Introducing Our Sip & Flip Book Club!

October 15, 2013 | By | Comments (65)
Photo Courtesy of Random House

Photo Courtesy of Random House

Paging all book lovers: You and your friends are invited to join our new Sip & Flip Book Club! Each month we’ll be cracking open a great Southern read, from classics to new releases. And, because we know a Southern get-together isn’t complete without plenty of food and fellowship, we’re pairing each pick with a five-question discussion guide (short enough to leave plenty of time for chit-chat) and easy food and drink ideas (might as well make it a party!)

First up on our reading list is The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion (Random House, On Sale November 5), the latest novel from Fried Green Tomatoes author and Alabama native Fannie Flagg. The book takes readers on a journey that’s one part comedy, one part mystery as the heroine, Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, uncovers the secret past of her over-bearing mother, Ms. Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. (Do these gals have super-Southern monikers or what?) Sookie’s search takes her across the country and back in time to the 1940s when her family’s gas station was known by truck drivers far and wide as “The All-Girl Filling Station.” Learning about the colorful adventures of the girls at the station prompts Sookie, a recent empty-nester, to shake-up her own life.

Download our 5 Question Discussion Guide and get the Sip & Flip Party Menu inspired by the author’s favorite Southern small bites. (There’s fried green tomatoes on the line-up, naturally.) And don’t miss our Google Hangout Chat with the author on November 12 at 1 PM CST. We can’t wait to pore over this new Southern read. Can you?

Giveaway Alert! What sets your book club apart? Tell us all about your get-togethers in the comments field below for a chance to win copies for your entire group of The All-Girls Filling Station signed by Fannie Flagg herself. The contest begins today and ends Sunday, October 27. Official rules here


  1. Kathy

    Have you all read A Single Drop of Ink by Carla Weeks. Definitely worth the read.

    July 8, 2015 at 10:38 am
  2. Janice Byrd

    I started a book club thirty years ago in my hometown of McKinney, Texas. Our book review club was one of hundreds of such clubs found primarily in the Dallas area. These book review clubs began in the 1930s in neighborhood homes, where audiences read “by ear.”

    I am now a professional oral book reviewer. I am paid to go to review clubs each month and present a book of my choosing–beginning to end–to the club members who have paid annual dues to hear a fifty-minute monologue, often in the voice of the author.

    Janice Byrd
    McKinney, TX

    April 18, 2015 at 11:17 pm
  3. Jane South

    I would like to join the book club.

    February 16, 2015 at 6:46 am
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  5. Mary Gregory Dillard

    I’m an author of southern fiction, and I would like to know if you would consider reading by latest novel, Where the Maypop Grows. This is my third novel about southern living and I would be happy to send you a copy for your consideration.

    October 25, 2013 at 10:19 am
  6. latasha sandoval

    At our get togethers we have tea in fancy cups, someone brings some homebaked goods and we sip, chit chat, laugh and read aloud.

    October 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm
  7. Patty Warren

    Our book club started 10 years ago with neighbors in our fledging neighborhood who loved to read. We invited friends and before we knew it we were turning people away! We Stopped at 15 members, but that is quite a few sometimes to get your opinion heard when we all get excited about our book choice that month!
    We love our book club, not because we are all alike, but because we are different. We make each other read books we might never have picked on our own. Our ages are from the 30’s to the 50’s. When we started all the kids were in some form of K-12 but now the younger ones are really growing up and some of our older children are in college and beyond.
    We meet each month at a members home, who chooses the book we read that month. The hostess provides snacks and drinks, which runs from elaborate to simple. There are no judgements in our book club and what is said or happens when we are together stays with us! We have a potluck at our neighborhood clubhouse in July and go out for a nice dinner in December and have a book-stealing party there! We have to bring those books back during the year to share with each other. Since we only end of hosting once every two years or so, we have plenty of time to pick our book but it is always hard! We pick books that are in paperback to cut costs but we have chosen one hardback best seller that we all could not wait for -“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett.
    Next year when we celebrate our first decade, we are going to do something special, and it will always include a lot of books, and wine, and fun!

    October 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm
  8. Susan H.

    I’m small town girl too. Not in a book club. Excited to join in on this one. Thanks.

    October 21, 2013 at 9:38 am
  9. Jenn

    What sets my book club apart is the member! I have the most spectacular group of friends that gather monthly to discuss our latest written gems. We would love to add this novel to our next discussion. And considering The Daily South has provided accompanying cocktail and snack recipes, I think this could be our best month yet!

    October 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm
  10. Diane Sharpe

    Dear Southern Living……..Our book club known as “The Book Buddies” was born out of a desire to meet new friends and to see what others are reading. Our members are made up of a diverse range of both age and professions. Meetings are both social as well as a intellectual meeting of the mind. Additionally, we support the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy for Georgia’s Children and are in the process of establishing 2 Little Free Library stations to encourage reading and making books available for two small towns in Jefferson County, GA that do not have a public library nor a book store near by. Several Georgia authors have been our guests at our book club to discuss their books and to get to know them on a personal level. We would be honored to be selected as your winners.

    Diane Sharpe
    Bartow, GA

    October 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm
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    October 19, 2013 at 12:31 am
  12. nakna brudar

    I think that is ok to do that becouse all we know the truth

    October 19, 2013 at 12:30 am
  13. ncalkins

    Southern Living
    What Sets Our Book Club Apart?

    With an active membership of 12 ladies ranging in age from young mothers to retired women, our “All-Girl” monthly book club began in January, 2012, and is diverse not only in years but in backgrounds, personalities, and views. Embracing individual differences has allowed us to respect and value a broad scope of ideas and unique perspectives. Literary dialogues, life experiences, and a love for one another are shared in a friendly, lively, and honest atmosphere. We take pride in promoting and encouraging a culture of reading through book discussions, book donation programs and exchanges, and by gifting children’s books to expectant mothers. The richness of our friendship continues to build even as we stimulate our minds with different authors and genres of books. Thank you to my book club “sisters.” I feel we have already won something very special.

    Nancy Calkins
    Kansas City, KS

    October 18, 2013 at 10:47 am
  14. Sheridan Hess

    I am late to comment(I just received my SL magazine today) but am amazed at the number of hopeful book club participants.

    We’re a group of gals settled in a small town in Georgia. Before moving to Eatonton, we hail from all parts of the United States and Latin America. We call ourselves the LOL book club which could stand for “Ladies of the Lake” or more often, “Laugh Out Loud” ladies. Usually a group of 8-10, we meet every month at a member’s home for lunch and lively discussion.

    Our literary tastes are as varied as our members. We enjoy fiction as well as non. We’ve delved into books from India to Australia, from the past and into the future. Southern literature is like a sweet praline treat for us.

    October 17, 2013 at 9:41 pm
  15. Nancy

    Nancy Love
    Franklin, TN

    I have had the joy of being part of a wonderful book club for the last 14 years. We call ourselves the Pageturners. We are a group of ladies who had children at the same pre school, some were also teachers and I am the director. We all become such friends and did not what to lose touch with each other once our a children started to school. We started out 14 years ago as mothers of young children and some teenagers. We are truly like a family and a counseling session each month. We have helped each other through children graduating and go off to college, aging parents, dead of a parent, dead of spouse, rearing children, even one of our members dying of cancer. Now, half of our group are grandmothers, so we are moving into another season of life. These women have truly been a lifesaver to me. We meet once a month at someone’s house. She picks the book for the month and provides a delicious meal. We have certainly enjoyed discussing a variety of books and love ever minute of it. We have a book swap at our Christmas gathering, we also have had game nights and gone to play trivia at a local restaurant, and also made week-end trips together.

    We love Fannie Flagg’s books and have chosen several for our monthly meeting. My all time favorite will always be “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.

    We would love to win!!!!

    October 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

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