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Overview Veteran reporter Ansberry brings to life a heartwarming tale of six inspiring women whose constancy to one another, their families, and their community makes their seemingly ordinary lives extraordinary. Photos throughout.
Publishers Description In a small neighborhood, atop a hill in Pittsburgh, thrives a world where neighbors don't move away, where friends become family, and where community takes on a deeper meaning. Welcome to the inviting and intriguing neighborhood of Troy Hill. Unlike nearby towns, the families of Troy Hill have lived in the same neighborhood for generations, providing continuity in these women's lives and depth in their relationships. They christened babies, raised children, and even buried their loved ones together. Now in their seventies and eighties, the women of Troy Hill form a community of independent souls, who find joy in each other and solace in service. Troy Hill and these women resonate beyond this hilltop, providing insight into bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, sisters and friends. From them we learn to shape our lives with love and humor. Veteran reporter Clare Ansberry brings to life these vibrant women, and offers some invaluable lessons about acceptance, faith, and family. A portrait of American life and a hymn to the durability of the human spirit, "The Women of Troy Hill" is an inspiration for us all.
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More About Clare Ansberry & Ansberry
Clare Ansberry is the Pittsburgh bureau chief for the "Wall Street Journal" and the author of "The Women of Troy Hill." She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Matt Smith, and three children, Jessie, Peter, and Eli.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Women of Troy Hill: The Back-Fence Virtues of Faith and Friendship?
Not what I expected...but the last chapter made it worth it Sep 27, 2001
This book was not what I expected. I was looking for either a story about each individual women or how they all interacted. The book just seems to jump from one story to the next. All the names were so similar that it was hard to keep track of who was from each family. I never did quite get how they all interacted. I know that they all knew each other from living on Troy Hill, but other than that.....
That being said, these women were all amazing. They did was has to be done and didn't complain. In reading this it was easy to see my own grandparents and understand a little better why they do the things they do....why relationships and family is so important. The last chapter kind of made the book. It talks about the vitures of friendship and how these women have been friends for so long that they wouldn't know what to do without the other. It is rare to find a friendship like that in today's society. Friends and Family are the world to these women....maybe we can all learn from that
Not What I Expected....... Jun 7, 2001
Maybe it was the writer's fault, but this story just wasn't presented the way I thought it would be. It turned out to be more of a travelogue of this little neighborhood than individual stories about the ladies themselves. I couldn't finish it.
Lives well-lived Feb 22, 2001
The Women of Troy Hill chronacles the lives of a group of women who have lived on Troy Hill, not far from Pittsburg for most , if not all their lives. It follows family's immigration to this country, settling down, and the changing roles of women in America throughout the 1900's. These women are strong, faith-filled and examples of lives well lived. This is a delightful book, and a tribute to these wonderful women.
Neighbors as teachers Jan 19, 2001
I enjoyed this book because it's the story of so many women's stories: nurturing to many and being a good neighbor. None of these women thought themselves worthy of a memoir because they led and still lead "normal" lives and were just doing what they were supposed to do: be respectful, be humble, be truthful, be genreous, be loyal, be caring, be loving to one another. Ms. Ansberry writes well of ordinary lives that makes you think they are extraordinary. One line that I recall was that, "men worked, but women neighbored." Oh, to have neighborhoods that care and teach us like this!
A trip back in time Dec 31, 2000
I am 77 years old and I found this book transporting me back to youthful days. The ethos of the women of Troy Hill was the ethos of my youth. The simple virtues of faith and friendship as described in the book reminded me times gone by and wished for again.