My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree

My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree

by Shelly Reuben, Ruth McGraw

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ISBN-13: 9780988418165
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 04/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 93 MB
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About the Author

Ruth McGraw is a San Diego artist and muralist who proudly served her country as a United States Marine. This is the first book that she has illustrated.

Table of Contents

1 Young Samuel Swerling 1

2 Birth of a Park 7

3 Pepita and Her Violin 11

4 What are they saying now? 17

5 The Transformation 25

6 Ethan's Best Friend 31

7 The Children's Garden 39

8 The Plan 43

9 The Birdcage, the Trowel, and the Moroccan Magic Box 45

10 Interrupted Interment 51

11 The Lily Pond 59

12 An Atmosphere of Enchantment 65

13 The Family Tree 75

14 A Period of Relative Calm 81

15 Esther and Meg Grow Up 87

16 Esther Meets Winston 95

17 Winston Settles In 105

18 The Matchmaker 109

19 Esther Falls in Love (But this time with a man and not a ferret) 115

20 The Return of Jarvis Larchmont 127

21 The Storm 131

22 Something in the Nature of a Haven 137

23 Cast of Characters 141

24 When the Lights Come on Again 149

25 A Benediction. A Blessing. A Home 163

26 Life Goes On 167

27 An Inexplicable Presence 171

28 Political Machinations 177

29 Violators Will Be Prosecuted 183

30 Photographic Documentation 197

31 Transcript of Television Interview 205

32 A Series of Short Fast Jabs 209

33 Dodging the Press and Hugging a Pillow 217

34 Survival is Not a Foregone Conclusion 227

35 The Covered Bridge 235

36 Reality Check 241

37 The Acting Mayor Takes Action 249

38 An Unexpected Gathering 253

39 The Laws of Nature 267

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My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Whitney Simonsen More than 1 year ago
I not only fell in love with the author's prose, but I have never wanted to be a part of a literary family and friendship circle more than the ones featured in this book. I felt as though I sat on the limbs of this glorious climbing tree and not only watched, but grew with the characters and the trees themselves. I was so lucky to receive a copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review and I feel like this book was a meant to be read book for me.
Clairelovesreading More than 1 year ago
I received My Mostly Happy Life: Autobiography of a Climbing Tree by Shelly Reuben in exchange for an honest review. I have given this book five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
To be completely and truly honest with you guys, this book is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far! It's such a unique story, reading from the perspective of a climbing tree, which I hadn't had the experience of reading from any perspective other than a humans before.
There were a lot of characters throughout the book, but through the descriptive writing style of Reuben's, I found them easy to remember who they were and what role they played in the book. I became attached to quite a few characters and thought it was extremely clever to be able to connect with characters through the perspective of a climbing tree. I thoroughly enjoyed reading stories the climbing tree had to share which I found most of them were very emotional and deeply touching.
This book is an absolute masterpiece with creative, delightful words by Shelly Reuben and gorgeous illustrations drawn by Ruth McGraw.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first discovered Shelly Reuben a few years ago and have come to really enjoy both her mystery novels and her adult fables. In her latest book, My Mostly Happy Life, Reuben continues to produce magical worlds grounded in reality, while still bringing her hallmark mastery of language and sense of gaiety that she's honed over her past 10 novels. Combined with the charming illustrations by Ruth MCGraw, this becomes one of her most unique novels. More than any of her other books, My Mostly Happy Life is infused with a sense of delight as the climbing tree narrator details the lives of Sam Swerling, his family, and the park that he built. The story starts by chronicling the lives of the Swerling family and the people who enjoyed their park- detailing adventures and loves and joys over the decades. Of course, this is no Pollyanna story- each member of the sprawling cast is thrust into conflict soon enough and must struggle to protect the park that means so much to them from the frustratingly evil bureaucrat, Jarvis Larchmont. Heart warming and inspirational. Both delightful and grim. Shelly Reuben delivers with another great story about the type of people you want to know and the heroes you want to be. It is a logically plotted, but very character driven story. Reuben instills these characters,even her climbing tree, with real humanity- in the best sense of the word. I'd expect nothing less.