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By Sylvia Smith

Half memoir, half comedian monologue, this can be an ensemble of mishaps and anecdotes that, taken jointly, unearths the ups and downs of 1 woman's lifestyles. Relentlessly self-deprecating, Sylvia Smith's diary at the start turns out to relay the humdrum, everydayness of residing, but it progressively profits momentum as a darker undertone gathers strength. Interspersed among funny stories of first-date mess ups and "get-rich-quick" schemes long gone awry, the reader is thrown off-balance through the lack of sexual innocence and a pervading feel of loneliness. As Sylvia stumbles from one transitority task to a different, and during a number of supplied apartments, her deadpan supply is shot via with moments of sandpaper-dry wit.

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He exercised daily in all weathers and ate and drank very sparingly. He never weighed much over one hundred and ten pounds. He could be seen striding vigorously about the streets swinging a large boulder in each hand. If he passed a tree with a stout branch within reach he would stop, lay down the boulders, and chin himself a number of times on the branch. On a cold December day in the year 1904, in his eighty-third year, he left his home for his usual walk. He apparently became confused and lost his way.

And his wife, Katarina Blank; Henry Schnull and his wife, Matilde Schramm; Peter Lieber and his wife, Sophia St. André; Karl Barus and his wife, Alice Möllman. They were preceded only by four of his sixteen great-great-grandparents, who were Jacob Schramm and his wife, Julia Junghans; and Johann Blank and his wife, Anna Maria Oger. The remaining twelve and their forebears are mostly unknown. They never left Germany. Their bones still repose there in anonymity. “But all of the eight ancestors who did settle here were better educated and of higher social rank than the mine-run of immigrants.

He was found several miles from his home lying by the side of a road—quite dead. ” • • • Almost all of my ancestors delivered themselves directly from Europe to Indianapolis, except for Peter Lieber and Sophia de St. André, who had the general store in New Ulm, Minnesota. When Peter returned from the Civil War with a crippled leg, he was full of stories about how Indianapolis was booming. New Ulm was dead by comparison. So Peter, according to Uncle John, wangled an appointment as one of the secretaries to Oliver P.

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