The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir
Born as a ward of the state of Maine, the child of an unmarried Yankee blueblood mother and an unknown black father, Victoria Rowell beat the odds. The Women Who Raised Me is the remarkable story of her rise out of the foster care system to attain the American Dream—and of the unlikely series of women who lifted, motivated, and inspired her along the way.
From Agatha Armste...more
As always my book discussion folks tempered my opinion a bit. We all felt some upheaval in the book and that seemed to reflect Ms. Rowell's early life. We talked about what an author chooses to include in a memoir is not necessarily what we want to know ...more
Her story, told with grace and honesty, reveals the multi-layered character she became as a result of the fostering and mentoring she received…as she describes it, like the piecing together of a quilt.
In successive foster homes in the state of Maine, from infancy, Victoria Rowell sets an example of triump ...more
A DANCER'S STRENGTH AND GRACE
In the brilliant pages of
"The Women Who Raised Me"
a daughter born to destiny
is what one clearly sees.
Challenged from the start
by the blood of history flooding her path--
crashing waves of denial and shame,
racism screaming its scornful wrath.
Consider her skin the color
of America's dream of democracy;
a ward of the state of Maine, yes,
but a child as well of aristocracy.
Through the schizophrenic shadows
of her mother's pleading tears,
caring hearts sang stron ...more
I would have liked to learn more about her biological siblings, especially her sisters, with whom she was raised in the sam ...more
The author writes about her childhood with enough detail to make it interesting, insightful, and inspiring. She certainly pays lovely homage to the women who raised her in these years; the reader understands the bond she felt for them and appreciates each of these women as unique, lovable characters.
In the subsequent parts of the book, however, the author devolves into a long ramblin ...more
I felt that at times the writing was a bit choppy--it was difficult to keep all of the people straight. Yet, in a situation where family can be fleeting--to sit down and remember them, ...more
I was most taken by the foster mother, upon learning of Vicki's intere ...more
Overall, I liked this book and found the stories interesting and, at times, inspiring. I was disappointed in her lack to include important details when it came to her relationship with her ex-husband, who is the father of her first child, and Wynton Mars ...more