Some of this country's strongest women emerged from the Great Depression and WWII. This book celebrates those women and their relationships. I felt like I was wrapped up in a warm blanket listening to stories about my grandmothers. Gibbons lends a wonderful voice to the young Southern girl and weaves relationships that aren't ashamed to show their flaws. I now remember why I enjoyed reading Ellen Foster many years ago.
This was a quick, easy read. Well written and interesting. A light read for the beach or pool!
Another Gibbons Great! She writes with such grace, her characters are so charmingly eccentric. I know when I pick up a Kaye Gibbons novel, I will never be dissapointed. Charms for the Easy Life is no exception!
This is a wonderful book about three generations of strong women who refuse to be stereotyped. Beautifully written and inspiring. A piece of fiction that describes the kind of strength that a woman truly wishes for herself and her daughters.
A very strange story set in the backwoods of North Carolina during the depression and WW2
Gibbons fast became one of my favorite southern writers. This is a story about a midwife's daughter who accompanies her mother on many of calls and learns from her. A great coming of age story.
I'm not a lover of fiction but this is a sweet, sweet story.
From Publishers Weekly
Three women find solace in an eccentric household in Raleigh, N.C., in Gibbons's touching fourth novel.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Like its predecessors, Ellen Foster ( LJ 4/15/87), A Virtuous Woman ( LJ 4/1/89), and A Cure for Dreams ( LJ 2/15/91), this new novel depicts three generations of Southern women living together during World War II. Unworthy men marry into this formidable tribe, but they cannot break the women's circle of strength and grace. Margaret, the narrator, gently and humorously regales readers with the adventures of her grandmother, Charlie Kate, as a respectable yet unlicensed physician. Without losing her rural sensibility, Gibbons moves from her previous country settings to Raleigh, the capital of her native North Carolina. Her characters remain quirky without being quaint. Recommended for most libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/92.
- Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Three generations of Southern women, find strength in each other during a time when most women depended on men (WW2).They are unconventional to say the least. I enjoyed it very much.
A great book about modern day "little women" of North Carolina. It's a book about the strength of women and bonding during war times.
Fantastic book. I love Kaye Gibbons, and I think this one is her best.
A wonderful story. Not able to put it down. A women's book.
A good old fashioned type book about three generations of women.
This was such a great read, I started it and finished it in one evening. I thought, as I was about halfway through the book that I recalled watching a movie similar to the book, and I was correct. The movie Charms for the Easy Life is excellent, however it skips most of the background information set forth in the beginning of the book - how Charlie Kate got started, Margaret's mothers marraige, and Margaret's childhood.
Very interesting characters. The writer's style is a bit quirky. You realize on the first page that this will be a unique reading experience.
My favorite of her books. Grandma, mother and daughter all sassy and extraordinary!
I loved this book. It was the first book i have read by Kaye Gibbons and it certainly will not be my last. It was very well written and in an easy, conversational dialogue.
The book details the lives of grandmother Clarissa "Charlie Kate" Birch, a smart, stubborn, quirky, self-taught alternative healer/midwife, the mother, Sophia, the most romantic of the family, and main character and daughter Margaret, practical, intelligent, yet romantic- are unique, they stand out from the average woman of the 1930s-1940s of the South. Yet at the same time, they have the same basic desire, to be loved and respected, as anyone else.
The story is told from granddaughter Margaret's point of view but mainly centers around the grandmother, the hero of the family. Charlie Kate is the larger-than-life character, an "Ubermensch." Charlie delivers babies, heals with herbs, reads two books a week, saved a person from a lynching; sewed body parts together, treated malaria, and comforted the dying, along with directing the lives of her daughter & granddaughter.
Not a book you "can't put down", but a good one nonetheless. Well written story about three women and their lives.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm not sure if I can really explain why. It was easy to read, and moved along quite well. The best thing was the quirky, interesting characters. My favorite was the grandmother. Oh, how I wish this had been a true story. Or at least, based on a real person. I didn't want it to end, but at least it didn't leave me unsatisfied with the ending.
absolutly wonderful,another one I just couldn't put down.
This is a lovely book about a young girl growing up with her grandmother and mother during the 1920's until the early 40's in North Carolina. I loved this book - couldn't put it down.
Another Kaye Gibbons book that I enjoyed very much. Her characters come alive; Gibbons makes reader care what happens to every one of them.
I enjoyed it. If you're from North Carolina you will like it too. About 3 stubborn Carolina women around the 1930's.
This is my favorite book--I think this is the fifth time I've read it and I love it more every time. Each character has the depth of an ocean. It's the stuff you'll daydream about.
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it 3-4 times and shared it with my daughter in law, who loved it too. What a group of women they are!
A very moving book! another awesome Gibbons book:)
In the verdant backwoods of North Carolina, in a sad and singular era, the Birches are unique among women of their time-living gloriously rich it decidedly offbeat lives in a private world abandoned by men. And though misery often heats a path to their door, headstrong Sophia and her y, brilliant daughter Margaret possess charms to ward off loneliness and despair-thanks to the uncompromising strength, uncommon wisdom, and muscular love of a remarkable matriarch and self-taught healer who calls herself Charlie Kate.
In Charms for the Easy Life, Kaye Gibbons has created a luminous, truth telling novel that gives life to her most passionate and tough minded women yet.
I don't really read her stuff. But, I figure a lot of folks do. So. Here it is!
I read this years ago and loved it, so when I saw a copy at a used book sale, I grabbed it to share.
Like all my other books, this book has been registered at BookCrossing.com. While it won't hinder your reading of the book, I'd sure appreciate a journal entry telling me what you thought of it.