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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

review: aunt Harriet and me: our life in the boarding house by Geraldine Sylvester

“We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.” 
- May Lamberton Becker

Aunt Hariett, Uncle Ben and their niece live in a boardinghouse in a small mill town. she is only three years old when they move in. this little girl grows up surrounded by other boarders, her two friends and a ghost.
Aunt Hariett and Me: Our Life In The Boardinghouse, published by Dorrance Publishing, is told in the niece's point of view. she talks about her observations and experiences. the book portrays what life is like growing up in small town Americana.
it is a warm, funny, touching, remarkable and memorable read. readers may be amused to see themselves or someone they know among its colorful and endearing characters:

  • Mrs. Walden - who runs Mrs. W's Place
  • Charlie - who loves foraging for treasures in the dump
  • Willy and Sam - who live to drink and drink to live
  • Kathy - who dreams of other places and truly believes she has lived her fantasies
  • Emma - who delights in complaining all day about anything and everything
  • Della - our narrator's friend
  • Little Mary Theresa - our narrator's other friend who has a penchant for making short prayers for every occasion
  • Della's brothers - who compete with each other in their weekly shoplifting spree in order to earn a 50-cent prize from their father
  • Rebecca - who sacrificed her "blue blood" heritage for love
these are but a few of the interesting people who populate our little girl's world for seven years. as the book nears its conclusion, she will eventually discover that the biggest story of them all is the story about herself.
Geraldine Sylvester has written with humor and insight. the book's setting may be of days gone by but the story has universal appeal.  what it says about the good and bad in people is as true today as it was in the "olden days."

*Aunt Harriet and Me: Our Life in the Boarding House is available in paperback, Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)and epub formats at http://www.dorrancebookstore.com/auhaandmeour.html 
please visit http://dorrance.stores.yahoo.net/ for more information.

my personal rating is:

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a complimentary copy of Aunt Harriet and Me: Our Life in the Boarding House as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team.  visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. 


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