A Girl's Life: Horses and Boys and Weddings and Luck

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In pleasant contrast to the recent flood of haunting childhood memoirs, A Girl's Life is about growing up in a functional family, about nurture, serenity, wonderment, and the stabilizing contributions an unencumbered heart makes in the life of an observant child. Marianne Gingher makes the events of a normal girlhood not only engaging but distinctly illuminating and explores rites of passage that are as persuasive in shaping an artist's sensibilities as are privations. A meditation on the comforts of home place and family, A Girl's Life celebrates the last era in America, the 1950s and 1960s, when it was still possible to enjoy a cynicism-free girlhood - when it was still safe for children to take gifts from strangers and not yet unwise for them to leave the doors of their hearts unlocked. As Eudora Welty wrote in her autobiographical memoir One Writer's Beginning, A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. The seventeen personal narratives collected here corroborate Welry's conviction. Arranged in a loose chronology, the tales document a southern white girl's middle-class initiation into the adult world. The first section, Sanc

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Born on Guam, Marianne Gingher grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she still lives. Director of the creative writing program and assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she is the author of Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit; Teen Angel; and How to Have a Happy Childhood -- a psalm to childhood's dawdling pleasures.

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In an essay in the New York Times Book Review, Michael Vincent Miller casually appealed for a memoir of childhood happiness and adult fulfillment. Gingher, director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, delivers on his request, extolling and sometimes sugarcoating the virtues of her North Carolina girlhood. From the beginning, as Gingher and her siblings embark on their summer trip to the grandparents' house, the cast of shiny, happy characters can do no wrong. Pies are always cooling on the kitchen windowsill, while kids entertain themselves trying on grandma's hats. Gingher's nostalgia for the 1950s and '60s yields some dreamy images, but her insistence that this was the last age of innocence rings false considering the political climate of the time and place. Without adult reflection on the context, she wistfully remembers the African-American maids employed by her family and white neighbors, and sighs, "This was the last era of affordable help for the middle class." When dark clouds encroach, they hover over other families; the bad tempers of other girls' fathers only highlight the goodness and pureness of her own. Potential land mines, such as when her mother discovers a Klansman's robe in the attic, are glossed over quickly and efficiently. Later in the book, Gingher's account of her own children is less confectionary and more grounded. Throughout, she writes fluidly and has a knack for detail, vividly capturing a child's-eye view. Readers who yearn for gentle, unconflicted memoir will treasure Gingher's work. B&w photos.

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