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2.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 5 2.75 (28 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 2006 ISBN: 9781415926505
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You’re invited. . .
To the charming Delta town of Second Creek, Mississippi, known for its chatty citizens, unusual weather phenomena, and elegant ballroom dancing in the most unlikely places.

Laurie Lepanto is on the horns of a dilemma. For generations, the Piggly Wiggly has been Second Creek’s community center and town hall, and has even seen a little romance blossom in its aisles. But thanks to the new MegaMart across town, the Piggly Wiggly’s owner, confirmed bachelor Hale “Mr. Choppy” Dunbar, may be forced to close this small-town landmark. 

To save the Piggly Wiggly, Laurie enlists her fellow “Nitwitts,” a formidable array of the town’s most influential ladies. The Nitwitts are hopelessly devoted to the Piggly Wiggly, and are determined to help in any way possible. Laurie’s plan, however, needs one more person: the town’s most eligible silver fox, Powell Hampton, a handsome widower and former ballroom dance instructor. For two hours a week, Powell will waltz–or foxtrot, or tango–at the Piggly Wiggly with Second Creek’s ladies while the salesclerks do their shopping for them.

In a town like Second Creek, where everyone knows everyone, waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly soon becomes the town’s most festive event, even offering Mr. Choppy the chance to shed the weight of his past. And after a few turns around the floor with the charming Powell, Laurie begins to make plans for romance as well as civic renewal.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/12/2014

    " This was OK. Not my favorite, not much excitement, but a pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juliekmccall | 2/8/2014

    " This was a fun book, but I was a little disappointed in it. It seemed to borrow ideas from other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/3/2014

    " Good. Small southern town life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/31/2014

    " It's an easy and light read, but not a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Schatz | 1/27/2014

    " I listened to this book and the narrator was excellent. Every sentence was as full of description as a forsythia bush in the spring. Great story about classy, brassy, and strong women and the small Southern town they live in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Messmer | 1/23/2014

    " It was alright. I guess you have to be from the south to understand the mentality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JanieceK | 1/21/2014

    " This has to be the silliest thing I've ever read. I can't believe I wasted the time to read it. There was nothing to redeem it. I think most of the problem was that it was written by a man. Small town Southern women really don't talk, think nor act that way. It seemed to me to be the way a man would think small town Southern women would talk, think and act. Don't waste any time on this!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Capoppy | 1/18/2014

    " We meet the Nitwitts of Second Creek, Mississippi, a group of rich widow's, as the local Piggly Wiggly just off the downtown square is due to go out of business because of the Mega Mart up by the Interstate. This book makes you happy and gives you plenty of laughs. "

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

    " This is the story of a quirly southern town. So far its been a nice, light commute read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/15/2014

    " I really love southern fiction and this fit the bill perfectly. A light read with a big heart "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 1/9/2014

    " This book was just ok. It was a bit bland and took me too long to read because it was easy to put down and forget about. I expected the characters to be funny and eccentric but I didn't find either one. The story wasn't bad but it fell short. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 12/18/2013

    " No story to speak of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Chenevert | 12/2/2013

    " Cute and entertaining. Southern women at their best and worst. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 11/15/2013

    " A sweetly written story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tenna | 11/1/2013

    " I debated between 3 or 4 stars on this one...really cute but a little hokey. I'll continue to read the series because I want to see what happens. This book was worth the time it took to read it but it was VERY light! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 3/2/2012

    " I read about a third of this and while it featured everything I usually like (quirky characters in a small town and hint of humor), I just couldn't get into it. Wasn't worth the time to keep going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TeresaFL | 1/28/2012

    " If you've ever lived in a small town in the south, then this book is for you. As I read it I kept finding people I've grown up with all my life. A fun, easy read. I highly recommend it if you want to relax and enjoy some time with interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/23/2011

    " I liked most of this book - the location made me wish for a life in a similar small town. However, there were certain parts (about the characters' sexual exploits and "physical endowments") that I feel were unnecessary and gratuitous. But, it was an easy, charming read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 M. Schroff | 5/23/2011

    " No idea what I was thinking, picking up this book. Pretty boring. I finished it, but the back cover was more exciting than the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Whitwam | 12/25/2009

    " Cute and folksy, rather like Keillor (I imagine, since I've not read him), small-town, eccentricities, but very wholesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lonnie | 8/3/2009

    " I like the storyline and it made me wish that I had gone to the Piggly Wiggly in St. Martinville! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 7/26/2009

    " A funny light story yet thoughtful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/19/2008

    " Wow, but this seemed a LONG listen. Took me a while to get into the story. I preferred Mr Choppy's mysterious past storyline more so than the save the Piggly Wiggly story line. Some of the NitWits had some clever lines. Parts were well written. But glad to finish it. The dance lasted a bit too long. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 9/19/2008

    " Pretty boring, the story never went anywhere, the main characters were likeable, but no characters you want to hate, which makes a story good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gigi Ann | 12/16/2007

    " This was just a fun, whimsical book to read. If you are looking to read something deep and thoughtful, this is not the book for you. Since I wanted something fun to read this week, I chose this book, and it fit the bill. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 12/9/2007

    " The premise of this book sounded good, but it just never clicked with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Dotters-aktz | 8/13/2007

    " this is a fun and easy read, when you need a cute escpae from life, this is for you,. if you have ever lived in a small town, this is for you. if you like those crazy characters and thier antics, this is for your. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zippy | 1/1/2007

    " A quirky story, not a bad read, somewhat predictable, a few sex scenes that were more descriptive than I needed. "

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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

Clarinda Ross graduated from Appalachian State University with a BA in theater. She has worked at many major regional theaters and spent several years as a leading lady with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Her film and television credits include Blue Sky, View from the Top, Judging Amy, ER, United States of Tara, Medium, and many more. She and her family split their time between California and North Carolina.