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Author Fisher's Book
As They Were
In this wide-ranging 1982 collection, Fisher moves from the xenophobia of her neighbors in First World War Whittier, California, to snowstorms in France and hurricanes in Long Island in the 1970s. "I Was Really Very Hungry" details her hilarious assault with multiple meal course, by a gourmet chef and waitress in a tiny rural Burgundian restaurant. "At Sea" provides several aspects and experiences of travel by ocean liner. There are word portraits of Swi...
Last House: Reflections, Dreams, and Observations, 1943-1991
This collection consists of essays, journal excerpts, and an occasional letter from the final 47 years of Fisher's life. Most of it she spent in Southern California, though some of the pieces hearken back to her youth. There are rather tiresome references to unprofessional treatment at the hands of journalists, and the vicissitudes of growing old (we all need to know about this, but none of us enjoys reading about it), but there are also occasional start...
Long Ago in France: the Years in Dijon
This memoir of the author's early adulthood was written very late in her life: published in 1991 when Fisher was in her 80s, about life as the 21-year-old, newly-married wife of Alfred Fisher, who was working on his doctorate in Dijon between 1929 and 1931. The book provides a walking tour of the city as well as portraits of the lovable eccentrics she knew there. Roughly a quarter of the stories are recycled from _Serve It Forth_, _The Gastronomical Me_,...
Map of Another Town
Fisher provides a portrait of one of the significant towns of her life, Aix-en-Provence, where she lived at various times in the 1950s, and visited from the 1920s through the 1970s. Sometimes the essays read like a guide book, with discussions of hotels, cafes, and the famed fountains of Aix, but whenever she turns to people they are inevitably absorbing: the working-class couple whose fortunes and fights over time can be glimpsed through a nearby window...
Stay Me, Oh Comfort Me
This book consists of journals, stories, and a few letters of Fisher's dating from 1933-41, when she was 25-33. The effects of the Depression are felt, stress and rancor grow in her own family, she tries being a faculty wife (unsuccessfully), for a short time she and husband Al try to live together with newly divorced friend and future husband Dillwyn Parrish on the farm in Switzerland, she divorces Al Fisher and marries Dillwyn, and cares for him a few ...
The Gastronomical Me
In this precisely titled 1943 tome, Fisher offers a sort of culinary autobiography in a series of essays about memorable meals and trips. It consists of more flowing narrative and fewer recipes than her previous three books, and though one encounters the usual wit, warmth, and sophistication, there are also sudden jolts of cold reality: the odd family cook who cut her mother up with a French knife; the sadistic German student who tortured his sexually st...
To Begin Again
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 ...
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