virginia, Carrie Parker finds herself juggling motherhood, work, school, and increasing strains on her new marriage to Simon. Carrie and Simon are happy parents, but sometimes Carrie feels there’s something dark and evil about her little baby’s eyes, and it scares her. She vows he will not be anything like his real father—a beady-eyed womanizer now long gone.

But the past has a strange way of creeping back into the present…

Just as the dust is settling on the murder of Carrie’s stepfather, Herman Camm, everybody in Richmond is shocked to find out his memory is not yet gone. Did he really die? And what part did Carrie play? Soon she is forced to answer questions and return to a past ridden with abuse, corruption, scandal, and deceit. Will she be able to move on with her life, or will the past follow Carrie and her family wherever they go?

Please join us on September 23, 2014 5:30pm location
Giuseppe’s Pizza and Italian Specialites
3960 Wheeler Rd
Augusta, GA 30909

Photo: This sequel to the historical bestseller Blackberry Days of Summer reunites the people of Jefferson County, Virginia, with yet another murder and the resurrection of an evil thought to be dead and gone.

As she adjusts to a new beginning in Richmond, Virginia, Carrie Parker finds herself juggling motherhood, work, school, and increasing strains on her new marriage to Simon. Carrie and Simon are happy parents, but sometimes Carrie feels there’s something dark and evil about her little baby’s eyes, and it scares her. She vows he will not be anything like his real father—a beady-eyed womanizer now long gone.

But the past has a strange way of creeping back into the present…

Just as the dust is settling on the murder of Carrie’s stepfather, Herman Camm, everybody in Richmond is shocked to find out his memory is not yet gone. Did he really die? And what part did Carrie play? Soon she is forced to answer questions and return to a past ridden with abuse, corruption, scandal, and deceit. Will she be able to move on with her life, or will the past follow Carrie and her family wherever they go?

Please join us on September 23, 2014 5:30pm location TBA

 

” A Secret Kept” by Tatiana De Rosnay 26 August 2014

This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah’s Key, plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood.  Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach.  It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased.  But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer.  When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash.  Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death.  Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children.  How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself?  Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way. By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life.

Hello TTT Ladies ,

“A Secret Kept” by Tatiana De Rosnay is our August TTT Ladies Book Club Selection

We will meet on 26 August 2014 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909
Hibachi Grill And Supreme Buffet, Chinese Restaurant

“The Husband’s Secret” by Lian Moriarty 22 July 2014

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be read

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

Hello TTT Ladies,

We will be discussing “The Husband’s Secret” by Lian Moriatry on 22 July 2014 at 5:30pm

The restaurant for this discussion  will be at “California Dreaming”

3241 Washington Road,  Augusta, GA 30907

I will be the facilitator for the evening and I thank you in advance for your support and commitment

to TTT Ladies Book Club

Room, a novel by Emma Donoghue 24 June 2014

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another

 

Hello TTT Ladies

We will be discussing the novel “Room” by Emma Donoghue on 24 June 2014 at 5:30pm

T’s Seafood Restaurant

3416 Mike Padgett HWY

Augusta, GA 30906

Tonya will be our facilitator.

Thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club.

 

 

“Half Broken Horses” a True Novel by Jeanette Walls 27 May 2014

Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, in Jeannette Walls’s magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hard-working, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town — riding five hundred miles on her pony, all alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car (“I loved cars even more than I loved horses. They didn’t need to be fed if they weren’t working, and they didn’t leave big piles of manure all over the place”) and fly a plane, and, with her husband, ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one of whom is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds — against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa or Beryl Markham’s West with the Night. It will transfix readers everywhere.

Hello TTT Ladies,

“Half Broke Horses ” a  True Life Novel by Jeanette Walls

will be facilitated by Leslie on  27 May 2014

We will discuss this novel at  the ” The Boll Weevil Cafe”

located at   10  9th st, Augusta, GA 30901

Thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club

 

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry a Novel by Rachel Joyce 22 April 2014

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
 
Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce’s remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.
 
Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him—allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.
 
And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.
 
A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.
Hello TTT Ladies,
 
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Frye”  a Novel by Rachel Joyce
 
will be facilitated by Renata on   22 April 2014 at 6:00pm
 
We will be discussing this novel at” Logans Road Road House”
                        269 Robert C Daniel PKW
                        Augusta, GA  30909
 
Thank you for your support and commitment to TTT Ladies Book Club
 

“What Kind Of Fool” By Rhonda McKnight 2014

“Truth is so obscure in these times and false hood so established that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it. Real  truth is practiced at home especially how we treat each other. Let the wife make the husband glad to come home. Let the husband make the wife sorry to see him leave home. That’s real ministry!”

Hello TTT Ladies,

I had the extreme pleasure of meeting the author of  “What Kind Of Fool” by Rhonda McKnight. I read the sequel  “An Inconvenient Friend” a couple of years ago maybe,  in fact to be truly honest I only bought the book because Borders Book Store was closing and  I paid $3.00 for it. I would see it on the shelf at Borders before they closed, but I am not drawn to Christian novels. So I figured what do I have to lose?  I remember when I was just looking for a good “read” I would always pick up this book by accident and I would get so irritated because I was not interested in reading a book that reminds me of “Life Time TV Channel”  or the average Christian book that is about a  woman who is promiscuous, envy, jealous, deceitful ect, starts dating the pastor who is handsome, loving, but not really looking for a wife, but is drawn to her even though they are unequally yoked he has the patience of “Job” to wait on the lord to deliver her, but he stills gets to feel all over her, but he is “only human” so he gets a pass, but continues to date this”vile woman”that explodes with sex appeal , but there is a life changing event that brings her to Lord and they get married have a set of twins and live happily ever after end of story.

I bought the book anyway and through the book  on my book shelf at home and I figured I would read it when ever. When I would get home at the end of  day, the book would always be on the floor. This happened a couple of times so I looked at the cover of the book and just decided to read it just to prove to myself this is the average Christian book, I already know what is going to happen, I can knock this out before the next day. I did read the book in one day, but it was awesome, I remember saying to myself “dam” that was a good book (pray for me) lol .

I went to the Augusta Literary Festival with a goal, I was not going buy a book just because  the author and I had in-depth conversation about the book. I only wanted to buy one book, I have enough to read as it is. Now that I have a reader I am constantly down loading

I was passing by Rhonda’s table, I saw the book the “An Inconvenient Friend” I said to myself I think I have read this book, but she was not there at her booth at the time,and one of the library’s volunteers was there watching her booth. so I was some what relived because I really did not want to talk to any authors, I just wanted to buy my one book and leave.  I actually forgot about the Augusta Literary Festival, two of the members of the “Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club called me on my cell phone and said come on down, I did we looked and browsed and then we went to lunch. I said to myself I really wanted to buy at least one book after all I did go, I need something to show it. We had a wonderful lunch at “The Bo Weevil” downtown Augusta. I had enough time to go back to the Literary Festival and by my one book. I approached Rhonda’s booth and she was in the middle of packing up, but when she saw me, I was looking at the book ” What Kind Of Friend” I asked her about “An Inconvenient Friend” and  told her I believed I read the book some years ago. She told what the book was about, so my memory started flowing back to the contents of the book. I told her how I assumed the book was just another average Christian book ect.

She said the book in your hand “What Kind Of Fool” is the sequel, but for some reason I was not that interested in buying the book, because I read “An Inconvenient Friend” over a couple of years ago I know loved it, excellent book. I really could not really remember the details of the book, and to be truly honest I am totally burned out on reading books about marriage and relationships. Their problem not mine. She said it  really is a good book, but of course she is going to say that she is the author. The library is closing so I figure I can get out of this conversation and not buy the book just because I read the first one. I even told her that I only bought her book because Borders was closing, but it was the truth, I was tactful but no need to glamorize her, she is a book author that “wreaks” with confidence, so I could keep it real, I was not worried about hurting her” feelings” I already know she does not wear them on her sleeve. The book authors are packing up. She and I are still talking, but she said the book is a “standalone” book even though it has a sequel and as I listen to her. I start to believe her . I want to buy the book. I give her my debit card but her to purchase the book and now her” card reader” won’t work. I am upset I have to this book, I start thinking maybe if I tell her I am the President of “Talk The Talk Ladies Book Club” and founder of” It’s Your Book Club” I was President for three years, now we have Brian Mckinney who is President, maybe she will let  me write  her a check ect. I started praying, Lord please ect, I must have this book. I need this book. !!!!!!! I  have read the sequel, I have taken the time to come to this book festival, I have spoken with author in-depth, I am not buying the book out of guilt, I really want to read this book, for all of the right reasons. Well she got the author Tia McCollars to let her use her reader. Rhonda signed my book and gave me a copy of her book co-written with two other authors, Tiffany L. Warren and Sheri Lewis “A Woman’s Revenge” We all walked out together, I was so relieved and excited that I came back and bought her book” What Kind Of Fool”. It’s a beautiful day I’m good!

I started reading the book that night, what a phenomenal read that resonates with class and insight on the realities of relationships that have  the same effect on  Christians as wells as people in the secular world. She was able to reach a balance that did not isolate the secular society, but at the same time restore  and encourage your faith as  Christian .

It was about 11:oo pm, I have been reading “What Kind Of Fool” for about two days so I stop and send her a text because she must know now how I feel at this very moment, I know I need to be at work but I can’t put the book down. I am shaking this book is soooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

She did text me back in the am her words ” I don’t think I could have woken to find a nicer message. Thank you so much for the feed back. I’m glad you enjoyed the story, there is some pretty good.”

This has been an experience that started at Borders Books before they closed 2011. I have learned and realized reading these two books “An Inconvenient Friend” and” What Kind Of Fool” has been more about the journey that it took for me to read these prolific novels.  I have that found that my life is motivated personally when I read a novel that is only effective, when I have a moment of solace that activates the journey that I am on with the book that has a life changing impact on my thoughts and views This one of those “times”. But isn’t that what books are supposed to do? It’s not the book but the author who has responsibility to” wake” us with her words, to write about the trials and comforts, but most important to emphasize that we are free to make choices in our life, but we don’t get to choose the consequences.  Rhonda I am awake and dutifully served.

Life is a journey but every now then we can ” Inherit The Wind” and that alone is refreshing.