Life Among the Savages

America's celebrated master of terror turns to a different kind of fright: raising children.

By Shirley Jackson Read by Lesa Lockford Biographies & Memoirs / Nonfiction / Women's Interest English, Unabridged 6h 45m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							In her celebrated fiction, Shirley Jackson explored the darkness lurking beneath the surface of small-town America. But in Life Among the Savages, she takes on the lighter side of small-town life. In this witty and warm memoir of her family's life in rural Vermont, she delightfully exposes a domestic side in cheerful contrast to her quietly terrifying fiction. With a novelist's gift for character, an unfailing maternal instinct, and her signature humor, Jackson turns everyday family experiences into brilliant adventures.

"At a moment when helicopter parenting is the norm, “free-range” parents are chastised for letting their children wander a few blocks alone, and the pressure feels greater than ever not only to “have it all” but to “be it all” — to manage both to pursue a successful career and to produce homemade cupcakes for every birthday — Jackson’s relaxed approach to child-rearing feels refreshingly sane. Children, she tells us, are essentially savages and demons, and ought to be treated as such: at a cautious distance, without losing sight of one’s own way of life." - The New York Times