A Sugary Frosting: A Girl's Life in A 1960s New England Parsonage

A Sugary Frosting: A Girl's Life in A 1960s New England Parsonage
Author
: Denis Ledoux, Martha Blowen
Publisher
: Soleil Press
Pages
: 186
Category
: Non Fiction : General
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During the turbulent 1960s, what was life really like in the the US? More to the point, what was life like in a certain New England parsonage?



This memoir offers a glimpse into a world that is long past. The mores of everyday life have changed as has life in a parsonage. A Sugary Frosting / A Girl's Life in A 1960s New England Parsonage reveals a bit of both. Especially poignant is its glimpse of an underside of being a preacher's kid, a public role that is rife with challenges of supporting your minister father and your minister's-wife mother and of becoming yourself, a person they may not have expected their household to have produced. Relationships in this memoir are portrayed honestly and sometimes not flatteringly. A Sugary Frosting, a phrase derived from Martha Blowen's journals, is a memoir of surviving religious idealism and inherited belief to undertake to become one’s self.



WHAT READERS HAVE SAID

~ The writing is engaging and the story flows seamlessly. I read this in two sittings and was anxious to get back it. I highly recommend this… — Kathleen Pooler

~ A delightful walk down memory lane. — Joyce Garofalo

~ ...an entertaining and soul-searching memoir. —Martin Swinger

~ ...a seamlessly written memoir ... engaging, entertaining and educational … I highly recommend it as a fine example to anyone who may be thinking about writing their own memoir. — Joy A. Lorton

~ …excellent job of honoring the stories of his late wife’s early life… — Sami Swan Thompson

~ The best description I have ever read about being a preacher's child occurs on pages 116 through 118 in A Sugary Frosting. —C.D. Peterson

~ a touching tribute to Martha's memory… — Cynthia Rose Lisbon



WHAT YOU'LL ENJOY

A Sugary Frosting is a step through the 1950s and 1960s that will bring the life of those years to the fore. In its pages, you will find details that will amuse you, and depending on your age, may bring back memories.


•the minister's "cunnin' " little girl showing her rosebud petticoat to the church ladies.

•women going to church wearing gloves—even in summer.

•student days at the elite Milton Academy.


•what it felt like to be a talented lyric soprano and not wanting to sing.

•living a life where everything had to be "nice-nice."


But A Sugary Frosting / A Girl's Life in A 1960s New England Parsonage is more than a nostalgia trip. You will observe moving scenes of American history:


•the viciousness of the "White Church" whose members sent hate notes to the minister when he wanted to expand church membership to minorities.

•the minister's daughter smoking pot and telling her parents it was incense.

•her high school Vietnam vet teacher bullying her for your parents' anti-Vietnam war activities.

•her parents' anti-war protests leading to being dismissed from their church



These—and more—detailed stories, told artfully and insightfully, will keep you reading long past when you should be asleep.



In A Sugary Frosting / A Girl's Life in A 1960s New England Parsonage, the author comes to the realization that the religious beliefs she has inherited do not fit comfortably. From early on, she wonders "What does it mean 'to love Jesus?'" She struggles to make belief and experience mesh but as she writes, "I was too young to understand, but I knew my own experience and not my parents' belief had to be my guide."



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