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Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer. The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish roots, so it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories about the people and things she observed.
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When Mary's father died, her mother, deciding to open the family home to boarders, placed a discreet sign that read, Furnished Rooms. Kitchen-Privleges. Very shortly the first in a succession of tenants arrived: a couple dodging bankruptcy who moved in eith their wild-eyed boxer; a teacher who wept endlessly over a lost love; and a deadbeat who tripped over a lamp while trying to sneak out in the middle of the night.

As a youngster, Mary worked a lot of jobs before ever becoming the author she is today. She was a switchboard operator,and a stewardess up until the time she became married to Warren Clark, and had five children.

Mary's husband, Warren, died at a young age after 14 years of marriage from a bad heart. Mary was left then to look out for her family on her own. Determined to care for her family and to make a career for herself,she went to work writing scripts for a radio show, but in her spare time she began writing novels.
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Simon & Schuster, Nov 2002, 24.00, 208 pp.
ISBN: 0743206053

has been a best selling author of suspense for what seems forever though her first book was a bio of George and Martha Washington. Ms. Clark returns to the world of non-fiction with an autobiography that may be her best work to date. Ms. Clark warmly discusses her life growing up in the Bronx, a very harsh one due the Depression. Even more heartwarming is her “courtship” and first marriage that should have turned Ms. Clark into a romance writer instead of the queen of suspense. She follows this up with the tragedy of suddenly raising children, as a widow with income problems until her first sale brings in needed cash. Finally, she discusses her second chance at love with her second marriage.

Throughout the book, Ms. Clark displays her love for writing without padding fluff or an outrageous scandal. Instead the author's myriad of fans and readers who enjoy a well written insightful biography will take delight with this encouraging story that does not apologize for Ms. Clark following her dreams and encourages others to do likewise. For attaining one's dreams is how to attain happiness.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American    -   Irish


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Century:    -   1980's-Present    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 14-16 Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   26-50% of book

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