Charms for the Easy Life

Charms for the Easy Life

Book - 2005
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A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. Radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy, brilliant daughter, Margaret, possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that often beats a path to their door. And they are protected by the eccentric wisdom and muscular love of the remarkable matriarch Charlie Kate, a solid, uncompromising, self-taught healer who treats everything from boils to broken bones to broken hearts.

Sophia, Margaret, and Charlie Kate find strength in a time when women almost always depended on men, and their bond deepens as each one experiences love and loss during World War II. Charms for the Easy Life is a passionate, luminous, and exhilarating story about embracing what life has to offer ... even if it means finding it in unconventional ways.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2005, c1993.
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780060760250
Branch Call Number: GIBBONS
Characteristics: 254, 16 pages ; 21 cm.


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madison382 Apr 24, 2015

Really enjoyed the characters in this book.

Mar 13, 2015

Very fitting that I read this book over the International Women's Day weekend. Although narrated by Margaret, the star and central character is her grandmother Charlie Kate. What a woman! Never back down; never settle for just any man; never give in to pressure; and always believe your decisions are right were her guiding principles, and the ones she tried to instill in her daughter and granddaughter. I couldn't stop reading about this turn of the century self-taught healer, midwife, surgeon, and every page rewarded me with some new eye-opening reason to be in awe of Charlie Kate. The title refers to a charm given to her by a lynched man she revived by rubbing his throat until he could take a breath. This happened early in her career as an unpapered doctor, and throughout the rest of her life she faced challenge after challenge, both professional and personal, fearlessly. She guided the lives of her daughter and granddaughter firmly, only letting up when she felt they were on their right tracks. A woman long before her time, she was definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Apr 09, 2012

Three generations of women work together as a medical team. The women have interesting personalities and views of life during the early years of WWII. Interesting to sit back and absorb how the women deal with the social situations, life struggles and each other.

gdellinger Jan 13, 2012

Wonderful strong characters and story; loved the book.


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