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Edwina: A MEMOIR OF CHILDHOOD THROUGH THE EYES OF A WOMAN [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jill Hofstra
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8. Juli 2005
Get wrapped up in the warm memories of Edwina, a precocious and delightful girl who lived just outside of Boston in the early 1900s. Edwina's recently uncovered memoirs-found in old notebooks and diaries by her granddaughter, Jill Hofstra-tell the story of growing up the child of a single, working mother who never let her daughter know how hard life really was. Told in the first person, Edwina's humor, spunk and optimistic spirit shine through stories that introduce us to the diverse cast of characters that populated her world: some heartbreaking, some hilarious, and some, as Edwina would say, "real stinkers." Edwina's story evokes the sweet simplicity of childhood memories, with the knowing eye of a wiser woman looking back at them, and reminding us that in her story, we find ourselves. Threaded with life's lessons and an understanding look at human nature in the simple setting of an earlier time, Edwina is an enjoyable and cozy read.

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  • Taschenbuch: 252 Seiten
  • Verlag: AuthorHouse (8. Juli 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1420828274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420828276
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,4 x 12,5 x 20 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.625.618 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Get wrapped up in the warm memories of Edwina, a precocious and delightful girl who lived just outside of Boston in the early 1900s. Edwina's recently uncovered memoirs - found in old notebooks and diaries by her granddaughter, Jill Hofstra-tell the story of growing up the child of a single, working mother who never let her daughter know how hard life really was. Told in the first person, Edwina's humor, spunk and optimistic spirit shine through stories that introduce us to the diverse cast of characters that populated her world: some heartbreaking, some hilarious, and some, as Edwina would say, "real stinkers." Edwina's story evokes the sweet simplicity of childhood memories, with the knowing eye of a wiser woman looking back at them, and reminding us that in her story, we find ourselves. Threaded with life's lessons and an understanding look at human nature in the simple setting of an earlier time, Edwina is an enjoyable and cozy read.

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Jill Hofstra, Edwina's granddaughter, is a marketing and sales executive for a large media firm in New York City. She was graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky and now lives in Long Island, NY. Ms. Hofstra's passions are her family of three children, her pets, the beach, travel, and her vast personal and professional friendships. Adventuresome, outgoing, and always quite curious, Ms. Hofstra found the writing of Edwina an enlightening and fulfilling experience.

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Edwina and her childhood seem to me like scenes of an old film. One of the nostalgic black-and-white ones from the penultimate turn of the century. On the cinema-screen of about 1905 and following years, appear the first trolley trams in Jamaica Plain, a southern suburb of the City of Boston. These streetcars mean danger for little girls like Edwina who are lucky at least, if the cow catcher protects them from being overrun by the electric vehicle. I did not know the term nor did I have a visual imagination. Now I have.

The first Ford T models frighten people in the streets of Jamaica Plain. Of course the neighborhood's women still are not accustomed to buy their clothes in department stores. So Edwina's mother, a widow, is able to earn her living by exercising the profession of a domestic dressmaker, working partly at home, but also for weeks at some families' homes. We get to know many of the neighborhood people. And the most important informations for the family historian are often hidden within dependent clauses. So a young neighbor who travels from Boston to Seattle takes the route round Cap Horn. Amazing! but obviously not extraordinary at that time. Panama Canal did not open earlier than 1914. But why did he not go by train? This enigma keeps to be solved.

The family researcher receives a lot of more wonderful details about daily life at that time. When I discovered this book I was about writing an essay on a branch of my own Bostonian family. Of course it was a special highlight for me, when I learned, that daughter and grandsons of the forty-eighter Frederick B. Teuthorn had been neighbors of Edwina and her mother Clara McNeill. So I could add the contemporaneous local smell to my story.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this fast read. Interesting to go back to the beginning of the 20th century and learn how life was for a single mother and young daughter in Boston. How proud Edwina was of what she had - not what she didn't have. This brought back conversations with my own mother who was born in 1905.
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Edwina and her childhood seem to me like scenes of an old film. One of the nostalgic black-and-white ones from the penultimate turn of the century. On the cinema-screen of about 1905 and following years, appear the first trolley trams in Jamaica Plain, a southern suburb of the City of Boston. These streetcars mean danger for little girls like Edwina who are lucky at least, if the cow catcher protects them from being overrun by the electric vehicle. I did not know the term nor did I have a visual imagination. Now I have.

The first Ford T models frighten people in the streets of Jamaica Plain. Of course the neighborhood's women still are not accustomed to buy their clothes in department stores. So Edwina's mother, a widow, is able to earn her living by exercising the profession of a domestic dressmaker, working partly at home, but also for weeks at some families' homes. We get to know many of the neighborhood people. And the most important informations for the family historian are often hidden within dependent clauses. So a young neighbor who travels from Boston to Seattle takes the route round Cap Horn. Amazing! but obviously not extraordinary at that time. Panama Canal did not open earlier than 1914. But why did he not go by train? This enigma keeps to be solved.

The family researcher receives a lot of more wonderful details about daily life at that time. When I discovered this book I was about writing an essay on a branch of my own Bostonian family. Of course it was a special highlight for me, when I learned, that daughter and grandsons of the forty-eighter Frederick B. Teuthorn had been neighbors of Edwina and her mother Clara McNeill. So I could add the contemporaneous local smell to my story.

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