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Mary Emma and Company

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The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a character in this book, and Ralph, no longer called "Little Britches," comes into his own. The family's run-ins with authority and with broken furnaces in winter are evocative of a full and warm family life. Mary Emma & Company continues the Moody saga that started in Colorado with Little Britches and runs through Man of the Family and The Home Ranch. All these titles have been reprinted as Bison Books, as has The Fields of Home, in which Ralph leaves the Massachusetts town for his grandfather's farm in Maine.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 235 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illus.
  • 0803282117
  • 9780803282117
  • 120,852

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The protagonist, Mary Emma Moody, widowed mother of six, has taken her family east in 1912 to begin a new life. Her son, Ralph, then thirteen, recalls how the Moodys survive that first bleak winter in a Massachusetts town. Money and prospects are lacking, but not so faith and resourcefulness. "Mother" in Little Britches and Man of the Family, Mary Emma emerges fully as a character in this book, and Ralph, no longer called "Little Britches", comes into his own.The family's run-ins with authority and with broken furnaces in winter are evocative of a full and warm family life. Mary Emma & Company continues the Moody saga that started in Colorado with Little Britches and runs through Man of the Family and The Home Ranch. All these titles have been reprinted as Bison Books, as has The Fields of Home, in which Ralph leaves the Massachusetts town for his grandfather's farm in Maine.show more

Review quote

"Moody has recorded with fidelity and skill a time and a place and a way of life that is, in itself, the essence of the American dream. Reading his book is like returning to Grandmother's kitchen with the heavenly smell of sugar cookies escaping from the oven."-Chicago Sunday Tribune Chicago Sunday Tribune "In Ralph Moody's ... book of young memories grinding poverty is overshadowed by the diligence that overcame it. Bitter cold is forgot-ten in heartwarming affection and humor. Unpretentious courage lights every page."-Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor "It is a story of family industry and ingenuity... A well-told story, full of interesting detail about life in the first part of the twentieth century, and children, particularly, will find it pleasant reading."-New York Herald Tribune Books New York Herald Tribune Booksshow more

About Ralph Moody

Ralph Moody (1898-1982) is the author of Come on Seabicuit! as well as the Little Britches series about a boy's life on a Colorado ranch, all available in Bison Books editions.show more

Review Text

More of Little ?? and Man of the Family in this account of their move from ?? to Medford, Mass., in 1912 and the combined efforts of Mary Emma, their mother, the author, his sister Grace, and the rest of the children, to establish a home and a business. School and a job at the grocery were not enough for Ralph when they finally found a house they could afford and cleaning, painting, papering and battles with the decrepit?? furnace kept them up far into the night. Mary Emma's lessons at a laundry bring her two customers and her home business grows - again with everyone helping; Uncle ??vi comes to help and there is a housewarming, with carpentry on the side; Ralph continues to get in the "bad boy book" by accident and mischance; a fire and a flood tide bring a new source of income to the Moodys - and more backbreaking labor. Helping hands, family unity, and many virtues bring a well earned reward and followers of the Moody household's history will be pleased to welcome this installment. ??Tran Mawicke's black and whites make a period accompaniment. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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4 33% (351)
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