Turning Stones

Turning Stones

Rating:  Turning Stones: My Days and Nights With Children at Risk, by Marc Parent. Ballantine Books (1998), 400 pages. This is the memoir of a caseworker for Emergency Children’s Services in New York City. The stories the author tells of the children...
This Boy’s Life

This Boy’s Life

Rating:  This Boy’s Life:  A Memoir, by Tobias Wolff.  Grove Press (2000), 304 pages. In This Boy’s Life, Wolff writes about growing up in the 1950s, moving from state to state with his mother as she tries to escape a violent boyfriend.  His...
A Charmed Life

A Charmed Life

Rating:  A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth’s Castle, by Liza Campbell. Thomas Dunne Books (2006), 324 pages. Cawdor Castle is fifteen miles east of Inverness, Scotland, an area with countless castles both standing and in various stages of ruin (nearby...
All Souls

All Souls

Rating:  All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, by Michael Patrick MacDonald. Ballantine Books (1999), 265 pages. The six kids on the cover of this book (the photo wraps around to the back) are only the beginning of the story—the author and...
I Love Yous Are for White People

I Love Yous Are for White People

Rating:  I Love Yous Are for White People, by Lac Su. Harper Perennial (2009), 249 pages. Lac Su has a compelling story to tell in this memoir: As a five-year-old he escaped Vietnam under gunfire with his parents and little sister, they began life in America...
The House at Sugar Beach

The House at Sugar Beach

Rating:  The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, by Helene Cooper. Simon & Schuster (2008), 351 pages. Liberia was founded in 1822 by freed American slaves. It was an experiment of sorts, funded by white Americans who foresaw...