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2.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 52.91 out of 5 2.91 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Wallen Narrator: Peggity Price Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781440743832
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MoonPies and Movie Stars is Amy Wallen’s snappy, sassy, and sensational debut novel. A hysterical romp across the Southwest, it pits a spunky Texan mom against the star-studded power of Hollywood.

While watching television one day, Ruby Kincaid catches sight of her runaway daughter Violet in a commercial. Quicker than a jackrabbit, Ruby makes up her mind to head straight for Tinseltown and reclaim her wayward daughter—even if she has to lasso her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a pitch-perfect ear for comic dialogue and a fine sense of the absurd, Amy Wallen writes herself a place on the porch swing of great Southern writing.”

    Janet Fitch, New York Times bestselling author of White Oleander

  • “Wallen's bighearted confection rounds itself out with a bittersweet zinger of a conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spirited and honest…Wallen capably illustrates that it is not only possible but also compelling to be funny, captivating, and compassionate, all in the same book.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A delightful and exhilarating journey…like being on a tour bus guided by Eudora Welty on speed.”

    Mary Gordon, author of Circling My Mother

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 2/14/2014

    " Why are book Texans always so annoying about being from Texas? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, the story was interesting and i really enjoyed the ending, not your 'normal' ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/2/2014

    " heart warming and funny. Love the west texas tumbleweed humor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 1/23/2014

    " I guess this qualifies as chick lit, but the author hosts an open mic I've attended a few times. So I figured I'd give it a try, and it wasn't painful. She keeps the plot moving along well. The primary characters are clearly drawn. I'm a bit ambivalent about the ending. I like that it's not the obvious cliche ending, but it seemed a bit abrupt after 300-plus pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/17/2014

    " I actually found this book as I was wondering the aisles of the Dollar Tree. And it was actually a pretty fun read! It takes place in the 70s as a grandmother, her sister, her daughter's mother-in-law and her 2 grandchildren take off from a small Texas town to Hollywood to find her daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed the description of the "Price is Right" game show that the heroine and her sister found themselves on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/11/2014

    " If I could give this book negative stars, I would. I felt like my IQ dropped significantly just by reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 1/11/2014

    " Fun story with a southern flair. Not as dry as Ms. Julia series but still has that distinctive southern "twang" to it. I enjoyed this as a light fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 11/26/2013

    " This was good enough. It got off to a slow start, but then finally kicked in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Schneider Swalley | 11/21/2013

    " Fun, light read with my favorite childhood doll, Mrs. Beasley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 11/13/2013

    " reminded me a lot of the society in like, fried green tomatoes. i wasn't crazy about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragan | 11/10/2013

    " Kind of sad book about how some women should never be mothers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mendy | 11/8/2013

    " The book isn't that good but once I start one I can't not finish it. I do like all the 70's references and where I was at that time! She quotes my favorite song "Mama don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" so it can't be all bad! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liann | 9/21/2013

    " some parts where funny "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shrie Spangler | 6/27/2013

    " This book was an entertaining and heartfelt read. It wasn't groundbreaking literature, and even lacked a little depth (and was very predictable), but it was a story of people much like my own and a story of Texas. I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Ford | 5/13/2013

    " Comical, sentimental, asking a few hard questions, and yet, never letting us down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/28/2013

    " A comical book about a woman from Texas who goes to Hollywood to find her actress daughter who ran away. The plot isn't great but it can be pretty amusing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnn | 3/16/2013

    " Good characters; not a real strong storyline. By then end of the book you still don't have all the answers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McGuffy Morris | 11/28/2012

    " A cute, fun, quick read; very enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/10/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Took this book along on a recent road trip in Texas. Fun fluff and stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 10/31/2011

    " This fits into the category of could have been so much better for me. The typecasting was sometimes painful, and while the author did some things well, there was some stiltedness that was distracting. I grew tired of shock value where plot development was needed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 6/11/2011

    " The protag is SO annoying! I like the sister and Duke. But I kept waiting for the climax (gross) and it was extremely disappointing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/17/2011

    " Loved it 'cause my good friend wrote it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McGuffy Ann | 1/17/2011

    " A cute, fun, quick read; very enjoyable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/10/2011

    " Good characters; not a real strong storyline. By then end of the book you still don't have all the answers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 7/26/2010

    " The protag is SO annoying! I like the sister and Duke. But I kept waiting for the climax (gross) and it was extremely disappointing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 6/7/2010

    " heart warming and funny. Love the west texas tumbleweed humor "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 6/4/2010

    " This was good enough. It got off to a slow start, but then finally kicked in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 5/11/2010

    " If I could give this book negative stars, I would. I felt like my IQ dropped significantly just by reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ragan | 3/9/2010

    " Kind of sad book about how some women should never be mothers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shrie | 10/29/2009

    " This book was an entertaining and heartfelt read. It wasn't groundbreaking literature, and even lacked a little depth (and was very predictable), but it was a story of people much like my own and a story of Texas. I enjoyed it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 8/4/2009

    " This fits into the category of could have been so much better for me. The typecasting was sometimes painful, and while the author did some things well, there was some stiltedness that was distracting. I grew tired of shock value where plot development was needed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/3/2009

    " I really enjoyed this book, the story was interesting and i really enjoyed the ending, not your 'normal' ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 10/23/2008

    " Comical, sentimental, asking a few hard questions, and yet, never letting us down. "

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About the Narrator

Peggity Price has worked extensively in television and stage, both on and off-Broadway and in regional theatres for over thirty years. She has performed in Australia and Poland and has directed plays for the Barter Theatre and the apprentice company for the Humana New Play Festival at The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ms. Price is the cofounder and artistic director of the Blue Horse Repertory Company.