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The Resource The notion of family, by Eleanor Mallet

The notion of family, by Eleanor Mallet

Label
The notion of family
Title
The notion of family
Statement of responsibility
by Eleanor Mallet
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the household of Eleanor Mallet's book, The Notion of Family, resides the power of unconventional mystery. For in these unusual and animated essays, nothing is ever quite as it seems. In the bosom of family, for instance, a bookish boy playing the cello becomes a soccer goalkeeper. The heads-of-household -- one a soft touch, the other a hard-liner -- usurp one another's positions. Are dishes merely receptacles, or do they have talismanic power? Such a mystery is a family! The reader plunges into a beguiling drama featuring a constellation of relatives including sons, sisters, and husbands; oldworld Bobie; Aunt Izzie of the blueberry pies with crisscross crusts; the mother-in-law, Sarah, who loves Elvis; and Sarah's bookish Arthur, who keeps a bathtub mat by the front door. In this accelerated narrative are the mysteries of growing up, growing old, and growing together. "At one time", Ms. Mallet writes, "I had all the answers". But, she wisely decides, what endures is one's passion for the whole enterprise. Her fast-forward chronicle of the perils of progeny -- and related hazards -- encompasses the happiness and heartbreak that make up all families. But it does so deftly, so lovingly, and so concisely, it is as if the reader had been given a flawless and heartfelt summary of the wisest family novel ever written. Eleanor Mallet has written a beautiful, funny geographer's guide to the uncharted wilderness that is family. Her rich and glowing collection demonstrates that the besieged notion of family is -- at least in this household -- as strong and remarkable as ever
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
The notion of family, by Eleanor Mallet
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Columns originally published in the Cleveland Plain dealer from 1991 to 1998
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm41320219
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
80 pages
Isbn
9781882203574
Lccn
99032222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The notion of family, by Eleanor Mallet
Publication
Note
Columns originally published in the Cleveland Plain dealer from 1991 to 1998
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm41320219
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
80 pages
Isbn
9781882203574
Lccn
99032222
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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