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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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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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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
and good sense...