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A Girl From Yamhill: A Memoir (1988)

by Beverly Cleary

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Follows the popular children's author from her childhood years in Oregon through high school and into young adulthood, highlighting her family life and her growing interest in writing.

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For everyone who has enjoyed the pranks and schemes, embarrassing moments, and all of the other poignant and colorful images of childhood brought to life in Beverly Cleary books, here is the fascinating true story of the remarkable woman who created them.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 22, 2021 |
Rereading in honor of the late Beverly Cleary. She paints a vivid picture of life growing up in rural Oregon and then Portland. Simpler, idyllic times...and then the Great Depression. I'd forgotten about her complex, evolving relationship with her mother, but not the skeevy uncle! ( )
  Salsabrarian | Jun 6, 2021 |
I didn't read much Beverly Cleary growing up but a discussionof fave childhood books at book club lead to picking this as next month's read. I was pleasantly suprised and completely engaged by it. She strikes a good balance of seeing life at the age she was at and adding in some reflections of a grownup. I loved her independent spirit and righteous indignation. Her continued difficult relationship with her Mother was the hard part but I think she was sensitive and caring, as much as she could be. A very unexpected and enjoyable read.
  amyem58 | Apr 11, 2021 |
Beverly Cleary's childhood was a rough one, but she addresses it with humor and clarity, with lots of anecdotes that give the reader snapshots into an earlier time. Looking forward to the next volume! ( )
  Zaiga | Sep 23, 2019 |
I was a bit dissapointed as I was hoping for a bit more...into her later years. However, I did discover that there is a second book. Mainly curiosity as she was born in the town a stones throw from me and raised in Portland, Oregon. AND of course I read her childrens stories as my children have also. As to whether or not to read the second memoir....I might. ( )
  gma2lana | May 9, 2016 |
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