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Weedmonkey [Kindle Edition]

Lisa V. Proulx , Susan Hughes
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 256 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Growing up during the Depression and forced to live in coal mining camps throughout Appalachia, Virgie Hopkins is subjected to child molestation, the KKK, murder, homelessness, starvation and ridicule for being the daughter of the town whore.

Virgie grows up hating her mother who was taken away when she was nine years old and while she was gone, she and her brother were put into foster care, starved and abused.

When her mother returned, she did not know her husband or her children and Virgie could not understand why she had changed.

At 16, Virgie made the decision to leave Kentucky and the only life she had ever known after discovering her prostitute mother was having an affair with the young boy Virgie loved.

Filled with hatred, resentment and shame for the woman she called Mom, it was not until her mother’s funeral, did she learn the horrible truth, the reason for her change and the reason why she became the town whore, a weedmonkey.

A haunting true story…

From the author:
My mother began writing Weedmonkey when I was a little girl. In 2006, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live. On her deathbed, she asked me to finish writing it for her. I said yes.


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About the Author

Lisa V. Proulx

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DYWG898
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Believe the bad reviews March 6, 2014
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I read many of the 1 and 2 star reviews which referenced the terrible grammar and sentence structure of this book and I thought, 1) honestly, could it be that bad? and 2) even if that bad, would it really affect the read? The answer to both questions - a resounding YES! The grammar and terrible sentence structure, not to mention the disjointed and random paragraphs, made this book painful to read. The story also did not always add up. I found many mistakes that seemed to be errors in chronology. This was a terrible read and the underlying story was not worth wading through the poor writing and story telling. I do like memoirs and I am typically lenient in review and allow for some error and imperfect writing as I feel the memoir author may not be a true writer, but simply someone with an interesting or poignant story to tell. No amount of leniency can justify this disaster of a book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! August 20, 2013
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This book is not for the faint-hearted. It is a story of grinding poverty, of love and hate, of ultimate redemption. It is the saga of a girl who could easily have taken the same road as her mother but instead, through personal strength, managed to break the cycle and create a very different life. I live in the same geographical area of Maryland as the author and I hope to find out if she makes personal appearances at our local libraries and other venues. This book was so compelling that I read it in one long afternoon and hope to read other books by her.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book July 17, 2013
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I bought this book yesterday afternoon, and finished it before I went to bed!! I loved the book and some of the things in the book took me back to my childhood and brought back many memories of my Mother! I love and recommend this book..it is well written and will keep you reading...Love the Author also! Love all of her books! Bring on the next one!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! January 8, 2014
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Sad & honest story of growing up in Appalachia during the Depression. A girl who was left to find her own way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in w.v.a. December 18, 2013
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This book reminded of my home life growing up in w.v.a
During the 50's my father was an alcholic a coal miner we were very poor. I can relate to the feelings of virgiee. After my father died I had to forgive him for how we were raised. This book was like reliving my life over except for my mother she was
A wonderful mother the book was a very good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written June 4, 2014
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Even though this was a really interesting story it was disjointed and poorly written. It was reminiscent of a high school essay or journal. It's surprising to me that this book was ever published.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written. January 26, 2014
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This had the potential to be a pretty decent book....but was just so poorly written. It bounced all over and glossed over what most would have considered major traumatic childhood events. When compared to Jeanette Walls's The Glass Castle, which is a very similar story, it's terribly lacking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark April 26, 2014
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I initially found the story fascinating but the redundancy and overall poor writing style quickly turned this into a disappointing read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Weedmonkey was a good book.
This was a good book to read. A little sad, but true about how a families lived. Back then and now.
Published 13 days ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
At the very least you will reflect upon your own life, trials and times. It brought home that one can easily judge another person harshly for issues that aren't yours to judge. Read more
Published 15 days ago by k hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great writting
Published 19 days ago by H. Craft
4.0 out of 5 stars Weedmonkey
This book is well written and held my interest. I could really sympathize with the author due to all she had to go through. A good read.
Published 23 days ago by carsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sad but a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad tale of poverty, self destruction, and hope during the...
The book introduces readers to the story of a young woman whose mother is dead. The woman looks back over her life and the way she had been raised.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Capen
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
A read that was hard to put down and put out of my head. I can't put it into words. So read it and make your own opinion. Not much of a review I guess...
Published 1 month ago by anita marie terry
3.0 out of 5 stars which I truly enjoyed. I found this book to be disjointed and ...
There is no comparison with The Glass Castle, which I truly enjoyed. I found this book to be disjointed and needed a "story" line.
Published 1 month ago by Bobbie
4.0 out of 5 stars What a tragic story of suffering within this family! My heart aches...
I highly recommend this book. It is very thought provoking. It is quite a good read. Only took me a few hours.
Published 1 month ago by Faith Grubb
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
Book moves fast. A lot of the story is glossed over, and there was no clear timeline to follow. I was let down
Published 1 month ago by Wednesday
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