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Treetops: A Family Memoir Paperback – 1 Jan 1999


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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671028510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671028510
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,091,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Los Angeles Times" "Treetops" may well be Susan Cheever's masterpiece.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JimOD on 28 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
I was unaware of this book until recently, although I had read and loved "Home Before Dark", Susan Cheever's memoir about her father - until I made a pilgrimage to Ossining in New York State to visit the house where John Cheever wrote most of his stuff. I was invited in by Mary Cheever, John Cheever's widow and Susan Cheever's mother, who gave me several cups of tea and talked to me with characteristic American frankness about her life. "Treetops" tells the story of Mary Cheever's family. It is an astonishing story, especially in the early chapters when we learn how Tom Watson, Mary's grandfather, invented the telephone along with Bell and invested his money in a house he called Treetops. Years later, John Cheever spent his summers there, mythologizing the family and the place. For anyone who has enjoyed Cheever's stories about summering on the east coast, "Treetops" is a rewarding experience, since it gives a somewhat less romantic picture of a family who may have been dysfunctional but were always entertaining. As an insight into how money was made and spent in America in the 20th century, "Treetops" is invaluable. America's bizarre compromise between money and class is beautifully described here.
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Quietly Moving Memoir tells of America's Changing Century 1 Jun. 2000
By Thomas F. Scahill - Published on Amazon.com
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"Treetops," while telling of one family in particular, speaks to the ever changing family unit in the 20th century where the roles began firmly established in 1900 and careened on to a helter skelter order in 2000. The role of women, children, and siblings in a man's world is dissected in "Treetops" --all through the eyes of one family child as she looks at the past. I found the book quietly moving as I learned about the family and found it reflected in my own. "Treetops" is the place we all long to go back to and the place we all long to escape from at the same time.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Memoirs should be memorable 19 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book hoping that Johm Cheever's daughter might possess a bit of his genius. Not so. This book is humdrum.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Memoirs should be memorable 19 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book hoping that Johm Cheever's daughter might possess a bit of his genius. Not so. This book is humdrum.
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