This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique ...Show synopsisThis is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents. At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.Hide synopsis
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This book reminds me so much of Frank McCourt's biography Angela's Ashes. The resilience of children growing up in a home where parenting is nonexistant is just amazing. One wonder's why children are even put in a home with such abuse when there are so many couples who desperately want to have children. Excellent read!
I read this book for a book report project in my sophomore year in HS. Although the author's choice of words were average, she had the skill in telling stories that inspire people. After reading this book, I realized that in comparison to her life-stories, all my life-obstacles seem to be vague, to be nothing.
Many may see that the author did not put any quick-to-find themes and lessons; however, she did put a lot of valuable lessons for everyone. Through her writings, I found a lot of inspirations, such as you can fight against anything with your independence, and to never give up on anything.
This is a good book to read if you have any free time!
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