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The Way-Back Room

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This is a heartfelt memoir of growing up in Detroit in the 1950's and 60's by a Catholic girl who struggles with her mother and school. But it is very much meant for adults, espcially those who know and love Detroit as their sense of place.
Paperback, 1st, 218 pages
Published November 5th 2011 by Bottom Dog Press, Inc.
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Diane
Nov 02, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
Minock writes a very personal memoir of growing up in 1950's Southwest Detroit. I grew up in the same area and attended the same school (Holy Redeemer) in the early 60's so this was of great interest to me. The bulk of the book is about life after the death of her young father and how grief impacts her family. Minock, a very young child seeks comfort in rather public masturbation to the horror of the IHM nuns at her school. Minock's mother works sporadically and becomes a hoarder. These issues, ...more
Larry Smith
Nov 27, 2011 Larry Smith rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: General adult audience
I can't disguise my role as publisher of this fine book, and my enthusiasm for Mary Minock as an author of memoir. But here's a review from someone else that will guide you. "Here is one of the most emotionally honest memoirs you will ever read. Mary Minock’s The Way-Back Room offers the abidingly moving narrative of a girl’s life set against the blue-collar grit and texture of multi-ethnic, pre-Vatican II, southwest Detroit. Her story-telling captures mood and setting with a skill evocative of ...more
Cindy
Jun 24, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Picked up this book because I grew up in Cleveland and Detroit is so similar. I'm hoping it will be like A girl Named Zippy.

Well it's not nearly as funny or charming as Zippy, but it's often very interesting whether Mary is talking about the effects of losing her father at age 5 or is sharing a crisis about finding out in the eighth grade that her "habit" (which caused one nun to slap her and another to burst into tears) is actually a mortal sin.

I think any girl who was raised Catholic would rea
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Penny
Dec 06, 2011 Penny rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly engaged by this memoir from local writer Mary Minock about her growing up years in Clark Park in Southwest Detroit. She was raised by a single mother in a very Catholic neighborhood which she writes about with great clarity, humor and honesty. It was an insightful look into a childhood lived at the same time as mine yet in very different circumstances. I loved it!
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Nov 08, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Awesome for a memoir. Very charming and engaging.
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