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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    A quick read that will make you laugh and cry

    Expecting to read an account of Rodney Crowell's musical career, I was pleasently surprised to find a hilarious and insightful look at a poverty-stricken, mid-century Texan childhood. The memoir, which is basically a collection of anecdotes laced with relatable humor and occasionally heartwrenching truths, pulls at your heart strings and easily makes you laugh and cry- sometimes in the same paragraph. From accounts of forced playdates with an ex-Nazi and eating squirell meat roasted on a backyard fire when money got tight to watchcing his mother in a bar fight when he was eleven and dealing with her epilepsy, Rodney Crowell demonstrates his combined hatred and love for his parents and the unconventional environment in which they raised him. This dynamic book is definitley worth taking a lazy Saturday to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    As another Houston Kid of the 1950's, I loved this book! Rodney

    As another Houston Kid of the 1950's, I loved this book! Rodney captures the magic, tragic, and the absolutely (sometimes) absurb reality we grew up in the 'burbs of Houston during that period. It is a lovely and wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    So So

    Ok Read- was hoping it would be a bit more like Glass Castle

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Stellar stuff!!!

    As a longtime fan of Mr. Crowell and his music, I figured I should read this latest effort. It's a GREAT read! His 'lyrical turn of a phrase' has followed him completely to this new genre and I just couldn't put it down.

    Not only has it further cemented the "Houston Kid's" image for me, but it's brought me a new understanding for aging and accepting the hands dealt us by fate.

    Rodney.... ya done good man!

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Worthwhile

    Rodney Crowell's memoir, sometimes poignant and often outrageously funny, is a tribute to his parents. It proves that what could tersely be described as a deprived childhood in an abusive, dysfunctional family can in fact provide nurture -- and yes, love -- for talent to grow and flourish. I bought this book because I grew up in Crowell's Houston, albeit in a different part of town. But what kept me engaged were shared experiences of the times: the mosquito trucks, the terrible weather, the omnipresence of church in community life. Being a fan of Crowell's music, I can't help feeling that his manuscript was hijacked by someone who logged too many hours at writers' workshops. (Example: "A full 6 feet and 4 inches of antediluvian autocracy rose fom its leather chair like the gray dawn of the Apocalypse, pulling from a hidden sheath the exact crimson Excalibur I'd foresworn never to lay eyes on.") I much prefer his singing voice: "The chill in my bones just reminds me that life isn't fair and nobody cares/About lost souls surviving on hard knocks and vice."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    A Must read for the hard working middle class.

    I have to say I loved this book it reminds me of my self at times,but in
    a good way. This is Crowell's first book and it is well written. The memories of his parents are forever tatooed in his brain. Even with growing up in the 50's and money hard to find he loved his some what
    over bearing parents with all of his heart.

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