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Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found

Blackbird A Childhood Lost and Found With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album Jennifer Lauck s incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the s and the truly extrao

  • Title: Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found
  • Author: Jennifer Lauck
  • ISBN: 9780671042561
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck s incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970s and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost Wrenching and unforgettable, Blackbird will carry your heart away.To young Jenny, the house on Mary Street was home the place wheWith the startling emotional immediacy of a fractured family photo album, Jennifer Lauck s incandescent memoir is the story of an ordinary girl growing up at the turn of the 1970s and the truly extraordinary circumstances of a childhood lost Wrenching and unforgettable, Blackbird will carry your heart away.To young Jenny, the house on Mary Street was home the place where she was loved, a blue sky world of Barbies, Bewitched, and the Beatles Even her mother s pain from her mysterious illness could be patted away with powder and a kiss on the cheek But when everything that Jenny had come to rely on begins to crumble, an odyssey of loss, loneliness, and a child s will to survive takes flight.

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    About Author

    1. Jennifer Lauck says:
      Jennifer Lauck is the author of four memoirs, which include the international bestsellers Blackbird,Still Waters, Show Me the Way and soon to be released Found by Seal Press A former newspaper reporter and television producer, Jennifer now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two children

    Comment 688 on “Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found

    1. Jennifer Lauck says:
      Is it wrong to review my own book Heck no I wrote it Who better than me to speak about it What Blackbird is a view into my own experience of childhood at a time when all I could do was be a first person, present tense witness I wrote Blackbird from a place of longing to love and be loved as well as to speak to what I saw, lived, felt and questioned about that time I was digging into the question of mother as it was time in my life to become a mother I wanted know my mother not realizing that I w [...]

    2. Amy says:
      i m not sure if anyone even reads my reviews so i m not sure why i write them.i m on page 222 of this book and it is breaking my heart so much that i m torn between quitting reading the book or hurrying up to finish it in hopes that it gets better Knowing that this is the author s memoir and that that these awful things happen to a young child is killing meeven though I went through some of the same things It s hard to know others have been through your most painful life moments I ve cried I don [...]

    3. Anna says:
      I am fascinated by survival stories, as a survivor myself.It interests me to look into someone else s experience As children we just don t always understand what is going on Yet you do your best to survive and make sense of your life.How someone else managed is interesting to me.I may have arrived at the doorstep of adulthood floating on a plankbut in my case, only God can restore the years that the locust hath eaten He is, and not only that, working all things for GOOD.

    4. Lisa Vegan says:
      Loved this book It was like a huge wallop of a punch to my stomach though Jennifer Lauck s memoir really got to me emotionally it was a book that I thought about for a long time after I read it She shows a remarkable resilience for suffering what she did Contributed to changing my beliefs about one s ability to cope and heal, at least for some people in some circumstances, no matter how horrible the circumstances Lovely child s voice she really remembers what it s like to be a child.

    5. Amy says:
      You might like this book, I don t know you The ending chapters were rushed, but the book overall was good I kept wondering about her teeth, schizophrenia, legal action, but the jacket said the author was working on a second volume I ll be looking for it.

    6. Andrea Mosca says:
      Would you ever let anything bad happen to your daughter or sister Well, in the book Blackbird, written by Jennifer Lauck, that s really all that does happen to young Jennifer She is a great main character because she is very independent and optimistic That s part of why I love this book It s amazing to read how this little girl did everything on her own, even though she had been dealt a bad hand That makes it very emotional As soon as she overcame one obstacle, another one just as hard came alon [...]

    7. Darby says:
      I am a big fan of memoirs and have read dozens I liked this memoir was interesting, sad, and moving But I felt at times that the author was a bit dramatic in her description of her mistreatment by her wicked stepmother, Deb, and that she came off as a bit spoiled and bratty I think that Deb probably really wanted to be a good stepmother to Jenny, initially, but it sounds like Jenny did nothing to cooperate and rebuffed any and all attempts to make that possible in any way In the end, I think Deb [...]

    8. Sandy says:
      Memoirs by women are my favorite type of book to read This book is written from a child s perspective which takes some getting used to That said, her writing is very good It is a story of childhood innocence and survival Her story reminds you of your childhood and how vulnerable a child is to the harsh realities of life I found myself thinking about being a parent and how incredibly difficult it is to raise children right To do your best I believe all of the adults in Jennifer s life the author [...]

    9. Petra says:
      Blackbird singing in the dead of nightTake these broken wings and learn to flyMost of the time I don t read those little quotes or whatever you have to call them on the first pages of a book but this is so correct, sums everything up so beautiful After everything that happened to her, she found somewhere the courage to carry on or was to stuburn to give upThe begining of the book was a bit hard, when she talks about her mother in the words and thoughts of a 5 6 yo girl but then at a certain poin [...]

    10. Stitchintime Hay says:
      As a member of the club of adoptees and persons who were in the system , this is a deeply penetrating memoir It brings up disturbing memories, but those that need to be exorcized I started a recollection of my life and called it a child still waits is memoir gets so close it s scary I only know of one person who might grasp what this meant to me to read another person s young painful and redemptive survival She will know who she is If she hasn t read this, she should I did t find any answers, bu [...]

    11. Laura says:
      The book must have been on my shelves for at least a decade before I picked it up I had no idea what a treasure it is I found it on one of those take a book, leave a book shelves at the gym It looked brand new and never read I was completely sucked in and could not put it down This book will make you never feel sorry for yourself again It is hard to imagine a young child going through life where no one helped her, not even her own family specifically her brother I suppose that he had his own bat [...]

    12. Chana says:
      What do I think I think, was Deb out of her flipping mind Was it just the times, the 1970 s cult era I mean what the h ll was going on in this kid s life Jennifer Lauck writes of her childhood, and it is disturbing She is praised by critics for her ability to write in the voice of a child I agree, she does this well I ve got lots of questions, but I guess if she wanted to fill in the blanks she would have done so I mean, just stuff that sticks in my mind like, were the teeth she got knocked out [...]

    13. Fred Daly says:
      I read this memoir as part of an independent study The author recalls her painful childhood mother dies when she s about six, father marries a woman who has three children of her own, and then he dies too The stepmother is appalling favors her own children, sends Jenny to a camp run by Scientologists where she s molested , and eventually puts her by herself in a kind of Scientologist homeless shelter The book is written like a novel long conversations whose memory is that good , and I suspect th [...]

    14. KConaway says:
      This memoir was one of the most heartwrenching books I have ever read After she lost her mother, I wasn t ready for the successive tragedies that followed The title is fitting she did indeed find her childhood by telling her story through the eyes of the girl she was, full of innocence I m in awe over how she could find the strength to tell the story from this perspective it would open up such deep wounds.It reminded me of Wall s The Glass Castle both authors survived unimagineably difficult chi [...]

    15. Courtney says:
      This is another of the many books that makes me wish offered 1 2 stars I d give it a 3.5 I really liked it, but recognize that it s a classic hard childhood tearjerker I like Hope Edelman s author of Motherless Daughters synopsis This is one of those rare books that captures both the innocence of the child narrator and the wisdom of the adult authorBLACKBIRD is both a tribute to the author s mother and to her own powers of survival That said, I do think it s a powerful story about a child s tena [...]

    16. Alexandra Geneve says:
      Hated it Pretty much the most boring, torturous book I have ever read Although compared by people to Frank McCourt s Angela s Ashes I have no idea why , it s not even in the same solar system Glad to see the New York Times book reviewer agreed with me even if Oprah didn t.

    17. Asha Greye says:
      I don t know what all of the hype was about and to be completely honest I question the authenticity of this memoir It came off an overdramatized whine fest and pity party by a bitter middle aged woman unable to come to terms with her childhood seeking attention.1 While she claims her stepmother was evil I failed to see this noticing only that the stepmother belongs to some crazy cult, forces the Lauck children to join this cult, and believes New Age Whackos can cure her gravely ill husband bette [...]

    18. Bryn says:
      This memoir is not for the faint of heart It is intense and while you read you are wishing that it is fiction It is hard to believe that someone could endure all that this little girl did I actually found myself feeling very depressed as I read I contemplated numerous times not finishing because it was so hard to get through It is overwhelming to think that I can barely even make myself read about what a little child actually had to live This book brought up a very important question in my life [...]

    19. Rick says:
      Living in Reno, I picked this book up primarily because of the local connection, The author was born and partially raised in this area and I thought I d give it a shot The book turned out to not really be my cup of tea, though the author does a great job writing I can t fault her writing at all The author Jennifer Lauck has a mother who is dying at the beginning of the book, a workaholic father who is often times absent, and a bit older brother who is portrayed throughout much of the book as bei [...]

    20. Maggie says:
      It took me almost 5 years to get around to this book, but I enjoyed not sure that s the right word, given the depressing nature of this book it I appreciated that Lauck wrote the book as if she were still a child, and I think that helped her tell the story For me, however, it made this book much depressing because she is so totally powerless One thing which bothered me throughout was her misuse of me I I know she s supposed to be a child and it may have been intentionally done, but it drove me [...]

    21. Emily Crow says:
      Blackbird A Childhood Lost and Found by Jennifer Lauck is a memoir concerning dying mothers, workaholic at best fathers, and wicked stepmothers I have nothing but sympathy for Ms Lauck for what she must have suffered Even so, I have grown weary of these sad sack type of childhood memoirs, and as young Jennifer was somewhere between the ages of five and ten for these events, I find myself a bit skeptical of the completeness of her recollections Perhaps I find myself once again in a book rut, as i [...]

    22. Amanda says:
      SO sad, I read her trio of biographical books in anticipation of meeting the author and hearing her speak on her life s awakening This book Blackbird was my first by Jennifer Lauck and left me wanting which was immediately sated by her next book Still Waters, a less turbulent time in her life but still marred with her deep familial scars Her last book , Show me the Way, was an ending of sorts, but I still have many questions Jennifer s wilingness to open her soul to us amazes me her courage is [...]

    23. Mónica says:
      ste es el libro de mi infancia Me lo devor a escondidas mientras mi madre no estaba en su habitaci n A ella no le gustaba que lo leyera porque era un libro muy fuerte para una ni a de mi edad.Un d a reun el valor y unos 10 a os y le ped a mi madre que me lo dejar leer oficialmente Por supuesto ya me lo hab a devorado hac a tiempo Me encanta la forma en que est narrado Hizo que a mis 10 a os me sintiera completamente identificada con la voz de la ni a que lo narraba Creo que, en parte, por eso me [...]

    24. Kate says:
      God I hated this book If you want to feel suicidal, read it.

    25. Melissa says:
      Definitely NOT the kind of book I thought it would be Very disappointed and did not even try to finish it Written from a child s perspective and poorly done at that.

    26. Michelle says:
      Very well written account of a dear little girl whose life turns upside down I was torn whether to turn the page or not I found my self saying F you Deb right along with Jenny, with intonation each time until it almost became a cheer.

    27. Nimi says:
      Loved this book Heart wrenching memoir Amazed at the authors resilience and capacity of capturing the essence of the era.

    28. Sarah B. says:
      Lauck has an amazing story to tell about five or six years of her life, starting when she was age 5 and her mother s health went from bad to worse The story was gripping, and I couldn t put it down.I did struggle with the author s voice, especially in the first part of the book where she is writing from the point of view of herself at age 5 The childish tone, which is presumably meant to be true to a 5 year old s voice, made the book almost unreadable for me Here is an example from page 54 the p [...]

    29. Terry says:
      ETA I realized later that one of my reasons for reacting so negatively to this book is that I was just absolutely FURIOUS, BEYOND furious, and frustrated, and, uh, furious, that so many adults in Lauck s life treated her brother and her with such utter nonchalance and casual cruelty that that really affected my response So take the complaints of my review with a grain of salt.Earlier I liked this book enough to want to read the next book, which I suppose should be read as a compliment to this fi [...]

    30. Kris says:
      This is by far the best book I ve ever read I ve literally read it over 20 times and it s amazing Not only is it a true story, but it s written by the actual person who went through of all of this It starts out with a young girl named Jennifer who has a mother who s really sick with cancer Jenny lives with her mother, her dad, and her brother B.J Things start to get tough and eventually her mother falls severely ill and loses her battle to cancer, leaving Jenny stranded with her father whom star [...]

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