Charms for the Easy Life

Narrated by: Kate Fleming
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. Radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy, brilliant daughter, Margaret, possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that often beats a path to their door. And they are protected by the eccentric wisdom and muscular love of the remarkable matriarch Charlie Kate, a solid, uncompromising, self-taught healer who treats everything from boils to broken bones to broken hearts.

Sophia, Margaret, and Charlie Kate find strength in a time when women almost always depended on men, and their bond deepens as each one experiences love and loss during World War II.

Charms for the Easy Life is a passionate, luminous, and exhilarating story about embracing what life has to offer...even if it means finding it in unconventional ways.

©2012 Kaye Gibbons (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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So Lovely!

I adore this book so much! I read it years ago and downloaded the audible to "read" it again. This narrator is really good! The book is much better than the movie they made out of it. This is well worth the money or credit.

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Toss Up

I recently listened to this twice . One book is read by the author but was abridged , so I purchased this copy to hear the complete story.
The book is about 3 generations of women living together My favorite character was the Grandma, who was feisty and outspoken , and sort of known as a healer of sorts.
I found both narrations unique , although if you want a book professionally narrated, I’d go with the unabridged version read by Kate Fleming.
I liked the version by the author. It was no frills, but I liked listening to her accent.

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poignant, sweet and beautiful

read this book years ago...and at that time in my life I identified with margaret...now many years and a divorce later I identified with sophie...I wish I had a strong woman like grandma in my life for guidance. wisdom
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terrible book

this book is so disgusting, also is a bit racist in it, the grandmother sends cards about sex to kids when they turn 13 yes 13!! who does that? also has a bit more raunchy details in it, don't waste your time on it if you want to read it for fun.