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Dead End Gene Pool by Wendy Burden
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Apr 02, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: ebooks
Recommended for: everyone
Read from April 01 to 02, 2010

I don't think I've ever stayed up until the wee hours so that I could finish a memoir. A novel, yes, but a memoir? Never.

However, not only is this written so that you feel that Wendy Burden is talking to you over some cups of tea, but the life she led as seen through her eyes, is out of the realms that most of us have ever known. She maintains a delicious irony throughout. She doesn't present herself as a saint or a victim, just as a mischievous little girl who happened to have this kind of mother, these kinds of relatives.

This is not another "poor little rich girl" saga. There is no self-pitying. There is no lamenting her wealth. This is no tale of overcoming despite her privileged childhood. Indeed, despite the fabulous wealth she was surrounded by and the concomitant mistreatment she had (note I don't say suffered), she never overcame a thing. She took things as they came, dealt with them, and moved on.
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