To Begin Again: Stories and Memoirs, 1908-1929

To Begin Again: Stories and Memoirs, 1908-1929

by M. F. K. Fisher, M. F. Fisher
     
 

The first volume of reminiscences by one of America's best-loved writers. "Vintage Fisher. . . . (Her diaries and stories) bathe her youth and beauty in a golden light like the stuff of Gustave Dore engravings, the light of a better place and a better time when people were still made out of heroics."--Washington Post Book World.See more details below

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The first volume of reminiscences by one of America's best-loved writers. "Vintage Fisher. . . . (Her diaries and stories) bathe her youth and beauty in a golden light like the stuff of Gustave Dore engravings, the light of a better place and a better time when people were still made out of heroics."--Washington Post Book World.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With seemingly photographic memory Fisher (1908-1992), the famous culinary writer recalls growing up in Southern California where her journalist father and snobbish, asocial mother moved in 1910, two years after her birth in Michigan. Rebelling against a stern grandmother who prohibited the use of spices, fats, alcohol and ``the five senses'' in the household, Fisher began ``learning to live well gastronomically'' around age six. She writes of spankings by her father, who had himself been physically abused as a child, and she divulges that for 25 years she imagined that a guardian spirit--a tiny ancient man--kept vigil under her bed while she slept. She rues her standoffish treatment of a Mexican classmate, revels in the ``escape hatch'' called San Francisco and describes a ring of girls who secretly disseminated sex information in boarding school. These warm reminiscences close as Fisher, a ``lazy bum'' in college, acts out a Scott-and-Zelda madcap fantasy with her husband, an English instructor. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679750826
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/23/1993
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.54(d)

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