American Girls
American Girls
Jan 11, 2021
Gimme Shelter: Happy Birthday Molly
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It’s April 1944 in Illinois. Molly McIntire is gearing up for the big 1-0 when a new arrival comes to town. In book four, Molly gets new roommate— a refugee from London named Emily. Sure, there’s a war on, but that won’t stop Molly from turning life’s lemons into an unwanted lemon cake. Tune in to hear our coverage of Molly’s birthday week and a discussion of twilight birth that no one asked for. Trust us, this Molly mood is a Taurus-de-force. 


"Shirley Takes the Cake" Evening Star. April 19, 1936:


Birthday Party Descriptions. The Lexington Advertiser. December 22, 1938: 


Crisco Cake Recipe. Detroit Evening Times. August 19, 1945: 


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