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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

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Nancy MacLean
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Ibram X. Kendi
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Kay Mussell
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The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 248 pages.

Ammie, Come Home - Barbara Michaels


Ammie, Come Home was written in the mid- to late 1960s as a contemporary gothic.  The time-frame clues  come early, with one of the first being the reference to hamburgers on page 1.  Because I was growing up in that era and remember it more or less fondly, I thought I'd provide some visual aids for anyone who might be interested.


The character Ruth Bennett, who is in her mid-forties (page 3), is wearing a suit in "a soft tweedy mixture of pink and blue" that may very well have looked a lot like this Coco Chanel number.




Ruth goes on to describe her niece Sara's fashions in some detail.  Sara's black hair is long and straight --


Ruth had never caught Sara ironing it, but she suspected the worst.



Sara wears mini-skirts, tall boots, and mesh stockings.  All of these were standard style for the late 1960s.







And that late 1960s foreign sportscar that looked like an insect?  I always thought the old Citroën models looked rather like grasshoppers . . . .



but the Citroën is not a "very small car" of the type described on page 4.  And I would never consciously imagine the flamboyant Professor MacDougal to be driving a vehicle known more for its luxurious ride than its sporty flair.  He'd have been driving something more like this 1966 Jaguar XK-E.



Ah, yes, I remember it well!