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World of Pies

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  783 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
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In this remarkable debut work from author Karen Stolz, readers follow the arc of a girl's life as she grows to womanhood. From crushes to surprise baby sisters to nail polish to a devastating death, Roxanne is our guide through a life that has moments of tenderness, poignancy, sorrow, and great humor, as well as some wonderful baking memories. A sumptu

Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 13th 2001 by Hachette Books (first published 2000)
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Jul 28, 2014 Marilyn rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
This book worked for about 40 pages, and then for some reason the author took a raunch turn, and she started to insert small inappropriate snippets--completely out of the story line. I kept thinking she'd steer that car back onto the highway, but no. The potential was there, sadly. Books like this also make me take second thought to the reviews in the front of the book. Who's writing these??? Clowns????
Jul 06, 2014 Shannan rated it it was amazing
I know this book is no literally masterpiece, but to me, it is pure perfection. Let me set my story around this book. I first read this book when I was a brand new mother - 24 years old in an old 1920's farmhouse. While my fairly new husband was slaving away at work, I was home that first summer learning how to be a mother. I strolled my infant down to our local library in a small town in the foothills of the cascade mountains. I was so bored, tired, and overwhelmed. I decided to spend the summe ...more
Jun 11, 2008 Brandi rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. If it wasn't for one part that sort of creeped me out I would have rated it a five. It shares stories of learning of a girl who grew up in a small town. I felt like lots of women could relate to the girl in this book.
Beverly Rowan
Jul 21, 2016 Beverly Rowan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Nice read. Not great, but not bad either.
Jul 27, 2014 Tori rated it really liked it
Short, sweet, and small-town nostalgic with recipes included. I love this type of book. I loved it even more for the Texas background.
Patricia Herlevi
Feb 20, 2017 Patricia Herlevi rated it really liked it
World of Pies oozes southern charm. Think a lighter and less dramatic The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. We follow the protagonist Roxanne from age 11 to her middle 30s. She starts out as a spunky tomboy then she transforms into a hippie chick in the late 1960s and we follow her into the 1980s.

Karen Stolz doesn't shy away from tragedies nor does she give our tear ducts a workout (which I appreciate). Thankfully, she stays away from southern-style drama (or melodramatics). And then, the
Feb 20, 2010 deejah rated it liked it
This book project is nothing if not fluid, Lara and I decided there really are no rules – we would decide what we would read and we decided just because we started a book on Sunday, it might not be the book that we complete by Saturday. This week (Week 7) proved to be that kind of week for me. For various reasons, the book I started last Sunday is not the book I completed today. I won’t reveal the title of the book I was working on, as it is my hope that it will appear in this blog before year’s ...more
Set in the small town of Annette, Texas in 1962, World of Pies is a series of vignettes about the coming of age of Roxanne Milner, 12 years old as her story opens. Roxanne's father, owner of Carl's Corsets and a member of the Annette Chamber of Commerce, conceived the plan for the town's Fourth of July Pie Fair; her mother was a member of the committee responsible for setting the rules for the pie-judging competition. One of these rules required that all pies must be made by the person who was s ...more
Apr 02, 2011 Alleluialu rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-book-club
I read this selection because our book club decided to read books set in the 60's for this month. We will each read a different book. I looked up "books set in the 60's" and this was one of them. This book is about Roxanne, who is heavy into baseball at the beginning of the book but her mother wants to teach her how to make pies because there is going to be a Pie Fair in their little town. The book follows Roxanne through her life and stops at eventful periods to give us a taste of how it is. I ...more
Apr 25, 2008 Jouraine rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, own, 2008

When I picked up this book it was intended as a quick drink between books but I don't think it quenched my thirst at all. First, I'm still not sure what it's about or why it was written. Again, could just be me and my frame of mind.

While I liked the character of Roxanne and didn't like the way she was handled. I felt like Roxanne had real potential and really significant things to say and stories to tell but that never happened and I just felt she was wasted. Also all the secondary characters we
Jan 24, 2009 Bookish rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
This was a really good book, and of the southern lit that I've read during the past 2-3 years, it's definitely one of the better ones. Set in Texas, it follows the life of Roxanne Milner over a span of about 30 years. It was very well written and engaging, but the best thing about the story is that it tells the story of an intact family that loves each other and does not fragment, regardless of the difficulties and tragedies the family suffers (and there are a few). There are no divorces, and th ...more
Jun 16, 2008 Morgan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Morgan by: someone's blog...
I saw this book listed on someone's blog, and it looked interesting enough. Anything with the word 'PIE' in it is enough to get me on board. And the first chapter she had me. It was a sweet story, following Roxie, a somewhat tom-boyish teen growing up in Texas in the late 60's/early 70's. However, from chapter one on, she lost me. The story jumps sporadically from year to year, following important changes in Roxie's life. But the space left was too much. I felt disconnected. I put the book down ...more
Jul 22, 2014 ApettaVale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il libro racconta delle varie estati della protagonista, da prima ragazzina che affronta le prime esperienze di vita, fino a diventare donna e mamma, e delle varie gioie e vicissitudini della sua famiglia, contornati da vari dolci e non (di cui a fine capitolo si trova la ricetta).
Io che amo gli anni '60 e '70 americani e la cucina, me lo sono proprio goduto =) mi ha rasserenato un po' in una giornata molto grigia. Poi, come tutti i libri ambientati in cucina, crea un'atmosfera di "casa" che mi
Dec 01, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2011
I really enjoyed the first half of this book - the part before Roxanne goes off to college. A great, cohesive, humorous and detailed coming-of-age tale told well. I was not as fond of the second half of the book though - it seemed like it was just there because the author needed to end the story and felt like a brief run-through of part of her adult life would do. She told us about planning Roxanne's wedding yet we never heard how it went - by the next time we hear she has been married for 3 yea ...more
Kitty White
I loved this book, but there was one thing about it that really bothered me. Each chapter advances many years in Roxanne's life. One chapter she's fifteen, the next she's eighteen and leaving for college. It threw me off balance a little, since I wasn't expecting this. There are also a few characters in this book that you never find out what happens to them.
Once I got over that, this book became amazing. I could not put it down. The title is a little deceiving since pies are only talked about i
Oct 06, 2011 Helen rated it it was ok
This is not a novel. This is a collection of thinly-veiled short-story-ish memoirs. That got me on the back foot from the beginning. Stolz has a lovely prose style, but the tone in the entire book is of a person recalling adolescence and not portraying any of its awkwardness or uncertainty. Some parts are so idyllic, it made me dislike Roxanne, a character that actually has dimension. There are only two parts that were memorable -- 'You Never Know' and 'Solace' -- but ultimately I was very disap ...more
Aug 17, 2008 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was just a nice and simple coming of age story following tomboy Roxanne from the age of 12 circa 1962. It was a short book (160 pages) and each quick chapter describes some event in her life from family issues, dating, school, the Vietnam war, after school jobs, marriage and motherhood. Each chapter focus on an event and childhood dessert treat and has the recipes at the end of each chapter. There is no great detail, but the simplicity fits with the small town image of Annette, TX where som ...more
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Roxanne is a pretty independent girl. From surprise baby sister presence to nail polish to devastated death, Roxanne is an example of a girl through a life that has moments of tenderness, poignancy, sorrow, and great humor, as well as great baking moments (recipes included). This story is set in Annette, Texas in the 1960s-1980s. Roxanne loves her hometown, Annette. That is the place she was born, schooled, and married. This book is quite OK. Girls that like cooking and want to know how was life ...more
Katie Jacob
Jun 24, 2009 Katie Jacob rated it it was ok
This book started off pretty good, but soured halfway through. The book is only 161 pages, many of which are recipes, and if the author would have picked a decade and stuck with it then maybe things would be different. World of Pies "chronicles" the life of it's main character, Roxanne, from the age of 11 until her daughter is 6. The last third of the books reads like this: "So I said...and then she said...and then i put on this dress and she put on this dress and we went to the drugstore for mi ...more
Apr 15, 2015 Jane rated it liked it
Roxanne Milner is the narrator of this book of short stories. In the title story she is twelve years old, living in Annette, Texas, and learning to bake pie. Subsequent stories take her through to adulthood and her own daughter learning to bake pie. Although the stories do touch on civil rights, illness, death, Vietnam, drug addiction they still remain sweet, sentimental stories. As a former small town girl they were a nice light read. Just what I needed for a couple of days I was feeling under ...more
Aug 14, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it
I found this a lot of fun, a coming of age story that is a perfect summer read and won't take up more than one afternoon at the beach. An appealing picture of life in a small Texas town in the early '60s with a protagonist who embodies the all American girl growing from tomboy to young wife and mother, charming us all the way with her accounts of life among a likeable assortment of family and friends.
Sep 05, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
The first half was superior to the second half. The first half was...I don't know...I mean, it felt like she was building a lovely story. Once she reached adulthood, it had more feeling of this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened, and then...and then...kind of disappointing. Also, I am confused by the title because it really didn't have that much to do with pies. Anyway, will try one or two of the recipes and report back.
Linda C
Feb 25, 2013 Linda C rated it really liked it
Through 11 snapshot stories Roxanne Milner shows us her life from age 12 to 44. Each story is a separate entity but includes the same family and friends, most set in Annette, Texas. The stories reveal who Roxanne is and cover the major events of her life and her close family. Some are told as the event unfolds and some are shortly after when we see how it has impacted her. The stories are very realistic. I really enjoyed this novel.
Jan 17, 2012 Shelley rated it liked it
This is a sweet little novel though I was surprised that years would skip by with the following chapter. It starts off in the 60's of when Roxanne was a little girl, to when she's in high school, to when she's in college, till she gets married and then has a daughter of her own. I liked that it had recipes that they used in the book that we could use if we so desire. I've copied quite a few of them. As the title is called "World of Pies", this book basis around food a lot.
Jan 25, 2010 Kona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this book as much as I did. The story starts with a young girl who loves baseball learning to make pies with her mother for a pie fair during the summer of 1961, and ends with her teaching her own daughter to make pies sometime in the 1980's. Each chapter is a different period in the young girl's life and includes the recipes of the food that played a part in her life. I can't wait to try a few, especially the homemade fudge sauce!
Book Concierge
Jul 07, 2009 Book Concierge rated it liked it
Shelves: concierge, library, texas
The book covers Roxanne Milner's life from about age 10 through mid-30s. Brought up in a small Texas town she both loves and hates it. Yet despite herlonging for "bigger city" life (operas, malls, NOT knowing everyone and everything), she finds herself drawn back to the familiar as she grows up and starts her own family. A charming book. No abuse. No steamy sex. Just normal people, leading normal, good lives.
Karlyne Landrum
Feb 26, 2010 Karlyne Landrum rated it liked it
She's a good writer in that her words are put together is a good way. But the story reads like it was written by someone who has read about a particular era and picked out headlines from it to casually comment on. There are no soul-searching passages; the pot-smoking, sexual encounters of a teenager are dealt with as though they are "of course" what every teenager was doing at the time and none of them had any moral qualms about it. Shallow? I'm afraid so.
May 17, 2016 Gigi rated it liked it
Fast moving and fun. Stolz packs a lifetime into 150 pages. I found it interesting how she broke it up. I didn't love the main character, but she was entertaining. There is one kind of weird sexual scene, but it's very brief. I thought there would be a lot more talk of pies, but they just kind of bookended the story. There was still a lot of food involved, so this was another one that made me hungry. I'd recommend this to women who want a book to read on the plane or something light and quick.
Oct 17, 2010 Melanie rated it it was ok
I read this book when I was 12, and hence don't remember much about it, other than vague recollections of many things that a 12 year old probably shouldn't be reading about :D

I also remember reading this in class when we were meant to be watching Spartacus with Kirk Douglas (our teacher for that year also showed us Aliens :p).
Jun 16, 2008 Mich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun read... starts out in 1962 with a young girl being 'forced' to learn how to make pies while she would rather be learning how to pitch a baseball. each chpt is a different year until it hits about 1993.. sort of made me nuts because of that.. i wanted to read MORE about the 'inbetween'years.
good chick-lit.. just to READ a good story book
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