Of stories (not cookbooks, or kids' books, etc.), that was one of my top 10 favorite books when I read it. I haven't read it in about 25 years because my copy disappeared, but I remember how much I enjoyed it, and hope that you do, too!
I do want to note that I read one of the follow-up books, and didn't like it nearly as well. The same way that I felt about the follow-up book to Little Men. Little Men I loved, the follow-up, eh, not so much.
I know what you mean...you lost Haroldine something like, a few months?, after I lost my mom, I think, or vice versa?
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