Aunt Susy's Boarding House: The Story of A Girl Growing Up In Maine

Aunt Susy's Boarding House: The Story of A Girl Growing Up In Maine

by Joy Swan


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In the year 1900 a young lass is seen arriving in Dixfield, Maine. She sits straight upon the wagon seat black curls escaping from under her white bonnet tied beneath her chin. A high white button shoe can be seen as she steps from the wagon. She reaches for two worn leather suit cases, she tethers her horse to the cement post beside the hotel then disappears behind the large doors of the hotel. A young man sitting across the street always with an eye for a pretty girl watches this lass as she steps from the wagon. He catches a glimpse of a slim white ankle as she steps to the ground. So begins the true story from the rugged beginning through the 1930's. It will bring back memory's long forgotten. You will laugh you will cry as you read this true story. Old fashion Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hurricanes, floods, murders and my life at Aunt Susy's Boarding House. Happy to come home from school today to see my baby brother, mama reading by the fire, grandpa smoking his pipe. Maybe Grammy has made one of her chocolate cakes with butter frosting. I eagerly open the door to see every one crying. My world changed forever that day, Dale's world changed forever and my mother's world changed forever! Our world would never again be the same!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478746546
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 04/14/2015
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

The state of Maine is my home. I live in the mountains on a beautiful lake. In the early morning just as the sun has risen- I sit in my white wicker rocker in my blue sun room, my Rag Doll cat stretched out on my wicker lounge. Wifts of fresh mountain air come through my open window, the still quiet water promise a quiet mind to start the day. I have three wonderful children-each one is kind and thoughtful.
I have learned that getting old means you can get away with a lot of things and be forgiven for them as you get old.
I can now break wind in public and keep right on walking without a hitch. The lady behind me keeps right on walking without a hitch also- she thinks: that lady is old she doesn't know any better. She doesn't know how much knowledge I have gained after living eighty four years and learning something new every day!
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PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Aunt Susy's Boarding House: The Story of a Girl Growing Up in Main by Joy Swan is a newly published memoir of her life. This eclectic mix of anecdotes, is certain to be a treasured  piece of family history for Joy Swan to pass down for future generations of her family.  The reader can take a peek through time at the intimate details: the ups and downs of Swan's family history.  Beginning with the historical account of her family line during the time of the Mayflower, to the present time, the reader can follow the ancestry of the family tree and its eccentric family. The is the painful story of infant loss of baby Simon, as recounted in chapter 3, "First Tragedy". After reading this vague account I was left with more questions than answers.  As a reader I wanted to know more information, but perhaps the details were unknown to the author who had been a child at the time. A brief chapter, one paragraph in length, "How I came to Be", is a lively excerpt of the author's own entrance into the world. ".....Mama, you have to let me marry Fred now. I am chick would be pregnant!...Yes, she would have to let her marry Fred Savage now! Her last chick would be leaving the nest before she even learned to fly!" (Swan, 2015 p.41) In the chapter "Hemorrhoid and Panties", Swan recounts the humorously tragic story of how Aunt Susy's husband died as a result of a surgical complication during a procedure for his hemorrhoids. In her grief, Suzy had too much to drink and was swinging her underpants in the boarding house. (Swan, 2015 p. 106) This is just one of many anecdotes shared of medical related tragedies making me feel that a good subtitle for this memoir would be medical mishaps at the turn of the century.  As a nursing student I wanted to know more behind the medical side of the medical tragedies and death the family experienced.  Overall, this 159 page book contains 63 short chapters-  short colorful anecdotes and selected poetry of the author's life memorialized in book format for future generations of her family. It would be wonderful if every family could have a treasure like this to pass on, as so many family stories are lost over time.  This quaint book is easy to read and simple in its conversational grandmotherly tone.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gracie Bradford for Readers' Favorite Aunt Susy’s Boarding House by Joy Swan is a story of a girl growing up in Maine. Celia Tainter tells the stories in the book, often referencing the role her Grandpa and Grandma played while she was growing up. The book is a story about several generations dating back to Plymouth Rock and Cape Cod. Emily appears to be the focal character; a school teacher who marries one of the Tainter boys, quite a “catch” for Emily. They had four children, three boys and one girl named Susy. The oldest son, Abraham, eventually owned most of the land in the small town they grew up in. Emily, their mother, also bought land and started her own businesses during a time when a woman’s role was looked upon as being domestic. In fact, Emily starts several businesses during her years in Maine. Simon, the second oldest son, married Bernice and was married to her for 60 years. Aunt Susy’s Boarding House by Joy Swan was entertaining. The author had a remarkable memory of events that occurred throughout her life. For genealogy buffs, this is a book that you might want to read. I loved the quote: “Don’t think brats are never punished – they grow up to be parents themselves.” The more seasoned and mature adult will find this book entertaining, one which brings back memories of the “good ol' days” when families lived off the land while the younger generation probably would say “no way.” One may find the transition of stories between chapters a bit challenging; however, once you get to know each member of the family, it all comes together. For poetry lovers, the book has poems dispersed throughout the stories as told by each generation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It takes me back to my child hood. Thanksgiving at Grammy's house. The country school . laughed ,I cried. It brings back of memories of summer at the lake. I could almost see [Aunt Susy] As she hustled around her busy kitchen. The quaint little town with it's unique stores. Very good read