Make My Tomatoes Fried and Green
Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe,
by Fannie Flagg is Chattanoogas choice for "A Tale for One
City," and everyone is invited to read the book, and then to meet
in groups throughout the community to talk about it. The program is a
way of promoting literacy and encouraging a closer community by finding
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a co-sponsor of this reading
offered this description of the book, which was nominated for a Pulitzer
Prize and remained on The New York Times best-seller list for 36 weeks:
"Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes
at the Whistlestop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the
1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn,
who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two
womenof the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend
Ruthwho back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop,
Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good
coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder."
A Tale For One City is similar to a program called "If All Seattle
Read The Same Book," initiated in 1998 by Nancy Pearl, a Seattle
librarian. The success of that program propelled the reading initiative
across the country, and now there have been at least 73 similar programs
in 33 states and two in Canada. These programs selected a book on the
advice of a community panel or similar means, but Chattanoogas selection
process was different. Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe
was chosen by popular vote.
Dr. John Friedl, UTC Provost, suggests reading and organizing discussion
groups in the community. Many churches across Chattanooga have invited
their congregations to read and discuss the book.
So pick up your copy and read Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop
Cafe. Then share it with someone else.
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