Change Me into Zeus's Daughter

Change Me into Zeus's Daughter

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Change Me into Zeus's Daughter by Barbara Robinette Moss

Change Me into Zeus's Daughter is a haunting and ultimately triumphant memoir about growing up poor and undaunted in the South. With an unflinching voice, Barbara Robinette Moss chronicles her family's chaotic, impoverished survival in the red-clay hills of Alabama. A wild-eyed, alcoholic father and a humble, heroic mother along with a shanty full of rambunctious brothers and sisters fill her life to the brim with stories that are gripping, tender, and funny.

Moss's early fascination with art coincides with her desire to transform her "twisted mummy face," which grew askew due to malnutrition and lack of medical care. Gazing at the stars on a clear Alabama night, she wishes to be the "goddess of beauty, much-loved daughter of Zeus." Against all odds, the image of herself surfaces at last as she learns to believe in the beauty she brings forth from inside.

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ISBN-13: 9780743202183
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.09(d)

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Change Me into Zeus's Daughter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read and I have been reading for 35 years.I could'nt put it down, found myself awakening all hours just to see what happened next..and what happened next often made me laugh,cry,and run the whole gamut of emotions along with the children.Barbara Robinette Moss is the 'best new author I've read in years and I am holding my breath for her next work!Truly a 'Can't put it Down-er'
Guest More than 1 year ago
One realizes the importance of family; it is amazing how much we take for granted in everyday life. I could never imagine going to bed hungry. God bless Barbara for her stick-to-it ways, good thing come to those who wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know one of the children in this book. I was so overwhelmed with admiration for him and for his siblings when I read this book, because of all the adversity they over came. You could never tell by their outcome in life that they had to live this way. They should pass this book out to the criminal who tries to blame his crimes on his up bringing. There is always another choice, as these children chose.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading 'Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter and I am sure it is headed for the bestseller list. However, this story does not belong to Barbara alone. This story also belongs to her Mother and her seven siblings. When I first learned Barbara was going to write this book I was very uneasy. I had put this life in the past and did not want to re-live it as it was very painful and humiliating. When I received my copy of the book I knew that I would read it. The book got thrown against the wall many times, once my husband took the book away from me. It brought back many painful memories, some in the book, most that are not, many I had forgotten and did not ever want to remember again. But it also served as a reminder of what a special person my mother was. This story is about the determination of one woman who watched all her dreams shatter but remained strong in an era which did not recognize alcoholism as a disease or child abuse as a problem. She was my rock, my best friend and the one person who kept me sane through all the madness, when I did not believe I even deserved to have a place on this earth. I am sure she is in a special place in heaven where she can forever sing the beautiful music she loved so much, because she has already lived through hell on earth. I miss her every day of my life. I cannot speak for my brothers and sisters but I know that we have all earned the right to be called 'survivor'. I consider myself to have had two lives, the one I lived before my father pulled the trigger and the one that started the same day. That was the day the abuse ended. I was 38 years old. This book is destined to be a bestseller and I am very proud of my sister for her accomplishment. I hope this book will help people to understand that alcoholism and child abuse are serious problems that exist in every race, society, and income bracket from the poverty stricken to the very rich. If you know someone who is in trouble, don't just talk about it, call someone who can help.
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I would neever bad read this book if i wasnt given a copy from my mother in law. I lived in the same area the story was written and probably met people just like her but had no idea. We dont know other people's story. This book made me realize that your past trials should yor future make.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.......
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A heartbreaking look at a childhood of extreme poverty from the inside. Those of us fortunate enough to never have experienced true, real, all-consuming hunger may be surprised to learn how greatly it impacts a person's entire life. I can't recommend this book strongly enough. It's an important read for anyone over the age of 15.
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MarianneBrown More than 1 year ago
This was a difficult book to read because the topic was alcoholism and familial abuse with malnutrition and poor health care thrown in for spice. It ultimately is a tale of a family that survives and maybe even flourishes. The protagonist definitely achieves a better life. The writing is wonderful, lucid, full of quirky details and rich with intensity and feeling and full character development. It is a testament to the toughness of the human body and mind as well as how destructive abuse combined with alcohol can be. It also shows without preaching or even writing about it directly the difference between destructive obsession and love and the consequences of not knowing the difference to a family. I enjoyed it and savored the time spent with it. I would read anything else she writes gladly.
MidwestMom More than 1 year ago
I read this book after reading The Glass Castle and finding out that one of Janette Walls' favorite books was "Change me into Zeus's Daughter". It has a similar feel to The Glass Castle and the author has done an excellent job of making you feel like you're right there with the them living through what the family is. I really enjoyed this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbara tells us her story from her heart. It is captivating and uplifting to see how she struggles and overcomes so much of what life threw in her direction. Amazing story. Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thouroughly enjoyed this book - I would read it again - has been a few years since I first read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms Moss' memoir of a difficult, brutal childhood is well-written and, unlike other autobiographies or works of the same type, this one doesn't feel contrived. It's a haunting, candid, heart-wrenching reccount of growing up poor and in fear of an alcoholic parent. Good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read 3 or 4 books a week, and this one was one of the best ever. This lady can write! Her words are beautifully written and her story is amazing. I laughed and cried, sometimes at the same time. I am so glad she wrote this book. I hope to read more things she writes in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cover of 'Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter' is a lovely soft shade of pink, and the title is composed of words that a little girl would dream. I realize those are not logical reasons to purchase a book, but I wasn't prepared for the parental terror and upheaval that these children lived. As I have been guilty of doing in the past, I predetermined that the book was an upbeat southern family memoir that I so love to read. The book is wonderfully written, but I was worn down by the time that I finished the last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have thought about the hungry days in my childhood but this is the first time I have read anything that brought back the pains of hunger until I read your book. The children where so real to me. Thank you
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barbara Moss has written a healing story filled with humor, sadness and great insight. While her story rang painful chimes with pieces of my own story, I felt a sense of awe in the miracle of the written word in such depth. It's a personal journal made into a soulful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll not try and explain this work with my words, those of a privileged and loved child, but I would encourage all who are moved by the strength of the human spirit to read this book. I promise that your full range of emotions will be felt. 'Change Me into Zeus's Daughter' is the 'Angela's Ashes' of the South. My thanks to the author.