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Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
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"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." This is our introduction to Frank McCourt's life. Maybe Irish Catholic childhoods aren't the worst kind, but he sure makes a strong case for them. But amid all the hunger, "Catholic guilt," sickness, drunkenness, joblessness, humiliation, etc., there are stories that are hilarious, and stories that will give you hope.

I wasn't too sure what to expect going in to this. I'd heard that it was depressing, and several people told me that they couldn't finish it. I can see why, but ultimately it was a good read that left me a little more thankful for what I have, where I live, when I live, and a family that was and is always there for me.

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