My Own Two Feet

My Own Two Feet

A Memoir

Book - 1995
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The New Yorker called Beverly Cleary's first volume of memoirs, A Girl From Yamhill, a warm, honest book, as interesting as any novel. Now the creator of the classic children's stories millions grew up with continues her own fascination story. Here is Beverly Cleary, from college years to the publication of her first book. It is a fascinating look at her life and a writing career that spans three generations, continuing to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c1995.
ISBN: 9780380727469
0380727463
Characteristics: 346 p., [32] leaves of plates :,ill. ;,19 cm.

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Indoorcamping
Mar 18, 2019

Anyone who wants to Make America Great Again, especially any female, might enjoy reading this memoir. Anyone might enjoy reading this memoir, actually, as Beverly Cleary has the clearest voice, heh heh, and the most straightforward but light and humorous and honest writing style of anyone, ever. She's like the teacher you wish you had, the friend's mother who said the most insightful advice without sounding like she's saying anything paradigm-shifting while she's blowing your assumptions and making you question why you think what you think. All while telling stories about growing up female almost a hundred years ago, what opportunities there were, how strict your behavior had to be, what you were constantly judged upon, what stupid insignificant actions could ruin your life, what you were warned not to do that worried people then but now we wish we had those simple worries. You want to live in this era, yet you are so grateful you don't. There is limited opportunity, and that is a complete understatement. There is a lot of what sounds like discomfort, boredom, assumptions and horrible communication, unrealistic expectations, and certainly limited opportunity. But there is joy and fresh air and a lot less bumping into people everywhere: in competition for jobs and school, and in every where and everything, especially transportation and just plain getting through the day. It's freeing and you feel like that part would be nice to have back, but the rest that goes with it, no. It's beautiful and luxurious to put your mind into this world, but when you are done, you can appreciate much of what we have that women could not even dream of a century ago.

It's a beautiful experience to be transported into this woman's life and even better to not have to stay there. Although there is no better a writer, the struggles of being a woman with such limited opportunities in this era are heartbreaking and, well, still are a bit, right?

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