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On the Home Front : My Mother's Story of Everyday American Life from Prohibition Through World War 2 Paperback – March 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; First Edition (stated) edition (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452283124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452283121
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,129,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Jo Clark lives in Chicago and is the mother of seven children and eleven grandchildren.
Jack Clark, a Chicago cabdriver, is a novelist and the author of a forthcoming mystery.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By moperri on September 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
anyone from chicago, or had parents or grandparents that grew up in chicago, or interested in american families early-mid 1900's will read this book and read it again. most of the stories are about simple everyday experiences. plus, if you are familiar with chicago, you will relate to the streets, neighborhoods, businesses and schools.

i am sending a copy to an 80 year old couple in england that i know will enjoy the "history lesson" while my teenage grandson is reading my copy. every story brings you deep into mary jo's thoughts and feelings. you will share her feelings from page one to the end of the book. how lucky for us that her son jack put it in writing. i would love to share a day and a pot of tea with mary jo clark!
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I read this wonderful book two years ago and I have shared stories from it many times. Last night I stayed up WAY too late re-reading it and it's just as good as I remembered. I loved Jack Clark's tale of taking his Mom's popular stories and "making a book of them" (i.e. using his writing skills to re-package them and put them in chronological order) only to be told by an newspaper editor that he wanted to publish the ORIGINAL STORIES. The Kindle edition gives Mary Jo Ryan Clark's memories just as she told them to her family and they are treasures in the best tradition of Irish story telling.

Born in 1914 into a poor, hard-working, and loving family in Chicago, Mary Jo makes the past come alive without any attempt to sugarcoat it's tragedies and hardships or to dramatize them. Life was life and it was all she knew and she and her family made the best of things. She tells of a childhood surrounded by (sometimes eccentric) relatives in which the Catholic Church was the center of the community. I loved the story of the two priests strolling the neighborhood always on the alert for Irish-looking children who needed to be enrolled in Catholic school. Their arguments seldom failed to persuade the errant parents.

Then there was Prohibition - "the Noble Experiment" (or the Joke of the Century.) Her father's basement still blew up and he went back to buying from neighbors with better brewing skills. When the bootlegger's son married the policeman's daughter one family member remarked sardonically, "So now the out-laws are our in-laws!"

My absolute favorite was the widowed aunt who enjoyed a pleasant, active life with family and friends when she decided (against the advice of her grown children) to re-marry.
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By chgrwa on April 5, 2015
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This is a fairly informal collection of sketches from one woman's life. The first person narrative gives the stories immediacy and exudes the teller' s engaging and distinct personality. From an informational standpoint, the sketches provide both a body of general facts about the times as well as a sense of their mood. I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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Part of the reason I liked the book so much is that I was born in the Windy City and know some of the Chicago neighborhoods that form most of the scenes in this history. An easy and enjoyable read throughout!
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