The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
"Nana, Tell Us Your Story"
By Marie Arndt Skinner, Ric Skinner, with Marilee (Skinner) Hollister.
2013. 134 pages.
This is an homage to Marie Arndt Skinner from her two children, Ric and Marilee, the co-authors. This book is perfectly titled, as these faithfully are the "Memoirs and Musings of a Victorian Artisan in the 21st Century" as the subtitle informs us.
The three of them have put together a remarkable narrative of Mrs. Skinner’s 95 years so far on this earth.
The entire text is in her voice, just as if she’s talking to you. It appears her two children have transcribed quite a large collection of reminiscences presented in over 100 pages, requiring a lot of effort, dedication, and considerable time. The three of them have created a significant account following one person’s lifetime of events and memories.
As expected, she begins with her early life and finishes with her current state of affairs today. She was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, and she gives family background on her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. She tells about her life with her husband, their lives in Illinois and California and back to Pennsylvania, her art career, and her commentary on the significant events of the day.
There are color photographs in the book, which suitably present her works of art in paintings, furniture, household pieces, and even her front door which she designed and stenciled herself.
This family has created a noteworthy tribute to Marie Skinner’s life, and a very special legacy for her families.
"Nana, Tell Us Your Story" is available from RootsBooks.com and from Amazon at http://goo.gl/d8DNV.