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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) [Kindle Edition]

Fannie Flagg
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)

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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. Flagg, author of the bestselling book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, received a Grammy Award nomination for her narration on the audio version of that book. (Running time: five hours, four cassettes) --Kimberly Heinrichs

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Because so much of Flagg's third novel takes place in the 1970s media-celebrity echelons of New York City, it doesn't offer the regional and historical color and texture of its predecessor, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Instead, Flagg's achievement here lies in a well-choreographed story of loyalty and survival that zigzags deftly across the post-war years, panning in on the never-changing decency of Elmwood Springs, Mo., then pulling back to watch national TV news devolve into sensationalism?all the while drawing us into the compelling life of Dena Nordstrom. Star of America's most popular morning news show, Dena shuts herself down and shuts men out for painful reasons that are unknown even to her. Only after the stress of ambush- and sound-byte journalism brings on a hemorrhaging ulcer does Dena slowly unearth the scandal that, when Dena was four, drove her mother from Elmwood Springs, hometown of the war hero father that Dena never knew. That her mother's nemesis is a newspaper gossipmonger is nicely ironic, although her mother's secret shame seems slightly larger than life. In contrast, Dena's college friend Sookie and great aunt Elner are reminders of how well Flagg can cook up memorable women from the most down-to-earth ingredients, while a cameo by Tennessee Williams is uncannily true to life. Fans may be sorry at first to leave Elmwood Springs for the big city, but even the most reluctant will get wrapped up in Dena's search for the truth about her family and her past. Author tour; Random House audio.
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1933 KB
  • Print Length: 510 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 044900578X
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 22 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHYR36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,422 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cute, Sweet, Historically Inaccurate Dec 30 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, I have to say that I genuinely liked most of the characters that Fannie Flagg developed in "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl". Especially well liked were Norma and Macky and Aunt Elner. There was a sweet charm to these characters that made me smile and wish that I actually knew people like these.
The layout of the book was a little frustrating for me. Ms. Flagg jumps back and forth between time periods, which makes following the story more than a bit confusing. Also, because the shifts can be dramatic - going from 1974 to 1952 - means the reader must make some real mental shifts to follow along. I realize that Ms. Flagg is trying to build suspense, but this was overly much.
I'm not certain if it is because it took Ms. Flagg 12 years to write this book, or because of the back and forth nature of the way she tells the story, but historical inaccuracies abound and are very, very apparent. For me, they drew away from the story being told, and I am quite frankly amazed that no other reviewer has mentioned this. Ms. Flagg has the 911 emergency number fully operational as of 1968 (when in fact it was 1973), and an 87 year old woman giving birth. (A woman born in 1808 giving birth in 1895 - a little far-fetched) There are scores of other historical inaccuracies until the book simply becomes comical for a reader to find all of the errors.
If one is able to get beyond these inaccuracies and this book as pure "fluff", it might be quite enjoyable. Otherwise, it might be interesting just to pick out the inaccuracies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of time June 12 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the worst book I've read in a while. The only word I can think of to describe it is trite. The characters are barely two-dimentional and the story doesn't make you care about any of them. Most of the plot is predictable, except for the "big secret" at the end. I skimmed through the last hundred pages because I must admit that I had to know what the secret was- when revealed it was a complete let-down. I loved Fried Green Tomatoes... but don't waste a minute of your pecious time on Baby Girl.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Southern delight April 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well, Fried Green Tomatoes is Fannie Flagg's best, but Welcome to the World is also pretty good. It follows Dena Nordstrom, fondly called Baby Girl by her family, as she rises to some measure of fame as a TV anchorperson in Manhattan.
But while others envy her, Dena is miserable, drinking too much, and battling an ulcer. She heads to a shrink - who promptly falls in love with her and transfers her to another shrink rather than deal with the conflict of interest between patient and doctor.
Then comes job conflict, a muckraker who tries to dig up garbage on celebrities, upon which hinges sort of a trick ending.
Pretty good, but not Flagg's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Freud Green Tomatoes June 4 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Welcome to the world of Dena Nordstrom (Debra Norville?), pioneering woman broadcast journalist, tall cool drink of water and American Nordic ice princess. In an attempt to create an interesting, conlficted heroine, Fannie Flagg has delivered a paper-thin cliche, like so many bestsellers marketed to us women. "Baby Girl" would have been more entertaining if Dena were truly a strong woman and able to handle the stress of her job without suffering bleeding ulcers or being an alcoholic. Then again, Dena is ultiamtely the sum of her weaknesses, and this would be a different story without them. Still, I would have liked to see Dena persevere, instead of being unable to handle success because of her traumatic childhood. Her secret was something of a letdown, and the ultimate explanation for her mother's disappearance is utterly implausible.
The other characters, too, are weak. I'm not sure what her first psychiatrist, Dr. Gerry O'Malley, saw in her -- she was utterly cruel to him. And I found Flagg's portrayal of Alabama and Missouri small-town life rather caramelized, even a bit patronizing. In truth, rural living is no more idyllic than living in The Big, Scary, Busy, Unfeeling City.
As in "Fried Green Tomatoes," Flagg takes on sensitive issues of race, and throws in a murder for good measure -- but Fried Green Tomatoes was much more effective. Entertaining enough, but improbable and as light as Neighbor Dorothy's buttermilk biscuits.
P.S. If her mother's disappearance wasn't resolved until nearly the book's end, how on earth did she support herself from age 15 though college? Her grandparents? A trust fund? Unlikely, considering her mother supported them by working in dress shops.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Fannie, how could you! Jan. 16 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hope Fannie Flagg comes out with a new title soon that will wipe away the memory of Welcome to the world, Baby Girl! Fried Green Tomatoes was a joy, this was a trial. I had to read it for my book club, otherwise would have dropped it half-way through. The characters were cardboard thin with none of the three-dimensional subtlety of those in her second or first novels. The jumping around of time, view-point, and locale was confusing and did not really improve the plot line. Waiting for Dena to come around and join the human race just got tiresome. I really didn't care whether she discovered her roots so when her tragic family background finally was revealed I found it hard to empathize with any of them. I really don't like it when an author I have enjoyed comes out with such a disappointing work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And that's what I like about the south . . .
Yet another great "Flagg" book, WELCOME is right up there with the greats: Flagg's "Fried Green Tomatoes" or McCrae's "The Children's Corner. Read more
Published on March 10 2005 by T.J.R.Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'm normally one to stick with a tried and true bestseller like "Da Vinci Code" or "Bark of the Dogwood--Tour of Southern homes," but instead decided to veer... Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2004 by Phillip Sayjack
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad one in the bunch
I've not read a Flagg novel that I didn't adore. Even my husband loves her books and he doesn't usually do anything but sleep, watch TV, or hunt. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, All-American Novel
Welcome to the World Baby Girl is my first Fannie Flagg novel, and I just loved it! The most priceless segments of the novel are all centered on the sweet, nostalgic description of... Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by Annabel
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
This was my first Fannie Flagg book and I really enjoyed it. The story continually switches from the past to the present and I initially found it confusing but came to appreciate... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Patricia McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars At a loss for an ending?
I enjoy Fannie Flagg's writing, and I love the way she depicts small town life. In this book, some of the characters are lovable, with the exception of the main character, Dena. Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by Rebecca Kinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Some Wonderful Reading
After reading Standing in the Rainbow, I was more than happy to revisit some of its people and places in Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! It was another enjoyable trip. Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by linda ann olson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best, but not bad
I love Fannie Flagg as an author and personality. This book wasn't bad - not great, but not bad either. Read more
Published on May 2 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so impressed
This was the first book I have read for fun in a long time. As a flat read, the book is alright. I read it for a book club, and the more I thought about it, the less I liked it. Read more
Published on April 29 2003 by K. Fife
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I've enjoyed every Fannie Flagg novel I've ever read. This is no exception. Ms. Flagg weaves tales together so well, and proves her great understanding of human nature by perfectly... Read more
Published on March 1 2003
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