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Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer. The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish ancestry, so it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories.

Along with all Americans, citizens of the Bronx suffered during the Depression. So when Mary's father died, her mother opened the family home to boarders and placed a discreet sign next to the front door that read, "Furnished Rooms. Kitchen Privileges."

The family's struggle to make ends meet; her days as a scholarship student in an exclusive girls academy; the death of her beloved older brother in World War II; her marriage to Warren Clark; writing stories at the kitchen table; finally selling the first one for 100 dollars, after six years and 40 rejections - all these experiences figure into Kitchen Privileges.

Her husband's untimely death left her a widowed mother of five young children. Determined to care for her family and to make a career for herself, she wrote scripts for a radio show. In her spare time she began writing novels. Where Are the Children? became an international best seller and launched her career.

When asked if she might consider giving up writing for a life of leisure, Marv has replied, "Never. To be happy for a year, win the lottery. To be happy for life, do what you love."

©2008 Mary Higgins Clark (P)2008 Simon & Schuster Audio

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My Favorite Memoir!

This is my third time reading this book, and I still heard new things and couldn't stop. I laughed out loud when she describes her sex education lesson with the Nuns. I became teary-eyed at other times. This is such a good read. I hate that I'm finished.

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Great book!!

Wonderful narration. The whole book is memorable. Enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend it.

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great autobiography of my favorite author.

This book was great. I really love learning of her history and how she started to write, struggled through life, and became successful. All of the little details and stories throughout our great. Loved it.