[Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis


House of Happy Endings: A Memoir

House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Read & download ê 2 Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary Review House of Happy Endings: A Memoir To live a life that mirrored the idyllic world the elder Garises created nonstop But inside The Dell where Robert Frost often sat in conversation over sherry and stories appeared to spring from the very air all was not right Roger Garis's inability to match his parents' success in his own work as playwright novelist and magazine writer led to his convi. This is the brutally honest memoir of the Garis family the Stratemeyer Syndicate s most prolific ghost writers under their house names The Garis family members also wrote numerous books under their own names This book was written by Leslie Garis granddaughter of Howard Garis well known for his Uncle Wiggily stories his wife Lilian and son Roger who was Leslie s father One would think that such happy stories came from happy writers That is certainly not so Howard Garis seems like he was fine and he was beloved by his family However there are hints that Lilian Garis was addicted to opiates from a gallbladder illness in 1930 until her death in 1954 Her granddaughter Leslie found her cold and aloof and very critical of her family Poor Roger tried all his life to live up to his famous parents However Lilian repeatedly told him he would fail Roger ended up also addicted to barbiturates and spent his later years in and out of mental institutions Leslie speaks of her father with affection from the time they lived in a large house in Amherst Massachusetts called The Dell in 1946 through the 1950s The elder Garis couple also had a daughter Cleo who wrote a three book series too Cleo isn t mentioned much in this book It s said that she emotionally distanced herself from her mother in her teen years As for Roger s descendants they all had their problems Leslie suffered from depression Her two brothers Brooks and Buddy Howard suffered from severe dyslexia and failed out of several schools Leslie s children did not escape the family legacy her two sons also had dyslexia and her daughter suffered form depression at a young age However in these recent times dyslexia and depression are treatable I found it interesting that the Stratemeyers paid Howard and Lilian and all their ghost writers a flat fee of 75 per each written book There were no royalties and they were bound by silence as to their writing Howard was good friends with Edward Stratemeyer Roger admired the man but couldn t help but feel resentment at the way his family was treated The Garis family spiraled down to money problems after Howard had to support the whole family Lilian is credited with writing 34 books Howard is credited with writing over 500 books and over 15000 Uncle Wiggily stories a story appeared in the newspaper six days a week for almost four decades Roger wrote a series of four books called The Outdoor Boys but he is mostly known for his work writing for magazines plays and a memoir called My Father was Uncle Wiggily

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House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Read & download ê 2 Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary Review House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Howard Garis creator of the famed Uncle Wiggily series along with his wife Lilian were phenomenally productive writers of popular children's series including The Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift from the turn of the century to the 1950s In a large romantic house in Amherst Massachusetts Leslie Garis her two brothers and their parents and grandparents aimed. I liked this book very much beautifully written lovingly recollected a sadly dysfunctional family observed with compassion and understandingThe book offers a remarkable look at the complex and often destructive relationships within a family that depended upon the royalty income earned from the grandparents syndicate mass market books while at the same time the parents and children including Garis herself were embarrassed by the books which the family seemed at least in Leslie s retelling to think of as a little silly even vulgar Roger Garis Leslie s father raised his literary sights much higher culturally speaking than his father s Uncle Wiggly or his mother s Bobbsey Twins A serious sensitive playwright with mental health issues he was distraught when his work was rejected by the New York critics and snobby East Coast literatiI particularly liked the early part of the book which is skillfully told through the perception and the confusions of a child But not all the chapters are of the same uality I felt that the lengthy reports of her father s illness could have been compressed or told narratively rather than through long uotations of medical documents For the most part though this is a strong and compelling story

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House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Read & download ê 2 Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary Review House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Ction that he was a failure as father husband and son and eventually deepened into mental illness characterized by raging mood swings drug abuse and bouts of debilitating and destructive depression House of Happy Endings is Leslie Garis's mesmerizing tender and harrowing account of coming of age in a wildly imaginative loving but fatally wounded family. I love how this book is written The author granddaughter to the creator of Uncle Wiggily and contributor to The Bobbsey Twins series shares the most beautiful memories of her childhood Of course as the story progresses there are unhappy memories than happy ones With great brilliance often comes great sorrow and torment This is true with the Garis family Both Grandmother and Grandfather have been successful authors for most of their lives Their son the author s father has published but he is never able to reach the level of success of his parents I can identify with the author as she observes the members of her family She needs to know them and to understand their motives frailties and destructive pasts I understand that need to find the truth in our families and the desire to know what makes those closest to us tick The father s downward spiral into mental illness is painful to watch The author handles all of this beautifully In her uest to understand the havoc around her she manages to relate the story with a kind and gentle writing style She and her brothers bear many scars from their parents inability to provide a healthy home for them It s a uniue look into just how debilitating and destructive mental illness is within an otherwise loving familyInitially the appeal for me was to read about the family responsible for making me happy and keeping me company as I discovered the world of books as a child It was a real treat to discover that the family lived in places with which I am familiar They had a home at one point in Cheshire Ct The author s mom s family resided in Naugatuck Ct The family also has stints in Saybrook and Lyme both in Connecticut And Amherst Ma holds a special place in my heart as does the Atkins farm where her mom picked apples to freeze So not only was I able to lose myself in the true story of the Garis family but I easily pictured the locations mentioned throughout the book Thank you to Leslie Garis for this honest sharing of the most personal subject imaginable her talented less than perfect family

  • Hardcover
  • 339
  • House of Happy Endings: A Memoir
  • Leslie Garis
  • English
  • 17 February 2020
  • 9780374299378

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    [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis I liked this book but with some reservations Leslie Garis is the granddaughter of Howard Garis who wrote for the Stratemeyer Syndicate and also authored the Uncle Wiggily stories that appeared in the Newark Evening News and later as books Leslie’s grandmother also worked for the Stratemeyers and authored some of the Bobbsey Twins books This is Leslie's story of growing up in a multi generational home that included her grandparents The abs

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    [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary I liked this book very much beautifully written lovingly recollected a sadly dysfunctional family observed with compassion and understandingThe

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    Review House of Happy Endings: A Memoir [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis Leslie Garis is apparently the granddaughter of the man who wrote Uncle Wiggily and Laura Lee Hope of Bobbsey Twi

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    Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis My brother and I loved the Uncle Wiggily stories when we were young And I read all the Hardy Boys books and am very familiar with the behind the scenes story of the Stratemeyer Syndicate This book is written by Leslie Gari

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    Review House of Happy Endings: A Memoir [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis This is the brutally honest memoir of the Garis family the Stratemeyer Syndicate's most prolific ghost writers under their h

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    [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis I really wish I could give this book a better rating but I really did not enjoy reading it Because of the content and who the book was about I did finish it I was enchanted by her description of the house they lived in for a time that was called the Dell I would have been very happy in a similar house Leslie loved that house despite the unhappiness that took place there and was very upset when they had to move

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    Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis Review House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Incredibly sad but I couldn't stop reading always hoping for a happy ending

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    Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis I love how this book is written The author granddaughter to the creator of 'Uncle Wiggily and contributor to 'The Bobbsey Twins' series shares the most beautiful memories of her childhood Of course as the story progresses there are unhappy memories than happy ones With great brilliance often comes great sorrow

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    Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Leslie Garis [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis This memoir is interesting for it's historical value It is written by the granddaughter of the authors of the famous children's series Uncle Wiggly and The Bobbsey Twins Her grandfather wrote Uncle Wiggly and her grandmother wrote The Bobbsey Twin under a pen name So the memoir basically focuses on her trouble

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    Leslie Garis ´ 2 Summary [Free E–pub] House of Happy Endings: A Memoir Author Leslie Garis As a lifetime member of the Uncle Wiggly Fan Club I jumped on this book when i heard about it And what a book The Bunny Rabbit Gentleman'sdark underbelly is fully exposed here and it makes compelling reading Leslie Garis granddaughter of Howard Lilian the powerhouse writers of the Stratemeyer syndicate gives us a down the rabbit

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