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  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia (30 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140267670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140267679
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author offers a humorous account of her experiences as she, her husband, and their four young children moved from an apartment in the city to a big house in rural Vermont.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 1998
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I generally hate domestic plots or cutesy toddlers but Shirley Jackson, with her wry sense of humor, helped me to really like this book. Sure, it is outdated but many of the absurd situations and attitudes still apply and it gives you a good middle class view of that period. Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 1998
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At one time, Shirley Jackson was both the scariest and the funniest writer in America. This book may come as a surprise to fans of "The Lottery", but don't neglect it on that account; it's still vintage Jackson, complete with a rambling old house (this time not haunted). This is hands down the funniest book about raising children ever written; somehow it manages to treat children as surreal and other (the savages of the title) without ever being condescending. The sequal, _Raising Demons_, isn't quite as good, but is still well worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 1998
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Having read an excerpt of this one day, I was driven to track down my own copy. Although better known for her darker writings, Jackson's semi-autobiographical telling of her life as a mother & a writer was very funny, & had me laughing out loud many times. Originally written in 1948, it proves that the trials & tribulations & joys of motherhood are timeless.
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By I. F. Windsor on 21 April 2014
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I read the sequel to this book, Raising Demons, way back when I was about 12 and loved it! I had no idea this first book even existed, but when I found it I had to have it. So glad I did because I love this little gem! Not only is it funny, it's refreshingly candid and this family is one you'd like to spend time with. It's a lighthearted romp and a joy to read - it just makes you feel good.
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