My First Ninety Years

Rated 3.00/5 based on 3 reviews
The author gives us an opportunity to experience some of the more memorable moments in her long, rich life. First, as a child growing up in a small town in Kansas during the Depression, later as one of the fortunate young women who went to college during that time, and then as the wife of a very successful Presbyterian minister for 50 years.
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About Mary Jane Baird

I just celebrated my 90th birthday, and I am attempting to provide some details of my family's history for our grandchildren, great grandchildren, and future generations.

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Anthony Saville reviewed on Nov. 2, 2012

It was the title that first grabbed me, and I certainly warmed to a fine elderly lady, with a warm sense of how she has been blessed; a worthy matriarch. But I agree with Sharon: it is the detail that can give colour and interest, and should not be despised.
Most disconcerting is the fact that she is writing for her grand-children and their children (nothing wrong with that), but with such sentences as 'You know the rest of the story' and the inclusion of photographs of family members, I felt as though I was intruding on a private, family text. Oops, my apologies for inadvertently eves-dropping.
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Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on Jan. 6, 2011

I really wanted to rate this book much higher. Mary Jane Baird's tone reminded me very much of when my own grandmother would talk about her time growing up during the Depression, and I was so excited as the book started.

Even knowing how brief the book was, I had hoped for more detail. Yet, Baird says at the end of the book that she knows she glossed over a lot of "little details," but that it's her belief that the book would not be worth reading if she included them.

I wholeheartedly disagree. While the few anecdotes Baird shares are fascinating, the main gist of this short eBook seemed to be "we lived here, and they were born there" -- a travelogue without much color. I would love to have known more about her life as a minister's wife other than the number of household moves that it entailed.

I did enjoy it, and it's a fun, albeit short, read. I just wanted more.
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Janette Fuller reviewed on Jan. 5, 2011

I enjoyed reading this memoir of Mrs. Baird's life. She is a real inspiration. It is never too late to write a book that will provide memories for friends and familiy members to read and re-read.
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