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My preteen is starting to read serious Shirley - we started last year with Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons, now moving on to short stories. I think she is also reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle without telling me...

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elnoradawn
Aug. 16th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
i wish i had discovered Shirley at that age! would've saved me years of reading R.L. Stine ;)
postcardsfrom
Aug. 16th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
Can't start to form taste too soon! My younger girl still finds Stine pretty scary. When I was a kid, long ago, it was a lot more difficult to find fantasy, fear, and funny stuff pitched to kids. I was forced to read adult authors when I ran out of the kids' stuff. Today, young adult fiction in all genres (including chick lit that my little chickens won't be reading) seems to pour out by the ream. I'm not saying it's all bad by any means, but you can spend most of your young life in the "young adult" section if you want - you won't run out of it any time soon!
bri_himself
Aug. 17th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, I wish I'd had Jackson books around as a kid. I loved Douglas Adams; I'd have eaten up the Life Among The Savages books like cake.
postcardsfrom
Aug. 18th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
They are the best. But according to her biography the family life was a little darker and less wholesome than that depicted in the books. I was crushed when I read that - because the books described the childhood I had always wanted. Jean Kerr's collections have a lot more bite than "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" on TV would lead you to believe. I know I'm off SJ right now, but in addition to funny family stuff Jean's collections include a few (too few) really pungent literary satires. My older kid discovered Hitchhiker's Guide earlier this year and snarfed down the series in record time.
bri_himself
Aug. 18th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Jean Kerr's collections have a lot more bite than "Please Don't Eat the Daisies" on TV would lead you to believe.

I'd never actually heard of 'Please Don't Eat The Daisies' or Jean Kerr until today, but now I'm sort of interested. I wonder if I can get a copy from Amazon.uk for a sane price?

...No. Ha. Oh, wait - old library hardcover for under £6. ::adds to Basket::

But according to her biography the family life was a little darker and less wholesome than that depicted in the books. I was crushed when I read that

I sort of figured about the housework, but the husband-as-philandering-taskmaster revelation was an unpleasant shock.
postcardsfrom
Aug. 27th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
I hope Jean Kerr's collections are still available somewhere! She was also a playwright, and had several successful comedies on Broadway - but long ago, maybe 40s or 50s? Maybe 60s. If I could remember the titles you'd probably recognize them but my mind is going.

SJ's husband was not only a philandering taskmaster but very possessive about her literary estate,and didn't his mistress who became his second wife help him manage it? Wonder what happened to the kids? Two of them edited a posthumous short story collection I think.
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