Thursday, June 24, 2010
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl
I actually read this one earlier in the year, but forgot to write a review until now. I borrowed this book from my brother after he, my mom and one sister read it and recommended it. Fannie Flagg was an author I had heard about and was on my list of to-read authors.
There was so much to love about this book and I did love it all. The characters in the small town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri and Dena (Baby Girl) and Dr. O'Malley, a psychiatrist that falls in love with Dena. I can't believe how patient he is with Dena.
Dena is America's most popular female newscaster/journalist in the 1970s. The change of TV news into sensationalism causes her to question her career. The commentaries made about the change in news was worth reading and hit the nail on the head. I can hardly stand to watch the news anymore. I wish they'd just tell us the facts without all the over-hyping!
When Dena falls gravely ill, she returns to her home town from busy New York City, to the doting, loving care of Aunt Elner who is the personification of small town kindness. While in Elmwood Springs Dena begins to search for roots to her past and discovers a shocking secret.
The picture on the cover is the home of Neighbor Dorothy who hosted a daily radio broadcast from her home, hence the tower in the back. Her story makes me wish I had lived back in the 30's or 40's so I could turn on the radio everyday and hear about the news from Elmwood Springs and hurriedly scribble down the recipes that were shared.
I liked this book so much that I bookmooched Daisy May and the Miracle Man and Can't Wait to Get to Heaven. I need to get my hands on Fried Green Tomatoes.