Emilie Betts has written a memoir of delightful prose, searing honesty and life-affirming wisdom that spans the ups and downs of her remarkable eight decades. We witness Emilie¿s restless, adventurous spirit carry her through some of life¿s greatest challenges and sorrows. This intensely personal, richly evoked story reads like a novel, but with the triumph of truth. The shadows of the title are cast by horrifying national and personal loss in the course of this fascinating journey from the Great Depression to modern America. Her quest¿form house to house until she finds home¿leads from town to suburbia, city to country, and back; from East to West and back; from plenty to poverty and back again.
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An enjoyable slice of Americana. This engaging--if not compelling--memoir follows the life of an American girl from the Great Depression to 9/11.
Betts is a pleasant companion. Clear-eyed and insightful, she successfully brings the past to life, making it palpable and real. Her once well-to-do parents fell on hard times during the Great Depression and the family became vagabonds roving from one temporary home to another. But the author does not wallow in the low points or shy away from them. There was a lot of love in the family, but also many fights and much drunkenness, which Betts describes in unsparing detail. Her parents were capable of turning a poverty-ridden Easter into something magical. The author accepts the good and the bad of her reality. She holds true to this trait even as she moves into adulthood, talking frankly about the ups and downs of being a wife and mother and of her lifelong struggles to balance her needs with those of her husband and children. In her handling of her husband, Bob, readers discover Betts' soft spot as a memoirist. She is forthright in her assessment, portraying a man of considerable charm, intellect and cruelty. --Kirkus Discoveries
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Book Description Beckham Publications Group, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11093176128X
Book Description Beckham Publications Group. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 093176128X. Bookseller Inventory # I4-IBMW-PZVS