Love The Fannie Flagg Novels

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by hangininthere, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Almost finished with the two big used paperbacks I bought on Amazon for a penny each.

    'Standing in the Rainbow' and 'Can't Wait To Get To Heaven'.

    Love them. Hilarious and precious.

    Patti
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  2. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi Patti,

    Read Fannie's other books, too, when you get a chance. They are all great! I can't wait for her new book to be released (this month--next month?).

    Have you ever read Maeve Binchy? She's passed on now, but left us with a great wealth of fiction. Heartfelt, heartwarming, entertaining, and some humor thrown in. Perfect ingredients for a great book, so says I. :)

    Enjoy your reading.

    Hugs, Diane
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  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Patti

    You got a bargain. Nice to hear from you. I was just wondering a day or two
    ago (my sense of time has been warped for the last decade or so) if you had
    tried some of the books we discussed. I put Fannie's latest "The Whole
    Town's Talking" on hold last July. I am still waiting, and I am third in
    the queue.

    Just finished a mystery by an author in Iceland. It was interesting enough to
    finish, but not enough to make me look for more of his books. I was stunned by
    the low crime rate. Reykjavik has 0 to 4 murders a year. The population of
    Reykjavik and the surrounding area is a little over 200,000. We were in
    Glendale yesterday. That's the population there.

    In addition to the low population, the lack of class distinction is given as
    one reason for the low crime rate. Almost everyone considers himself
    part of the middle class.

    Hi Diane, I am a Binchy fan too. Have read all her novels a couple times.

    Am just finishing a book on the Lincoln assassination. Many short chapters.
    All taken from documents of the time. Writings by John Wilkes Booth,
    a letter of condolence from Queen Victoria, statements made by witnesses,
    orders from the government, poems by famous authors, etc.

    Rock
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  4. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Yep, wanna read more Fannie Flagg. Just finished the two and rarin' for more.

    'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series by Alexander McCall Smith are humorous down-home books, too. I read the first couple of books in the series, they were great.

    Added Maeve Binchy to my list.

    Is there a way I can read all these books online on my desktop computer?

    Rock, my sense of time is all off, too. If I were to testify in a trial, they'd think I was a big liar with me changing the timeline as I thought more about it.

    Patti
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  5. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Hey Barry, I think it was you I saw mention you liked Leonard Cohen. I've loved him ever since one of my best friends in high school turned me on to him when I was 15 years old. Totally love his first two albums, and just a select few of his newer songs after that.

    In an article online, he said just a few weeks ago something like he felt like he was going to die soon, and that he was ready, and he did.

    Here are his first two studio albums. Love them to pieces.



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  6. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    Hi Patti,

    I just called my local library here. They were very helpful.

    They have electronic books, which they will provide with a free E-Reader for the book.

    They also have downloads to computers.

    Since you don't live in my county, the best I could do was what I asked my library. They said to contact your library by phone and ask questions. Or go to your library website and see if you can find E-books or downloads on their home page menu.

    If you call your library, I hope they will be as nice and friendly and helpful as mine was. Good luck!

    Let us know what happens.

    Hugs, DIANE
  7. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Diane.

    My library is fantastic and nice. So I'll call them and see if I can download their books to my desktop computer.

    It has to be to my desktop, because it's the only way I can read comfortably, as I explained in my profile about it.

    I know my library has audio books, I tried downloading one and only got as far as half a chapter or so, because I don't like audio books - the narrator emphasizes words and sentences differently than I would, and there's no time for me to pause and reflect. I'm more of a visual person anyway, and need to read it not hear it.

    Patti
  8. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Barry, I edited and put Cohen's first two albums from YouTube on my post above about Cohen, in case you didn't see I added them to the post.

    I'm gonna listen to them now.

    Patti
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Wow! Great bargain. I paid a lot to download those two books to my Kindle. My library allows one to download books to e-readers free but one only has two weeks to read the book. That's not bad for short ones but I could never finish a big one like the one I just finished in two weeks. I tend to fall asleep when I read.

    I'd say we are a well-read group here.

    Love, Mikie
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  10. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    PS ---- Patti, E--books are electronic books. That you READ on a "kindle" computer screen type device.

    It wouldn't be on your computer, but it would be on a "screen", where you can scroll and read.

    I, too, don't like audio books. I need to read, and let it sink in. Sometimes I just drift off, with an audio book.

    Good luck. And you're welcome!

    Diane
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  11. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    Yes, I could no more hold and read an e-reader than I could hold a book. Has to be on my desktop.

    If it was on my desktop, I could easily finish an easy-reading novel like the Fannie Flagg's in the 2 weeks time, because I'm reclined comfortably in my bed and read every waking moment online since I'm bedridden in between grocery shopping once a week. I'm a fast reader.

    I'll ask my library. I don't see it anywhere on their online site, though. We'll see.

    I wonder if there's somewhere online besides the library even, that I could buy and download a book to my desktop. Maybe not. Maybe only works with e-readers anywhere and everywhere you can buy a book online, such as Amazon?

    Patti
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  12. bct

    bct Active Member

    Patti, thank you for the songs. Can't listen to them right now --- in a sad mood --- but will later. Again, thank you.

    Barry
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  13. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Patti, Didn't think I knew any songs by Leonard Cohen, but I did recognize
    the first one.

    Barry, hope you're feeling better today.


    A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.

    –Shelby Foote

    Shelby is a novelist and historian. Was a commentary in Ken Burns'
    documentary The Civil War.
  14. hangininthere

    hangininthere Well-Known Member

    I loved The Civil War by Ken Burns.

    I also loved the documentary about the building of the Hoover Dam. Amazing. Don't know which one it was that I saw, will look for it on YouTube.

    Not sure if this is the one or not, but this one looks good. I love the old footage of the men building it inch by inch, unbelievably grueling work.

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    hangininthere Well-Known Member

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  16. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Patti

    We read O. Henry and Saki in High School. As you probably know, O. Henry
    (William Porter) went to prison for bank embezzlement. Wikipedia says
    the bank was run in a rather informal way. Henry may have been sloppy
    or careless rather than criminal.

    A couple years ago I got a really thick book of his stories from the library.
    Some gems, but also many that seemed kind of pointless. Maybe just
    because they were written so long ago. I still remember the first time
    I read The Gift of the Magi in the Saturday Evening Post. We read
    The Last Leaf in 10th grade.

    Also got a book of Saki stores from the library. We read a couple of them
    in school. "The Monkey's Paw." And one about hunter's coming home
    and frightening some guest? Something like that. Can't remember any of
    the others. Will check out the two above.

    Edna Ferber and Damon Runyon wrote some great short stories. Ferber's
    collection is titled "One Basket".

    Rock

    OK. Saki made me laugh. Or would it be appropriate to say, "He socked
    it to me?" Thanks for posting.
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