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E l a i n e J a k e s was a schoolteacher in suburban Philadelphia. Living in the vivacious
and eccentric community of New Hope, Pa, in the 1970s and 1980s, she very
much reflected that town's character. Yet another place, Wales, the land of her forefathers,
ever kept a spiritual hold on her, beckoning her homeward through the most
unexpected of mechanisms
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Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 11th 2015 by Archway Publishing
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Danae Jacot
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes is all at once heartwarming, sobering, hilarious, and pious. It tells the life story of Elaine Jakes, from late childhood up till her death (and at times even past it in her posthumous reflection), a life spent overly in religiosity and little in piety but, as Elaine learns towards the end of her life, never truly far from God and His watchful hands. The autobiography was edited and transcribed by her son and according to his note f
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Melissa
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The stories within these pages chronicle the life of Elaine Jakes. While sometimes funny, sometimes entertaining but also tragic. It was a very true encounter during her life which so many of us can relate. I found it to be a book that I wanted to take my time to enjoy!! If you are looking for an enjoyable book for a long evening, pick this up and you will not be disappointed.
Lisa Johnson
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes
Author: H.R. Jakes
Pages: 262
Year: 2016
Publisher: Archway Publishing

We all have a story about our lives. H.R. Jakes has taken his mother’s memoirs that were found by chance in a box under her bed with a message that Mr. Jakes interpreted as his mother’s desire to have her story told, so he went about the process of editing and putting together her story from her perspective.
The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes is a story about her journey of
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Just Commonly
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
For a bit there, The Curious Autobiogrpahy of Elaine Jakes by H.R. Jakes reminded me of the eccentricity of Thelma & Louise. It's quirky, but at times sobering, and then tragic as well. Yet, the warmth that emanate from how the author writes in Elaine's voice is evident in the many stories we, as readers can find endearing and relatable. Without being predictable, the stories is not in order of time, but rather how it can engage the readers. The beginning captures your attention very quickly ...more
Dawn
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a well written tribute from son to mother. The story takes us throughout the life to the death of Elaine Jakes. Powerful story with ups and downs that we can all related to at some time or other in our lives. A must read.
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H. R. JAKES, a writer who lives in Texas, pens the Curious Autobiography series. He compiled the story of his mother, Elaine Jakes. He has been writing all his life, and she thus felt confident to entrust him with that task. Through him, further books in this series will be forthcoming, first among them Curious Recipes: The Mostly Welsh Cookbook of Elaine Jakes, a charming (and tasty) combination ...more