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The Family Silver by Sharon O'Brien
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Jan 14, 2012

really liked it
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Read on January 14, 2012

Years ago, I was a student to Dickinson College. It was my senior year, and I was taking a memoir class with Professor O'Brien. During that class, she introduced me to to wonderful stories. The first was the fascinatingly funny book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Miss Lamott is deliciously witty, on par with Bill Bryson if not sharper. I re-read that book at least once a year.

The second wonderful story she introduced me to was her own. She read to us from her then unpublished memoir, The Family Silver. The chapter she read to us was, of course, the story of the Quinlan family silver, the battle and family disagreements over who served a bigger share. The story stayed in my mind and haunted me for years. Having just reached the end of her full book, I'm glad to see that the rest of it was just as poignant as that story.
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