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Weedmonkey [Kindle Edition]

Lisa V. Proulx
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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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: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DYWG898
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 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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13 of 14 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 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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10 of 11 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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5 of 5 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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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gets old after the first half. April 18, 2014
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The first half was great and although a sad story, I found it intriging.

When you get to half way the book totally goes down hill. The author basically talks about living somewhere for a few years and then moving to a new place but does not actually write about the place. I also started to not feel bad for the author at all. Her personality changes and so did my interest.

2 stars max.
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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scam June 15, 2014
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If this author put as much into writing the book as she did in creating a sensationalist sales pitch for it, maybe it wouldn't have been so bad. It was poorly written with many typos, confusing timeline, formatting issues, inconsistent character traits, and the list of problems goes on and on. I nearly stopped reading it when she writes about a boy who is "probably retarded", (one of three in this book referred to as "retarded"), who ends up ran over by a truck with less concern than had he been a dog. The author chooses not to depict this character as equally human, yet uses his death as a way to depict herself as super human for having a "gift" to see that he was going to die (not that she cared). The "gift" itself is just weird and out of place, like much of the narcissistic elements thrown in to contrast how great Vergie is to how terrible/evil everyone else is. At times, it's like a middle school kid wrote it, at others it's like a bitter old woman wrote it to exonerate her wrongs (of which there were many). But, never does it feel completely true, or empathetic, or even insightful. It's just terrible. Time is precious. Don't waste it reading this book. Obviously, the author didn't waste much of her time and effort to write a decent product. However, the sales pitch for it should get five stars. Lisa V. Proulx promises you this book is the finest meal, and serves you up a fried chicken knee on a bed of poison ivy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, but a disappointment
The first part of the book was more interesting and more well written. As it went on there seem to be many contradictionsin the timelines and events.
Published 3 days ago by Nina B. McLean
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Would not recommend this book.
Published 3 days ago by John Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits Home .....
This was a wonderful story about a hate ,love relationship with a girl's mother, i have lost my mother to the dreadful cancer also ,I was so glad I got to spend the last three... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Charlene Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
If you have an Appalachian connection and enjoy a no holds barred, REAL life story, buckle up for a reminiscent ride. I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 12 days ago by M. Rodrigo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book., my sister is reading itnnow then my daughters want to read it, it was excellent
Published 12 days ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sad but interesting and helps one understand the "old" times.
Published 12 days ago by Joseph Hoyt
4.0 out of 5 stars it was good tho.
this is a very hard book to read, because of all the hard emotion put in it. it was good tho.
Published 16 days ago by marian harding
1.0 out of 5 stars worth ZERO stars
Ridiculously discombobulated, confusing and disjointed to say the least. The author is a motivational speaker? Ha. Read more
Published 18 days ago by ChickPaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
I first found the style of this author somewhat different, but quickly got so into the story. I liked it....a lot. There were so many things I could, unfortunately, relate to. Read more
Published 25 days ago by trish jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Happy with this purchase
Published 26 days ago by Bwinona
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