In the tradition of Mary Karr's "The Liars' Club" and Rick Bragg's "All Over But the Shouting," Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming ...Show synopsisIn the tradition of Mary Karr's "The Liars' Club" and Rick Bragg's "All Over But the Shouting," Walls has written a stunning and life-affirming memoir about surviving a willfully impoverished, eccentric, and severely misguided family.Hide synopsis
Description:Good. 1419341022 Unabridged ex library book on tape with...Good. 1419341022 Unabridged ex library book on tape with stickers and stampings. Tapes have not been tested but should play fine. Bottom edge of cover art rumpled. Inside of case split but still fits tapes in fine and closes tightly. Most items ship within 24 hours.
Description:Good. Unabridged audiobook on 8 cassettes, approximaely 11.25...Good. Unabridged audiobook on 8 cassettes, approximaely 11.25 hours. Narrated by Julia Gibson. A retired library copy, with typical markings; case and cassettes in good condition. An extraordinary and courageously honest memoir of life and love in a highly dysfunctional family, Walls tells an unforgettable story. A Publishers WeeklyStarred Review: "Freelance writer Walls doesn't pull her punches. She opens her memoir by describing looking out the window of her taxi...and spotting her mother on the sidewalk, "rooting through a Dumpster. " Walls's parents┐just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book┐were a matched pair of eccentrics, and raising four children didn't conventionalize either of them....The Walls children learned to support themselves, eating out of trashcans at school or painting their skin so the holes in their pants didn't show. " A Kirkus Starred Review: "Walls's journalistic bare-bones style makes for a chilling, wrenching, incredible testimony of childhood neglect. A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story. "
Ace story, well written and a very good read. Crazy family life. Reminded me of my mum struggling to bring up me and my sister on her own. Interesting time when the family arrive in Welch, West Virginia. They must have been there about the same time as the Rocket Boys.
This book was riveting from start to finish. Coming from a dysfunctional family myself, I could relate; but was astounded by the constant moving around by Ms. Walls' parents. Even though I grew up in abject poverty, we at least stayed grounded in school, friends, and environment. It would have been good to hear about the left-out period of her life, during which she improved herself.
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