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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  44,635 ratings  ·  6,351 reviews
Poland, 1909 Stanislaw is determined to escape the Russians and follow his brother to America, a land where anything seems possible.

Wisconsin, 1941
With all the men off to war, Fritzi and her sisters must learn men’s work -- from fixing flats to driving the tow truck and the All-Girl Filling Station is born. Their peace doesn’t last long though: skilled women are needed to
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Random House (first published November 1st 2013)
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Judith Jagoda I had not realized that there was a group of women WASCPs.. I grew up during WW2 and knew WAVSFanny Flagg has the ability to bring me into different w…moreI had not realized that there was a group of women WASCPs.. I grew up during WW2 and knew WAVSFanny Flagg has the ability to bring me into different worlds.. I loved, Fried Green Tomatoes, and not The All-Girls filling Station.....(less)

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Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc, literature
Oh, it’s a happy day when there is a brand new Fannie Flagg novel! There is something so comforting and soothing about diving into her version of small town Alabama. Here she follows two families; the Simmonses of Point Clear, Alabama in 2005 and the Jurdabralinskis of Pulaski, Wisconsin during WWII. Flagg deftly weaves the stories of her families closer together as the novel progresses, but the real fun in a Flagg novel is not necessarily the plot yielding its secrets, but much more so the jour ...more
Liz Waters
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion”, a novel by Fannie Flagg is, in my opinion, her best work since “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”. This author can conjure up the characters of the old South like no one else, and I love getting lost in her books. And, that is exactly what I did with this one.

As usual, Flagg has made some excellent points in the fabric of her fiction. One is the homage paid to the WASPs (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots) of World War II. These unsung un
Alondra Miller
Woot-Woot!! Looks like I won this on the GoodReads giveaway!! This looks like a really fun book! :D

4 Stars - for the past. The flashback portions of this sweet little novel, were funny, sad, and at times will make you angry and frustrated, but full of pride for our countrys past. The Jurdabralinski girls were a hoot and ahead of their time. I know they are fictional characters, but I am so proud of them!

3 stars - for the present. Sookie and Lenore's characters were just too over-the-top for me.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Listen, this was just not good. I don't know much about Fannie Flagg's publishing history, but I'm thinking she once was able to capture lightning in a bottle with the delightful and oh-so-lovable Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, and she'll never ever be able to do it again. I think there was a strong (and potentially really great) idea behind this book, to highlight the WASPs of WWII (women pilots, essentially), and it was executed so insanely poorly that I just can't recommend it ...more
From the same author of the popular book, as well as movie, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, comes this book of love and loss with women being the main characters. I was simply blown away to see that this book, which I got on a whim, received more than 19 000 ratings on GR!

This book commemorates the WASPS (Women’s Airforce Service Pilots)during WWII - the women who flew airplanes in their support of the war effort. A tale of family relationships, mother-daughter bonding, nature a
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a really uneven book. The beginning was slow and too quirky for its own good. The middle was excellent and a few parts brought tears to my eyes (in a good way). The ending was predictable and threw in a gay character for absolutely no reason. (Is it a rule that every book written since 2005 has to be sympathetic to homosexuality?) So, it was hard to rate. I'd say read it for the fascinating information about WASPs during WW II, but skip over the rest, if you want.
Fannie Flagg on Match Game

I watched more television in the 1970s than I care to admit to my book reading friends. It made an impression on me. I did not entirely understand everything that I watched, but sometimes I knew there was more than the what the canned laugh tracks might have implied. One of those impressionable shows was Match Game 75 or 76 or whatever year it was (needless to say that Bill Gates also watch television in the 70s). Match game had a celebrity panel filled with people that were clever and who seem
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Readers of Fannie Flagg's novel Welcome to the World, Baby Girl! will no doubt remember Sookie Poole, loyal college roommate of TV morning show host Dena Nordstrom. Forty years later, the two are still close confidantes, but we learn a lot more about Sookie in Flagg's welcome new dramedy The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (Random House, digital galley). For that matter, Sookie learns a lot more about Sookie, and thereby hangs Flagg's tale.

Unlike her pal Dena, Sookie Krackenberry Poole o
UPDATE 3/11/17 - following original review.

If you're in need of an uplifting novel wrapped in southern charm, brimming with eccentric characters and rollicking humor, Fannie Flagg is sure to please. "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" was so laugh-out-loud hysterical I had to occasionally put the book down just to keep from rolling off the sofa. Dealing with a flamboyant aging mother besot with delusions of grandeur is challenging enough for sweet and gentle daughter, Sookie, but add
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is said that life is full of surprises. For Sookie Poole who despite being seemingly a disappointment to her overbearing mother, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, who has spent her life trying to mold Sookie in her image, as a mother and a wife seemingly know's who she is as a person. Those thoughts will be shattered though when by accident she stumbles on her mothers darkest secret, something that will see Sookie not only question everything she has thought she has known in life but also her own ...more
This book got better as it went on. At first Suki drove me nuts, granted her mother was a piece, but still Suki created so much of her own drama. I didn't like how she acted when she found out she was adopted, she kept saying she wasn't so and so, that her mother wasn't her mother, in my opionon it was over kill. It got to the point that I kept hoping for Suki's part to get over, I liked the parts in the past much better. It was only as Suki accepted her life that things started to pick up.

I hat
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor
This book started out with a healthy dose of Fannie Flagg's southern humor, so I thought I had something good in my hands.

Regretfully, I found out otherwise.

First, the book is not about an all-girl filling station or a reunion- it primarily concerns itself with a woman's search for identity along with a second story line about women pilots in World War II. So- catchy title, but misleading.

Secondly, the characters would occasionally act so far over the top that things deteriorated into complete f
Mike French
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've read a Fannie Flagg novel and I so regret that after reading this one! It was non stop laughter to the end and plenty of twists and turns to make it one of my favorite books in long time.
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Jan 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Made it 1/3 of the way through. Here's what happened in that part of the book.

A woman fed some birds
A woman read a letter and reacted to it (and kept reacting and kept on and kept on)
We flash back 80 years and get info-dump background about a family.
In olden times, a girl cleans a toilet

And if the humor was funny or the modern timeline woman was anything but despicable and useless, I might keep going. But the humor wasn't funny (name foreign people funny-sounding names! hahahaha, not) and I pure
Elizabeth Ellen
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dual adventures of dynamic women kept me turning pages until well past midnight. Fannie Flagg's characters are thoroughly engaging, with all the hangups and strengths of families from very different backgrounds.

One of the things I always enjoy is the author's grasp of the complexity of the interior life of Southern U.S. women (and men)---all liberated, but still working through expectations of culture, family, and society---handled with affection and humor. Equally strong in this story is the e
Sharon Huether
WOW!!, what a book. It was a Laugh Out Loud story. A more serious side of the story was the telling of the WASP's during WWII and the background of the sisters from Wisconsin that ferried planes from one side of the US to the far side of the US for the men in the Air force.
The story was so engaging, it was hard to stop reading.
I highly recommend it.
Diane Barnes
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really surprised by this book. This was a local book club assignment, and was really liked and well reviewed by several trusted reading friends. But in my mind Fannie Flagg=cute=light=funny=fluff. So the surprise to me right off the bat was how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The characters were NOT caricatures, the plot was NOT predictable, and I didn't roll my eyes once while turning the pages. I loved it, and I cared about the people involved, and I learned about a little known an ...more
This was one of those that came across my desk and piqued my interest. While it wasn't quite what I think I'd expected (not that I remember what I'd expected), it was enjoyable.

I know this woman. I know several versions of this woman and while I understand how these women are made and why they are the way they are, it doesn't make me love them any more. These women, the ones who exist for everyone else, the ones who have no self-definition, the ones who pitter and dither and are the mercy
Dale Harcombe
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you find a book that you just fall in love with. Being a fan of Fannie Flagg and having thoroughly enjoyed her other books, I was rapt to find this on the library shelves the other day. It no sooner came home and I was into it, chuckling along while at the same time enthralled with how easily Fannie Flagg draws characters. They effortlessly pull you into their world and make you want to keep reading. I resented anything that took me away from this book. It is a sheer delight.
Sookie, a
I should have enjoyed this book more than what I did. It had many aspects to it that I often love in a book: southern setting, older ladies and their friendships, humor, a dual time line, and a piece of history I could learn something from. Lately, I have been trying to use my libraries' overdrive and listen to audio books more, so I have been attempting to pick out some books that others seem to love or it sounds like something I might like. ( I am currently FAILING at this endeavor!) However, ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Fannie Flagg's writing, but it's been a while since I last picked up one of her books. (I'm embarrassed to say how long ago!) I had purchased this book a while back, but hadn't managed to fit it in my queue yet, so I decided to check out the audio version instead.

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is an entertaining and captivating story. Honestly, it started a bit slow, but I decided to stick with it because, well, Fannie Flagg! It picked up pace after a bit and th
I'm embarrassed to say that The All Girls' Filling Station has sat on my bookshelves for about three years, and it took a move and its rediscovery to finally read it. The good part of all of this? I DID read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have enjoyed Fannie Flagg and missed this one, do yourself a favour and read it.

United States of America's love affair with cars is central to this delightful tale - gas stations helped them motor across the country and in time of war, ladies had to tak
Diane S ☔
Jul 26, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Sookie has just managed to get all her daughters married and is looking forward to some time for herself, maybe to read a book. I can sympathize. Her mother, who is loosing it mentally, and is a character to boot, has other ideas. Sookie finds out her family history is not what she thought it was and this turns into a sometimes amusing, sometimes poignant, quest.

Fannie Flagg has such a great job of detailing her characters lives, making them quirky and amusing, larger than life people. This
Ange H
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one takes a little while to get going, and it's not Flagg's best, but fans of her style won't be disappointed by the story of Sookie, a timid southern belle with a domineering mother who at the age of 60, finally finds out who she really is. Her journey is interspersed with flashbacks to Fritzi, a fearless woman from a world away in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Fritzi was a member of the little-known WASPS, a group of female pilots who flew planes as part the war effort in WWII. Discovering how the ...more
Kasa Cotugno
Some feel that Southerners are the best storytellers. Like the Irish, they know the value of a tale that has an intriguing premise, a lot of history, and a satisfying resolution. Fannie Flagg is such an artist. Her books have several threads of commonality, great story is only one element,. Her characters are strong, her humor, never far from the surface. There is a whiff of a mystery, and the resolution makes sense. As with her other stories, there is a female resolve of strength, and her ladie ...more
BAM The Bibliomaniac
This is not a typical read for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author reads her own work for the audio version; her twang have it an authentic quaintness. I had to reread the synopsis because I was THIS CLOSE to a big reveal. Much soul searching is threaded throughout the plot leading to a very happy ending for all the characters. If one is searching for an upbeat novel or needs a read to lift spirits, this book is the pick
Deborah Pickstone
I enjoyed this, though it's not Fannie Flagg's best novel. The past stuff about the Wasps was good but the two main protagonists in the present day were woefully stereotyped. However, as the book went on they came more into focus and overall, Flagg's humour seeped through. Sookie's children turned out to be an amazing support.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Another Fannie Flagg book I would have never read had it not been a bookclub selection. What saves the book are the historical parts and those characters and the information about the female pilots who served during WW2 (called WASPS.)
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Mrs Earle Poole Jr – Sookie to her family and friends – is having her usual challenges. The blue jays are monopolizing the feeders, leaving the little birds without sustenance. At least she’s managed to get her third daughter safely married and off on her honeymoon, so maybe now Sookie can rest for a bit. Well, except for managing her mother, Lenore, who is as wacky and demanding as ever. Sookie can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations that she “behave like a Simmons” – polishing the f ...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, Bab ...more

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