Fannie Flagg



Three beloved reads recommended by the author of I Still Dream About You.



Fannie Flagg's literary career has been nothing short of unconventional—after making her name on television shows like Candid Camera and Match Game, she decided to try her hand at fiction with a 1978 short story from the point of view of an 11-year-old girl, spelling mistakes and all. That story later became her first novel; her second was the bestselling Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, and her adaptation of the book into a screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award. The latest among her warm-hearted comic portraits of small-town life both past and present is I Still Dream About You. Fannie Flagg shared three of her favorite reads with the Barnes & Noble Review.


Books by Fannie Flagg




Christmas Memory

By Truman Capote


"It is a very touching portrayal of the relationship between two unlikely people who give comfort to each other."






Travels with Charley

By John Steinbeck


"Steinbeck chronicles his last road trip across America, showing a slice of the rural small town America that we are losing to the big malls."







Prince of Tides

By Pat Conroy


"I love anything Conroy writes. Need I say more?"




April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangledeshi mathematician and the haunting crime he's committed barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and ravaged Afghanistan with vinegar-steeped prose recalling the best of George Orwell and Joseph Conrad.

The People's Platform

Why is the Internet - once touted as the democratizer of the future - ruled by a few corporate giants, while countless aspirants work for free? Astra Taylor diagnoses why the web has failed to be a utopian playing field, and offers compelling ways we can diversify the marketplace and give voice to the marginalized.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.