The Notion of Family

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In the household of Eleanor Mallet's book, The Notion of Family, resides the power of unconventional mystery. For in these unusual and animated essays, nothing is ever quite what it seems. In the bosom of family, for instance, a bookish boy playing the cello becomes a soccer goalkeeper. The heads-of-household--one a soft touch, the other a hard-liner--unsurp one another's positions. Are dishes merely receptacles, or do they have talismanic power? Such a mystery is a family! The reader plunges into a beguiling ...
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1882203577 [Book Condition: Very Good] [DJ Condition: Very Good] [Binding: Hard Cover] [Size: 8.5 x 8.5] [Published: Orange Frazer Pr Inc(1999)] Very light wear to edges and ... corners of DJ and book covers. Pages of text are clean, bright and free of markings. Binding is tight and secure. ***We ship daily. Our books are carefully described and packaged in boxes (not envelopes). A gift card and personalized message can be included upon request.*** Read more Show Less

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1999 Hardcover Near Fine / Near Fine Jacket. 1999 Orange Frazer Press, Wilmington, Ohio. SIGNED by author on front free endpaper, with a personal inscription. NOT Remaindered. ... NOT ex-library. Square hardcover, 8.6 inches, has black cloth-covered boards with gold spine lettering. Black and white photographs. High-quality glossy paper. Binding tight. Appears to be unread. Book is in excellent condition with only a hint of shelf wear at the spine ends. Pages clean and unmarked. 80 pages. Glossy illustrated dust jacket has very light edge and surface wear. Dust jacket is NOT price clipped. Contents are from columns originally published in The Plain Dealer, 1991-1998, Cleveland, Ohio. Carefully packed, shipped in a box. Signed by Author. Includes dust jacket. Read more Show Less

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In the household of Eleanor Mallet's book, The Notion of Family, resides the power of unconventional mystery. For in these unusual and animated essays, nothing is ever quite what it seems. In the bosom of family, for instance, a bookish boy playing the cello becomes a soccer goalkeeper. The heads-of-household--one a soft touch, the other a hard-liner--unsurp one another's positions. Are dishes merely receptacles, or do they have talismanic power? Such a mystery is a family! The reader plunges into a beguiling drama featuring a constellation of relatives including sons, sisters, and husband; old-world Bobbie; Aunt Izzie of the blueberry pies with crisscross crusts; the mother-in-law, Sarah, who loves Elvis; and Sarah's bookish Arthur, who keeps a bathtub mat by the front door. In this accelerated narrative are the mysteries of growing up, growing old, and growing together. "At one time," Ms. Mallet writes, "I had all the answers." But, she wisely decided, what endures is one's passion for the whole enterprise. Her fast-forward chronicle of the perils or progeny--and related hazards--encompasses the happiness and heartbreak that make up all families. But it does so deftly, so lovingly, and so concisely, it is as if the reader had been given a flawless and heartfelt summary of the wisest family novel ever written. Eleanor Mallet has written a beautiful, funny geographer's guide to the uncharted wilderness that is family. Her rich and glowing collection demonstrates that the besieged notion of family is--at least in this household--as strong and remarkable as ever.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882203574
  • Publisher: Orange Frazer Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.89 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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