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To Begin Again: Stories and Memoirs, 1908-1929

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Overview

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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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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679415763
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/3/1992
  • Pages: 179

Table of Contents

To Begin 3
1 Native Truths (1908-1952) 7
2 On Coveting (1912) 15
3 Tree Change (1912-1929) 19
4 A Few Notes About Aunt Gwen (1912-1927) 24
5 The First Kitchen (1912-1920) 31
6 An Innocence of Semantics (1912-1915) 41
7 Grandmother's Nervous Stomach (1913-1920) 50
8 I Chose Chicken a la King (1914-1920) 60
9 Mother and "Miss E " (1914-1945) 67
10 A Sweet and Timeless Shudder (1915-1953) 73
11 The Old Woman (1915-1916) 77
12 Gracie (1915-1921) 81
13 My Family's Escape Hatch: A Reminiscence (1915-1926) 108
14 The Broken Chain (1920) 114
15 Consider the End (1920) 120
16 Hellfire and All That (1922) 124
17 The Jackstraws (1922) 133
18 Tally (1923, 1928-1953) 138
19 Ridicklus (1924) 144
20 Mirrors and Salamanders (1927) 147
21 Figures in a Private Landscape 149
I Laguna, 1927: Journal 149
II Uncle Evans (1927) 166
III Examination Books: Biology 9 (1927-1928) 169
IV Oxy (1928-1934) 173
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