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Ah, if only I could begin at the beginning and know what I know now.

Background Information


 Straight from a poor but carefree childhood in the Great Depression in Beverly, MA, I danced on to big fat mistakes, then "alone" with five children, the nomad life in an eight by eight tent; happy to be free because I had never learned the fine art of worrying. I worked myself to a modest success after realizing that a talent for designing houses had come with the package when I  was born, as did a sense of integrity that served me well.  World travels fulfilled my little girl dreams. At last, I'm settling down and going cuckoo trying to push a few hundred thousand words through the publishing mill before I die and they're lost forever. Major influence: my genes. My great grandmother, Emma Woodsome Withee, who was born in 1847, managed to bequeath me her talent, spirit and brains when I was born. Thank you, Grandma. Oh yes, and the many months I spent on Grandpa's farm in Maine when my parents were too poor to feed us. Ah, those smells! Still linger in my senses like the scent of honeysuckle on a summer eve.

A swift peek at my travels before I forget where I've been:

Around the World on a Chinese cargo ship; Rio De Janeiro, Buenos Aires, the Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, Mozambique, Zululand, The Indian Ocean, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, The Pacific Ocean, Kittimat and ports in between. Panama Canal. Long winters in Spain, Voodoo in Haiti, Mayan Ruins, Months of Kasbahs in Morocco, India, from Bombay to Calcutta and north, winters all over Mexico. Freighters to Caracas, Guyana, Surinam, Stranded on the Orinoco River, The Atlantic Ocean again, Montreal, The Atlantic again, The Mediterranean, months all over Spain, Genoa, Naples, Rome, Trieste and the rest of Italy, Yugoslavia from North to South by car, and train to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, then Israel, and points beyond. The Atlantic again. Six provinces, Camping in most of the US states.Twenty or so islands in the Caribbean. And then some.

My ego quotient hovers around zero but my fans convince me that  my novels, memoirs, poetry, short stories, big fat lies and fables are meant to be read by the whole wide world.  Recently, I discovered about 15,000 words of their praises. If you can bear reading about someone else's successes, they're yours for the asking. 

Why don't publishers come knocking on your door like the Fuller Brush Man did when I was a kid?



Birth Place
Salem, MA USA

Deep breath. Who can remember all the contests and kudos? Years ago,Zoetrope participants were generous in their praise of my short stories. "Ah-So," won a short story first prize somewhere but probably no better than others I've written. Many of my essays, articles and stories have appeared in newspapers and literary magazines. Click on "Liz Larrabee's Talking Pictures" to see a few of my award winning photos. Is self-publishing two books to rave reviews on Amazon an achievement? I'm not comfortable with all this boasting. Please read my recent Kindle.
Does raising, supporting, educating and traveling five children on your own count as an accomplishment?

Additional Information

"Tin Tub Saturday Night--The last living history of the Great Depression and other slivers of my soul" just made its way to Kindle at a price you can afford because it's better read than dead. I promise, if your heart is still beating, you'll laugh and you'll cry. "The Moroccan Affair," is a literary romance--I call it--suffering through an Amazon novel contest. A collection of short stories, "Lies, Half Truths and I Swear to God" is itching to be let loose but I'm impatient with the submit/wait game. Never did play it. So my stories marinate, stirred now and then with ruthless slashing. Another book of family memoirs await the drudgery of editing until it squeaks, which I thrive on even if it's killing me.

Favorite Links

Elizabeth Larrabee
Facebook Page for "Tin Tub Saturday Night" now on Kindle.

Liz Larrabee's Talking Pictures
My award winning travel and family photos.

Random Pieces--Vignettes from the Thirties
"Random Pieces..." is included, in prose, in my new memoirs "Tin Tub Saturday Night." Here are 3 of hundreds of reviews. "This work is possibly the most significant work in American Literature I have read in the past decade." "What you have captured in RANDOM PIECES is so universal and beautifully wrought that I was again moved to tears reading your work." Hands down the most interesting, entertaining, and impressive personal site I've ever visited.

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