Kitchen Privileges: Memoirs of a Bronx Girlhood

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mary Higgins Clark

Narrated By: Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2002

Duration: 5 hours 25 minutes

Summary:

Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer, The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish ancestry, so it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories.

Along with all Americans, citizens of the Bronx suffered during the Depression. So when Mary's father died, her mother opened the family home to boarders and placed a discreet sign next to the front door that read, "Furnished Rooms. Kitchen Privileges."

The family's struggle to make ends meet; her days as a scholarship student in an exclusive girls academy; the death of her beloved older brother in World War II; her marriage to Warren Clark; writing stories at the kitchen table; finally selling the first one for one hundred dollars, after six years and forty rejections -- all these experiences figure into Kitchen Privileges.

Her husband's untimely death left her a widowed mother of five young children. Determined to care for her family and to make a career for herself, she wrote scripts for a radio show. In her spare time she began writing novels. Where Are The Children? became an international bestseller and launched her career.

When asked if she might consider giving up writing for a life of leisure, Marv has replied, "Never. To be happy for a year, win the lottery. To be happy for life, do what you love.

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  • Irish

    It was interesting to hear about the life of Mary Higgins Clark, but it was a bit boring at times Her tone of voice did not do the book justice. I didn't really see the signifiance of the title. It didn't tie into the story. I kept listening for it, but it just didn't seem to be there.

  • Bobbie

    I found this book and the author very annoying. I couldn't even finish the first disc. Was happy to quickly send it back. Who cares ?? Really !!

  • Teri Johnson

    totally fantastic! It was a real treat when Mary Higgins Clark read herself! She was the first author whose book I couldn't put down when I was a teenager and now to hear her tell her own story, priceless!

  • Lynn Smoak

    This was an interesting book. I love MHC as an author and it was interesting to see the struggles she went through before she finanally achieved success. At one time as a teenager, I had visions of being an author, but I know I would not have perservered as long as she did. She went through a lot and deserves her success. I will continue to be a big fan of hers.

  • Lila Friesen

    Very interesting to hear of Mary Higgin Clark"s life. Well written and certainly holds your attention.

  • Susan Gribben

    I enjoyed this remembrance of a life well lived. Ms. Clark's story is engaging and charming. Her own narration added to the experience. Well done!

  • Barbara

    Mary Higgins Clark has certainly lived an extraordinary life, full, rewarding and tragic. I love her books and I enjoyed hearing about her life.

  • Anonymous

    overall the book was very interesting. it moved a liiltle slowly in places.

  • Anonymous

    I could not get interested in this at all. I really tried to finish it, but didn't.

  • Anonymous

    I tried to listen to this but found the author's narration of her book quite annoying. I may read the book instead, it looks like it might be interesting.