- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (November 18, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413454283
- ISBN-13: 978-1413454284
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,549,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hartman, in contrast, is one of those people who just makes it all sound easy-she repairs locks, installs screen doors, fixes faucets, replaces spark plugs and changes her engine oil. She makes pies, picks berries, does all kinds of thing with an apparently boundlessly-prolific peach tree and makes stuffed chicken so often for her friends I went and looked up a recipe to try at home. She comes across wonderfully warm, responsible and compassionate, the kind of person who really holds communities together with her parties, potlucks (not to mention pot parties), and genuine fondness for neighbors (some of them anyway). Even her frustration at falling plaster, upstairs kids who jump from the bunk beds, slam doors, and borrow her daughter's shoes is endearing. She apparently knows how to negotiate, rescue, mediate, calm, pacify, inspire, lie (when required) and, on occasion, scream bloody invective. When she finally blew up (on the page) at the vindictive, malicious and astonishingly selfish teenage girl who lives upstairs I cheered
Henry David Thoreau once said that every writer owed us "a simple and sincere account of his own life." Pat Hartman has given us that and a lot more besides.