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Uncle Will and the Fitzgerald Curse

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This is one in a series of Non-fiction that tells the tale of the Fitzgerald family from Adenville UT. The others in the series are Papa Married A Mormon and Mama's Boarding House
hardcover, 250 pages
Published 1961 by Bobbs Merrill
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Aug 01, 2011 Melody rated it really liked it
I have always thought that, had I been born when the West was still wild, I would have ended up a plump but kindly Madam of a middle-of-the-road whorehouse after my own charms had faded. This book does nothing to help rid me of this pleasant romantic notion.

Uncle Will is almost mythological in his awesomeness. I know that Fitzgerald actually knew the man, grew up near him, and most likely idolized his larger-than-life self. I would have. I loved reading about him in the other two Fitzgerald fami
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Mar 17, 2008 Ellie Leonard rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves the "Great Brain"
This is the last in the trilogy by John D. Fitzgerald. It is the hardest to find, and I read it three times while attending UW just for that reason. It was hidden deep away in the back of their library reserves. This story is about Will Fitzgerald, the uncle of the author, and how (as a black sheep of his family) he shunned the Catholic church and became a lawman. He has to overcome disability, loss, and depression so as to keep order in his small town.
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Oct 23, 2016 Mark Casey rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd of what I think of as the "books for adults" written by John D. Fitzgerald, author of the Great Brain books, which I loved when I read them in 4th grade, and still love now that my boys are reading and/or listening to them.

I'm giving it four stars because I love the world of Adenville that Fitzgerald created, but if you're not already a fan of the Great Brain series you'd probably only give it three stars. The book is out of print and not easy to get your hands on. Definitely don
Mar 24, 2014 Alanna rated it really liked it
I was slightly disappointed by this book because I came away from it liking Uncle Will less, even if I did understand him a bit more. But it was still a fun book to read-- it was fun to see how he developed the rather strange code by which he lived and how he managed to finally build the empire he so desired out west.
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Jan 15, 2016 Katie Kwon rated it liked it
Substantially more R rated! Retrograde ideas on women: the bitter vengeful spinster, the shrew, the hooker with a heart of gold, all make their appearance as each serves as a plot point in our hero's life. Will's a jerk for no reason I can see except he's born that way. A substantial departure from the rest of Fitzgerald's books; read for completeness' sake.
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I loved this entire series and would love to read more like it. Any recommendations?
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John Dennis Fitzgerald was born in Price, Utah, on February 3, 1906, to Thomas and Minnie Melsen Fitzgerald. His father had a pharmacy degree but engaged in a number of business ventures and served on the Price Town Council for four years. John graduated from Carbon High School and at the age of eighteen and left Utah to pursue a career as a jazz drummer. He wo
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