Book Review: Skunk Stew by Helen Parramore #SkunkStew #1930s #Memoir #BookReview

Skunk Stew

by Helen Parramore


From Goodreads:

Sissy, the narrator of this haunting family drama, was eight when her father committed suicide. The family hid its shame and never talked about his death, especially to the children, who were more involved than anyone knew. As Sissy matured, she struggled with phobias, nightmares, and recurring dreams. Slowly she came to realize she had played a part in his death, but could not remember how.

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Book Review: Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir by Mark Lanegan #BookReview #SingBackwardsandWeep #MarkLanegan #Memoir

Sing Backwards and Weep: A Memoir

by Mark Lanegan


My Review:

Dark, gritty, and brutally honest, this is one of the most eye-opening memoirs I’ve read.

Mark Lanegan is digging up some serious skeletons in his new memoir
Sing Backwards and Weep. He spews it all, sharing parts of his childhood upbringing, the rise to fame with Screaming Trees, and his descent into drugs and homelessness. The truth is the truth, but I can see some people mentioned in this book becoming irate with the all-out divulging of the past.

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Music Monday: Mad Season “Long Gone Day” #MusicMonday #MadSeason #LongGoneDay #SingBackwardsandWeep #MarkLanegan

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

Last time I shared:

Toby Mac “21 Years”

This week’s share:

Mad Season

“Long Gone Day”

I’m currently reading Mark Lanegan’s new memoir Sing Backwards and Weep. There’s so much history here with mention of Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Chris Cornell and others. It’s really taken me back. Not only that, it’s brutally honest and eye-opening. I highly recommend it.

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Mark has new music material and plenty in between, but I wanted to share an older song because it’s what’s on my mind after reading about these relationships in the book. I’ve talked about Mad Season before, but for those that don’t remember, Mad Season formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 by members of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. They released only one album titled Above.

This is Mad Season with Mark and Layne on vocals. Hope you enjoy this share…

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Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible


By Tara Westover


This book captivated me! I listened to it on Audible and don’t have a very detailed review for it, but I highly recommend this one.

Tara grew up with her family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho without a formal education, connection to society, or doctors. Her parents didn’t want the children in public schools and chose to remain hidden from the ‘evil’ government. They kept busy preparing for the end of days.

Educated is an incredible story and it’s written very well. It was emotional and hard to read at times, but I found myself truly enthralled from beginning to end. This book actually reminded me of The Glass Castle in some ways, but this was even more extreme.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Tara, even with all the backwardness of her upbringing and the abuse she endured, develops a love for learning and moves on to get a PhD from Cambridge. It’s thought-provoking.

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