My husband keeps telling me I need to check The Glass Castle out of the library. He said about the same as you about the parents.
I loved Jeannette Walls's book about her grandmother, Half-Broke Horses.
The Glass Castle is a wonderful book, and what an inspiring story!! It is sad about her family, but the fact that any of them emerged from that childhood even remotely sane is a testament to what the human spirit is capable of. I enjoyed Half-Broke Horses, too :)
I'm reading Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult right now... it's beautifully written but the subject matter makes it hard to read for me. I think I would've had a much easier time of it before I had kids!
btw the kindle version of Blaze of Glory is on sale until the end of March :)
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Those that like The Glass Castle might also enjoy the book by Barbara Robinette Moss called Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter. True story about her family as she was growing up. She wrote one called Fierce too.
I like Janet Evonvitch's books.
Also Robert Crais, Robert B. Parker, John Lescourt, Lee Child, Sue Grafton, David Carlton DVM.
You name it, I will read it except for hard core Sci-Fi, or romance.
Been reading the Foxfire books again, and have ordered them all now.
At long last, Sharyn McCrumb has a new "ballad" novel: the real story behind Tom Dooley.
She's been writing NASCAR novels, starting with "St. Dale" which was probably hilarious if you knew enough about NASCAR to get the joke. Sadly, I do not and have no wish to remedy my ignorance.
Anyway, if you're not familiar with her work, most of her novels are set in Appalachia. The ballad novels generally move back and forth between the present day and whatever period the ballad concerned - although Tom Dooley so far is set entirely in 1866.
Her Elizabeth McPherson series was good, too - present day chick lit kind of stuff, but funny.
I'm reading Man O' War: A Legend Like Lightening by Dorothy Ours.
It is the most recent bio about him. I also have one of the older bios as well as Walter Farleys version Yes, i'm a Man O' War nut lol!
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