Anne Rivers Siddons has such a way with words! She can paint a picture so clear it's like a photograph. These essays take the reader through the year of her memories of her childhood days in Atlanta up to and through early times of her marriage. Her adjustment to being a stepmother will ring true to all those readers in that situation I'm sure. And being a southeren belle in the 1950's? As Michigan woman I found it just fascinating. A great "reward" book-- That is you can reward yourself for finishing a dreaded task by a half hour reading just one essay.