Friday, July 31, 2009


My book club's latest pick is the quick, light, and very funny Life Among the Savages.

The author Shirley Jackson is best known for writing in the horror genre, including the creepy short story The Lottery. This book, however, is an autobiographical memoir of her life raising children in a small town in Vermont during the 1940s-1950s. Her voice- a cross between June Cleaver and the slightly ironic narrator from A Christmas Story- turns the daily life of an ordinary family into a collection of truly hilarious stories. I enjoyed this much more than I expected.

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