crankylibrarian

Pedestrian writing and an unwillingness to expose herself emotionally limit this memoir's appeal. Rice is proud of her hard working, conservative parents, but pride barely masks the disdain and distance she feels for the less exalted. Interesting how often she refers to her family's love of the "finer things": Italian purses and handbags, classical music, ice skating ; seemingly equating bourgeois pretension with moral worth.

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