The list author says: "This is one of the best memoirs I have read in a long time. If you were to jot down an outline of all the sad things that happened to the author during her childhood you would think "Good Lord, what a depressing book" but after reading it I felt just the opposite. The reason being that the Walls children did, I feel, have consistent love and a relationship from their eccentric and alcoholic father. Before they even graduated from high school they pulled themselves up by their own boot straps, so to speak, and overcame, starting all over again, alone it NYC! In a culture of people that blames all and every personal problems on "my childhood" (not negating the significance of childhood experience mind you), this book was such an encouraging memoir. Her parents, while riddled with many problems, are an interesting character study, if nothing else. Her childhood was also devoid of sexual abuse, which is a surprise, given the fact they were neglected. Personally, I believe this speaks volumes on why Jeanette was able to overcome and make such a success of her life. I don't do well with books that describes that kind of abuse, it is too upsetting. Any one else sensitive to that subject, can take some solace in that. A great inspiring true story."