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Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! (Elmwood Springs #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,091 Ratings  ·  865 Reviews
Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! is the funny, serious, and compelling new novel by Fannie Flagg, author of the beloved Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (and prize-winning co-writer of the classic movie).

Once again, Flagg's humor and respect and affection for her characters shine forth. Many inhabit small-town or suburban America. But this time, her heroine is
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 27th 2001 by Ballantine Books (first published 1998)
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Aug 24, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Fannie Flagg books -the one you read when you feel that you are at your lowest point, when you feel that the world cannot get any worse, when you feel so over burdened that you are ready to go to pieces...if you can stop for a moment and pick up book, read anything written by Fannie Flagg and I PROMISE you that you will feel will laugh and you will will do both at the same time...she is by far one of the best fiction/humor writers since Damon Runyon walked into Mindy's and ...more
Linda Rowland
Mar 28, 2013 Linda Rowland rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I think I might be too generous with my fives. Found myself liking this better and better until I did not want it to end. She made me laugh and she made me cry.
Again I have to say that the number of stars represent how much I enjoy a book and not what great literature I believe it to be.
Mar 05, 2010 Mimi rated it it was amazing
For years my mother has been suggesting that I read Fannie Flagg's writing and I just never got around to it. Then one day I was watching some old episodes of "Match Game" on the Game Show Network and I realized there she was - Fannie Flagg herself. I remembered watching her on that show as a child in the 1970s but I never connected her with the renowned author of today. So this is when I decided to pick up the copy of "Welcome to the World, Baby Girl" that my mom had lent me several years ago. ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Ariella rated it liked it
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Feb 24, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
This book was a bit disappointing to me considering the title and the homespun appeal of it's author. I started it over Christmas break and didn't finish it until Feb. break and then I was bound and determined to be done with it. I enjoyed the characters in the small town in Missouri, as well as the sorority sister in Alabama- even thought they were such stereotypes. The main character, Dena Norstrom, I found unspympathetic even though she is not unlikable. I found it unrealistic that her psychi ...more
Katie Gee
Jul 04, 2012 Katie Gee rated it really liked it
The novel tells a story of a high flying gorgeous tv interviewer, Dena Nordstrom, and how she struggles to leave behind her cancerous lifestyle/job- she loves it because its fast pace enables her not focus on her problems (mysterious mom disappearing, lack of family, inability of love, etc.) and to not form real attachments/ commitments/ relationships to people. Like Nick Carraway in the Great Gatsby, she's caught up in glitter of NY, rich, powerful men, but eventually finds her safe haven back ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
Another great book by Fannie Flagg. My dad actually suggested I read this since he had enjoyed it and one of the main characters is involved in the broadcasting industry...but really, that's only a small part of what it's all about! A good read for those who like fiction about small town America set earlier in the 20th century. If you enjoy this book, don't miss Fannie Flagg's Standing in the Rainbow, which is set in the same town and gives a lot of background on some of the characters.
I found the beginning of this novel slow and somewhat tedious. In retrospect, the author was providing a detailed framework of life in a small town in the heart of America, which was key to the story.

Among Fannie Flagg's novels, I found this one both thought-provoking and entertaining. The thought-provoking aspects had to do with race relations in America in the 1940's - 1950's. There was also an important contrast of city-life vs country-life in America, historically with implications for toda
Serena.. Sery-ously?
Un libro che è stato delusione e sofferenza in egual misura.. Finito per orgoglio e forza della disperazione, CHE NOIA! Sono un po' amareggiata perché a questo punto, dopo il secondo fallimento con la Flagg mi viene da pensare che Pomodori verdi fritti al caffè di Whistle Stop - che ho amato da morire e mi ha fatto emozionare - sia stato un po' una meteora e che tutto sommato io e la Flagg non siamo fatte per una relazione duratura :(
In realtà i capitoli ambientati a Elmwood Springs mi sono pare
Alessia ProfumoLibri
Una piacevole riscoperta, erano tanti anni che non leggevo Fannie Flagg e mi ero quasi dimenticata di quanto mi piacessero le sue storie.
Anche questo romanzo racconta una storia decisamente drammatica, ma lo fa con i giusti toni che non rendono la lettura pesante. Imparare a comprendere e conoscere la protagonista é difficile, ma soprattutto è difficile amarla in ogni sua sfaccettatura. Ogni personaggio che compare nella storia lascia al lettore qualcosa di sé e alla fine ci si ritrova sospesi i
May 02, 2016 Veronica rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was an an enjoyable read. At the start of the book the description of Elmwood Springs and Neighbor Dorothy's house immediately made me nostalgic for a romanticized version of small town life, and made me want my own farmhouse with a front porch and swing.

The story of Dena is fun (although I realized I resent like people like her in real life, with looks and personality that draw people to her without any effort)... her past is sad but the story is neatly tied up with a happy ending. My mai
For years, I had admired Fannie Flagg's crazy sweaters on re-reuns of The Match Game. I realize now that I had no idea she was an author. I thought she was just famous for her sweaters. I'm not even kidding.

This remains the only book of hers that I've read (ETA: 4/14/10 - Not anymore) and it's really excellent. It made me want to learn how to drink men under the table (which I still cannot do but a girl can dream).

I think part of my love of it comes from the fact that I was on a road trip to Mi
Jun 07, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok
I joined a bookclub at my place of work in order to force myself to read books outside of my favorite genres. I typically find myself with my nose in horror and crime stories published in the 40's to early 80's and the usual array of "classics" from Twain to Kerouac, so joining the club would force me to get my eyeballs focused on something me at least.

After reading this book, I realized I'm much better suited sitting with a beer and a collection of Richard Matheson's short stories tha
Apr 07, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Io alla gente voglio bene

"Ogni giorno sui quotidiani e in televisione non si sentiva parlare d'altro che di omicidi, scandali, trame oscure, tragedie e brutte cose. E ogni giorno dal Pacifico all'Atlantico c'erano milioni di brave persone contente e soddisfatte che, facendosene più o meno un baffo dei media, vivevano tranquillamente la loro vita".

Non mi aspettavo assolutamente un romanzo così bello. L'ho trovato profondo e, soprattutto sul finale, ho pianto come una fontana - mi sono anche chies
Jul 31, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-fiction
This book is so heartwarming, so eye opening, so cozy, so wonderful.

I laughed and I cried.

Dena Nordstrom is a famous television newscaster in the 1970's. She appears to have it all... looks, money, and a great career. Yet, something is clearly missing. That something is her mother and answers to many questions that have plagued Dena since she was 15 years old.

I did not expect the answers to the questions about her mother's past to be what they were (that's all I can say without giving the story
Jun 05, 2010 M rated it it was ok
I don't have much experience with Flagg, but I know she is a rather celebrated writer who captures Southern flavor with a charm that is most effective. I've read a short story or two and know her style to be quietly ironic and wonderfully colorful. In this full length work, however, I kept wishing she would keep her day job.
The novel starts off promising - Flagg is in her element, piecing together a patchwork quilt of Southern personalities as inviting as the warmth they exude, painting detaile
Jul 23, 2015 Releanna rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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May 05, 2011 Beatrice rated it it was amazing
This book was a timely read for me, and I absolutely loved it. It is by far my favorite book I have read by this author. It is a story about coming of age, and coming to terms with the past. Cliched themes perhaps, but there is nothing cliche about his book. The characters brought to life on the pages are so vivid that you will love and hate them as surely as you recognize their traits in your friends, family, colleagues and neighbors. It started a bit slow, but once I got into it, I couldn't pu ...more
Jul 23, 2015 Shan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wish Goodreads gave half stars cause I think I would really give this book 3 1/2 stars rather than 4. I decided to give it 4 because, for the most part, I was entertained and satisfied. It was a quick read, for me, and although I found the story entertaining I didn't find myself emotionally immersed in the story as I thought I would be. There were points in the story where I felt weren't developed enough and I really wasn't crazy about how the ending unfolded. I was dying to find out the "myst ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
Another great Fannie Flagg book!! Even though the book is a bit long, the characters are delightful and pretty easy to read about!!

Ms. Flagg does a great job of weaving storylines together and having interesting characters. You might think that some of the characters are similar to people that you know!!

A great book.
Apr 27, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Sookie and Dena Nordstrom reappear, but the story mostly centers around Dena. Dena's mother disappeared when she was young, and this has haunted her for her whole life (as it would anyone). She becomes a famous newscaster in New York but searches for the reason her mother left. The story takes place over 30 years. It is certainly humorous in parts but is a heartwarming story.
Joshua Berkov
Apr 30, 2015 Joshua Berkov rated it really liked it
From the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, this novel takes place over several decades, mostly from the 1940s to the 1970s, in a small town in Missouri and in the big and bustling NYC. Travel back through time with the main protagonist Dena Nordstrom, a newscaster star, as she tries to find meaning in her own life by trying to solve the disappearance of her mother many years earlier.
Jul 16, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: #3 of Elmwood Springs trilogy
Shelves: audio, ill-chcpl, fiction
Fannie Flagg has never disappointed me nor have the people who narrate her books. This is the first of three books which take place in Elmwood Springs, MO. I had already listened to the third of the books. This book's primary character was not a part of the final book, although some of the peripheral characters were main characters in book three, so listening to this was a return to something familiar.

Dina Nordstrom is a well-known, successful anchor based in New York City. She has developed typ
Mar 02, 2009 L.D. rated it it was amazing
WOW, what a book. This book was for our reading club and at first the size said, " you are not going to finish this in less than a month." I was wrong. The protagonist is a very young lady who is having problems enjoying the life she is living because of an unfinished past. The present is a self destructing life. Through counseling, investigation, she comes to terms with who she is, where she came from, and is now able to go forward with her life in a more positive light. She is at more peace wi ...more
Mar 16, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
I just re-read this for a book group discussion this coming week. Fannie Flagg is such a fabulous writer. I like to believe she truly captures the heart of Americana and human nature. Dena, the main character of the book is on the verge of success as a television celebrity, but for some reason she finds herself undergoing dramatic change. As we learn more about Dena, we learn she has more to hide, but even she does not know why. The characters are all quirky, yet likable (although Norma Warren i ...more
Susan Crowe
I've gotten to 50% and I just can't continue on. It just wasn't holding my interest. I felt like it was a chore just to listen. I know a lot of people enjoy these, but I'm just not one of them.
Jan 10, 2010 Vicki rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! Fannie Flagg has such wonderful stories and tells them so well. At first I thought it would be so predictable, but she takes twists and turns and it makes for a delightful (light) read. Baby Girl is what folks in Elmwood Springs, MO call Dena Nordstrom. This is a story of Dena's life in the newscast business, and then her learning about her roots. It was very interesting and disgusting to imagine the decline and fall of honest news, as the reader will learn the truth about papar ...more
Jenna Ann
Apr 17, 2016 Jenna Ann rated it really liked it
Love love loved this book. It's a great story, quick read, happy ending novel that was great for the start of spring. It tells you the story of famous TV anchor Dena Nordstrom as she navigates her way through life. She's living in New York and juggling family secrets, her relatives in a small Missouri town, and struggling to find her own identity. It'll keep you smiling!
Marci Akoma
Apr 12, 2016 Marci Akoma rated it it was amazing
Fannie Flagg is such a guilty pleasure for me. She never fails to delight. This book is no exception. With its folksy, memorable characters, an interesting plot with a surprising twist and the feel good insights on life I love Flagg for; this book is now one of my favorites!
Liesl Johnson
Jan 15, 2009 Liesl Johnson rated it did not like it
Yuck. I hated everything about this book. I made the mistake of taking this as my only reading material on a 12 hour flight to Japan and regretted it! I should have known that Fannie Flagg's writing style would not jibe well with me. It contains characters that are unappealing and a predictable romantic element. Yawn. I've learned my lesson. No more Fannie Flagg! I'm marking this as "read" even though I couldn't force myself to finish it. I even skipped to the end because I was marginally curiou ...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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“ Poor little old human beings – they’re jerked into this world without having any idea where they came from or what it is they are supposed to do, or how long they have to do it in. Or where they are gonna wind up after that. But bless their hearts, most of them wake up every morning and keep on trying to make some sense out of it. Why, you can’t help but love them, can you? I just wonder why more of them aren’t as crazy as betsy bugs. ”

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