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Rose : my life in service to Lady Astor
Rosina Harrison
Adult Nonfiction DA574.A8 H37 2011

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Harrison grew up poor in Yorkshire in the early 20th century. Though she wanted to see the world, she had few opportunities to do so. So she went into service, working for the American-born Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit as a Member of Parliament. Harrison worked as Lady Astor's personal maid for 35 years, traveling in style throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Originally published in 1976, this memoir has been reintroduced to take advantage of Downton Abbey's popularity and features vivid descriptions of life among the rich and famous, including the detail that Lord Astor traveled with a cow to provide him with fresh milk. However, while Harrison's clever, humorous accounts of Lady Astor's clothing, social activities, and tantrums provide interesting listening, modern readers may have difficulty understanding Harrison's pride in such a restrictive life. Narrator Wanda McCaddon captures perfectly the accents and personalities of these individuals. VERDICT Recommended for memoir lovers and Anglophiles fascinated by life in the grand houses of the past.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY Geneseo (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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