Originally published in 1953, this is a nostalgic, clever, and very charming non-fiction tale about raising young children in a small Vermont town, written by an author who specialized normally in eerie, somewhat paranormal fiction. It's very funny in addition to being a great look back at how things were in those days (smoking at the table and in bed, for example!). A nice book to read and enjoy and find yourself laughing at the childrens' antics.
Surprisingly light and charming autobiography about raising children in Vermont by Shirley Jackson, better known for "The Lottery" and creep out novels "The Haunting of Hill House" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle." Maybe it takes a well-adjusted, domestically inclined person to create such disturbing and dark books.
I have to say that I prefer Jackson's fiction. I did get some chuckles from this book, but it mostly seemed kind of flat. Kerr and Bombeck covered this territory--albeit later than Jackson--in a more humourous manner.
Shirley Jackson is best known for horror fiction, but this book is extremely funny. She outlines life in a small town in Vermont with her husband and their four children (who are the savages) in a humorous and insightful way. A very entertaining read.
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