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I said I was going to share some more books, and I forgot all about it. I have a bad memory, and have been overloaded lately. Anyway...

Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons are fantastic works by Shirley Jackson. The woman who wrote the Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery an We have Always Lived in the Castle.

Unlike those works, however, these two compilations are upbeat and chipper, and do not delve too far into the dark reaches of the mind nor the supernatural although one daughter does apparently do magic, to the parents' chagrin...

They are compilations of Jackson's magazine work, and mainly deal with the trials andtribulations of raising a family. Her family. Which is the type of family I think most of us would want to hang out with. Well read, smart, humorous, and misplaced. It's literally LOL.

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Our house is old, and noisy and full. When we moved into it we had two children and about five thousand books; I expect that when we finally overflow and move out again we will have perhaps twenty children and easily half a million books; we also own assorted beds and tables and chairs and rocking horses and lamps and doll dresses and ship models and paint brushes adn literally thousands of socks. This is the way of life my husband and I have fallen into, inadvertently, as though we had fallen into a well and decided that since there was no way out we might as well stay there and set up a chair and a desk and a light of some kind; even though this is our way of life, and the only one we know, it is occasionally bewildering, and perhaps even inexplicable to the sort of person who does not have that swift, accurate conviction that he is going to step on a broken celluloid doll in the dark. I cannot think os a preferable way of life, except one without children and without books, going on soundlessly in an apartment hotel where they do the cleaning for you and send up your meals and all you have to do is lie on a couch and --- as I say, I cannot think of a preferable way of life, but then I have had to make a good many compromises, all told.


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