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Happy Valentine’s Day…Maybe?

Whether you classify Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark Holiday or one of your favorite times to express love for your sweetheart, the fact of the matter is that Valentine’s Day is coming. Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday. If you work from home during the week, you can prepare an awesome dinner and dessert (wink, wink). But if you travel to work, a Tuesday Valentine’s Day spells certain disaster. So, you are probably thinking of going out over the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day. For football fans, this year’s Valentine’s Day can be especially problematic. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl is this weekend. Huge football fans who don’t know what is good for them are going to try to take out their significant others on Friday or Saturday, causing all of the good venues to be booked. Argh! What can we do?! Alas, Amazon has the answers, but you have to be quick to order! You don’t have much time! Click on the link below and buy your loved one’s affection (LOL)…I mean show them just how much you really care:

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Assassin’s Creed: The Ming Storm

Written By: Yan Leisheng

Translated By: Nikki Kopelman

Published By: Aconyte Books

Reviewed By: Melissa Minners

               I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series books based on the popular Ubisoft video game series.  It all started for me with the book Renaissance, featuring Ezio Auditore and his life as a member of the Brotherhood of Assassins.  I was completely mesmerized by his story and was so enthused by the tale that I went out and purchased the trilogy of video games the books were based on.  Since then, I have been purchasing Assassin’s Creed novels whenever I could find them.  My latest foray into the series ties back to the original Assassin’s Creed novels.

               Taking place during the time of The Ming Dynasty, Assassin’s Creed: The Ming Storm chronicles the story of Shao Jun.  If you have followed the Ezio Auditore novels, you might remember a mysterious Asian woman who asked Ezio to help her rebuild her sect of the Brotherhood.  Shao Jun is one of two survivors of the massacre of the Central Plain Brotherhood by the Eight Tigers.  After training with Ezio, Shao Jun returns to China to avenge the death of her clan with the help of her mentor, another hidden survivor of the massacre.  Together they will work to root out the evil members of the Eight Tigers and eliminate them one by one, destroying the power of the Templars in China.

               Although this novel plays out as an entertaining martial arts drama, Assassin’s Creed: The Ming Storm is not one of my favorites.  There are a great many typos in this book which take away from the story.  This may have occurred when the story was translated from Chinese to English, but one would expect that someone should have proofread the book before its publishing. 

I usually love martial arts books that play out like a movie and once you get past the mistakes in the book, this is exactly what The Ming Storm feels like.  I enjoyed the fight scenes and the incredible skill of Shao Jun, especially her rope dart and sword skills.  Her mentor’s martial arts skill and ability to control his chi are also enjoyable, but the story soon becomes a bit farfetched with the introduction of a zombie-like army led by Zhang Yong, ruthless leader of the Eight Tigers.  I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around it.

Usually, the Assassin’s Creed novels are heavily steeped in historical fiction and, yes, the Brotherhood of Assassins have been fighting for years to prevent the Templars from accessing the creators of the world.  This means that there are some god-like creatures with fantastic instruments at play in this series, but zombie warriors?  A bit much for me.  I think that this novel would have been much better without them.  Shao Jun is an interesting character and her journey toward avenging the murders of members of her clan would have been enough.  Adding this weird element ruined the tale for me.  The Ming Storm was one Assassin’s Creed novel I could have skipped.

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The NFL Playoffs

Just a quick word about the Wildcard games of the past week and the playoffs next week:

Brady‘s Buccaneers only got in because the division is so horrible. After all, they made it in with a losing record. So, it comes as no surprise that the lost to the Dallas Cowboys. People are saying that the Cowboys are a great team because of that win. Again, I will caution them against the heavy praise after playing against a sub-par team that should not have been in the Wildcard and wouldn’t have been if we were following the rules a few years ago.

That brings me to who the Cowboys will be facing next week – the San Francisco 49ers. I have to say that I like this team. They lost two quarterbacks and are winning with their third string! This is a team that has gelled like no other and each member of the team works hard to win, offense or defense. There was no way that Gino Smith and the Seattle Seahawks were going to walk all over them. The 49ers are going to be a hard team to beat in the playoffs.

I expected the NY Giants to win over the Minnesota Vikings who have been incredibly inconsistent over the past few weeks. Kirk Cousins did one thing right during this game – he didn’t throw a pick, something he is very good for at least once or twice a game. That being said, the Giants just seemed to want it more. Much is being said about Daniel Jones, and though I will agree that he made better decisions and played better in this game, one can’t deny Sequan Barkley‘s role in this offense. Without him and some really good defense, the Giants don’t win this game. But can they win against the Philadelphia Eagles? If the Eagles play against them like they did the last time they met, when the Giants almost beat them with their third string players on the field, then yes they can!

Was there any doubt that the Cincinnati Bengals would win over the Baltimore Ravens? Not in my mind, though I did expect the game to be rather nasty. Both teams are hard-hitting, but I look at the Ravens as kind of dirty hard-hitters. Their quarterback tried valiantly, but without Lamar Jackson, this team is one-dimensional. Tyler Huntley tried, but he is not a running quarterback…not Jackson caliber.

The Buffalo Bills should have squashed the Miami Dolphins, especially without Tua Tagovailoa. Instead, they decided to make it interesting thanks to Josh Allen‘s inability to cough up the ball to the other team and the defense‘s inability to stop the Dolphins from scoring. The Bills better shore things up if they want to get further in the playoffs. The rematch between the Bills and Bengals is going to be very emotional. I’m not sure what to expect from this game. Though I want the Bills, I would not be surprised if the Bengals won.

No one could have predicted that Trevor Lawrence‘s Jaguars would have beat Justin Herbert‘s Chargers. Sure, the Jaguars had momentum, but woah! As a football fan who hated Lawrence’s attitude when he hit the NFL, I can definitely see some maturity in the young quarterback. I especially was heartened by the fact that he didn’t blame the team or coaches for any of his failings, just shouldered his issues and said he had to get better. And better he did get. But can he go to KC and win against Mahomes and the Chiefs? I don’t think so!

What do you think?

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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

Written By: Fannie Flagg

Published By: Random House

Reviewed By: Melissa Minners

               I’m a huge fan of Fannie Flagg’s writing thanks to the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes.  When I discovered that this movie that I have watched hundreds of times was based on a novel, I bought said novel and have read it three times.  I’ve also read some other books written by Fannie Flagg, but Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and The Whole Town’s Talking are still my favorites.  So, when I heard that she had written a sequel to Fried Green Tomatoes, I couldn’t wait to read it!

               The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop tells the story of Bud Threadgoode.  Bud was raised by his mother, Ruth Jamison, and his aunt Idgie Threadgoode, Ruth’s closest friend.  Known by the nickname of Stump in his youth after losing his arm in a train accident, Bud was always taught that there was no adversity he couldn’t overcome.  Thanks to his mother and his aunt, Bud Threadgoode went on to do many great things, but he would probably tell you that the best thing that he had done was get married to the love of his life, probably followed by the birth of his daughter.

               This book follows not only Bud’s life after his mother’s death, but it also follows his daughter Ruthie who marries who college sweetheart, but loses herself somewhere along the way.  After the death of her husband, Ruthie has trouble figuring out just who she is and what she wants to do with her life, much like her father after he loses Ruthie’s mother.  It will take a surprise journey by Bud…an attempt to reach the now defunct and overgrown town of Whistle Stop and a chance encounter with one Evelyn Couch to bring Bud and Ruthie back on the right track again.

               I love Fannie Flagg’s writing – the way she intersperses flashback chapters with the present.  I also love the way she endears a character to the reader, making them want to know more about the individual and the place they came from.  We love the stories of Whistle Stop and long to know what has happened to all of the folks that lived there long after the town faded away.  Fannie definitely delivers, offering up tales of Dot and Ninny and Grady and more, even expanding our knowledge of Idgie and her brother Julian. 

               But there is a slight problem – anyone who has read Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café knows that Fannie Flagg already wrote Buddy Threadgoode’s storyline well into adulthood.  After reading The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop, I thought that I might have remembered Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café wrong.  After all, it had been a few years since I had read the book, so I pulled it off the shelf to take a look and I was right.  Bud was called Stump long into adulthood and had a daughter named Norma in that book.   This couldn’t exactly be a sequel to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, could it?

               I’d rather think of this as a re-imagined storyline…perhaps a sequel to the movie instead.  Minus some slight changes, The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop would make a great sequel to the movie version than the novel it was based on.  And in that case, I can definitely condone the sequel description.

               The fact of the matter is, whether it is touted (wrongly) as a sequel to the book or a sequel to the film (more likely), The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop is a terrific read that will make you laugh, make you cry and thoroughly entertain you.  Definitely another Fannie Flagg novel that is worth the read!

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A Time for Mercy

Written By: John Grisham

Published By: Doubleday

Review By: Melissa Minners

              I love John Grisham’s writing and have read quite a few of his novels, but my favorites are the ones featuring Jake Brigance, a brilliant small-town attorney with a huge heart.  When I heard there was another Jake Brigance sequel to A Time to Kill and Sycamore Row, I had to get my hands on it.  And when I did get a hold of that 460-plus page book, I couldn’t wait to read it.

             A Time for Mercy finds Jake Brigance and Harry Rex working on holding a train company accountable in a wrongful death case.  They stand to make a windfall from the case and things are looking rather good for the case, until Jake is assigned to a murder case involving a young boy and an off-duty officer.  On the surface, it appears that sixteen-year-old Drew Gamble murdered Stuart Kofer, a well-known and well-liked deputy in Clanton, Mississippi, in his sleep with his own service revolver.  But as Jake begins to investigate, he realizes there is much more to this case than meets the eye.

              Unfortunately, in taking on this case, Jake finds himself much in the same boat as when he defended Carl Lee Hailey in his murder trial.  Not only can the Gamble family not afford to pay him, but most of the town is against Jake defending a cop killer.  The threats are pouring in, folks in town have stopped talking to him, and the bills are piling up.  The Gamble case is becoming costly and rather dangerous, and it is affecting the wrongful death case as well.  But how can Jake allow a sixteen-year-old kid who never had a chance in life face the death penalty?

              If anyone out there is looking for a book to adapt into a film, A Time for Mercy would be perfect.  I would love to see Matthew McConaughey back as Jake Brigance fighting for the little guy in a murder trial while taking on a powerful corporation in a wrongful death lawsuit.  What I love about John Grisham’s stories is that nothing is straight forward.  There is always a plot twist that throws everything the main characters have worked toward into jeopardy.  A Time for Mercy is no exception.  Just when you think you know what tactic Brigance has to take to keep his client out of the electric chair, he takes a wholly different path.  Just when you think he has the wrongful death suit locked up, someone appears to throw a monkey-wrench into the whole thing. 

              Jake Brigance is a character we all know and love, and we all know his supporting cast of characters, including often drunk mentor Lucien, salty divorce attorney Harry Rex, Jakes wife and his daughter.  A Time for Mercy brings back these characters and some characters from other novels, including Carl Lee Hailey from A Time to Kill and Portia Lang from Sycamore Row.  All of these characters are relatable and have terrific chemistry with one another.  The Gamble family is rough around the edges, but you find yourself rooting for them anyway, hoping that Jake can not only stop the death penalty for Drew, but get him off altogether.  Grisham is great at garnering sympathy for the little guy and making us realize that not every murder case is clear cut.

              I love Grisham’s Jake Brigance series so much, I bought A Time to Kill, Sycamore Row and A Time for Mercy for one of my friends for Christmas.  Grisham provides such captivating stories in each novel and A Time for Mercy rounds off the trilogy quite nicely.  It’s definitely a must read for any John Grisham fan out there.

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If you like John Grisham, check out these:

A Time to Kill

Sycamore Row

The Rogue Lawyer

The Innocent Man

The Racketeer

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Happy New Year!!

G-POP wishes you and yours a very Happy New Year! We will not go as far as to say this year will be the best yet – we know from past experience that this will jinx things. There will be no new year resolutions – we know those will more than likely end up broken. We hope that you will join us frequently in 2023 to see how things are going, what new entertainment we have reviewed, how often we actually get to post…just kidding, we are hoping for more activity on this site in the new year. We refuse to call that a resolution! We will call it a hope we plan to work very hard on achieving! We thank you for your continued support!

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Happiest Season

Distributed By: Hulu

Reviewed By: Melissa Minners

               Every year, I go in search of a new holiday book or movie to review for the site and this year, I found a real winner.  I had heard much about Happiest Season, a semi-autographical film by Clea DuVall, but never got to see it when it came out in November 2020.  I just watched it a couple of months ago and I’m so glad I did!

               Abby Holland (Kristen Stewart) has not been a fan of Christmas since the death of her parents.  However, she is definitely a fan of girlfriend Harper Caldwell (Mackenzie Davis), so much so that Abby is planning to ask Harper to marry her.  So, when Harper spontaneously asks Abby to spend Christmas with her family, Abby reluctantly agrees.  The next morning, it’s Harper who is reluctant.  She realizes that she hasn’t come out to her family and, with her father (Victor Garber) running for Mayor, she believes this is not the right time.  Harper eventually persuades Abby to pretend she is her straight roommate.

               Abby meets the crazy Caldwell family who believe her to be an orphan with nowhere to go for Christmas.  If spending the holiday pretending to be someone she’s not isn’t bad enough, Abby has to deal with Harper’s perfectionist mother Tipper (Mary Steenburgen), her stuck-up sister Sloane (Alison Brie), her overly attached, eccentric sister Jane (Mary Holland), her bratty niece and nephew, her ex-boyfriend Connor (Jake McDorman), and her sympathetic ex-girlfriend Riley (Aubrey Plaza).  Abby watches as Harper’s parents push Harper toward Connor, while the whole family makes every attempt to suck up to a potential campaign donor

               The longer Abby stays at the Caldwell’s, the more she feels like she doesn’t really know Harper and begins to regret bringing along the engagement ring she bought for her.  After talking to the ex-girlfriend Harper never mentioned, Abby starts to believe that Harper will never come out to her parents.  A series of events lead Abby to call her best friend John (Dan Levy) to pick her up, but his counseling makes her wonder if she is making the right decision.  Can Abby find happiness with Harper or will this be one more reason to hate the Christmas season?

               The characters in this film are very relatable.  I’ve actually seen this happen many times, when one partner is not out and the other has to pretend they are just a friend or roommate.  The drama is very real and those moments in the film translate very well for those who have been through it before.  The comedic moments are absolutely hilarious and are the perfect offset for the dramatic moments, taking the edge off just a tad.  You definitely will find yourself rooting for Abby and getting a bit pissed off at Harper, while still rooting for their relationship to work out in the end.

               The only thing I ever saw Kristen Stewart in was the Twilight movie series, and I really wasn’t a fan, so I was surprised to discover I enjoyed her acting in this film.  Stewart has excellent comedic timing and she and Dan Levy play off one another well.  Mackenzie Davis is completely unrecognizable from the previous role I saw her in – Terminator: Dark Fate – and I found her equally enjoyable in a role that was less dramatic and more comedic.  Mary Holland is hilarious as the perceived wacky sister who actually has a better handle on life than anyone else in the family.  She steals much of the film with her quirks and awkwardness. 

               How do I describe Happiest Season for the audience out there who hasn’t seen it?  Think Hallmark holiday movie meets a bit of reality.  The language and some of the more adult situations and scenes would definitely not make it onto the Hallmark Channel, but the film does contain a great deal of the elements that go into a Hallmark holiday film – the secrets, the seasonal events, the misunderstanding, the quirky characters and the fun.  Happiest Season was just the movie I was looking for to start off my holiday season!

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Coming Clean About Christmas

By Melissa Minners

               I love Christmas.  It’s all about peace and love and…well, there are some things that have happened over the years at Christmas that bear discussion.  Some things are just happy memories, but others, well…one never knows what one might see or hear at Christmas time.  I think it’s time I finally came clean about some Christmas things.

The Words I Will Never Live Down: When I was about 5 or 6, I was not very big on baby dolls.  So, when I opened gifts at Grandma’s house and found a Baby Alive beneath all that wrapping paper, I was floored.  A doll that eats, wets and poops.  Yeah, not my thing and, not having much of a filter back then, I expressed my feelings about the doll for all to hear: “Just what I never wanted!”  Now, remember, I was 5 or so.  You know, I have never lived that one down.  I still get reminded of it decades later.  But, to be honest, I never really did grow to like that doll…especially when her batteries leaked and it looked like she had diarrhea.

My Favorite Cookie: My favorite Christmas Cookie hands down is Grandma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip.  I don’t get them very often anymore, but no other cookie has ever come close.  That being said, I will eat just about any Christmas cookie put in front of me as long as it doesn’t taste like cardboard.  Yes, those dry Christmas cookies that even the tastiest of hot cocoa can’t wash down.  You know the ones.  Don’t give me any of those.  Especially the Danish cookie tins.  I’ve been known to regift those.

The Christmas Song That Makes Me Change the Station: Do you remember listening to Z100’s 24 hours of Christmas music?  It was around during the 80s and 90s and featured songs like The Muppets 12 Days of Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Madonna’s Santa Baby, classic carols by the artists of the times, and older Christmas classics from Bing Crosby, Elvis, and more.  Years down the road, they moved it to WPLJ, but the songs were just as Christmasy.  But there was one song then and even now – the moment I hear it on the radio, I have to change the station.  I refuse to listen to it.  The Christmas Shoes.  Yes, it is a beautiful story that will bring tears to your eyes, but it’s one of those songs that you really don’t feel like hearing this time of year, when you want happiness and cheer, not sobbing with a thousand tissues.

Shop for Black Friday Deals?  Not me, although I have been dragged out as part of some folks’ holiday tradition.  Funny how most of the time, no one ended up buying anything that day anyway.  Hours on sore feet, scouring stores for deals and not a single purchase to speak of.  Sad.

Eggnog?  Yes, please, but I have matured in my taste.  If I am having nog, I want a splash of the spiked nog in it.  Yes, that means I buy regular eggnog in the supermarket, go to the liquor store for some boozy nog and combine the two in a glass.  Much better than the eggnog I used to drink as a kid.  Hee hee…I’m drinking some now!

Wrapping Accompaniments: When I was a kid that meant listening to Christmas music on tape (usually recorded from Z100’s 24 hours of Christmas) while wrapping up a storm.  These days, I wrap gifts to Miracle on 34th Street or On the 2nd Day of Christmas.  It’s become one of those traditions, just as traditional as wrapping people’s gifts right under their noses while they are busy watching the movies.  LOL!

Christmas Cards: I make my own most of the time and they always include a picture of my pets.  Early on there were pictures of them opening gifts, but over the years I am guilty of dressing them in costumes or waiting for just the right shot to include in the card.  Santa Claws was my favorite, despite the coal I got in my stocking that year.

Christmas Traveling: I used to like traveling to family members’ homes on Christmas, but I must admit that the trips become more daunting as I get older and have to travel longer distances.  I do a lot of driving for work, so that is the last thing I want to do on Christmas.  Which leads me to my next confession:

Christmas Attire: Comfy Christmas pajamas, slippers and my Wrapping Elf Hat (complete with ears) that I will wear the entire day, even when I have to take out the trash or drive to the local store.

Office Pet Peeves: The Secret Santa Exchange.  No one ever likes it.  You can’t get anything nice for the price limit.  Most of the time, you don’t have any idea what to buy the person anyway.  I’ve had some really great gifts (a huge Bath and Body Works gift set, a NY Mets jersey, a Barnes and Noble gift card) and some gifts that made me shrug my shoulders wondering who my Secret Santa thought they were buying for (an extra large flannel jacket, a jelly set, an umbrella).  I’m sure some of my recipients thought the same, but I got creative for my last couple of Secret Santa exchanges, including a theme, making the recipient open each of the small gifts included in a specific order that would lead up to the cool large gift.  The small gifts would be all joke gifts set to a specific theme that would lead to the larger gift.  I think I had more fun watching the gifts get opened than the recipient had opening them.  After those last two, I knew I couldn’t top myself and stopped participating.

Still Making Fun Of: The Hanukkah Bush – what I used to call my parents’ 4-foot tabletop tree.  Before I was eight, my parents had a fake 7-foot tree.  When we moved, that tree got placed in the attic…the attic that no one ever wanted to go in.  It just wasn’t very safe up there.  So instead, my parents bought a 4-foot fake tree that we put on top of an end table and decorated with ornaments, garland, tinsel, a string of lights, and 3-inch candy canes (that would usually melt under the lights).  Adorning the top, the star from our Menorah

Also Making Fun Of: Christmas classics from Rankin Bass.  I just can’t help it.  Those parts in Rudolph…bigoted Santa, “This is man’s work,” the elf murdering the flightless bird…it begs to be joked about.  What about the psychedelic parts of Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town or the obvious traits of the Burgermeister’s soldiers?  I am not a huge fan of The Year Without A Santa Claus, the hardship placed upon that baby reindeer!  But I do love Mr. Heat Miser and Mr. Snow Miser and their little accompanying singers.  Hey, does anyone think Mr. Snow Miser looks like Liberace a bit?  Then there is that damn smart-alecky mouse in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Yeah, Santa Claus looks like a demented elf in that one. 

Saying the Lines: It usually drives me crazy when someone says the lines along with an actor in a movie they have watched a hundred times, but I can’t help doing it when it comes to my favorite Christmas specials or movies.  I especially love re-enacting Linus’ big speech in A Charlie Brown Christmas…minus the blanket of course…maybe with a little nog instead.

               I’m sure there are some other things I should come clean about, but I can’t think of them right now…heh, heh, heh.  Perhaps you have a thing or two you would like to get off your chest.  Post a message on our blog, give a holler on Facebook, or email the site.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

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The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

Written By: Fannie Flagg

Published By: Random House

Reviewed By: Melissa Minners

               Sookie Poole has just received a letter that has given us the shock of her life.  All these years, Sookie has believed she was the daughter of Southern Belle Lenore Simmons, an over-the-top and often overbearing woman whom Sookie has never believed she could measure up to.  But this letter has informed Sookie that she was adopted.  Not only is she not Southern, but she is from Wisconsin, born into a Polish family whose name she can barely pronounce.  To make matters worse, her birth certificate doesn’t list a father and depicts a birthday that makes Sookie a year older than she always believed she was!  Everything Sookie has ever believed about herself has been thrown into question.

               She decides to do a little research.  Her journey leads her to discover her real mother’s role in American history as a member of an all-girl gas station in Wisconsin and one of the first female pilots to fly American warplanes during World War II.  All this time Sookie believed she couldn’t measure up to her adopted mother.  How could she ever hold a candle to her real mother?  Despite her distress, Sookie continues on her journey and learns quite a bit about herself, her role in her family’s lives, and what being successful in life truly means. 

               I have always loved reading Fannie Flagg’s novels.  Those that I have read are based in the South, contain fascinating characters, touch upon serious historical events, have moments of serious contemplation, but always leave me laughing out loud at some of the more eccentric characters’ antics.  The All-Girls Filling Station’s Last Reunion is a terrific example of what a Fannie Flagg novel is all about.  Sookie and her mother Lenore are eccentric characters and, while Lenore is larger than life, Sookie can be seen as a bit silly, but loveable.  Her reaction to discovering she is adopted in her sixties is hilarious. 

               Despite the over-the-top antics of some of the characters, this novel is incredibly important as an ode to the WASPs, the Women Airforce Service Pilots who tested and flew fighter planes and bombers all over the United States.  Most people know nothing about these brave women, and I applaud Fannie Flagg for sharing their story with her readers.  We learn about their plight through flashbacks involving Sookie’s real mother and her family, the gas station their father owned, and their love for flying and the United States that led them to do whatever they could to serve their country during World War II.

               The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion teaches us about important individuals in our country’s history that most of us probably never learned about in school.  It teaches us that woman can do whatever they set their mind to do, despite all of the obstacles in their way.  More importantly, it fives us a new perspective regarding what the definition of success truly is – that one can be successful without being huge in social circles or well-known all over the world.  It’s about your definition of success and what being successful means to you.

               I can’t say enough about this book.  Fannie Flagg has created loveable characters whom we can’t get enough of.  We are completely invested in their story and want to know more.  The story itself is so fascinating, I could hardly put the book down.  I finished it in record time and was beside myself when it was done, research WASPs to find out more about this piece of history I never knew before.  I loved the author’s notes regarding how Fried Green Tomatoes (one of my favorites) eventually led to the creation of The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion.  The actual reunion took place in the Alabama café that the Whistle Stop Café in Fried Green Tomatoes was based on – isn’t that amazing?!  All-in-all, I can promise you, if you are a fan of Fannie Flagg’s books, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is definitely a novel you will want to add to your collection.  If you have never read a Fannie Flagg novel, this is a great place to start.

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For more of Fannie Flagg, check out:

The Whole Town’s Talking

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