I swear - this woman has more facets than an over-cut diamond! Her brain must be a wonderful place to live. Our experiences make us what we are - hers have made her - and let her show us! Very interesting woman
Clark tells about the challenges she faced growing up during the depression in the Bronx and how her hopes of becoming a writer eventually turned into reality. This book was interesting, especially if you're a fan of M. H. Clark.
A delightful memoir/biography of Mary Higgins Clark - from her early childhood to her adulthood years. she writes with clarity, humor, realism about her growing-up years. She begins writing short stories, for magazines, for ad companies; eventually an accomplished author. I enjoyed reading this book about her life; the first book written by Mary Higgins Clark.
This is a wonderful little book of Mary Higgins Clark's memoirs...stories and anecdotes of her life as a child and of the experiences in her life that shaped her as a person and influenced her as a writer. A quick and easy read.
I have been a fan of Mary Higgins Clark for many years. Over the years I have read many of her books, but I have found this one the most entertaining to date. This book brought me to tears on more than one occasion. This is a truly inspiring human story of love and loss that many people will relate to. I applaud her determination in making all of her dreams come true.
Outstanding memoir. Humor, hardship, love. A snapshot of growing up in the Bronx long ago. Marrying her sweetheart. Facing life as a young widow of 5 children. Working hard. Losing many she loves. Includes how to be a good writer, how to win friends and influence people, how to look on the bright side.... Highly recommended, and I'm not even a Mary Higgins Clark fan.
This was the first book by this author that I have read. I couldn't put it down! It was a great book that talked all about what her life was like from the age of three up until she had five children of her own. I definitely recommend this book. I'll have to read more of her novels!
Very inspiring book. If you like Mary Higgens Clark, you are going to love this book. If you have never read Mary Higgens Clark, you are still going to love this book. It reads like her best novel, only this is her true life story. Pictures are beautiful also.
This is a large print edition !!!!Popular thriller writer Clark once struggled like many other writers to get her work noticed and published, and in her memoir, she shares both her story of this and other trials. Growing up during the Depression in New York, Mary was doted on by her loving parents and was often found playing with her two brothers, Joseph and John. Her father's death at 54 was the first tragedy of young Mary's life. Her mother was forced to take in lodgers to make ends meet, and a variety of eccentrics traipsed through the Higgins household. Mary opted for secretarial school over college, knowing that money was a constant concern for her family. After a few years as a secretary, Mary daringly decided to apply to be a flight attendant, and she spent a year flying around the world. She returned to marry Warren Clark, a dashing family friend who had captured her heart long ago. Together the pair had five children, and while caring for them, Mary diligently worked on her writing. She sent out story after story, facing the rejection that deters so many writers. Mary persevered, eventually getting a story accepted. But Warren's health was failing, and he died of a heart attack in 1964. Following his death, Mary took a job writing for a radio program, and eventually began working on the novels that brought her so much success. Clark's many fans will find her life just as interesting as her many novels.
Mary Higgins Clark received many rejections before she became a successful mystery writer, in her down to earth easy telling memoir she tells of her struggle to become a writer, marry the man of her dreams, raising her children after his death and meeting the newest love of her life. Nice easy going and fairly quick read.
If you are a Mary Higgins Clark fan, here's a book for you. An endearing story of her childhood and how she became a famous mystery writer. Some of her characters are based on family and friends from her childhood. A quick read: I read 3/4 of it while waiting to be seen in a doctors office today. (You know how doctors are always late.)
This was a very interesting, quick read about the growing-up years of a great author. When I ordered it, I expected it to be a book about poverty and hardship, and although it was not a book about growing up privileged, it was not the sorrowful book I imagined.
This book was a good book, and one I would encourage anyone who likes to read a book by Mary Higgins Clark add to their reading list.
From the Dust Jacket: "In her long awaited memoir, Mary Higgins Clark, America's beloved and bestselling Queen of Suspense, recounts the early experiences that shaped her as a person and influenced her as a writer..."