Too Close to the Falls

Too Close to the Falls

Book - 2001
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The author shares her memories about growing up in the 1950s in Lewiston, New York, a small town near Niagara Falls, that are by turns hilarious and deeply moving. As a four-year old, she could read road maps, and made deliveries for her father's pharmacy, including sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe while she was in town filming Niagara.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670894635
067089463X
Branch Call Number: B Gild
Characteristics: 354 p. ; 23 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

'What this child needs is a job', prescribes the pediatrician. This is how, at age four, the spirited author becomes assistant to the delivery man at her father's pharmacy. This brilliantly told, often hilarious memoir describes a thoroughly unconventional childhood in upper New York state in the 50's. A delight to read.

Funny, poignant story of a smart but somewhat self-raised 4-6 year old at a time when ADD was not a diagnosis and parents listened to teachers/ priest and doctors as a voice of ultimate authority. I would have skipped the last chapter, when she was age 15 and almost seduced by a selfcentred young priest. After such a great story, it left a sadness at the end of her story and a pall on the whole novel.Nevertheless it is the last chapter which gives the book its title so the author was telling me something else about her childhood. I will certainly read this author again.

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NicoleBZ
Oct 28, 2011

J'ai lu seulement le 1er chapitre que j,ai bein aimé. Le 2e... je n'ai pas aimé. Feuilleté le reste.... sans intérêt pour moi.

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charlie2009
Dec 16, 2010

Book Club - Mar. 2010

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Mualla
Nov 24, 2010

I loved the book. Catherine Gildiner has a hilarious way of telling how she was brought up. The way she describes Roy, her "partner in crime" is very skilfull. She does this description without giving too much information to the reader; but, the reader can easily guess the background of the character. Lots of metaphors are referred to the point. Even the name of the book is one big metaphor. At the very beginning, I felt little self-indulgence as in most of the memoirs. Other than it was fun to read.

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BookBear780
Sep 21, 2010

You will fall in love with this character... It's hard not to... She is a precious little girl with, what seems to be, an enviable life... Until you start to get deeper and deeper into the story. An amazing piece of work by a very talented author... And there's a follow up... 'After the Falls'... And it gets better... She's working on a third and final book, to be released next year. I can't wait!

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krsainsbury
Nov 15, 2009

Perhaps one of the funniest, and wittiest books I've read in a while. Told from the perspective of a Catherine growing up in small town Lewiston in the 1950s - a precocious intelligent child that has many questions and a very unique view of the world. A must read.

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