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This is a memoir of Shirley Jackson's family's life in rural Vermont Children who won't behave cars that won't s If I could adopt a parent it would be Shirley Jackson She was a master of horror She hated housework but always had time to whip up a big vat of chocolate pudding She smoked like a chimney and according to her youngest son who became a nutritionist consumed a pound of butter a day She was married to a brilliant man but managed to keep his gargantuan ego in check with her razor sharp wit She was a crazy cat lady and amateur witch In other words she is the mom I always wanted LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES is among her greatest work It's an account of her life as a mom and housewife Nobody can evoke the chaos of a houseful of kids like Jackson The fact that she managed to write so many great books and stories while raising 4 kids and an immature husband to boot is utterly staggering No wonder the poor woman died at 49 It was probably the first chance she had to rest in ages Canu Cynnar is a memoir of Shirley Jackson's family's life La bondad de los extraños in rural Vermont Children who won't behave cars that won't s If I could adopt a parent Willy the Wizard it would be Shirley Jackson She was a master of horror She hated housework but always had time to whip up a big vat of chocolate pudding She smoked like a chimney and according to her youngest son who became a nutritionist consumed a pound of butter a day She was married to a brilliant man but managed to keep his gargantuan ego Off-side in check with her razor sharp wit She was a crazy cat lady and amateur witch In other words she Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) is the mom I always wanted LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES Enséñame más is among her greatest work It's an account of her life as a mom and housewife Nobody can evoke the chaos of a houseful of kids like Jackson The fact that she managed to write so many great books and stories while raising 4 kids and an Wonder (The Books of Marvella, immature husband to boot Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set is utterly staggering No wonder the poor woman died at 49 It was probably the first chance she had to rest The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase in ages

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Life among the Savages

Tart furnaces that break down a pugnacious corner bully household help that never stays and a patient capable hu The illimitable Shirley Jackson is smoking a cigarette in the taxicab on the way to the hospital to deliver her third child When she arrives she tells the desk clerk that she’s a writer Housewife says the clerk Writer says Shirley Jackson The clerk says I’ll just put housewifeShe’s the writer of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle among other miracles and one of the sharpest and eeriest writers of the 20th century Which makes it funny to read this collection of relatively lighthearted essays about parenting which aregenerally the same as every other essay about parenting Toys are underfoot Laundry takes a long time The children are possibly sociopaths The ashtrays are overflowing Jackson tells this long story at one point sortof a musical beds deal The children come in to sleep with her and her husband It’s crowded so she moves to the guest bed The dog displaces her from that bed so she moves to a child’s bed where the child joins her so she moves again and on and on The punchline is that during all of this a blanket disappears into some HillHouseian wormhole never to be seen again The funny part is that each time she’s displaced she picks up her glass of brandy and her cigarettes and her ashtray and brings them with her clockwise from right Shirley Jackson savage savageJackson’s life was a disaster She was miserable an addict with a husband who kept sleeping with his students and then bragging about it to her His lordly expectations of what he was due as the family patriarch were retrograde even for the time He controlled the family finances even though as time went on Shirley Jackson brought in most of the money All of her work is animated by the tension she felt between her socially sanctioned role as a happy homemaker and her vocation as a writer That’s never laid out clearly than here but the tension simmers underneath Her most famous and forceful novels are still some years away She doesn’t let on how precarious her home life really is The eeriest things here are her kids eerie as kids often are On earth what are you doing? she overhears her daughter singing On earth what are you doing? I am going splickety splot Well yes I love many writers but if you come over and gaze at my bookshelves and say something like What should I read? I will foist Shirley Jackson on you first Because here we are on earth going splickety splot and that’s a good song Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) illimitable Shirley Jackson Enséñame más is smoking a cigarette Wonder (The Books of Marvella, in the taxicab on the way to the hospital to deliver her third child When she arrives she tells the desk clerk that she’s a writer Housewife says the clerk Writer says Shirley Jackson The clerk says I’ll just put housewifeShe’s the writer of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set in the Castle among other miracles and one of the sharpest and eeriest writers of the 20th century Which makes The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase it funny to read this collection of relatively lighthearted essays about parenting which aregenerally the same as every other essay about parenting Toys are underfoot Laundry takes a long time The children are possibly sociopaths The ashtrays are overflowing Jackson tells this long story at one point sortof a musical beds deal The children come The Tunnel in to sleep with her and her husband It’s crowded so she moves to the guest bed The dog displaces her from that bed so she moves to a child’s bed where the child joins her so she moves again and on and on The punchline Secretos del Cosmos is that during all of this a blanket disappears The Secret Treasons into some HillHouseian wormhole never to be seen again The funny part مريض الوهم is that each time she’s displaced she picks up her glass of brandy and her cigarettes and her ashtray and brings them with her clockwise from right Shirley Jackson savage savageJackson’s life was a disaster She was miserable an addict with a husband who kept sleeping with his students and then bragging about The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death it to her His lordly expectations of what he was due as the family patriarch were retrograde even for the time He controlled the family finances even though as time went on Shirley Jackson brought ¡Arde Troya! 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  1. says:

    Reading Road Trip 2020Current location VermontAs obsessed as I've been with Shirley Jackson for the past two years of my life you'd have thought she'd have been my first choice for the state of Vermont Foolishly she wasn'tMany of Ms Jackson's novels indicate a New England setting but most of them could be set just as easily on Mars Given that and given how many of her stories I'd already read I set out to read THREE different novels set in the state of Vermont that all SUCKED before finally remembering two Shirley Jackson memoirs I had never touched I uickly ran back to ShirleyPersonally I think the two best books coming out of Vermont are The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle I don't think Hill House ever declares an official state setting but Castle does and they were both written by Jackson from her house in Vermont Jackson was not a Vermont native but it's an aspect of her story that makes her impression of locals even that much entertaining As a child everything I learned about Vermont came from the show Newhart Bob Newhart's sitcom about a couple from NYC who decide to head to Vermont to run an inn From what I recall of the show it was almost perpetually snowing every time a character looked out the window or opened the front door and everyone who worked at the inn or stayed at the inn indicated the stereotype of the Vermont resident uirky stoic hard workingShirley Jackson does nothing to dispel such stereotypes here in her memoir She and her husband Stanley Edgar Hyman relocated to Vermont after finding NYC unaffordable and they decided to rent a huge house that someone made available to them for an unusually low amount It is here that the Hymans settle down to make baby after baby after baby after baby and count out their nickels and dimes with Shirley commenting on her colorful neighbors and her own colorful inability to fit in anywhere properly This is a uniue snapshot of family life in the early 1950s and wow is it different from today Shirley and her husband Stanley despite being a couple on the rise have no real clout or social standing in this small New England town Their neighbors do not give a rat's ass who either of them are and the residents become almost a cast of characters in their own right most of them with their hand outstretched to receive their NICKEL for paymentMoney is a constant theme here or lack of money The Hymans are broke the Hymans can't stop making babies was it the last name?? and the Hymans can't stop smoking those cigarettes or drinking that damn brandy You can NOT believe how cheap everything is or I could not Granted it was the early 50s and it was a small town in Vermont but it is truly staggering to me that you could pay for things like milk bread and gas with a handful of pennies Let me tell you what has NOT changed though the invalidation of women I was positively sickened by how Shirley Jackson an educated woman a writer a mother of multiple children was treated like a child herself by almost everyone car mechanics school teachers medical staff plumbers Given the fact that I have spent the past seven weeks with a rather threatening medical condition and I have been treated like an idiot by almost every doctor save two that I've encountered this month I can not STAND IT how women are invalidated especially by medical staff I have actually been denied important testing this month because the assumption was made that it was just a case of NERVES I might have been better weeks ago had I been taken seriouslyAnd here was Shirley Jackson 70 years ago being checked in by the desk clerk at the hospital to deliver a baby “Age?” she asked “Sex? Occupation?”“Writer” I said“Housewife” she said“Writer” I said“I'll just put down housewife” she said“Husband's name?” she said “Address? Occupation?”“Just put down housewife” I said “I don't remember his name really”“Legitimate?”“What?” I said“Is your husband the father of this child? Do you have a husband?”“Please” I said plaintively “can I go on upstairs?”“Well really” she said and sniffed “You're only having a babyI hope you can see by this example how Shirley was treated as a woman and how FUNNY she continues to be no matter the circumstance I don't remember his name reallyThis book reveals Shirley's inspiration for many of her stories and I smiled like a nutter throughout the whole readIt's not all inspiring or funny; there are several sections filled with the minutiae of housekeeping and as I mentioned above a fixation on prices and lists but this is one helluva time capsule and when Shirley Jackson mentions that she tends to make breakfast for the kids while smoking a cigarette so she can jump start her day I just about died of joyTurns out my fantasy is true The Lottery and Other Stories


  2. says:

    Kids do the darndest things but only a master writer can make child rearing anecdotes enjoyable for all audiences For that reason I actually think Life Among the Savages and its seuel Raising Demons prove Shirley Jackson an historic talent even better than her iconic horror novels I laughed out loud the whole way through and I've never raised a child Much less one in the 1940s and '50sThis book is also the one I reference every time the writerly issue of adverbs comes up Brains like Stephen King say the road to Hell is paved with adverbs those pesky helping verbs which tend to end in ly The King isn't wrong except when he is Novice writers can't hold a candle to the uantity of adverbs crammed into this book but somehow Shirley Jackson makes them work 100% of the time In fact the adverb is often the strongest funniest word in her sentences Just another example to show that the only rule to writing is that there are no rulesIt's been exciting to see a wave of new Shirley Jackson enthusiasm in only the last 10 years Her entire bibliography is back in print when as recently as 2012 it was very difficult to find her lesser known novels like Hangsaman and The Bird's Nest Will be interesting to see which of her forgotten works emerge as new classics over the next decades I have my bets on these fabulous parenting memoirs


  3. says:

    If I could adopt a parent it would be Shirley Jackson She was a master of horror She hated housework but always had time to whip up a big vat of chocolate pudding She smoked like a chimney and according to her youngest son who became a nutritionist consumed a pound of butter a day She was married to a brilliant man but managed to keep his gargantuan ego in check with her razor sharp wit She was a crazy cat lady and amateur witch In other words she is the mom I always wanted LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES is among her greatest work It's an account of her life as a mom and housewife Nobody can evoke the chaos of a houseful of kids like Jackson The fact that she managed to write so many great books and stories while raising 4 kids and an immature husband to boot is utterly staggering No wonder the poor woman died at 49 It was probably the first chance she had to rest in ages


  4. says:

    This is an hilarious autobiographical account of Shirley Jackson and her husband raising 2 then 3 then 4 children in a small Vermont town I listened to the audio version narrated by Lesa Lockford and I thought she was excellentThis has to be the funniest audiobook I've ever heard It consists of vignettes regarding daily life such as a bus trip to the store for school clothes with 3 children a doll carriage a doll etc or a game of musical chairs except it involves a sick household and beds instead of chairs Somehow Shirley threads all of these short stories into a narrative that I think most mothers will relate to even though it took place in the 1940's written in the 50'sIt's difficult to believe that this is the same author of some of my favorite books The Haunting of Hill House because the tone and style is so different What is the same is the master level of story telling landing you right in the house among the savages 4 stars for the story 1 additional star for the wonderful narration Highly recommendedYou can buy your copy here


  5. says:

    The illimitable Shirley Jackson is smoking a cigarette in the taxicab on the way to the hospital to deliver her third child When she arrives she tells the desk clerk that she’s a writer Housewife says the clerk Writer says Shirley Jackson The clerk says I’ll just put housewifeShe’s the writer of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle among other miracles and one of the sharpest and eeriest writers of the 20th century Which makes it funny to read this collection of relatively lighthearted essays about parenting which aregenerally the same as every other essay about parenting Toys are underfoot Laundry takes a long time The children are possibly sociopaths The ashtrays are overflowing Jackson tells this long story at one point sortof a musical beds deal The children come in to sleep with her and her husband It’s crowded so she moves to the guest bed The dog displaces her from that bed so she moves to a child’s bed where the child joins her so she moves again and on and on The punchline is that during all of this a blanket disappears into some HillHouseian wormhole never to be seen again The funny part is that each time she’s displaced she picks up her glass of brandy and her cigarettes and her ashtray and brings them with her clockwise from right Shirley Jackson savage savageJackson’s life was a disaster She was miserable an addict with a husband who kept sleeping with his students and then bragging about it to her His lordly expectations of what he was due as the family patriarch were retrograde even for the time He controlled the family finances even though as time went on Shirley Jackson brought in most of the money All of her work is animated by the tension she felt between her socially sanctioned role as a happy homemaker and her vocation as a writer That’s never laid out clearly than here but the tension simmers underneath Her most famous and forceful novels are still some years away She doesn’t let on how precarious her home life really is The eeriest things here are her kids eerie as kids often are On earth what are you doing? she overhears her daughter singing On earth what are you doing? I am going splickety splot Well yes I love many writers but if you come over and gaze at my bookshelves and say something like What should I read? I will foist Shirley Jackson on you first Because here we are on earth going splickety splot and that’s a good song


  6. says:

    Right up front I will admit to never having read a Shirley Jackson novel The Lottery was a short story assigned in school but that's it I'm not a fan of horror even when it's well written But memoir I can get behind especially when it's funny This was screamingly funny The conversations with her children the things they did her reactions to them dealing with housework and meal preparation and budgeting money; the things housewives do day after day in her hands sounds not only doable but fun With never a word about finding time to write I'm moving straight from this one to the second book Raising Demons which picks up right where this left off


  7. says:

    I first read this in 5th or 6th grade and have probable read it four times in all I just knew I was going to have children like hers I did


  8. says:

    OUR HOUSE is old and noisy and full When we moved into it we had two children and about five thousand books; I expect that when we finally overflow and move out again we will have perhaps twenty children and easily half a million books On Naming of namesIt was when Jannie was very nearly five that the uestion of her name became desperately important When she was born her father wanted to name her Jean and I wanted to name her Anne and we compromised upon an arbitrary Joanne although I freuently call her Anne and her father very often calls her Jean Her brother calls her Honey Sis and Dopey Sally calls her Nannie and she calls herself variously Jean Jane Anne Linda Barbara Estelle Josephine Geraldine Sarah Sally Laura Margaret Marilyn Susan and—imposingly—Mrs Ellenoy The second Mrs EllenoyThe former Mrs Ellenoy—I have this straight from my daughter—was a lovely woman mother of seven daughters all named Martha and she and Mr Ellenoy used to be very angry with one another until one day they grew so very angry that they up and killed each other with swords As a result my daughter is the new Mrs Ellenoy and has inherited all the Marthas as stepdaughters When she is not named Jean Linda Barbara Sally and so on but is being Mrs Ellenoy her daughters are allowed to assume these names so that there is a constant bewildering shifting of names among them and it is sometimes very difficult to remember whether you are addressing Janey Ellenoy or a small girl with seven daughters named MarthaI know what they all look like of course The dog has four feet and is far larger than the cats who operate as a two part unit anyway The boy is dirty and wears a disgraceful pair of blue jeans The father looks worried and a little bit overwhelmedThe older daughter is larger than the younger daughter although there is an uncanny shifting of identity there since the smaller wears the clothes the larger wore a short while before and they both have blond curls and blue eyes But as to trying to remember for instance which two out of three have already had chicken pox and which one was innoculated for whooping cough and whether any given one of them got all three prescribed injections or one of them got nine and worst which of the Ellenoy girls got spanked for breaking Laurence’s six shooter and who told on her I go all to pieces A new family member arrives from the hospitalSally finally said “What is it?”“It’s a baby” said their father with an edge of nervousness to his voice “it’s a baby boy and its name is Barry”“What’s a baby?” Sally asked me“It’s pretty small” Laurie said doubtfully “Is that the best you could get?”“I tried to get another a bigger one” I said with irritation “but the doctor said this was the only one left”“My goodness” said Jannie “what are we going to do with that?”Life among the Savages refers to the author's family who act with strange overly civilized behavior This makes for a very funny taleEnjoy


  9. says:

    35 stars Life Among the Savages is a collection of comic essays by Shirley Jackson originally published in women’s magazines Rather than a memoir Life Among the Savages reads as a series of episodes focusing on Jackson's chaotic family life children suabbling disagreements with other parents daily chores and family dinners Jackson renders the cacophony of her family tinging everyday activities or conversations with a does of absurdity Her children's back and forth are as entertaining as they are bewildering“That shirt’s no good” Laurie said“It is so” Jannie said“It is not” Laurie said“It is so” Jannie said“It is not” Laurie said“Children” I called my voice a little louder than it usually is at only nine in the morning “Please stop suabbling and get dressed”“Laurie started it” Jannie called back“Jannie started it” Laurie called”Jackson very much focuses on the lightest aspects of her life painting herself as a busy mother of three and focusing her attention to her children's antics as opposed to herself It was lovely to read the way in which she could be amused by their nonsense or misdeeds Jannie's imaginary daughters were a joy to read of There were also plenty of elements that brought to mind her fictional work or in some way made me wonder whether they somehow influenced her writing the broken step the creepy taxi driver the nosy locals Laurie's 'schoolmate' Charles whose name enters the family lexicon “With the third week of kindergarten Charles was an institution in our family; Jannie was being a Charles when she cried all afternoon; Laurie did a Charles when he filled his wagon full of mud and pulled it through the kitchen; even my husband when he caught his elbow in the telephone cord and pulled telephone ashtray and a bowl of flowers off the table said after the first minute “Looks like Charles” I was delighted by the way in which Jackson would write about her house Life Among the Savages will definitely appeal to those who enjoy Jackson's particular brand of humourRead reviews on my blog   View all my reviews on Goodreads


  10. says:

    RereadEven as a kid I found this book funny even laugh out loud funny and laughing out loud while reading is something I rarely do The first time I read it and its seuel I was struck by the differences of 1940s life from my own; this time I noted the similaritiesEarly readers of Jackson’s so called domestic writings and early fans of her novels and short stories were two separate groups and both had a hard time reconciling the fact that the writer of both was the same person I never found that an issue Don’t we all possess at least two sides? While Jackson’s outer life or at least a version of it was on display in this book and its seuel her inner life fueled her novels and short stories That a loving mother and housewife could have such depths was a mighty scary thing for her critics to confront