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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Higgins Clark Narrator: Mary Higgins Clark Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Even as a young girl, growing up in the Bronx, Mary Higgins Clark knew she wanted to be a writer, The gift of storytelling was a part of her Irish ancestry, so it followed naturally that she would later use her sharp eye, keen intelligence, and inquisitive nature to create stories.

Along with all Americans, citizens of the Bronx suffered during the Depression. So when Mary's father died, her mother opened the family home to boarders and placed a discreet sign next to the front door that read, "Furnished Rooms. Kitchen Privileges."

The family's struggle to make ends meet; her days as a scholarship student in an exclusive girls academy; the death of her beloved older brother in World War II; her marriage to Warren Clark; writing stories at the kitchen table; finally selling the first one for one hundred dollars, after six years and forty rejections -- all these experiences figure into Kitchen Privileges.

Her husband's untimely death left her a widowed mother of five young children. Determined to care for her family an& to make a career for herself, she wrote scripts for a radio show. In her spare time she began writing novels. Where Are The Children? became an international bestseller and launched her career.

When asked if she might consider giving up writing for a life of leisure, Marv has replied, "Never. To be happy for a year, win the lottery. To be happy for life, do what you love." Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This memoir shows what can be done when someone pursues her dreams, remains action-oriented and fights to overcome enormous obstacles.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Clark’s many fans will find her life just as interesting as her many novels.” 


  • “[Clark] makes the perfect narrator for her own words, capturing their deeper meaning and relishing almost every moment of her story.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maryann | 2/15/2014

    " I adored this book! Even if you have not read Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries, this is a fantastic memoir about her life in New York City during the early part of the last century. I bought this book for my grandmother who also grew up in New York during that time and, while she started out skeptical, she ended up loving the book and even wrote down a few of her own stories for posterity. This is also a very good audio book as the author reads it herself. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie Erkman | 2/12/2014

    " I love reading her books. It was great to get to know her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shirlyn | 2/4/2014

    " An Autobiography of Mary Higgins Clark, listened on cd, interesting story of how someone can over come odds and become their dream, hers a writer. Not bad in anyway, just a normal life full of events like you and me, but still interesting to her her story. Read by her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/27/2014

    " Loved it. Interesting to learn how she came to write novels and what steps she took to accomplish her writing skills... "

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