Too Close to the Falls

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"It is clear, at the tender age of four, that Cathy McClure is no ordinary child. Her parents put their rambunctious child to "work" at her father's pharmacy. Already able to read road maps, she accompanies Roy, the deliveryman, on his routes. In memories that are by turns hilarious and deeply moving, she shares some of their more fantastic 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 and painfully lonely operator of the town dump. As she reaches her teenage years, Cathy's bold, irrepressible spirit spurs her from dangerous sled rides that take her "too close to the falls" to tipsy dances with the town priest."--BOOK JACKET.

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Now that I've read this book I realize that I don't have a hope of writing a best-selling memoir of my childhood. My parents were just not eccentric enough to give me the fodder for writing an ... Read full review

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I read this due to genealogy and local interest. Loved it! The author had me in distress from laughing so hard! The humourous parts were hysterical. My favorite being the John Cameron Swayze story and ... Read full review


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Catherine Gildiner has been in private practice in clinical psychology for nearly twenty years. She writes a monthly advice column for Chatelaine, a popular Canadian magazine, and contributes regularly to countless other Canadian newspapers and magazines. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three sons.

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