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Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew (Shannon Ravenel Books) Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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Ironically, Berne's grandmother Lucile Kroger Berne was not exactly a typical wife and mother by circumstance or inclination. The third child of Bernard Kroger, a self-made supermarket magnate who founded in the late 19th century what would become the Kroger Grocery chain, Lucile was essentially a child of great privilege. The first family member to graduate college, Lucile had a sharp mind for business and during the period of WWI served as the treasurer of her father's company when her brothers were off serving in the military. She was an aid worker in Europe as the war wound down and an early feminist who participated in the causes of early 20th century women. She was also a seemingly depressed wife and housewife who found little happiness in her marriage and home. It was Berne's quest to find all of this out about her grandmother and debunk the myths and misconceptions that had been handed down through family lore in remote bits and pieces.
On the face of it, the facts concerning Berne's grandmother are not necessarily explosive or riddled with scandal or intrigue though they certainly are interesting. However, what really appealed to me was the combination of discovery and greater understanding that occurred between Berne and her sometimes estranged father/Lucile's son, who was essentially a lost child for most of his life and had a very real disconnect with his own family as he appeared and then disappeared out of the lives of his children. Berne's quest was fascinating.Read more ›
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