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Too Close to the Falls
by Catherine Gildiner

Published: 2002-02-26
Paperback : 400 pages
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Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arrived.

At the tender age of four, Cathy accompanies Roy, ...
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Welcome to the childhood of Catherine McClure Gildiner. It is the mid-1950s in Lewiston, New York, a sleepy town near Niagara Falls. Divorce is unheard of, mothers wear high heels to the beauty salon, and television has only just arrived.

At the tender age of four, Cathy accompanies Roy, the deliveryman at her father's pharmacy, on his routes. She shares some of their memorable deliveries-sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe (in town filming Niagara), sedatives to Mad Bear, a violent Tuscarora chief, and fungus cream to Warty, the gentle operator of the town dump. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's irrepressible spirit spurs her from dangerous sled rides that take her "too close to the Falls" to tipsy dances with the town priest.

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Relating to the Characters
by kauten (see profile) 05/11/11
Reproduce photo's of people with Von Recklinghausen's Disease so everyone can relate to Warty and how the public viewed her.

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  "Not for book club."by teatime (see profile) 06/22/12

Some in our group didn't finish it. Life story that is hard to follow, much the same as the main character. Sad and strange upbringing from the child's perspective. It has humorous parts though. Just... (read more)

 
  "Fast, Easy Read"by kauten (see profile) 05/11/11

This book was a quick and easy read & also entertaining. It is a memoir told from a young girl's perspective. The author had a somewhat unusual and unique childhood. There were several interesting characters... (read more)

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