Know that person over there?
Ever wonder where that person grew up that owns the store you frequent, or that served you coffee and pie last night. How about your professor standing at the front of your classroom? Some people have an incredible history – an incredible story to tell. Sometimes the story is great. Sometimes you wish you could have guided them and told them “it would be better if you did this…”
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is an astonishing autobiographical story of a family wandering through adventures, homes, money, addictions and ultimately ending in total poverty. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you may yell. Janet’s father has this grand idea for a house with all the engineering and geological intricacies worked out in his head. Yet, no job, no money and no ambition to do it. Janet’s mother is an artist who enjoys the excitement of life through her world of canvases. Their four children learn to get along with and without their parents. Where does Jeannette end up? This is a story that will capture your heart – a real must read!
Frank McCourt was another interesting person, teacher and author. I both read and listened to his Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man. They were fantastic biographical stories of a boy growing up in Ireland coming to America and finally getting a job teaching. Frank and his siblings had a tough childhood with little support from family or other grownups. His memories of his life in Ireland and up through to him immersing himself in troubles and poverty in America too will make you laugh, cry and maybe yell. He had a love for stories. He lived, he laughed and he taught. He left us with these moving stories.
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