Life Among the Savages

Life Among the Savages

Book - 2015
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"In a hilariously charming domestic memoir, America's celebrated master of terror turns to a different kind of fright: raising children. In her celebrated fiction, Shirley Jackson explored the darkness lurking beneath the surface of small-town America. But in Life Among the Savages, she takes on the lighter side of small-town life. In this witty and warm memoir of her family's life in rural Vermont, she delightfully exposes a domestic side in cheerful contrast to her quietly terrifying fiction. With a novelist's gift for character, an unfailing maternal instinct, and her signature humor, Jackson turns everyday family experiences into brilliant adventures"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York City :, Penguin Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9780143128045
0143128043
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 20 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Dec 15, 2016

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.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 08, 2016

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.

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Logovore
Sep 09, 2015

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.

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mbtinsley
Dec 31, 2014

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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