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Review I truly got lost in the wonderful world of Betty Auchard's memory. I loved how the narrator at three years of age used the language available to her, just as the narrator did at nine, fifteen, etc. So much can come from such a vulnerable 'unreliable narrator' and the author crafted this beautifully. Betty's gift in writing comes from an understanding of how stories should move, how sentences should flow, and her ability to draw from her past in order to present the reader with texture, pathos, and so much humanity. --Joshua Braff, Author of Peep Show and The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob GreenBetty Auchard tells her amazing life story with purpose, humor, and no regret. Her tale is unique, yet universal, a collection of memories that expose her soul and will touch your heart. --Beth Miller, Former Program Coordinator for Beth Miller, Former Program Coordinator for the History Center of Cedar Rapids, IAA wonderful reading experience. Poignant, brutally honest, sad, at times heartbreaking, and laughing-out-loud funny. Just as pearls are formed by grains of sand, Betty and her siblings were shaped by the adversity of hard times and a dysfunctional family with enough resolve to live life to the fullest --Charles D. Hayes, September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life'One prominent aspect of her writing is her profound voice. She manages to portray her voices remarkably well during her various stages of life. Her innocence is touching in the stories of her youth, and her childhood ignorance adds a witty touch to some of the stories with adult themes.' -- Hippocampus Magazine, July, 2011'The Home for the Friendless is like a camera full of photographs waiting to be developed in the reader's mind.' --Hippocampus Magazine, July, 2011 Read more From the Inside Flap Betty, the eldest of three children, narrates this poignant but hilarious story of growing up in an unconventional family during the Great Depression and WWII. Although poor in possessions, they live a life so rich in turmoil that it rivals any present-day sitcom. Betty's parents marry young but don't know how to stay together, try as they might. They tie and untie the marital knot three times, and in between weddings they separate too many times to count. When relatives become too weary to pick up the pieces yet again, Betty and her siblings are dropped off at The Home for the Friendless where they enjoy three meals a day, indoor plumbing, a grassy playground, and plenty of holiday parties. When the family reunites two years later, the roller coaster resumes as they move many times across two states, proving that love overcomes all and that normal isn't always better. They jump from one escapade to another, and Betty shares them all with honesty and humor. Along the way, she develops into an independent young woman with a creative soul, a stubborn spirit, and a deep appreciation for family . . . even if that family happens to be a bit wacky Read more See all Editorial Reviews