Girl Rearing by Marcia Aldrich

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This is a memoir about growing up female in America. The last of four daughters, the author grows up in the wake of tragedy when her sister drowns, and is brought up under the authority of her mother's ideas of proper cleanliness, posture and feminine destiny. Never fulfilling expectations, she makes a doomed marriage and suffers a breakdown, but gradually her own voice emerges, one that has negotiated her mother's ideas of the feminine with her own rebellion. She must raise her own daughter and once again face the mysteries of her mother's feminine arts.

About Marcia Aldrich

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Aldrich was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, CA, and went on to earn her doctorate in English at the University of Washington.
Published September 1, 1998 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 223 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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First-time author Aldrich has certainly penned an original work, but it’s one that tries too hard to be worldly and jarring.

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Lizzie Borden hated tomatoes."" What the reader immediately sees, but Aldrich doesn't seem to, is that her mother, the child of an early divorce whose first husband (not Aldrich's father) and eldest daughter both died tragically, desperately needed to impose order and control in the domestic sphe...

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