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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,974 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kaye Gibbons Narrator: Kaye Gibbons Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. In a sad and singular era, they are unique among women of their time. For radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy and brilliant daughter Margaret possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that all too often beats a path to their door. And they are protected through the years by the eccentric wisdom and muscular love of the most stalwart Birch of all—a solid, unbending, and uncompromising self-taught healer who can cure everything from boils to broken hones to broken hearts … a remarkable matriarch who calls herself Charlie Kate.

Charms for the Easy Life is the passionate, luminous, and exhilarating New York Times bestseller by Kaye Gibbons, the acclaimed author of Ellen Foster and Sights Unseen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting and beautiful.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Intelligent and extraordinary.” 

    Dallas Morning News 

  • “A masterful job…Marvelous…Colorful…Engaging…Unforgettable.” 

    Southern Living

  • “[Gibbons] creates a touching picture of female bonding and solidarity.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[Gibbons’] characters remain quirky without being quaint.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terrieb99 | 2/11/2014

    " It was sweet, but did not fall in love with any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erinkeller33 | 2/3/2014

    " This is a "charming" book. It reads effortlessly, and I fell for "Charly Kate," the witty, sassy Grandmother that practices alternative medicine out of her home where her daughter and granddaughter assist. In fact, my nursing skills yearned for her confidence and smart solutions to life's many ailments. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kressel Housman | 1/28/2014

    " This is the story of three generations of Southern women - a grandmother, mother, and daughter. It's told from the daughter's perspective, but the grandmother is the most interesting character, a nurse in such demand that she challenges doctors and is generally a town matriarch. It takes place in WWII, which sort of makes it like The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, minus the frivolity. Well-written, but not a favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Haley | 1/23/2014

    " While not very memorable I thought it was good and worth reading. I would reccomend it. "

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