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Miss Alabama e la casa dei sogni

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  12,797 Ratings  ·  2,057 Reviews
Una vera signora sa sempre quand'è il momento di uscire di scena. E Maggie Fortenberry, affascinante sessantenne che conosce almeno 48 modi diversi di piegare un fazzoletto e non ha mai detto una parolaccia in vita sua, ha deciso che il suo momento è arrivato. Ex Miss Alabama e quasi Miss America, dei suoi sogni di ragazza Maggie ha realizzato ben poco: non ha conquistato ...more
Hardcover, Rizzoli Best , 396 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Rizzoli (first published 2010)
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Jul 05, 2011 Stacy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read every single book that Fannie Flagg has written. I've been a big fan ever since Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. When I discovered that I Still Dream About You came out last year without me knowing it, I wondered, "how come I didn't hear about this?" I promptly went to the library and checked it out. Well now I know. If you want a good book you can rely on when you have a hard time falling asleep, well, maybe this is the one for you. I found myself reading one paragraph ...more
V. Briceland
Subtle, this book ain't. Rather than let any mystery of character or plot accumulate throughout the book, Flagg stops the proceedings immediately to insert flashbacks that explain everything that happened in the previous chapter. In a novel that hinges on a girl-detective-style discovery of a literal skeleton in a closet, it's like reading a Nancy Drew mystery written for those with the shortest of short-term attention spans.

As for the decades-old mystery at the center of I Still Dream About You
3.5 stars. I have to admit, it took me half way through the book to really get into it, but once Maggie and Brenda found the (view spoiler) in the attic, I was hooked. The most interesting aspect of the plot for me was when the research began on Edward/Edwina Crocker and their historic home Crestview, but my favorite character was Hazel; such an inspiration. Overall, a good book, but cannot compare to Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
Mary Ronan Drew
Mar 03, 2011 Mary Ronan Drew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did I manage to miss out on the entire Fannie Flagg thing? I’ve heard of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café, but somehow I didn’t get around to reading it. I might never have discovered the delightful Fannie Flagg if my belle-soeur hadn’t sent me a copy of this book, I Still Dream About You.

There were a dozen things I liked about this novel, the most important being the two real estate agents who are best friends and work together as a team, Maggie and Brenda. They work at an agenc
Nov 29, 2010 Felicity rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This probably deserves a wasn't a bad book. But it's Fannie Flagg (I mean, how can you take anyone with such a name seriously?). So the book is one of those syrupy, feel-good (even if it is about suicide), panetheon to female friendship books that you expect Fannie Flagg to produce. And if you're writing a feel-good book about suicide, then you're left--as I was--with this slightly uncomfortable feeling that Flagg didn't really address the kind of serious issues that might drive someone ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
I couldn't read this fantastic book fast enough. Our main character Maggie feels as if there is nothing more in this life for her, so she has planned her own death. She gives away her clothes, closes her bank account; has basically everything all planned out. But one thing after another keeps happening so she has to delay her death.

All the characters are just fabulous and so full of life you can't help but chuckle outloud throughout the book! I really wanted to get more in depth in what happened
Manon Bénabent
Jun 14, 2016 Manon Bénabent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai vraiment adoré ce livre !!! seconde lecture de cette auteure. même si le résumé peut paraître gnangnan le livre n'en reste pas moins léger et une bulle de bonheur. Je n'ai pas vu passer la lecture. Les personnages sont tous attachant même Maggie qui s'avère être "rigolotte" dans sa démarche de suicide, de le repousser etc. C'est aussi l'idée de profiter de chaque petit chose qui peut nous rattacher à une pointe de bonheur et j'aime bien cette façon de voir les choses. Je vous le conseil. Bo ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Lavonne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Where, where do I start with this book? I picked it up because I had loved the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" by the author. However, I never actually read the book and probably never will now. I absolutely hated this book, although it did make me feel like a teenager again. I swear I haven't rolled my eyes so much while listening to anyone since I was 15 or 16.

I can rate this book on two levels:

First, the story, or lack of one. If you have ever heard a trite, over-used saying, it was in this boo
Mar 20, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think those of us who loved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe keep waiting for Fannie Flagg to give us another book that wonderful. Sadly, I Still Dream About You is not that book.

However, it is a solid 3.5 star entry (I rounded up). The characters, including the protagonist - an aging, former Miss Alabama, who is just about the nicest person ever set down on God's green Earth - are a bit on the cartoon side, but they are entertaining.

Ms. Flagg nails Alabama, how it looks, how the
Aug 13, 2011 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started it as a possible book club pick. 20 pgs in I'm a little annoyed by the writing, so it's a No. However, I'll keep reading.

I think I really liked Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe! (Another Fannie Flagg novel).

This should've been in my started but didn't want to finish pile. It was not good! The story starts with a sixty yr old woman writing her "suicide" note; she's merely going away in her mind, and the story is about her mistakes (boring, she was a previous Miss Alabama &
Sep 26, 2012 Shana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To me, Fannie Flagg and Lorna Landvik land in the same category of light, but not too fluffy reading. Their characters tend to be oddballs from the Midwest or the South, real, but still lovable. The stories encompass a community and usually ends happily with lessons learned and wishes fulfilled.

I Still Dream About You fit well within this category, though the pacing of the story really threw me off. I felt that it spent too much time setting the stage for the “big” event, then rushed through it,
Jan 27, 2016 Elodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dans ce livre, l'auteur de "Beignets de tomates vertes" nous amène dans l'Alabama de nos jours, auprès de femmes nostalgiques d'un autre temps. Après de nombreux échecs, Maggie a décidé d'en finir avec la vie. Mais cette dernière, pleine de surprises, en a décidé autrement et va l'entraîner dans des situations aussi cocasses qu'inattendues.
D'abord gênée par cette idée de suicide, je me suis peu à peu attachée à l'histoire de ces personnages si drôles et humains. Au-delà de l'histoire, l'auteure
Aug 06, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book...sometimes you think life is really bad, but in the end life is what you make it and how you view it. This book is about life and attitudes. I have never been disappointed by Fannie Flagg.
Aug 04, 2015 Céline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ... Vraiment un livre magnifique que j'ai adoré! ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fannie Flagg's charm has always been in her creation of communities where polite, optimistic and kind people are respected and successful. Take a few of those characters, throw in a neurotic friend, and then introduce a less friendly person to the mix, and you basically have the makings of a Fannie Flagg novel. This book is no different. In fact, it adheres to that formula so well that I can't entirely separate it from her previous books. Fortunately, I liked "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" and "A ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel "I Still Dream About You" was absolutely delightful to read! Full of quirky characters, I felt that by the end of the book, I was best friends with all of them, especially Maggie and Brenda. Flagg is an amazing storyteller, and "I Still Dream About You" is no exception. She weaves a tale that is part mystery, part dramedy, that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, not wanting to miss a minute of this intricately weaved story that spans both generations and many decades in the li ...more
Feb 02, 2017 JennE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern, fiction
Margaret Fortenberry is a former Miss Alabama. She never married, never had children and instead of becoming NY famous, ended up as a real estate agent. She has spent her life comparing herself to others and assuming she has disappointed and let down anyone she's ever known.She has decided to "leave" because she has such an inferiority complex that she believes she has let her state down by not becoming famous and making something of herself. Almost every decision is based upon whether or not he ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that I really needed a book that might make me laugh, so I decided who better than Fannie Flagg to put a smile on my face. Well imagine my surprise when I discovered early on that the leading lady in this novel is planning her early death by suicide. (Don't worry, it is not a depressing book).

Margaret (Maggie) Fortenberry, imagined a wonderful life. She was crowned Miss Alabama in her younger days, but now forty years later, life has seemed to pass her by. She sees her life as having been
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Ahhhhh, Birmingham, Alabama, how I miss that city! I was excited to read what was advertised as a mystery by Fannie Flagg. But alas this book did not meet my expectations. While the descriptions of the Magic City were spot on and life in the Old South was true to what I remember, having lived there for ten years; I STILL DREAM OF YOU is not a mystery. Though there is a small mystery within the novel, the story is Maggie’s. And I found her to be whining and a bit boring.

In the last days of the 2
Mar 08, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" we are met with another foray into a world best described as Southern Genteel Self-Loathing. I have read all of Fannie Flagg's books for one reason alone: They are funny and entertaining. But if I were living 300 years from now and trying to compile a sociological study of the south from her books, here are the things I would conclude.
1. Southerners count politeness as the greatest of all virtues...
2. even when murdering and chea
Dec 17, 2010 Dianne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

In Ms Flagg’s new novel, we follow the multiple attempts at suicide of a former Miss Alabaman beauty queen. She is now 60 years old and a realtor in a struggling office. She is desperate to do it right, with no muss of fuss for anyone left behind and therein lies the rub. Man plans and God laughs is the theme of this novel, for no matter how carefully Maggie plans the very last detail of her suicide, something will come along and throw a monkey wrench into th
“I Still Dream about You” has elements of a great comedic southern tale: quirky characters, a little mystery and intrigue, southern nuances, reminiscing dreams. However great the elements, lack of cohesive flow, fractured chapters, and extreme delay of forward action made for a less than stellar Fannie Flagg novel. Therefore I’m really on the fence here. I absolutely adore all of her previous novels – but this is a bit of a discombobulated mess. It reads more like character study cameos and indi ...more
Jan 05, 2015 prettybooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Comme toujours, l’auteur nous charme grâce à ses personnages et à sa plume aussi drôle que touchante. J’aurais souhaité que le personnage de Maggie soit plus approfondi et je n’ai pas réellement compris l’intérêt de l’intrigue secondaire, mais j’ai été malgré tout passionnée par ce roman. Fannie Flagg joue avec ses personnages et nous rappelle que bien que l’on pense en maitriser chaque instant, la vie reste toujours imprévisible!

Ma chronique :
Marie Manou
Couldn't wait to read another Fannie Flagg after falling in love with "Green Fried Tomatoes"...
Was quite deceived by this one...
Didn't find that poetry I loved so much in GFT...
Maybe next one ;)
Vanes Mussillon-Zivacco
Une belle découverte. Un début un peu long mais une belle surprise fait démarrer le livre .
J ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à lire ce livre
J'ai bien aimé mais c'est parfois un peu longuet.
Jul 18, 2015 Clairem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Un livre qui met un certain temps à se lancer mais qui propose de belles situations cocasses!
Jan 17, 2016 Eliza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cartaceo
Sono 4 stelle e mezzo!


Per una seconda volta incontro questa autrice e per una seconda volta mi viene da pensare "Fannie Flag perché? perché non ti ho letto prima? A cosa stavo pensando?". Dopo Voli acrobatici e pattini a rotelle, complice un regalo di Natale super azzeccato, ho deciso di buttarmi nuovamente nelle belle atmosfere di questa scrittrice americana e nelle sue storie semplici e solari, ma con quel qualcosa in più che mi fa sempre piacere incont
Elena T.
Jan 20, 2015 Elena T. rated it really liked it
Fannie Flagg è per me pura evasione. Non rappresenta in toto lo stile letterario che preferisco, a tratti frivolo e sentimentale, ma chissà perché i suoi scritti mi coinvolgono sempre, regalandomi momenti di pura empatia.

E' Maggie Fortenberry la reginetta la quale il titolo "Miss Alabama e la casa dei sogni" fa riferimento, per tutti una donna, oramai non più giovanissima, con una vita praticamente perfetta, un lavoro stimolante come agente immobiliare, un fascino ancor più accentuato dall'età:
I really wish that I could rate this higher. There were many parts of the book that I really enjoyed, and there were several places where I laughed out loud. But in the end, the various pieces don't come together well. In the very first chapter we meet Margaret Fortenberry, former Miss Alabama from c. 1964 (they never say what year, but other events point to around then) who has spent her whole life thinking she must live up to what was expected of her when she wore the crown. But Margaret has d ...more
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Fannie Flagg began writing and producing television specials at age nineteen and went on to distinguish herself as an actress and writer in television, films, and the theater.

She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (which was produced by Universal Pictures as Fried Green Tomatoes), Welcome to the World, Baby G
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