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The Resource Perfectly miserable : guilt, God and real estate in a small town, Sarah Payne Stuart

Perfectly miserable : guilt, God and real estate in a small town, Sarah Payne Stuart

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Perfectly miserable : guilt, God and real estate in a small town
Title
Perfectly miserable
Title remainder
guilt, God and real estate in a small town
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Payne Stuart
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A wryly comic memoir that examines the pillars of New England WASP culture-class, history, family, money, envy, perfection, and, of course, real estate-through the lens of mothers and daughters. At eighteen, Sarah Payne Stuart fled her mother and all the other disapproving mothers of her too perfect hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, only to return years later when she had children of her own. Whether to defy the previous generation or finally earn their approval and enter their ranks, she hurled herself into upper-crust domesticity full throttle. In the twenty years Stuart spent back in her hometown-in a series of ever more magnificent houses in ever grander neighborhoods-she was forced to connect with the cultural tradition of guilt and flawed parenting of a long legacy of local, literary women from Emerson's wife, to Hawthorne's, to the most famous and imposing of them all, Louisa May Alcott's iconic, guilt-tripping Marmee. When Stuart's own mother dies, she realizes that there is no one left to approve or disapprove. And so, with her suddenly grown children fleeing as she herself once did, Stuart leaves her hometown for the final time, bidding good-bye to the cozy ideals invented for her by Louisa May Alcott so many years ago, which may or may not ever have been based in reality"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 818/.5403
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.T826
LC item number
Z46 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Perfectly miserable : guilt, God and real estate in a small town, Sarah Payne Stuart
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869548812
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9781594631818
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013048095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869548812
Label
Perfectly miserable : guilt, God and real estate in a small town, Sarah Payne Stuart
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869548812
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
307 pages
Isbn
9781594631818
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013048095
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)869548812

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