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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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

eleekendrick, March 20, 2013

One of the best books I have read in a long time, and possibly the best memoir I have ever read. It is so beautiful, haunting, and disturbing all at the same time. I love that the mood of the book changes as she gets older (the book starts when she is 3) with the beginning feeling more adventurous and free-spirited and about 1/2 way through it becomes more dark as she gets older and feels the stress of poverty and her own feelings of responsibility in taking care of her family and finding a way to make a different life for herself. I found myself angry at her parents for the life they put their kids through, especially when they had opportunities to make changes and receive support, but there were also times that I respected their choices and the creative ways they loved and took care of their children. This is a must read, especially for anyone working in social services or who grew up in poverty or a dysfunctional family of some kind (and really, who didn't?).
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