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Fourteen: Growing Up Alone In A Crowd

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Originally published by Basic Books: 2002.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 14th 2003 by Basic Books (first published 2002)
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Dicelle Reyes
picked up randomly at a public library when I was supposed to be studying. A very interesting look into the stresses of having a huge family. Not always as happy as one would think.
This was an interesting account of a family with 14 children. How I wish it was a happy tale, one of togetherness and love, but it was quite the opposite for the most part.

I finished the book with a feeling of regret that the author and his siblings didn't get the love they needed or deserved. And I realized how lucky I am.
The early and late chapters had promise, but there was a lot of rambling to much of the book.
I found this book to be very interesting in light of our society's recent fascination with large families. Zanichowsky's story puts large families into a very real perspective. The friction in the household is palpable as children and it clearly followed them into adulthood. I enjoyed his writing style and the fact that he is a pseudo-local writer (Southern Maine) seemed to enhance the connection as I read.
Memoir about #8 of 14 kids in an abusive Catholic family. The story here is interesting but not all that well written. Straightforward and honest- almost disturbingly. (Masturbating to thoughts of sisters?) Enough closure to end the book but not to satisfy.
I found the author to be very whiny and self-centered, and the story meandered on and on with few conclusions or insight.
The constant negativity was depressing (and altogether too conceited), and I found myself continuing to read just to get it over with.
If you grew up in a large family, you will find a lot of correlation in Stephen and his family. The family unit and so much unspoken words that can leave one's soul and relationship to other vacant and stronger with others.
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2010- This was a rather depressing book of a large family's trials and troubles. Much of the writing seemed like the author trying to heal by discussing his issues with his father.
Cheryl Schibley
If you've ever wanted to know what it like growing up in a family so large that people don't know each other - then read this book. It's an amazing story.
quite interesting, although I wish Stephen had presented more of his siblings' feelings. It's an interesting explanation of himself, though.
Interesting, but it kind of petered out rather than ended.
Sep 13, 2008 Carol rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carol by: Mom
Ok. Not great. A lot of words, not a lot of story.
insightful but depressing
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