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The subtitle is "Stories and Memoirs, 1908-1929." Fisher describes incidents and personalities from her first 21 years, mostly in childhood and early teens. There are portraits of Laguna, San Francisco, and other parts of Southern California just after the turn of the century, odd friends and housekeepers/cooks, the casual schoolyard cruelties of young girls, imaginary childhood friends, inevitable memories of lovely meals and dishes, the odd intrusions of sex and violence into an otherwise happy childhood. A measured, but wise and charming collection of essays.
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Plot & Themes

Romance    -   Yes Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   trouble in high school    -   trouble in grade school    -   general coming of age story Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog

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