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The Quiet Center: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages from the Pages of Victoria Magazine

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In beautifully written memoirs by some of the great women writers of America, The Quiet Center resonates with the wisdom gleaned from everyday life. Originally published in the pages of Victoria magazine in its first decade, the essays in this volume speak to and from a woman's heart.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Hearst Communications
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Apr 13, 2008 Angie rated it really liked it
I really love this book, but I'm taking it off my "currently reading" list because the truth is - it's been on my nightstand by the bed for 10 years now and I just keep reading it and rereading it whenever I'm in the mood for a dose of it. A collection of writings from women, ABOUT women and their various chapters of life. It is much like my Bible in that it is just a permanent fixture that I refer to again and again.
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Aug 22, 2014 Jennifer Lamont rated it it was amazing
I've owned this book for years, and I keep it on my bedside table for soothing late-night reading when I can't sleep. I enjoy reading and re-reading the thoughtful essays.
Mary Catelli
Feb 20, 2016 Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing
A collection of essays on various topics by various authors. They have in common a certain mediative tone, of things pondered deeply. A convincing tone.

On topics from family members, to writing and reading, to what Isak Dinesen thought a flower arrangement should be, and how New York City's closest approach to a meadow is the flower market, to places, to a grandfather who never turned a tangle in his yard to a lawn because he needed paths, and a woman who gathered plants for dyes there, whom the
Apr 13, 2008 Melinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Impressive collection of essays on broad subjects such as childhood, rituals, writing and writers, and grandmothers. The essays are 3-5 pages long, the perfect length for a gentle easing into sleep just before bedtime. Contributors include Jane Smiley, Francine Prose, Susan Minot and Carol Shields.
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Jan 12, 2016 Marjorie Towers rated it it was amazing
Such a wonderful collection of short stories by female authors. I will read these again and again.
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May 18, 2009 Deena Scintilla rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A surprise gift from Ron in the earlier days of our marriage which I still have on my bookshelf and occas. read.
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Dec 29, 2014 Julie Durnell rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of short stories but I really enjoyed these "quiet" stories before bedtime!
Jul 13, 2013 Rolayne rated it it was amazing
Good read. A keeper.
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