A Girl From Yamhill

A Girl From Yamhill

A Memoir

Book - 1989
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Follows the popular children's author from her childhood years in Oregon through high school and into young adulthood, highlighting her family life and her growing interest in writing. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Dell, 1989.
ISBN: 9780440401858
0440401852
Characteristics: 279 p., [16] leaves of plates :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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pink_dolphin_3025
Jul 26, 2019

Such a wonderful autobiography!!! As a younger child, I've loved Beverly Clearly's books. Now this biography of her as added my understandment of her!!!

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Indoorcamping
Mar 24, 2019

The first time I read this, I thought I'd never read such a natural, gifted writer who can write about a overbearing mother and living through the depression with ill-equipped parents with such depth and sweetness. Reading it 25 years later, and I'm someone who rarely reads books twice, I felt as if I didn't want it to end again. So delightful even though the book is an account of living through the Depression and scarcity with parents who are seemingly idiots. The author's mother made me understand a bit more about what my own mother went through with her overbearing mother, who has similar stories but I never really understood what it meant to have a mother who lives through her daughter during a time when women were so limited and had little recourse, as well as means or ways to escape.

This book is such a treasure. If you like to read period books to completely escape the time and place where you happen to be at the moment, where everything seems so intense and urgent, this is such a wonderful escape. Yes, you get to relive the depression through the eyes of a little, curious, daughter with dumbass parents but with a fascinating extended family and adorable friends, in the culture of 1920's and 1930's Oregon, where life seems idealized until you open this book. Being female a hundred years ago is like being in family jail, and if you have a family like this author's, there's no furlough. The Depression sounds horrific but being female with a crazy mother might be worse. And all of it is rather lovely, I have to say, if you live it through Beverly Cleary's writing.

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GummiGirl
Nov 29, 2017

Cleary has always been wonderful at presenting the world from a child's point of view, and that is especially true here, as she recounts her life in the Willamette Valley and Portland in the 1920's and '30's. She mentions having wanted to read books about kids from her neighborhood, and of course she went on to write many of these. Those who've read them will enjoy spotting the parts of Cleary's real life that made it into her fiction.

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pink_dolphin_3025
Jul 26, 2019

pink_dolphin_3025 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 20

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pink_dolphin_3025
Jul 26, 2019

The first volume of the autobiography of children's author Beverly Clearly, a very moving book.
Generations of children and teens have grown up reading Beverly Clearly's books, and many were wondering..."What was HER childhood like?"
In this book, the question will be answered.

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pink_dolphin_3025
Jul 26, 2019

"In Yamhill, there was no library at first. My mother opened the first one."

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