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Dear Bill, Remember Me? and Other Stories

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Eight short stories portray teenage girls, young women, mothers, and grandmothers who deeply affect the lives of those around them.
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Delacorte Press
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Katie Fitzgerald
Oct 14, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Read Up on Fong Mountain on 10/29/12.

"Up on Fong Mountain" is a YA short story by Norma Fox Mazer, which was originally published in 1976 in a collection called Dear Bill, Remember Me? and Other Stories. The main character is Jessie, whose teacher has given a class assignment to keep a journal for 4 months, from February to the end of the school year. At first, Jessie believes she has nothing to write about, but when she starts dating BD, suddenly she begins to confide all her innermost feelings
Norma Fox Mazer had an uncanny ability to describe the heartache and pain in the lives of young girls. Though her books and stories were written in the 1970s and 80s, her themes of unrequited love, parental misunderstandings, divorce and death still ring true. I rediscovered the title story online and was astonished at how powerful it still was: as 15 year old Bitsy struggles to write a congratulatory letter to an older crush who has just announced his engagement, she wavers between confessing a ...more
Leslie Dowling
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as a kid and am pleased that it held up well.
I liked best (titles back-translated)
- Chocolate Pudding (A trailer-park-girl and a middle-class boy named after T. Roosevelt fall in love after acknowledging their joint passion for chocolate pudding)
- Mimi, the Fish (Shy Mimi has finally been invited by the boy of her dreams but has to deliver a pungent Belgian cheese on the way to the party. Unfortunately the buyers of that delicatesse are not at home.)
- The Fong Mountains (A summer holiday jounal for English class that gets to personal to sh
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
The best stories were the title piece, the first story, and "Chocolate Pudding." But these are all honest, real, and raw and, as someone who will likely be a spinster, I appreciated the last story a lot.

Oh, and I read the paperback, but it had this cover, and my version was definitely in English--not German. Weird.
One of the very few books that I re-read as a tween, by one of my favorite authors at the time. I got to meet the author briefly at at Books for the Teenage reception in the 90's, and got to tell her that she was one of the reasons that I was a YA librarian. ...more
Jazzy Lemon
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As poignant today as it was when I first read it. Coming of age stories written with with heart and incredible insight from Norma Fox Mazer.
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Norma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.

She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is a

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