Charms for the Easy Life

By Kaye Gibbons,

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Book description

A story featuring three generations of strong-willed Southern women in North Carolina during the 1930s and '40s. The indomitable Charlie Kate is a self-taught country doctor who handles everything from midwifery to kitchen dentistry, and flouts convention by giving sex-education to teenagers.

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1 author picked Charms for the Easy Life as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I selected Charms for the Easy Life for my book club, hoping that it would offer something for every reader, even with it published back in 1993. And I think it ended up being a great book because, as a family saga, there was love, laughter, heartbreak, and courage.

The story was something that an eighteen-year-old could relate to as much as an eighty-year-old. It’s hard to find a book that such a wide audience can enjoy. There is something wonderful about a book when you can find sentences that make you grab your highlighter. 

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