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Katy K has commented on (2) products.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Katy K, May 10, 2010

Truly an amazing read. (Okay, "listen," since mine was the Audible version.) I am surprised by just how much I loved this book. Several weeks passed between the time I downloaded the book & the time I actually listened it. By the time I'd gotten that far, I'd forgotten why it had intrigued me in the first place. However, by the end of the first scene, I was utterly hooked.

Looking at it from the outside, Walls had a truly horrific childhood on many levels. And yet, as kids, whatever we grow up with is "normal" for us--even when we know that it may not be "normal" for the rest of the world. I particularly loved the perspective of the narrative voice here, that of a child who knows that most people don't grow up the way she did. But at the same time, the way she grew up was the way she grew up and although she was aware of the privations she endured, the enormity of them don't strike the child Walls as being nearly as bad as they strike those of us who grew up with significantly more stability and economic comfort.
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The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
The Stolen One

Katy K, May 10, 2010

The Stolen One is the story of Katherine "Kat" Bab. The identity of her own parents a mystery, Kat was raised by Grace Bab in a quiet country village. Kat, however, is sure that she's destined for greater things, and is determined to resolve the mystery of her parentage.

When Grace dies, Kat takes the opportunity to strike out for London, along with her sister Anna. Once there, Kat has the good fortune to be included in Queen Elizabeth II's court, continuing to ply her embroidery needle while investigating both the truth of her origins and the nature of true love.

Crowley does a great job of immersing the reader in the history of the time, and making Elizabethan England accessible and intriguing. This is truly an engaging and delightful read.
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