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How Dear to My Heart

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Best known for Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, written with Cornelia Otis Skinner, Emily Kimbrough was one of the most popular writers of this century. How Dear to My Heart, first published in 1944, is her tribute to a happy childhood spent in Muncie, Indiana, a humorous glance over her shoulder at the way things used to be.

"This is more than a funny book, a period piece. D
Paperback, 286 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Indiana University Press (first published January 1st 1944)
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What a dear, humorous book of golden (and not so golden) memories! Emily Kimbrough has captured very well the way she perceived the world as a child with very little commentary from her grown-up self to remark or expound on various happening's greater implications.

Random note: This book has nothing whatsoever to do with Disney's 1948 similarly titled movie So Dear to My Heart. I did wonder when I picked it up; but apparently, that was based off this book.

I do enjoy Kimbrough's work, with or without Skinner, but gee she was a sensitive, self-centered, superstitious, almost spoiled little girl. Of course this was only to be expected, as, until she was 8(?) she had not siblings or cousins, and her grandfather was the patriarch of, not only the family, but of Muncie, Indiana, and was even a state senator.

But I have to admit it was refreshing to read of a comfortable childhood, as opposed to all the historical fiction of the last century that seems t
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I found this to be a charming biography. The author writes of her memories as they are, not researching to be sure her memories are accurate with facts. She describes moments in her young life of interactions with her family members, friends, school mates, and every day experiences. The book contains what her life was like growing up in a small American town of Muncie, Indiana in the first decade of this century, which is her tribute to a happy childhood.
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