House of Happy Endings

House of Happy Endings

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Baker & Taylor
A coming-of-age autobiography of the granddaughter of the author of the "Bobbsey Twins" series describes growing up in a close-knit, creative, but troubled family that included her father's bouts with mental illness, drug abuse, and depression.

McMillan Palgrave
Howard Garis, creator of the famed Uncle Wiggily series, along with his wife, Lilian, were phenomenally productive writers of popular children’s series—including The Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift—from the turn of the century to the 1950s. In a large, romantic house in Amherst, Massachusetts, Leslie Garis, her two brothers, and their parents and grandparents aimed to live a life that mirrored the idyllic world the elder Garises created nonstop. But inside The Dell—where Robert Frost often sat in conversation over sherry, and stories appeared to spring from the very air—all was not right.
 
Roger Garis’s inability to match his parents’ success in his own work as playwright, novelist, and magazine writer led to his conviction that he was a failure as father, husband, and son, and eventually deepened into mental illness characterized by raging mood swings, drug abuse, and bouts of debilitating and destructive depression. House of Happy Endings is Leslie Garis’s mesmerizing, tender, and harrowing account of coming of age in a wildly imaginative, loving, but fatally wounded family.


Blackwell North Amer
Did you ever have a family? House of Happy Endings is Leslie Garis's account of coming of age in a wildly imaginative, loving, but fatally wounded home.
In a large, romantic house in Amherst, Massachusetts, Leslie Garis, her brothers, and their parents and grandparents aimed to live an idyllic life - one that mirrored the charmed world that Howard Garis, author of the famed Uncle Wiggily books, and his wife, Lilian, created in the phenomenally popular children's series The Bobbsey Twins, Tom Swift, and Judy Jordan. But inside The Dell - where Robert Frost often sat in conversation over sherry and stories appeared to spring from the very air - all was not as it seemed.
At the center of the unfolding drama was Roger Garis, Leslie's father, a writer who struggled in vain for recognition. His mysterious mental disintegration, which seemed as much a result of his dark bond with his parents as it was biologically determined, led eventually to terrifying mood swings and drug addiction and threatened to destroy everyone around him. Refracted through the all-seeing eyes of a child, House of Happy Endings is a story of the struggle between art and life, innocence and experience, as it took place in one extraordinary, unforgettable family.

Baker
& Taylor

An often harrowing, poignant, and fascinating coming-of-age autobiography describes growing up in a close-knit, creative, but troubled family that included her father's bouts with mental illness, drug abuse, and debilitating depression.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374299374 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780374299378 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: B GARIS
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 22 cm

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