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Chinaberry Sidewalks by Rodney Crowell
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Jun 13, 2011

it was ok
Read from June 13 to 19, 2011

It is amazing what some people overcome to make something of themselves. It's also interesting how we view our childhoods. After reading this memoir, I would consider Rodney Crowell's childhood awful, yet in an interview he said he thinks it was "perfect". Rodney's Dad got raging drunk, beat the tar out of his mom, and slept around. His Mom rarely stood up for herself, instead she beat the tar out of Rodney, and tried to lose herself in Jax beer and holy-roller pentacolstalism. Their shotgun shack in Texas was full of cockroaches and literally crumbled to the ground around them. I'm not fond of the term "white-trash", but surely this was it. I have to think the majority of people who grow up like this end up the same way themselves - those who escape and make something of themselves tend to write memoirs (Like Frank McCourt, like JR Moehringer). I read this because I like Rodney Crowell's music, and I think he acquits himself reasonably well as an author (though he over-writes a lot). He only gets 2 stars though because if you are going to read about someone else's misery, there had better ample funny and/or tender moments as balast, otherwise it just makes you feel miserable yourself.

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Julie Lambert great review...I would like to read the book, but am not really in the mood to feel "down" while reading it. I love your reviews.....keep 'em comin'...

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