Title: The Whole Town's Talking
By: Fannie Flagg
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: Reprint, November 29, 2016
Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” And this story is like that. It is an easy and fun read.
If you are a fan of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, well Fannie Flagg is the author of that book. And you will love this one!
The story follows the town from the date it is established, 1880 to the year 2016, followed by an Epilogue of 2021. Characters live and characters die. Children grow up, get married, and have children of their own. Some folks are happy and some are miserable.
The Whole Town’s Talking takes place in the small town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri. It begins in 1880 with the founder, Lordor Nordstrom. At age twenty-eight, Nordstrom left Sweden to travel to the United States. He settled in Missouri and cleared land for a farm. Soon he advertised in the Swedish-American newspapers for young farmers to come and help him start a community.
By 1889, the community was growing and known as Swede Town, even though two Germans and one Norwegian lived there. It was this year that Nordstorm donated land for a cemetery. The cemetery was on top of a hill that overlooked the town and Nordstorm named it Still Meadows.
Nordstorm decided he needed a wife and with the lack of unmarried women in the community, he advertised for a mail-order bride. Katrina Olsen, a Swede living in Chicago, answered the advertisement and in 1890, the two got married.
While Nordstorm is a main character in the book, he and Katrina are by means the only ones. After all, there is a whole town!
Title: Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate
By: Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris
Publication Date: September 18, 2008
Publisher: Gotham Books