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Sixpence in Her Shoe Hardcover – September 1, 1964


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company; First Edition edition (September 1964)
  • ISBN-10: 002583360X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0025833609
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phyllis McGinley was born on March 21, 1905, in Ontario, Oregon. In 1908, the family relocated to Colorado; they moved to Ogden, Utah, after the death of McGinley's father. McGinley was educated at the University of Southern California and at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. After receiving her diploma in 1927, she taught for a year in Ogden and then at a junior high school in New Rochelle, New York. Once she had begun to establish a reputation for herself as a writer, McGinley gave up teaching and moved to New York City, where she held various jobs, including copywriter at an advertising agency and poetry editor for Town and Country. She married Charles Hayden in 1937, and the couple moved to Larchmont, New York. The suburban landscape and culture of her new home was to provide the subject matter of much of McGinley's work.

McGinley was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955. She was the first writer to win the Pulitzer for her light verse collection, Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades with Seventy New Poems (1960). McGinley's other books of poetry include Confessions of a Reluctant Optimist (Hallmark Editons, 1973); Love Letters (1954); Stones from a Glass House (1946); A Pocketful of Wry (1940); One More Manhattan (1937); and On the Contrary (1934). In addition to poetry, McGinley wrote essays and children's books, as well as the lyrics for the 1948 musical revue Small Wonder. She died February 22, 1978, in New York City.

(biography from poets.org)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pacific NW Reader on November 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book, while written decades ago as the women's movement was in its infancy, still has much to offer today's woman. Ms. McGinley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, writes a book devoted to the "world's oldest (and most honorable) profession" that of housewife.
Divided into three sections, Wife, House and Family, the book covers these traditional concerns with chapters on higher education for women, thrift as a philosophy, children's literature, hospitality and keeping up with the Joneses.
A quick and enjoyable read, this book makes even the most devoted career-minded woman take a moment to savor the ways in which to improve one's home, meals and family life. This is one of those books that I pull out and reread over and over again when it is time to get some perspective on what's important in life. A truly wonderful book that while slightly dated--is never out of style!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
While I didn't agree with everything in this book, I agreed with most of it. I liked it so much I bought copies for several of my sahm friends. It is a sweet and practical book, friendly and cheering as cookies and tea. It's not the only homemaking book you should own, but it should certainly be among the top twenty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tmacjackson on April 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I quit my teaching career 16 years ago to be home with my children. It was a very difficult decision to make, and I still miss teaching. McGinley is a champion for those women who make the choice to stay at home. She focuses on the positive (although having a significant salary coming in from the husband and the option of private schools did make me envy just a little bit) and reminds us that there is still plenty of time for self if we desire it. McGiinley proves it, too. She won a Pulitzer for her writing (not for her recipes. Those are quite dated. Disregard them.)and ran a home and family at the same time.

While women today are constantly reminded we have choices, all too often, if we make a choice to stay at home, we are looked down upon and pitied for stupidity. Why is a different choice socially unacceptable? If my choice is to have the baby, to stay at home with my children, to vote for the better man over the worse woman, to do any of the things liberals think antiquated, misquided, or just plain ignorant, get over it. My choice is just as valid as any one else's. McGinley may have written this book back in the sixties, but, WOW! it is still pertinent today.

I know my decision 16 years ago was the right one for me and my family. McGinley helps me see I don't have to defend it anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ronald j. gordon on January 31, 2013
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she has a poetic style, sound advice from a time past- a window into our mothers generation, yet i find a common thread through the ages, motherhood and being a supportive spouse has qualities which havent changed.
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