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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Dalby Narrator: Clarinda Ross Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781415939321
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The enchanting sequel to Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly–a Southern charmer about second chances in love and life, and the odd–and oddly funny–events that bring people together.

When Hale “Mr. Choppy” Dunbar decides to run for mayor in his hometown of Second Creek, Mississippi, Laurie Lepanto and her new husband, Powell Hampton, insist on managing his campaign. Even though his family-owned store, the Piggly Wiggly, was forced to close, Hale Dunbar is still beloved in Second Creek. After all, life in Second Creek is all about having a strong sense of community–albeit a quirky Mississippi Delta sense of community.

Backed by the Nitwitts–the town’s most influential and enjoyably eccentric widows–Laurie and Powell begin plotting the kind of genuine, down-home mayoral campaign that will assure Hale’s victory over his opponent–the self-serving, obnoxious Floyce Hammontree, who frankly would have preferred a career as a lounge singer. Along the way, Gaylie Girl, Hale’s long-lost love, returns to Second Creek to shake things up even more. But regardless of the challenges they are faced with–strange weather, backroom bribery, or the illness of one of Laurie’s dear Nitwitts–the former boss of the Piggly Wiggly and his team find a way to outdo themselves once again.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 8/29/2013

    " Pretty silly but fun to listen to on CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tenna | 2/7/2013

    " I thought this was a bit better then the first one...nothing earth shattering but a funny book that is worth reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 1/30/2012

    " This is a cute story about small town Mississippi politics. I got it from the library as it was billed as a humorous book. Mostly, the humor is lacking, but I plowed on. There are occassional smiles generated, but that's about it. It's harmless and quaint. Not much to learn from it either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 12/29/2011

    " This is as funny as "Waltzing at the Piggly wiggly. It just shows what you can do when you step out of your comfort zone. and how friends all rally around each other even if they don't always agree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 8/29/2011

    " Laurie and her husband, Powell, help the Nit Wits get Mr. Choppy elected mayor of Second Creek, Mississippi. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julaine | 8/26/2011

    " Eccentric town and characters were interesting enough, writing was a little stilted at times. Will probably try another in this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheri | 4/13/2011

    " I did not finish this book. It was not as good as the first one in the series - "Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly." I felt it was predictable and a little boring, so I just put it down and moved on to the next book in my stack! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi | 1/21/2011

    " I expected the book to be funnier. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 12/17/2010

    " Second in the series. Excellent. I enjoyed this one better than the first one. Sadder things go in in the town than then first one but good eventually triumphs over evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harriet | 9/1/2010

    " Pretty silly but fun to listen to on CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tenna | 4/20/2010

    " I thought this was a bit better then the first one...nothing earth shattering but a funny book that is worth reading! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 3/16/2010

    " This is a cute story about small town Mississippi politics. I got it from the library as it was billed as a humorous book. Mostly, the humor is lacking, but I plowed on. There are occassional smiles generated, but that's about it. It's harmless and quaint. Not much to learn from it either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi | 1/18/2009

    " I expected the book to be funnier. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/30/2008

    " Laurie and her husband, Powell, help the Nit Wits get Mr. Choppy elected mayor of Second Creek, Mississippi. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 4/28/2008

    " This is as funny as "Waltzing at the Piggly wiggly. It just shows what you can do when you step out of your comfort zone. and how friends all rally around each other even if they don't always agree. "

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About the Author

Robert Dalby is a native of Mississippi and lifelong patron of the Piggly Wiggly. Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly is his first novel.

About the Narrator

Original bio from narrator's website:

Clarinda Ross grew up in Boone, North Carolina where both her parents were professors at Appalachian State University.

Clarinda’s father, the late Dr. Carl A. Ross, Jr., was chairman of the Appalachian Studies Department at ASU and a respected historian. Her mother, Charlotte, is a renowned storyteller of the Appalachian region. Ms. Ross graduated from Appalachian State with a B.A. in theatre.

Clarinda furthered her studies at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and at the Conservatory program of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has worked at many major regional theatres including The Alley Theatre, The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and spent several years as a leading lady with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company.

Clarinda has written the screenplay for the acclaimed southern writer Lee Smith’s novel FAMILY LINEN. She is also one of the producers on the film.

Her feature film credits include Blue Sky with Jessica Lange and Tommy Lee Jones, and Fluke with Matthew Modine and Eric Stoltz, The Sky Is Falling and View From The Top with Gwyneth Paltrow. Her television appearances include: Judging Amy, E.R., Drew Carey, The Client, The District, In The Heat of The Night, I’ll Fly Away, United States of Tara, Medium and several movies of the week, most notably the Emmy award-winning Stolen Babies with Mary Tyler Moore.

Ms. Ross received an individual artist grant from the NEA at age 23 and developed her first one-woman play, FROM MY GRANDMOTHER’S GRANDMOTHER UNTO ME, which was developed and directed by David Thomas and is based on Clarinda's southern ancestors. GRANDMOTHER was a runaway hit at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and was featured in the Olympic Arts Festival in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994 and at the summer games in Atlanta in 1996. Clarinda also starred in the movie version of GRANDMOTHER , for PBS, directed by John David Allen.

Her latest play, SPIT LIKE A BIG GIRL  deals with growing up southern, the death of her father, and raising her mentally disabled daughter. SPIT LIKE A BIG GIRL premiered as a part of the subscription season at Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA directed by Jenny Sullivan. Clarinda is a member of the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble in Venice, CA. Ms. Ross is on the National Council of Actors’ Equity Association and is a voter for the Tony Awards.

She has three children, Clara, Frank, and Gus and is married to the actor, Googy Gress. Her family splits their time between California and North Carolina.