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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir review [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 obtain all the nitty-gritty info 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 melody but also anyone battling addiction or emotional problems. There are priceless life lessons in this book, as well as a attractive dose of hope for redemption.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir review [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 acc of her almost accidental arrival at real 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 explore her real self that she finally became free.Her life now has all the hallmarks of someone who lives a truly spiritual and connected life. From latest 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 review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I read the book in just under 3 days. And, on a private 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 made 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 melody 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 children that wish to be musicians (of any type), maybe you should allow them read this, to present them what can happen, if they're not careful! For all the abuse that Ms. Carlisle place 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 review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    I thought she was so true 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 show in the moment for her son . I hope they truly have all moved on from this.

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

    I love the Go-Gos and Belinda. Amazing melody all the method 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 put it elsewhere. If you read between the lines, you obtain a very intimate understanding of this wonderful woman who didn't really know how wonderful she is. A very private 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 problem feeling amazing about themselves. The book truly can be a bonus of you will begin 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 review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    Very interesting read. Kept my attention. It's awesome 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 a lot of seriously risky situations in the life of an addict. But I just saw her perform latest month and She's an perfect performer. It was a amazing concert and she looked great.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir review [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 place it down! From her valley girl roots to marrying the Son of practically British royalty! The stories created me cringe & cry..all on the same page! Belinda you were always awesome 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 review [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 want there were photos. But you obtain an insight into the face of the Go Go's.

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    Lips Unsealed: A Memoir review [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 private 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 wish 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 obtain 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 various 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 character to victory out versus her worst opponent - 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 everyday journal is in place, there's no method 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 melody history, but their largest fame-and-fortune time was relatively her fans, she had her own brand of character worship. She was affected by Rod Stewart's The First Chop is the Deepest, as a lot of 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 tv 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 private labels are obviously a not good 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 not good short-term memories, and need all the support 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 created 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 problem for her, perhaps because she was too wasted to care, most of the time. But as a result, she had the possibility to deal with a dozens 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 support but create you stronger. Personally, in her shoes I would have voluntarily kicked the bucket, long before she considered offing a lot of 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 a lot of of us don't create 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 not good 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 obtain her point across clearly with a normal lexicon and famous 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 film 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 review [Book]  2018-2-13 18:0

    This book was very true and she bared a lot of her problems in this e shows you she is true and that like "humans"she has trails and issues.We as fans can place 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 amazing to hear her share her problems with weight and addictions to hopefully support and inspire so a lot of people walking in that st of her albums she created later I never heard of them but I love her voice and I think she is powerful woman! A amazing read!

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    Best book I have ever read. Marvelous life story and amazingly told. One of the architects of the Fresh Globe Order.

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    Jay Rockefeller has been "my" faithful Senator for a lot of years and before that our state's Governor. We shall miss his faithful, steady leadership. Nelson Rockefeller was Governor of Fresh York when I lived in Rochester. I could not resist this book which stared at me from the display shelf in the readers corner at the public library. What was it that created this dynastic family so drawn to public life? Being a farm girl born in the month that FDR was elected our president at the height of the depression, I seek to understand the life orientation of the very rich who have had amazing impact on our public and daily lives. Are they as self-serving as our "wealth-starved" lives and the famous press educates us to believe? Are they as faithful in service to the "masses" as the one I have come to appreciate as a real statesman?. In these memoirs, David Rockefeller reveals to us a picture of their father, not as the famous photo of a railroad robber baron, but as one who instilled in his sons a sense of responsibility for their wealth in service to this democratic society in their chosen careers. David Rockefeller, a banking giant, reveals the struggles of a family burdened with wealth as well as their enjoyment of it and their sense of responsibility in its use to sustain the people's faith in a free society. This book reveals how this family has enhanced our lives and the lives of others around the globe as well as their own. As one who lives on Social Security and a little pension, I cannot, without thought, assume wealth is wicked. I must first look at who and what they are who possess it. In this family, I have seen the blessings shared with us as well as their dilemmas of living at "the top".

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    This book gives a true peek at the true David Rockefeller and his family. Out of his own words he admitted that he and his family is out to support make a 'One globe global system'. He makes it a point to express that he and his family are very proud in their success.

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    As a disclosure, my reason for reading David Rockefeller's Memoires may be various from yours. I had just read Ron Chernow's Titan on JDR, Sr and wanted to know more about the third generation of Rockefellers, the "Rockefeller brothers"--David, Laurance, Winthrop, Nelson, and John III. I was less interested in DR's insights on Manhattan and globe affairs and politics based on his 20-25-year tenure as CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank, though the several scattered sections on Rockefeller Center I thought were fascinating because of its close association with the family.What is awesome is that DR, who is still alive at 97 years old, has direct memories, as of 2001, of his grandfather, who was born in 1839 and had such an imprint on American history. Clearly, his father JDR, Jr, who lived to please his father, imparted much of his father's teachings to his children, and this comes out in the book. I especially appreciated this having read Titan.DR states it took 10 years to write his memoirs. He was 88 years old when they came out. The text reads very well and clearly DR and his editors spent considerable time perfecting everything (he had plenty of help).One annoying aspect of the text is that the DR has a habit of downplaying problematic parts of his life and exaggerating the amazing parts. For instance, practically half method though he tells us that all of his children have always hated him and thought he's an insensitive "capitalist pig" kind of person. His wife had lifelong issues with depression, which he only mentioned in passing. Additionally, towards the end of his extended tenure as CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank we learn that he almost got thrown out for performing poorly. How a lot of times he says "in the end" everything turns out right or he did the right thing, I can't count. I guess if you're a JDR, Sr grandchild, it doesn't matter!On the other hand, he was one of the 6 children/5 sons of JDR, Jr, who inherited almost the entire Rockefeller fortune. DR's life clearly was blessed with access to the cream of our society whereever he went. He had an active mind and despite what his children may have initially thought about him, he had dedicated much of his life to public service. It was definitely a worthwhile next book will probably be Bernice Kert's very well received bio on Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, DR's mother and the driving force behind the MoMA, despite her husband's (JDR, Jr's) distaste for modern art.

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    An eyeopening look at the life, challenges, successes, and private achievements of a popular American. I found the book fascinating from the perspective of how this man dealt with the otherwise unknown challenges of life - as we all do. As an MBA Professor, I was keenly interested in the Chase Bank "climb", the banking story, and the international diplomacy inherent with the job of a bank Officer. I am recommending the book to all of my economics students...

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    I bought this book to experience the life of David Rockefeller and what it is like to live a life of wonderful wealth. In that respect, I did have fun this book. For example, the Rockefeller children did not attend an exclusive personal grade school. Obviously, his life was still very various from most Americans filled with travel and meeting very famous, smart ter a very interesting educational career and time served in WWII, Rockefeller works initially as an assistant to the Mayor of NY but eventually begins a long career with Chase Manhattan Bank ending as the Chairman. Here, the book really bogged down. Even though he was raised in a life much various than most Americans, his Chase career was marked by a rivalry with a senior loan officer in a war for the top spot at the bank. Rockefeller spent this part of the book describing the war in depth without trying to be critical. Frankly, it was more info than was required and not really becoming. After his ascension to the top spot, the book describes in detail, probably too much detail, his growth of the bank, his relationships with globe leaders, and the issues at the bank that almost cost him his job. And possibly it should e book ends with Rockefeller reflecting on his philanthropic activities and the ultimate dispostion of the Rockefeller Center. I found this section quite interesting.Overall, I casually enjoyed this book and would recommend it. But it is true time commitment to read and may be considered too boring for a lot of readers. If you are buying this book because you have fun business biographies, I would not recommend the book as there is no compelling story to tell from a business perspective. It's just a story of a unbelievable life from a very wealthy individual who is able to travel in very high circles.

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    Never knew so much happen in his life and he reveal so much of himself and a sneak peek into his family as well.

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    David Rockefeller is proud of his accomplishments and financial acumen. I don't understand why rich people's hobbies - like Museum of Modern Art - are tax exempt.

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    Rambled on too much

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    Memoirs review [Book]  2018-5-14 18:0

    A amazing insight on one of the globe most respected and admired men. A must read for young entrepreneurs around the world.

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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) review [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 support him with his science projects. Story theme is heart touching and showing reality of life thanks.

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

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

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

    Very amazing read....

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    Outstanding effort by a first time author.

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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

    Amazing book

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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

    I read this memoir as quick as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having kids but weren't able for a dozens of reasons to actually raise them, she is in a lot of ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in Fresh 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 a lot of problems of what love is, and what a kid needs to e latest four girls in Mary's family are all place 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 various from each other. It's an awesome inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to search her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very various 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 wish to, but I think almost anyone will wish to read about it. It's an awesome story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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

    I read this memoir as quick as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having kids but weren't able for a dozens of reasons to actually raise them, she is in a lot of ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in Fresh 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 a lot of problems of what love is, and what a kid needs to e latest four girls in Mary's family are all place 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 various from each other. It's an awesome inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to search her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very various 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 wish to, but I think almost anyone will wish to read about it. It's an awesome story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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

    I read this memoir as quick as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having kids but weren't able for a dozens of reasons to actually raise them, she is in a lot of ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in Fresh 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 a lot of problems of what love is, and what a kid needs to e latest four girls in Mary's family are all place 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 various from each other. It's an awesome inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to search her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very various 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 wish to, but I think almost anyone will wish to read about it. It's an awesome story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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

    I read this memoir as quick as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having kids but weren't able for a dozens of reasons to actually raise them, she is in a lot of ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in Fresh 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 a lot of problems of what love is, and what a kid needs to e latest four girls in Mary's family are all place 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 various from each other. It's an awesome inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to search her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very various 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 wish to, but I think almost anyone will wish to read about it. It's an awesome story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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

    I read this memoir as quick as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having kids but weren't able for a dozens of reasons to actually raise them, she is in a lot of ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in Fresh 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 a lot of problems of what love is, and what a kid needs to e latest four girls in Mary's family are all place 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 various from each other. It's an awesome inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to search her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very various 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 wish to, but I think almost anyone will wish to read about it. It's an awesome story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

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

    Well written and moves quickly. A fascinating story!

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

    very necessary work, thank yoiu

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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

    I read this memoir as quick as I possibly could, eager to hear what happened next in Mary Anna King's life. Born to parents who kept having kids but weren't able for a dozens of reasons to actually raise them, she is in a lot of ways alone, although she has six siblings. Her life takes her from a housing development full of single mothers in Fresh 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 a lot of problems of what love is, and what a kid needs to e latest four girls in Mary's family are all place 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 various from each other. It's an awesome inadvertent experiment in nature vs. nurture. As Mary says, chaos seems to search her sisters, even though they were raised in homes very various 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 wish to, but I think almost anyone will wish to read about it. It's an awesome story, skillfully told.

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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. Unbelievable book.

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

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

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

    A amazing story but slow in some parts

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

    Amazing book, very well written

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 amazing 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 info of the story of Mary King and her siblings. Mary was so begin and raw with descriptive of her feelings throughout her childhood and well into adulthood, and truly painted the picture of every stage 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 tutorial us in life to grow and create decisions. Mary showed the positives and negatives of every situation from a lot of various perspectives (parents, adoptive parents, siblings, adopted siblings). A amazing book. Glad I read the NPR article that lead me to purchase it!

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    @#$%!&?s: A Memoir review [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 kid born to a young, not good married couple in Southern Fresh 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 place 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 kids on all kinds of adventures yet was thoroughly unreliable. The retelling of the happenings as seen through the eyes of her as a kid was fascinating, she seemed to think of life in the single mom government subsidized apartment complex where they lived as a huge (mainly unsupervised) party. She had no idea that the majority of children in America lived with true 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 kids 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 place 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 want would definitely read a 'part two' or her mother's ver if one were ever written.

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