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Kitchen Privileges

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    A very strong, determined woman!

    I am at a point in my life where I can finally take time to read books. The one's I find most interesting are biographies. I have never read any of Mary Higgins Clark's novels, nor had I known anything about her--until now. She experienced so much love and happiness in her life--but also more than her share of sorrow and disappointment. Just when you think things can't get any worse for her, they do! But, her Faith, her family and her perseverance pulled her through! As a mother of four myself, I can't imagine dealing with everything she had to deal with. I have so much respect for how she lived her life with a positive attitude and determination, when others would have given up. Mary's mother played an important role in her life and helped to make Mary the strong woman she is today. And Mary, herself, also has impacted her own children's lives--a legacy that I'm sure will continue on for generations to come. I feel I know her and I will make an exception and read my first novel--a Mary Higgins Clark one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    i can relate

    great book. i can relate to a lot of the things you went through as a child brought up in an Irish Catholic family.What a wonderful exercise in love. Your book was great and I can't wait for your next book. You signed a book I have and I will treasure it forever. You are my favorite writer. I just wish you could write a book a month. I think I have every book you have ever written. Keep up the good work. I am retired and look forward to your new books. Thank you so vey much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2003


    I just finished the audiobook and really enjoyed it, especially because of it being read by Mary herself. I have read a number of her books and after reading Marys story it will bring a new light to her books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002


    Does any reader have to be told who Mary Higgins Clark is? I think not. But, now with this remarkably candid and affecting memoir the author of 27 bestselling novels tells her personal story. Not only that, this recollection is related in her own voice, making it all the more meaningful. Rather than through a fictional protagonist she speaks directly to us with words of encouragement and hope. Beginning with a childhood in the Bronx during the Depression Ms. Clark had dreams - she dreamed of becoming a writer, and her mother encouraged her even though the older woman struggled to make ends meet by renting out rooms. A sign was placed by the front door reading, "Furnished Rooms. Kitchen Privileges." Ms. Clark's days as a student at an exclusive girl's school came to an end; she lost an older brother whom she deeply loved during World War II. She tells with affection and sensitivity of her marriage to Warren Clark, and the birth of their children. A devastating blow occurred when he died unexpectedly leaving her widowed with five young children. Nonetheless, she soldiered on, writing at a kitchen table. For her labors? Forty rejections. Determined to reach her goal and support her family she wrote radio scripts and began work on a novel. The rest is literary history. Ms. Clark generously shares her life experiences, reminding us that dreams can come true when someone is willing to persist and fight mightily for them.

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