I was so sickened listening to this book... the terrible dismal conditions and their terrible preoccupied parents. It was just that... terribly sad.
I loved the story though I was often shaking my head at how someone could go through all of that and turn out normal...
My title says it all. You wouldn't expect a memoir of a VERY dysfunctional family to be so engaging - but it is. A very insightful story - but not told to yield insight - about growing up with a narcissistic, alcoholic father and a well meaning, but detached daydreamer/artist of a mother. That the author and her siblings should be so resilient says a lot about the human capacity to cope and survive, but also about how even dysfunctional parents can pass along life-sustaining qualities. Although I seldom think authors should read their own books, Walls does a passable job that does not distract from her story.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
It is hard to believe that people lead lives such as the one Walls narrates in this book. That a person can have an upbringing such as the one she had and turn out capable and well-adjusted is nothing short of a miracle. I loved that Jeanette developed strength from adversity and was inspired by her.
I found the narrators/authors monotone voice very interesting throughout the story. During the most exciting, scary and perilous situations she read as if she were giving direction to baking a cake. It just re enforced how crazy their life was their normal. I'm going to have my kids listen to this so they realize how good they have it. Wonderful story.
Tell us about yourself! I enjoy diffrent authors. Some of my favs are the Ken Follett series, some suspense and mystery .
Really shows how people can really overcome adversity. A close look at real poverty and how alcoholism can play such a big part
Gut wrenching, honest and sincere narrative about a remarkable childhood. I have always embraced the difficulties I faced growing up with an eccentric and alcoholic family and Ms. Walls does an extraordinary job telling the tale without judgment or harsh criticism. She captures the essence of loving your family just because. It is a brave and beautiful book.
my first book by Jennette ....captivating.
I could connect with this book on so many levels. The students that I serve are living this life daily and it was great for me to get inside of their lives through Jeannette Walls