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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I absolutely loved this book! Some people have said they were disappointed that Belinda didn't reveal more, but I'm not sure what more could have been revealed. Belinda is very candid in the book, writing about her struggles with substance addiction and emotional damage. Her descriptions of her unraveling relationships with her husband and son are described in heartbreaking detail, making her story of rising from the ashes even more powerful. For fans of the Go-Go's or 80's punk rock, you may not get all the nitty-gritty details you wanted from Belinda's recounting of those days, but this memoir was written to fit within the overall description of her life rather than an historical context. In that sense, the book definitely delivers. I would recommend this book not only to fans of 80's music but also anyone battling addiction or emotional problems. There are priceless life lessons in this book, as well as a beautiful dose of hope for redemption.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Not only does Belinda share entertaining stories of her rock star antics and adventures but gives us a profound account of her almost accidental arrival at true spiritual e shares how she sought to free herself from a difficult family life and found it in the LA punk scene. Then the rock star life became a prison in itself. It was not until she hit rock bottom and was forced to discover her true self that she finally became free.Her life now has all the hallmarks of someone who lives a truly spiritual and connected life. From recent media reports meditation, physical discipline, and dedicated service appear to be her focus these days. According to sages from times immemorial these are all markers of someone who is in line with one's eternal self and thus truly free.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I read the book in just under 3 days. And, on a personal note, I've always "crushed" on Ms. Carlisle for, if nothing else, her voice! Yes, I admit it! Her talent always came through. That is evident in the body of work created by Ms. Carlisle and the group, the Gogo's! That being said, I was not ready for what I read about her, where she describes the self-destructive behaivour that seems to be the norm in the music business. I can only say that I'm glad she has appeared to beat her demons (booze, drugs and self-loathing) and keeps on ticking!Well written book! Interesting story. If you have kids that want to be musicians (of any type), maybe you should let them read this, to show them what can happen, if they're not careful! For all the abuse that Ms. Carlisle put herself through, she should have been "gone" years ago. I'm indeed glad to see that she survived (and has thrived)!I rate Ms. Carlisle - 10 stars (Woof! Woof!)I rate Ms. Carlisle's book: 5 Stars

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I thought she was so real and raw about her drug use. I do question if she can stay sober, I hope she does. She is so talented. its hard to read she was present in the moment for her son . I hope they truly have all moved on from this.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I love the Go-Gos and Belinda. Great music all the way around. I knew Belinda had some wild out of control times, but this book was a revelation. She pulled no punches and spared herself nothing. She accepted all the blame and never tried to place it elsewhere. If you read between the lines, you get a very intimate understanding of this incredible woman who didn't really know how incredible she is. A very personal peek into Belinda's life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. This is for fans of the Go-Gos, Belinda fans, anyone with addiction issues, and those who have trouble feeling good about themselves. The book truly can be a gift of you will open your eyes and take in what she is saying by telling her story. Kudos to her for laying out in such a forthright manner.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Very interesting read. Kept my attention. It's amazing what some people go through in their life but manage to live through it. It really gives a very gritty hard look at the life, struggles, and many seriously dangerous situations in the life of an addict. But I just saw her perform last month and She's an excellent performer. It was a great concert and she looked great.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I will alway be a fan of the Go-Go's they kicked it like no other girls out there in the formidable '80's. I was totally and pleasantly surprised by Belinda's total honesty, I gleaned every word in this book not wanting to put it down! From her valley girl roots to marrying the Son of practically British royalty! The stories made me cringe & cry..all on the same page! Belinda you were always amazing you just didn't know that!! This book is entertaining and really keeps you in the Hollywood punk scenes earlier year!

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Chronicles the life of Belinda Carlisle, from her beginnings to the Go Go's and her solo career. Nicely written, I wish there were photos. But you get an insight into the face of the Go Go's.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Lips Unsealed is written as if Belinda Carlisle was destined for greatness from the start, because of her belief in herself, or because of an early magic spell.But you don't have to read far into the narrative, to see that sooo much of her success, and even her survival, was luck. With all of the drugs, and the chaotic scenarios she was involved in, she could have croaked at any time.We could easily have lost Belinda forever. We would never have had the beat. But we all lucked linda herself wasn't so fortunate, not until middle is is the story of Belinda's failures - though us fans didn't call it that, while we enjoyed her group and solo career - followed by a single triumph, which was triggered by a personal choice, in turn motivated by her love of her e book is full of tension, of the constant anticipation of fatal tragedy; and the intrigue of seeing how it all compares to our memories & perceptions of her e first part of the autobiography, about her childhood and early teenage years, is for masochists who like to bring back the terrifying memories in their own young lives. The second part, starting with chapter 5, is for fans who want to know how the Go-Gos started; AND for those who think that everything just falls into place, as soon as you achieve the fame and fortune you were born to ter the second part, we get an assortment of tours & parties & self-doubts & celebrities, accompanied always by Belinda's addiction, and sometimes intense alerts about impending demise. This is where, after your Go-Gos curiosity is satiated, you will be drawn into the character, and desperately hope that it will work out, somehow.If you ever wondered why she looked like a different person, from one performance to the next, this will clear it all up for ya.And, as other reviewers have noted, you can finish this all in one or two days, if you're inclined. Two evenings, for me.I loved escaping into this life of a pop icon, hoping for the hero to win out against her worst enemy - herself. Thanks, Belinda, for taking the time to soul-search, and share this with us.Random reflections, about Lips Unsealed:==========================================How much of it is accurate? If she was as drugged-out as she says - and there's no doubt that she was - how did she remember all this stuff? Obviously, some of it came from research and collaboration with the people who were involved.But some of it had to come from altered memories. Even if one is completely sober, unless a dedicated daily journal is in place, there's no way to accurately reproduce all of this 's surprising how brief a period it was, in which the Go Gos peaked. They seem so much a part of music history, but their biggest fame-and-fortune time was relatively her fans, she had her own brand of hero worship. She was affected by Rod Stewart's The First Cut is the Deepest, as many were, and couldn't wait to meet Stewart; and revered Elton John. She was ecstatic, when meeting her rock idols for the first time. Just like us.Unlike the rest of us, though, she actually got to meet and talk to George Burns. That alone is worth going through a lot of heartache and pain.Her story is another example of how silly and simplistic it is to conclude that someone is 'mean' or 'evil' or some other simplistic derogatory term. Although I was as enamored of Belinda in the 80s as the next fan, I always thought of her as rather mean and inconsiderate. That opinion was based primarily on one television performance, where she seem to be snickering at the host. As illustrated in her bio, there is so much more going on inside all of us, that single-word personal labels are obviously a poor heuristic tool for making judgments.What? She was still doing coke, as recently as 2005?Where's the darn index or table of contents? Some of us reviewers have poor short-term memories, and need all the help we can get.Her period of triumph seemed too brief, in the book. It was like fright-disappointment-fright-tragedy-disappointment-etc, followed by Yes! I made it!, bye now. I mean, it gives us some nice closure and all, but seemed just a bit off tempo at the end, for a writer who had the beat. We all know that it never really works out, quite so simply and azing courage, Belinda has, and I guess robustness. Taking risks didn't seem to be an issue for her, perhaps because she was too wasted to care, most of the time. But as a result, she had the chance to deal with a variety of random circumstances, one of them thankfully being the meeting with her future husband Morgan. Providing you live to tell the tale, that can't help but make you stronger. Personally, in her shoes I would have voluntarily kicked the bucket, long before she considered offing many who conquered adversities have concluded, Belinda came to believe that some force had been watching over her for her entire life, protecting her. However, this is another example of ignoring Taleb's silent evidence: If this infinite power of protection is always there, then how come so many of us don't make it?To come to the conclusion that we are all blessed and protected, requires us to count only the few of us who survived, succeeded, and were able to proudly talk about it. But it also demands that we disregard or rationalize the fate of the poor schmoes, who might have been nicer or worthier than us, but were never in a position (like being alive, e.g.) to tell us their side of the rprisingly, Belinda is a decent writer, able to get her point across clearly with a normal lexicon and popular cultural references. Assuming that she wrote most of this herself, she really should be applauded for rhaps this is the flip side of not being bred with much culture and sophistication; that was one of her Belinda's perceived shortcomings, which she feared would become an embarrassment.I can't speak for Royalty and movie producers and CEOs, but from the point of view of a fan who has been touched by her songs and her book: whether she possesses a graduate level vocabulary & awareness doesn't matter, not even a little.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    This book was very real and she bared a lot of her issues in this e shows you she is real and that like "humans"she has trails and issues.We as fans can put the celebirtes whom we adore and love on pedstals like they're not human,yes they gifted and we will always love them but it was great to hear her share her issues with weight and addictions to hopefully help and inspire so many people walking in that st of her albums she made later I never heard of them but I love her voice and I think she is strong woman! A great read!

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    Summary - Hillbilly Elegy: Memoir by J. D. Vance - A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis ... - Book, Hardcover, Paperback Book 1) [Book]  2017-10-28 18:2

    This summary book is a nice to read. Hillbilly Elegy is interesting and entertaining. Although she devoted to it for him. She celebrated when her son asked to read a book and took it upon herself to help him with his science projects. Story theme is heart touching and showing reality of life thanks.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Very good read....

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Outstanding effort by a first time author.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    Great book

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-13 21:15

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 10:47

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 18:0

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 21:10

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-14 22:22

    I read this memoir as fast as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having children but weren't able for a variety of reasons to actually raise them, she is in many ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in New Jersey to Oklahoma City, where she is raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother. The contrast between her mother's unconditional but messy love and her grandparent's steady but colder caretaking brings up many issues of what love is, and what a child needs to e last four girls in Mary's family are all put up for adoption, and much of the second half of the memoir is about gradually meeting them all and trying to form a family with full siblings that non-the-less have lived lives all very different from each other. It's an amazing inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to find her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very different than her own. The family trait of forms of reckless living, drinking and questionable choices finds them all to some extent, but in addition, more positive traits come through---almost all of them can sing, like their ne'er-do-well father.Few people have lived a life like the one described here. Few people would want to, but I think almost anyone will want to read about it. It's an amazing story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    Fascinating story of one screwed up family, and how they really were no more screwed up than any other family. Perfectly illustrates that the functional family is only a d it. Read it all in one sitting. Wonderful book.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    A great story with amazing characters/people. She does a great job of drawing you into her life.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    This book was an okay read. The theme was gripping and sad therefore I gave it four stars.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    very important work, thank yoiu

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    A good story but slow in some parts

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    Great book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    To the low star reviews: guys, it's a memoir - if it's a sad read for adoptive parents or you have opinions on how the parents lived their life it means that they book engaged you - so it's a good book, it just didn't give you the lovey dovey feelings you're used to feeling when reading a novel. Most memoirs don'e novel is well written, kept me engaged, and I did love hearing the details of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so open and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every scene for the reader. The story is not ideal for families - but in life not all things are butterflies and lollipops, and trials and tribulations and our reactions to them are what guide us in life to grow and make decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from many different perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A great book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir [Book]  2017-10-15 18:0

    This book is amazing, baffling, sad, uplifting, funny and scary all at once. This is the memoir of a young woman whose mother gave birth to seven children, six of whom she ended up putting up for ry was the second child born to a young, poor married couple in Southern New Jersey. Soon after her third sibling was born, the marriage and family began to fall apart. When her parents separated, her grandparents took her younger sister to live with them in Oklahoma. In the next five years, her mother gave birth to five more baby girls and put all five of them up for adoption. Eventually, Mary was also sent to live with her grandparents, who adopted her and her sister ry was always torn between her two worlds. While her mother was clearly irresponsible and lived in poverty, she was very loving and Mary missed her deeply. On the other hand, her grandparents provided her with a secure, stable middle class life but were not warm or openly loving toward r the first 20-something years of her life, Mary dreamed of meeting her missing sisters and worked on making herself someone worth meeting. As her family gradually reunites, she begins to come to terms with her past and tries to figure out what she wants out if e first half of the book, the parts covering her childhood, were the most interesting. Her father was a charismatic person who took the children on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the events as seen through the eyes of her as a child was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a big (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of kids in America lived with real grown up parents who provided three meals a day, never had their electricity turned off for lack of payment and did not give birth almost once a year and then give each baby up for adoption.I guess what baffled me most in the book was the question of why her mother never figured out how birth control worked. She seemed to love her children so it would presumably be horribly painful to give up a baby. As an adult, the author says that she can see how much it took out of her mother to put these babies up for adoption, yet she found herself in that situation over and over again. It blows my 's hard to imagine the confusion and insecurity the author must have grown up feeling. I really have to respect Mary Anna King for surviving her childhood, owning it and having the courage to share it with us in this well-written, insightful book. I wish would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's version if one were ever written.

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