Don't know what it is, but this summer I've been into biographies.
Another blog featured praise for Kelly Corrigan's The Middle Place. I knew after shortly exploring the author's website and viewing a few more youtube readings that I needed to pick this up. I feel connected to the author's story- her love for her father, their connection, it's something I know and live. Her ability to keep on keeping on through illness is inspirational. Her storytelling style is entertaining, and I could hardly put it down.
I have seen The Glass Castle in enough bookstores to have lost count. I've picked it up dozens of times. But I had reservations. But then yesterday I read a post on a message board, and about 20 people loved it. So I bought it today. I've already read quite a bit. The book is easy to read, and Jeanette Walls' story is both entertaining and repulsive. I cannot believe people are out there living like this in our country! I am again thankful for smart parents who had enough sense (or is it luck?) to go to school, get good jobs, and wait until they could afford a family to start one. There is such a frightening aspect about poverty. It is my own personal nightmare. Absolutely terrifying. Jeanette Walls has gone on to be an accomplished writer, and has no bitterness for the awful circumstances of her youth. Her story is worthwhile.