Being Polite to Hitler

Being Polite to Hitler

Large Print - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
After teaching and raising her family for most of her life, Agnes Scofield realizes that she is truly weary of the routine her life has become. But how, at 51, can she establish an identity apart from what has so long defined her? The Scofield clan does not keep its opinions to itself. Agnes can no more deflect their adamant advice than she can step down as their matriarch. And despite her newfound freedom, Agnes becomes even more entangled in the family web.

Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2011, c2009
ISBN: 9781410436740
Branch Call Number: LP FIC DEW
Characteristics: 429 p. ;,23 cm.


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debwalker Jan 10, 2011

A perfect rendition of life in small-town Ohio in the mid-'50s, showcasing a large family with a doughty matriarch who finds a new life with an old friend.

What's with the title? Dew writes: "being polite to Hitler was the way the world worked. It was... what held society together, how people got through every single day.... Everyone he knew... held fast to propriety in the face of chaos, desperate etiquette in the face of despair and terror." What goes on underwater often does not show on the surface.

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