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Patricia Hampl

THE FLORIST'S DAUGHTER

One of our most masterful memoirists has written her most personal, yet most universal book to date. During the long farewell of her mother’s dying, Patricia Hampl revisits her Midwestern girlhood. Daughter of a debonair Czech father whose floral work gave him entrée to St. Paul society and a distrustful Irishwoman with an uncanny ability to tell a tale, she remained, primarily and passionately, a daughter well into adulthood. Hampl traces the arc of faithfulness and struggle that comes with that role – from the post-war years past the turbulent...

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BLUE ARABESQUE

Just out of college, Patricia Hampl was mesmerized by a Matisse painting she saw in the Chicago Art Institute: an aloof woman gazing at goldfish in a bowl, a mysterious Moroccan screen behind her. This woman seemed a welcome secular version of the nuns of her girlhood, free and untouchable, a poster girl for 20th century...

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