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Milk of Amnesia Paperback – July 6, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Our families and their foibles are stranger than fiction - those of us who have braver to look at those around us without shoehorning them into a Donna Reed or Brady Bunch molds know this.
But how many of us have the guts to sit down and lay it out for ourselves and for others?
The writer accepts these people and the memories because she is part of them and they are part of her. What the author doesn't do is apologize or rationalize - these people in her life, the predicaments that arise, the events and guilty parties (or innocent by-passers) are what they are and she doesn't sugar coat them or try and find excuses for them. Her sriting is stark, and to the point. It's refreshing and not cliche.
Our families make us in part who we are. Ms. Lethal has forged he own identity that unapologetically embraced these moments that she has shared with the reader. And for that I thank her.
Much like the old saying about music, the words left out of this book are just as important to the whole of the story as the words used to write it.
In a market full of memoirs (let's assume it's a memoir for now) written from a male point of view, this is one of the very best growning up in/near Boston memoirs that I have read, not only becasue it stands apart from the pack for it's female point of view but it's written with such a unique style that makes it a book you just can't put down til the ride is through.
Touching, heart breaking and side splittingly funny, anyone with even the slightest family disfunction will find something to relate to in this book.
I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more from this brilliant voice.
Lethal's stories are funny, but there is always an edge, always a threat. She has the unique ability to smell it and I think she does a public service by alerting the young to the warning signs. She's the orifice on the other side of the Penthouse forum, whether she is "teen girl on the beach" or "papergirl" or the "friend's daughter who happened to come downstairs one Saturday just as I was making French toast." But Lethal grabs the situation by the throat and says "I don't think so." And it is impossible not to cheer for her when she runs or kicks or swings a broom handle to victory.
"Milk of Amnesia" starts and ends in the same doctor's office. We get to see what changes, but more importantly, what stays the same. Lethal does not let us off the hook. She doesn't go for the cheap trick or the easy answer. She never violates our trust in what we know about how things happen. Life sucks, but sometimes you get lucky, and, just in time, you realize "who is ten o'clock."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first became acquainted with Donna's work reading her witty and wonderful "Lethal Dose" blog, so I knew her book would be amazing and it is. Read morePublished 22 months ago by goldenage50
This reader did not know whether or not to feel guilty for laughing and silly for crying when I read this. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Hermine Stover
Donna Lethal's breezy style and sharp wit will keep you in stitches while you bask in the beautiful turmoil of her family history. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by K. Olsiewicz
In the decades before every American child expected to grow up into a Reality TV "star" or world-wide internet sensation, there were generations of isolated small-town kids taking... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Mark L.
Veering from laugh-out-loud funny to unexpectedly sad and back again, these tales are often hard to believe yet always honest and true. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Thombeau
First, there's the name of the book: "MILK OF AMNESIA", a malapropism I've always loved that's recently been applied to Propofol, the drug that killed Michael Jackson. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Jay Hinman
I just finished reading this book the other night, superb! The style of writing, as well as these types of stories, really appeal to me. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Anderson
The characters and situations in Donna Lethal's Milk of Amnesia are so outrageous, it's hard to believe it's a memoir. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Jessica Meehan