Teaching Maggie: Letters on Life, Writing, and the Virtues of Solid Food
Reilly's fresh collection of letters written for her goddaughter wrestles with many of the issues that imbue the lives of women today. Written in the tradition of Fulgrum's Ali I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Reilly's letters move from clear-eyed observations of the gentle details of her goddaughter's early years to sharp and insightful expositions of the foibles, hopes, failings, and strengths of generations, both present and past. The result is a lucid illustration of the unique bond between a woman and a child who is not her own.
Reilly's work speaks to the yearning many women have to connect with a younger generation: To nurture and to teach those not yet wise to the intricacies of the world around them. Teaching Maggie serves as a social survival guide, addressing the key questions that arise during the course of a woman's life. With humor and insight, Reilly illuminates the delicate power that rests in the hands of mentors today, and addresses the truths that resonate within each of us.
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October 1993 October 1994
A short and rather hurried meditation
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