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Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arrived.

At the tender age of four, Cathy accompanies Roy, the deliveryman at her father's pharmacy, on his routes. She shares some of their memorable deliveries-sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe (in town filming Niagara), sedatives to Mad Bear, a violent Tuscarora chief, and fungus cream to Warty, the gentle operator of the town dump. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's irrepressible spirit spurs her from dangerous sled rides that take her "too close to the Falls" to tipsy dances with the town priest.

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The author shares her memories that are by turns hilarious and deeply moving about growing up in the 1950s in Lewiston, New York, a small town near Niagara Falls. As a four-year old, she could read road maps, and made deliveries for her father's pharmacy, including sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe while she was in town filming "Niagara."

About the Author

Catherine Gildiner has been in private practice in clinical psychology for nearly twenty years. She writes a monthly advice column for Chatelaine, a popular Canadian magazine, and contributes regularly to countless other Canadian newspapers and magazines. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons.

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Anara, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Anara)
I read a lot of memoirs and this is one of the best I have read in years: funny without being maudlin, dramatic without being melodramatic. Life in a small town near Niagara Falls in the fifties: a particular slice of time, experienced through the eyes of an unusual child. That she grew up to become a therapist is no surprise, for the author has empathetic insights into the pain and pride that makes humans do the crazy things they do: even going over the falls.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000403
Author:
Gildiner, Catherine
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Lewiston
Subject:
Lewiston (N.Y.)
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Reader's Guide/Study
Series Volume:
107-300
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.34x5.48x.69 in. .56 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The author shares her memories that are by turns hilarious and deeply moving about growing up in the 1950s in Lewiston, New York, a small town near Niagara Falls. As a four-year old, she could read road maps, and made deliveries for her father's pharmacy, including sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe while she was in town filming "Niagara."

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