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Charms for the Easy Life - Kaye Gibbons
Charms for the Easy Life
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A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. Radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy, brilliant daughter, Margaret, possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that often beats a path to their... show more
A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. Radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy, brilliant daughter, Margaret, possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that often beats a path to their door. And they are protected by the eccentric wisdom and muscular love of the remarkable matriarch Charlie Kate, a solid, uncompromising, self-taught healer who treats everything from boils to broken bones to broken hearts.Sophia, Margaret, and Charlie Kate find strength in a time when women almost always depended on men, and their bond deepens as each one experiences love and loss during World War II. Charms for the Easy Life is a passionate, luminous, and exhilarating story about embracing what life has to offer ... even if it means finding it in unconventional ways.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060760250 (0060760257)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Portable Mistletoe
Portable Mistletoe rated it
1.0 Charms for the Easy Life ★☆☆☆☆
I went 5 minutes beyond my self-imposed minimum 20 minutes (for audiobooks) before DNFing. That was 25 minutes of exposition as the main character explains her family's backstory, and we had only gotten as far as her mother's childhood. Yawn. Audiobook version, borrowed from my local public librar...
shannonland
shannonland rated it
Set in the rural south, this book has a colorful cast of strong southern women. It's one of my favorites of Kaye Gibbons books.
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
4.0
"I have read two books a week for thirty years. I am satisfied that I know everything." So says Charlie Kate Birch, and she's not shy about sharing her knowledge, whether you want to hear it or not. Charlie Kate is an early-1900s North Carolina midwife, herbalist, and self-styled doctor (with no ...
Books by the Lake
Books by the Lake rated it
2.0 Charms for the Easy Life
This belongs to a genre that I'm not generally fond of, southern small-town stories of generational ties with eccentric characters; as the front cover blurb has it, "as invigorating as sarsaparilla and as soothing as lemon-balm tea". They always seem to feature women who are not only independent and...
willemite
willemite rated it
Charms is a family saga. The narrator, Margaret Birch tells of her mother, Sophia, her grandmother, Charlie Kate, her no-good father, her failed grandfather and a broad cast of characters that inhabit the southern towns of her upbringing. It oozes warmth. I was reminded of A Secret Life of Bees. The...
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