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Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew

Missing Lucile Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew Even as a child Suzanne Berne understood the source of her father s terrible melancholy he d lost his mother when he was a little boy Decades later with her father now elderly and ailing she decide

  • Title: Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew
  • Author: Suzanne Berne
  • ISBN: 9781565126251
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Even as a child, Suzanne Berne understood the source of her father s terrible melancholy he d lost his mother when he was a little boy Decades later, with her father now elderly and ailing, she decides to try to uncover the woman who continues to haunt him Every family has a missing person, someone who died young or disappeared, leaving a legacy of loss Aided by viEven as a child, Suzanne Berne understood the source of her father s terrible melancholy he d lost his mother when he was a little boy Decades later, with her father now elderly and ailing, she decides to try to uncover the woman who continues to haunt him Every family has a missing person, someone who died young or disappeared, leaving a legacy of loss Aided by vintage photographs and a box of old keepsakes, Berne sets out to fill in her grandmother s silhouette and along the way uncovers her own foothold in American history Lucile Berne, n e Kroger, was a daughter of Bernard Henry Kroger, the archetypal American self made man, who at twenty three established what is today s 76 billion grocery enterprise From her turn of the century Cincinnati childhood to her college years at Wellesley, her tenure as treasurer of her father s huge company, her stint as a relief worker in devastated France, her marriage to a professional singer, and the elusive, unhappy wealthy young matron she became, Lucile both illustrates and contradicts her times In the process of creating this portrait, Berne discovers the function of family history to explain what is essentially inexplicable how we came to be ourselves.

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    1. Missing Lucille was certainly the appropriate title for me. After my long slog through the almost 300 pages, I’m definitely missing Lucille. The author (Lucille’s granddaughter) had only tiny shreds of biographical information and resorted to padding out the book with general historical facts and creating novelistic scenarios. I kept with it hoping that as Berne progressed through Lucille’s life she would have more information to go on and flesh out Lucille’s real story. It never happene [...]

    2. How many of us have wondered about our mothers lives when it's too late? The author, Susanne Berne's father thinks his mother didn't love him. she died when he was 6 and was told she was gone. Lucile was one of the daughters of the grocer, Kroger. Her life is pieced together and it is a fascinating tale.

    3. Technically, a memoir is defined as an individual’s accounts of remembrances: their memories, told through the lens of their own perception. Suzanne Berne took on a bigger challenge in writing Missing Lucile. She chose to write about a grandmother she never knew.The result is a fascinating, Sherlock Holmes-style sleuthing of history, where the author pieces together a life from physical fragments found in a fruitcake tin. She lists the items inside, among them a diary from Lucile’s first yea [...]

    4. While this was a beautiful portrait of a "missing" woman, filled with what-ifs and supposes, like many biographies, its most interesting insights were the ones, both directly and indirectly, about the author. This is about her reconciliation with her father, trying to understand him as much as it is about her attempting to reconcile him with his departed mother. In this case, I believe this created a richer, more subtle memoir than a strict retelling of her father's life. It's well worth the rea [...]

    5. An interesting example of writing a biography of a person about whom you really know very little Berne wants to "find" her grandmother, Lucile Kroger (yes, the daughter of the main who started the grocery chain) so she can "give" him to her father who suffered the loss of his mom when he was very young and remembers very little about her. His main sense of his mother was that she never smiled and never seemed interested in her children. Berne does discover some old letters, photos and other memo [...]

    6. This is a memoir of a woman looking to learn more about the grandmother she never knew. It's not the addictingly engaging, can't-put-it-down kind of read. But I found Berne's journey really interesting and made me think about my own family. (I'm a little biased because I took a writing class from Berne, based on this book)This is not a story of Lucile's life. There is very little known about Lucile (who died when Berne's father was young). This is the story of Berne's search for Lucile. Because [...]

    7. Suzanne Berne's grandmother died at the age of 42, when her father was only 6 years old. He spent his life describing her as someone who never smiled, and the early loss of his mother (and his memories, therefore) defined his (often angry and depressed) sense of self for much of his life. Suzanne attempts to fill in the pieces of Lucille's life using the few clues she has (some letters, some pictures, some mementos); and as she recreates Lucille, she helps her father redefine, and ultimately com [...]

    8. I am finding this book quite compelling from a genealogical perspective. Many times we only have bits and pieces available for reconstructing the lives of our ancestors, and Suzanne Berne has written a very interesting telling of her grandmother's life as she has been able to reconstruct it from a small family archive, family stories, a biography on her great grandfather, Bernard Henry "Barney" Kroger, and an attentive eye to detail either found or missing from the record.Ms. Berne has certainly [...]

    9. This book was a daughter's gift to her father, to try to discover the mother he lost at a young age and never really knew. What she discovers is limited in both breadth and scope, and yet surprisingly the book itself caries both. It muses on what we can never really know about those who came before us, and how much that we do is based on our own interpretations and desires. I found this an engrossing and enjoyable read.

    10. I love the idea of this book; Berne's attempt to piece together the life of the grandmother she never knew is fascinating. I do mean "piece together" because there's not much left behind about the woman who died when Berne's father was barely old enough to remember her. She has some interesting things to say about memory and family that I particularly enjoyed.

    11. I found this book on a bookshelf for local authors. I was amazed what a great job Suzanne Berne did with so little to go by. She really brings Lucile, her grandmother to life, when there was so little known about her. Amazing research and personal insight!

    12. This was an amazing investigative bio of the author's grandmother. She started out knowing almost nothing about her, and uncovered a whole generation of highly educated, talented women for whom the doors of the world were mostly closed. Beautifully written.

    13. Well written and the author keeps you attention even if it isn't your family she's writing about. Great example for genealogists to read as they think about a creative way to share their discoveries with others.

    14. I liked the idea of a biography of a non-famous person, since everyone has a life story! I didn't love the book, but definitely found parts to be interesting and touching.

    15. I never did find Lucile. The book was way too full of conjecture. It ended up with very weak character and a lot of disjoinyed facts about the period.

    16. loved this book for a history buff this story was intertwined with historical events loved it sooo much that I had to reserve all her books from library

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