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Beauty Before Comfort: A Memoir

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
“The first lesson [my grandmother] ever taught me was that dancing matters.... When she did come across men she fancied who didn’t dance, she sent them away until they did. They always learned, because my grandmother was bitingly beautiful, and that is the second lesson she taught me—that beauty inspires, all of God’s beauty, but especially hers.”

So writes Allison Glock at
Published (first published 2003)
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I found the information about Homer-Laughlin and Fiestaware just as intriguing as the overall story of Glock's grandmother. A well-written memoir.
Apr 25, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
This was one of those books I picked up at a book sale, just cuz it looked interesting. Turned out to be pretty good. I liked how the author mixed what was happening in the woman's life with what was happening in her area of Ohio, the economy, the war, the changes roles of women, etc.
Kathy Ferrell
Nov 11, 2012 Kathy Ferrell rated it really liked it
I read this several years ago and really enjoyed it. Glock takes us into her family's lives with humor and warmth. It's a brave, enjoyable book, and as a West Virginian, I can vouch for her genuine voice. There aren't enough West Virginian memories being told about the fairly recent past. Instead, when one of us does decide to write, it's often some stilted thing about the Civil War or the Hatfield-McCoy feud. This book is nothing like that. There is joy here, and I think you'll enjoy reading ...more
Diane Bosser
I enjoyed the details about pottery ware and the pre and post WWII industrial growth and change in WV. The author did a good job showing the limited and hard choices people made, including those who stayed and those who left. I did not enjoy the run down of every boy her grandmother dated and repeated descriptions of photographs.
Jul 19, 2008 Tiffany rated it liked it
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This book was OK. There is quite a bit of interesting history about West Virginia and the pottery industry, interspersed with tidbits of the author's grandmother's life, which was....odd, to say the least. The book was not unenjoyable, it was just a bit tedious. The picture of West Virginia life was quite interesting, if the family history was not quite so much so.
Aug 30, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The grandmother in this story reminded me a lot of my sister and her obsession with makeup and men. Gave me a better understanding of women who put thier outer beauty before their inner beauty.
Kateri Ewing
Apr 24, 2013 Kateri Ewing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A romping memoir of a sassy Southern woman who more than reminded me of my step-grandma and grandma all rolled into one. Very much enjoyed this and it's a quick read.
Sep 04, 2007 Ginny rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because I love Fiesta Ware! It contained so much history within the story, I just couldn't put it down.
Jan 26, 2008 Juneus rated it liked it
I read this book for Southern flavor since I was attempting to do some writing in that genre. I enjoyed it.
Feb 29, 2008 Animlgrl rated it did not like it
Shelves: tried-2008
Couldn't get past the 20th page...supposed to be a granddaughters recount of her grandmother's younger days, when it was important to look good and flirt. Bored me out of my mind.
Jun 09, 2008 Ginny added it
Interesting book; talks about the glass & pottery companies that thrived in West Virginia...specifically in the Chester/Newll area of WV
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