Charms for the Easy Life

Charms for the Easy Life

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A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeatlives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina.In a sad and singular era, they are unique among womenof their time. For radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy andbrilliant daughter Margaret possess powerful charmsto ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that alltoo often beats a path to their door. And they are protectedthrough the years by the eccentric wisdom and muscular loveof the most stalwart Birch of all -- a solid, unbending anduncompromising self-taught healer who can cure everythingfrom boils to broken hones to broken hearts ... a remarkablematriarch who calls herself Charlie Kate.

Charms for the Easy Life is the passionate, luminous, andexhilarating New York Times bestseller by Kaye Gibbons,the acclaimed author of Ellen Foster and Sights Unseen.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1993.
ISBN: 9780380722709
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gibbons Kaye
Characteristics: 254 p. ;,21 cm.


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Margaret struggles toward adulthood in a world torn apart by the Second World War and complicated by her strong-willed mother, Sophia, and grandmother, Charlie Kate, in a story about three generations of passionate, willful Southern women.

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madison382 Apr 24, 2015

Really enjoyed the characters in this book.

Mar 13, 2015

Very fitting that I read this book over the International Women's Day weekend. Although narrated by Margaret, the star and central character is her grandmother Charlie Kate. What a woman! Never back down; never settle for just any man; never give in to pressure; and always believe your decisions are right were her guiding principles, and the ones she tried to instill in her daughter and granddaughter. I couldn't stop reading about this turn of the century self-taught healer, midwife, surgeon, and every page rewarded me with some new eye-opening reason to be in awe of Charlie Kate. The title refers to a charm given to her by a lynched man she revived by rubbing his throat until he could take a breath. This happened early in her career as an unpapered doctor, and throughout the rest of her life she faced challenge after challenge, both professional and personal, fearlessly. She guided the lives of her daughter and granddaughter firmly, only letting up when she felt they were on their right tracks. A woman long before her time, she was definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Apr 09, 2012

Three generations of women work together as a medical team. The women have interesting personalities and views of life during the early years of WWII. Interesting to sit back and absorb how the women deal with the social situations, life struggles and each other.

gdellinger Jan 13, 2012

Wonderful strong characters and story; loved the book.


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