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World of Pies

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World of Pies

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We gave it a C

If you’ve ever wondered where the rhetoric of family values has gotten us, look no further than Karen Stolz’s World of Pies, a determinedly quaint, cutesy novel, for the answer. A middle-American Like Water for Chocolate, it traces the life of narrator Roxanne from her youth in the tiny and close-knit town of Annette, Tex., through adolescence, marriage, and motherhood. Every chapter comes complete with a gooey down-home recipe (”Christina’s Dutch Crumb Cake”; ”Aunt Ruthie’s Cinnamon Rolls”), though to be honest, it’s hard to beat the prose itself for gooeyness. Nothing really bad ever happens to either Roxanne or anyone she knows in Annette. As long as you can bake a pie crust and appreciate it, the mesasge seems to be, life will be peachy keen. Oprah may swallow it, but most readers won’t. C