OK this is a "Pat yourself on the Back"post but every once in a while I'm entitled to such. The blog Electively Paige reviews books and I have found it to be a very interesting place to find new reads that one may not otherwise find (such as me). Paige humored me, read my book, and offered the following review, which I most appreciated. She also asked me to provide a guest post. I do not think she exactly knew what to expect with the guest post, but she found it humorous (fancy that). If you get a chance check out her blog.
Review of Sterling Silver and Dollar Stores
I was really excited to read this memoir! Memoirs are a type of nonfiction that really speaks to me and I more often than not find myself really enjoying them. So, to combine that with the fact that, being a southern girl myself, I also really love reading about life here in the south so a memoir about the life of a southern woman certainly caught my attention.
This memoir is a lot different than most I've read--it doesn't really go in chronological order. At first, and I'm going to be honest, I was a little put off by that. Then, however, I got to thinking. This book is about the life of a woman through the eyes of her daughter, from a young age. So, of course the author is not going to remember everything in just the right order. So, if she'd attempted to write it chronologically I feel it would be a little stilted, and as I read on I found myself really liking the way that she did write it. Basically, each chapter covered a category(so to speak) and it often contained some sort of wisdom from her mother. Such as the fact that she felt everyone should have a good set of real silver tableware and that you should use it for every meal. Sort of reminded me, in fact, of my grandmother's talk of silver when I was a young girl. Before to long, the author developed a voice that had me getting swept into each chapter's story, I found them to most all be interesting, and the little tidbits within made each one like a little short story.
In this book you get to read through the good times and the bad, about a woman who was so against divorce, but then ended up getting one. About a woman who that, although sometimes she wasn't always in the right frame of mind and didn't always do the absolute right things, really did want the best for her family. I found myself to greatly admire this woman and the daughter that cared enough about her mother to tell the world her story. I highly recommend for fans of a good memoir because, despite being different, I don't think this one will disappoint.