- File Size: 1969 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Publication Date: December 23, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006PL9O46
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,410,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Nonie: The Autobiography and Biography of Lenora Mattingly Weber Kindle Edition
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Her life wasn't easy, and it isn't always easy to read what she had to bear whilst trying to get her writing career off the ground. In her place, such a grind would have surely brought me to a state where nothing artistic could have ever been created. However, she had a drive to write that kept bubbling to the surface in spite of adversities that might have squelched talent in a less remarkable woman.
It was and engaging, but sad read. I guess I had hoped to find her personal life as idealistic as the literary worlds she created. Probably, it was her stubborn hope even in the face of an extremely challenging life that made her books so comfortable and fun to read. I have heard her books referred to as "too sweet", but I admire anyone who can hold on to the sweetness of life when so many bitter hardships dogged her days.
In the part of the book that she wrote, I especially loved the constant reference to her imaginary housekeeper, "Annabelle", a dedicated servant who lived to keep the house and family running smoothly, leaving Nonnie with the luxury of free time to write to her heart's content. Sadly, the real Annabelle never appeared, and all the great stories had to be tucked into spare moments between cooking, cleaning, changing diapers, nursing a sick husband, and making an extremely meager income somehow stretch to cover the needs of a growing family. All of this in the early 20th century, before women had any of the conveniences that gave them the gift of leisure time to pursue personal enrichment. It makes me ashamed that I don't handle my own life better almost a century later!
This is the story of an extraordinary woman who poured out stories of hope and imagination to young girls who couldn't get enough of her books. And when you see her photos, you will know that she did it with a warm heart and a bright smile!