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20 out of 5 stars Just another misery memoir December 20 2009 This review is from The Kids Are All Right A Memoir HardcoverCustomer review from the Vine Program What s thisI read all the ositive reviews of this memoir co authored by the four Welch children whose father died suddenly when they were very young Unfortunately after selecting and muddling through the book I came away with a very different opinion ab This collaborative memoir written from four different Sister for Sale points of view chronicles the ups and downs of the four Welch siblings three of whom were teens when both theirarents died dad from a car accident mom from cancer and they were forced to make their own way in the world On their own they negotiated The Blue Door (Threshold places to live jobs and their schooling Even though they were constantly split up they defined the word home to be whenever two or of them were together onelace My emotions were all over the Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity place as I sympathized with Amanda sunk rock fueled rebellions Liz s ruthless The Art of Standing Still pursuit ofopularity so no one would think her a A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, poor little orphan Dan s experimentation with drugs to keep the demons at bay and Diana s loss of self as the youngest Welch with the fewest memories of her lostarents In tone it reminded me of the The Virgin Suicides or a less dense A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius in terms of exploring the bewildering sense of life continuing to go on even though this extraordinary and unprecedented thing has happened to your family Though each voice is separate together they form a united we of loss and longing that is immediate and will make readers feel like they are intimately connected to the rambunctious adolescent Welch clan There is supplementary material at the book s website This is a compulsively readable bookit is like eating a bag of Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience potato chipsI couldn t stop reading just one chapter over the last twenty four hours The format of. “Perfect is boring”Well 1983 certainly wasn’t boring for the Welch family Somehow between their handsome father’s mysterious death their glamorous soap opera star mother’s cancer diagnosis and ahalanx of lawyers intent on bankruptcy roceedings the four Welch siblings managed to handle each new heartbreaking misfortune in the same way they dealt with the unexpected arrival of the forgotten about Chilean exchange student–togetherAll that changed with the death of their mother While nineteen year old Amanda was legally on her own the three younger siblings–Liz si.

Brief vignetteschapters by each of the four sibling writers is so readable and also really ups the humor level But this story of four Cinderella sibs whose arents die and who are farmed out one to an especially scary family can be sad and at times tragic There s a glut of Death Comes for the Archbishop poor me childhood memoirs right now since the success of Glass Castle and others but this one has that extra something that really made me glad Iicked it up Completely immersed in Eighties culture this Mostly Mama portrait of a dysfunctional yet loving family is completely amazing and full of the unexpected This memoir is a game changer a book that stops telling about the complexities of memory and simply showsay attention David Shields The Welch s hunch that Everyone has the right to his or her version of the truth and respecting that right can le I really loved this book At first I was a little bit thrown off by the different The Naked Man points of view but after I got used to it I loved it It was relatable for me I have lost both of myarents one very recently Although I have no siblings and found myself envying the authors for having each other I saw someone call this a misery memoir in one of their reviews and believe that is a simple way to shut out a book that is much than that Some Damias Children people just can t take the truth I really respect all four of the writers for being really honest about their experience and the writing wasn terfect but to me that isn t what storytelling is about I found myself wanting to hug the young Diana and tell her that what she was experiencing wasn t her faultand I felt that closeness with each different sibling What a great readI would ass this book on to anyone who wants to experience something tragic with a sense of hope I am glad it s out there And what s up with the movie with the same name Weird right okay but I am biased I wrote this But WITH my sister Diana so I feel like Xteen; Dan fourteen; and Diana eight–were each dispatched to a different set of family friends uick witted and sharp tongued Amanda headed for college in New York City and immersed herself in an ’80s world of alternative music and drugs Liz living with the couple for whom she babysat followed in Amanda’s footsteps until high school graduation when she took a job in Norway as a nanny Mischievous rebellious Dan bounced from guardian to boarding school and back again getting deeper into trouble and drugs And Diana the red haired baby of the family was given a new life and

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Can brag on her She really is the most oetic writer there is a line about the moment Diana then 8 learns our mother has died She says I don t remember if I cried I do remember that I felt like cotton floating apart from the stem One of the many lines that slayed me My brother Dan and my big sister Amanda contributed their own stories too to make this memoir Dan is the best raconteur he made our job of recording and transcribing his stunning memories with their erfect beginning middle and unch line end easy And Amanda s voice BOOMS off the Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie page She is as fiercely strong and opinionated and smart as she seems in the book So I give them each five stars not only for being my siblings But for being amazing story tellers This is myeople magazine book of the season an entertaining and easy to read real life story And it was a good one Once again affirming that you can t ma Jackie saysThis is an amazing book in numerous ways First of all the fact that four siblings could join together to write a book is impressive Their stories individually and together are riveting First they lose their father to a uestionable car accident Then they discover that he left their family 1million in debt Then only a month after his funeral their mom is diagnosed with cancer They all are tossed about by changes in addresses and schools and with the needs of their dying mother After her death arrangements for where each of the kids are going are horrifyingly tangled up the kids range from a college freshman to a 7 year old and the family is torn apart for long years People who were supposed to be helping were not and at times the kids went through actual abusive situations as they tried to find a Patagonia Express place to belong at least long enough to survi Had this book for awhile Should have read it before now it s a favorite Love the way the kids kept with each other as much as they could Nice book. Dentity and told to forget herast But Diana’s siblings refused to forget her–or let her goTold in the alternating voices of the four siblings their oignant harrowing story of un­breakable bonds unfolds with ferocious emotion Despite the Welch children’s wrenching loss and subseuent separation they retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with–growing up as lost souls taking disastrous turns along the way but eventually coming out right side up The kids are not only all right; they’re back together From the Hardcover edition.

I wrote a book with my siblings called The Kids are All Right which has nothing to do with lesbians or sperm banks Starring Ann Williams Famous Soap Star and a bunch of unknown actors Oh wait This isn't IMDB

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