Tuesday, October 20, 2009

101. Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark (audio)

I believe I've only read one Mary Higgins Clark mystery so I'm not sure why I mooched this audio version of her memoirs.  However, I'm glad I did.  It's great when an author narrates her own book because you know that emphasis is placed where she wants it and the lines are read the way they are meant to be.  I was also surprised by Clark's Bronx accent.  It made her seem more folksy and less like the high-powered hoity-toity author that I imagined.  I know she is high-powered and rich and has well-connected friends; but in her memoir, she comes across as likeable and funny.  My mom and I listened to the book as we drove to Salt Lake and back.  There were several incidences where we chuckled and even laughed out loud.  Clark related some great experiences:  some were so sad, others heroic, most all were interesting.  She is a remarkable woman to have gone through all she did, raise five children mostly alone, sending them to college and still hang on to her dream to publish a novel.  It wasn't until the kids were in college because she really hit the big money with her second novel.  And we shared in her elation and joy.  I don't know if I will become a Mary Higgins Clark mystery fan or not, but I do admire the woman and recommend her memoir.
Rating:  4


  1. I read this book years ago because i was a big fan of her mysteries. I remember liking it. Now I want to listen to it to listen to her tell the story.

    I talked with Mom. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful trip. Wish I could have been along.