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Crescent Dragonwagon
Macmillan; 1st edition (December 1, 1985)
Growing Up & Facts of Life
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without rain, there would be no rainbows. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 18 years ago. this novel may never win a literary award, but it helped save my life. i was 14 when i came across this personal & engaging story and i had already been in a psychiatric hosptial once myself

without rain, there would be no rainbows. i was 14 when i came across this personal & engaging story and i had already been in a psychiatric hosptial once myself. finally, i found a character i could truly relate with. someone who was neither perfect nor completely screwed up. she seemed to be a "normal" teenager with.

The Year It Rained - Crescent Dragonwagon. Chapter One: In Transit.

A rainy day, hot pot of tea and a stack of beloved cookbooks are magic for m.

A rainy day, hot pot of tea and a stack of beloved cookbooks are magic for me. I was introduced to the writings of Crescent Dragonwagon from a friend. Crescent Dragonwagon is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Passionate Vegetarian, The Cornbread Gospels, Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread Cookbook, several children’s books, and two novels. Cornbread Gospels and Bean by Bean are two books full of wonderful recipes, information about (respectively and separately cornbread and beans) as well as personal anecdotes, history, science, culture, poetry, prose, prayers and a little bit of everything.

1977: Crescent, 25, with Ned Shank, 23. The two had a passionate, engaged marriage until Ned’s death in 2000. Born in New York, Crescent spent the majority of her life in the South, in the Ozark Mountain resort town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. There, for eighteen years, she ran an acclaimed country inn and restaurant called Dairy Hollow House with her late husband, the writer/historic preservationist Ned Shank.

Find out more about The Year It Rained by Crescent Dragonwagon at Simon & Schuster. Crescent Dragonwagon's books for children include Half a Moon and One Whole Star and Home Place. She's also the author of several novels, a book of poetry, and cookbooks, such as Passionate Vegetarian. With her late husband Ned Shank, she is the cofounder of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. That's where she lives, and it can be rainy or sunny there - sometimes both in one day.

She teaches writing Crescent Dragonwagon is the daughter of the writers Charlotte Zolotow and the late Hollywood biographer Maurice Zolotow. She is the author of 40 published books, including cookbooks, children's books, and novels. With her late husband, Ned Shank, Crescent owned the award-winning Dairy Hollow House, a country inn and restaurant in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, for eighteen years.

THE YEAR IT RAINED By Crescent Dragonwagon. 224 pp. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.

This is the biography page for Crescent Dragonwagon. I have 50 published books out. 11 of them won awards. I had an adventurous, feisty, interesting marriage for 23 largely happy years

This is the biography page for Crescent Dragonwagon. I had an adventurous, feisty, interesting marriage for 23 largely happy years. My husband, Ned, went out bicycling one day, got hit by a car and died. Used to live in Arkansas. Before that, New York. These days I hang out a lot with my very old mother, Charlotte Zolotow, a famous children’s book writer. Also her cat, Tumbleweed. My late father, Maurice Zolotow, was Marilyn Monroe’s first biographer

Having survived three suicide attempts and treatment in a series of mental hospitals, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth continues to fight for happiness in a life filled with confusion and turbulence
  • If The Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar had a lovechild, it would be Crescent Dragonwagon 's (yes, that's her real name) The Year It Rained. Having been admitted to (and banned from) various psychiatric hospitals and boarding schools, 17-year-old Elizabeth Stein is not sure where she belongs. Her parents are on the brink of divorce, she hates the "special" school she attends, and her best friend is far away, mentally as well as physically. Like Holden Caulfied and Esther Greenwood, Elizabeth, fresh from a hospitalization following a suicide attempt, is weary, troubled, aloof and jaded; she can't figure out the adults that populate her life, not her successful and overbearing mother, or her distant alcoholic father, and certainly not from the various psychiatrists and therapists she's sees for her mental distress. It's not until she tries "vitamin therapy" does she begin to recover.

    This is not a book with a lot of action; more pointedly, it's a rich tapestry of complex characters living their lives as best they know how. Elizabeth has a distinct voice: introspective, intelligent, darkly funny, self-depracating and ultimately hopeful, in spite of the challenges she faces. This is definitely not a "feel good" book, but it is so well written you can't help but be drawn into the various lives that are interconnected like a spider's web. It's an engrossing read.

  • Dragonwagon's book about the seventeen year old protagonist Elizabeth Stein is engrossing and a very good read. Elizabeth's voice is authentic and the story is compelling. Themes in the novel deal with the darker side of adolescence and growing up, including depression, mental illness, suicide attempts, and hospitalization. The author also explores the themes of difficult yet loving family relationships, particularly between Elizabeth and her mother. However, ultimately, this is a story about Elizabeth's recovery and it is a very real message of hope.

  • While this lovely novel is aimed at the mother/daughter market, it's truly a gem for anybody who has ever navigated the labyrinth of difficult teen years, particularly when "fitting in" or "flying under the radar" is no longer a viable option. A truly wonderful and heartfelt novel! I highly recommend!

  • this novel may never win a literary award, but it helped save my life. i was 14 when i came across this personal & engaging story and i had already been in a psychiatric hosptial once myself. finally, i found a character i could truly relate with. someone who was neither perfect nor completely screwed up. she seemed to be a "normal" teenager with some problems coping just like i was. many of the actual details are fuzzy to me now, yet i remember really resonating with the the main character & the entire book being very welcoming & embracing. i felt a part of her journey as she struggled with complicated issues surrounding growing up: divorced parents, attempted suicide, & maturing into her own woman. it was honest without glamorizing her darker side, as much of my current reading at the time tended to do (as is the case with a lot of this genre, which makes sense as that seems to be what attracts the audience). it offered no cookie-cutter solutions or promises of rose gardens, leaving you instead with a fresh sense possibility & joy (both of which are difficult for someone struggling with depression, etc) as the narrator begins to truly embrace her life. i fully recomend it to anyone who has a tween to college age friend in their life (depending on their personality, etc) especially if they're particularly sensitive females with or without an artistic temperment as an encouraging example of the rainbows that can come after stormy adolescence. at a time when seperation from the adults in their life can become a pressing struggle, i believe someone sharing this with them could present a sign of empathy & support that can be appreciated when more direct means can sometimes feel too invasive. and even if your relationship is very open, it can provide a wonderful connection ~ especially if you read it too!

    ~it gave me hope~

    though it has been over 15yrs since this book came into my life, i still credit it with being a shaping influence on the woman i am now so much that i feel compelled to respond to the editorial review from the school library journal that's copywrited a year after my initial review. personally, i believe it was 'whining', 'lacking in insight' & a 'self serving' 'washout'. why does trev jones focus almost entirely on the strained relationship between the mother & daughter which is a significant but not singular theme to the book? and making a point to note that the mother is a children's book author without even mentioning that elizabeth is a poet (which is a huge key to the conclusion of the book & inspires her to free herself from her dysfunctional past)? i actually agree that the animosity towards her mother was never fully clarified (in fact it seemed the author was a bit unsure of the tone desired between the two of them & i found it a bit annoying as well when reading it) however, ambiguos discontent is somewhat a halmark of adolescence, is it not? the reviewer seems close to be too personally upset to consider the targeted audience. the foundation of the book is elizabeth's attempt for autonomy & universally that seems to involve familial tension; however, elizabeth is trying to determine more than just what it is about her mother she doesn't like (indeed she even admits confusion over it) & i was inspired by the end when they seemed to reach a new level in their relationship & hoped for a similiar future friendship with my own mother. i am sad to see that it is out of print & whole-heartedly recomend that if the objective card catalog description seems the least bit intriguing, you spend a buck or two on a used copy to make up your mind. the three reviews listed here all seem to be from people who were personally touched by the book, which speaks to me of it's potential impact. and although the two customers are not professional reviewers, it seems perhaps the fact that we read it when in the demographics it was aimed at enabled us see it very differently & the fact that both of us remember it enough to be motivated to comment on it years later speaks volumes to me.

    The New York Times Book Review: "Crescent Dragonwagon's writing is strong, adult, holds nothing back. Her book is shapely and satisfying and deeply touching. It has the authenticity of first-hand observation... a beautiful and significant book about love. Read it and pass it along." is available as well as a more detailed & objective description of the storyline at [...]

  • Eventhough I read this book for the first time when I was sixteen years old, I still feel as if I could read it over and over again, and would never tire of it. Its subjects are real and dealt with in a way that everyday people may relate to. It was the starting point for my own literary adveture that gave me an apetite for heart-warming and heart-breaking books.