Loved this book. The author writes with so much emotion. By the end of the book you feel as if you know the characters personally
Thirty-Three CECILS captures something that speaks to me about my past and present.
If you’ve ever read a book and it’s gotten so deep into your psyche you wonder how you can put into words why someone else should, needs to, must read it; this is that book.
Walker Roe and Riley Dutcher: two good-hearted men who have fallen into doing bad things, and who are – as Walker Roe would put it – desperately trying to rewire themselves.
Few novels that present you with two superficially unlikable characters as its main protagonists have ever managed to win me over or kept me reading past the first few chapters. De Morier’s ‘33 Cecils’, however, did just this. And then some.
This memoir by Andrea Kott is a true find. It is heartbreaking, inspiring, authentic and gripping. It is about a lifetime’s journey of dealing with an alcoholic and depressed mother, a constant conflict with what it means to be Jewish, and the despair of terrible loss and abandonment. It is exquisitely written and impossible to put it down. Kott’s path to health and fulfillment is illuminating as much as it is profoundly sad. She asks for no sympathy and there is no fairy tale ending; she just tells her compelling story and the reader is the better for it.
Andrea Kott’s memoir is completely engrossing, full of a kaleidoscope of emotions, all expressed beautifully and with great skill. The portrait of her troubled mother, her struggle with faith, and her journey to strength through complicated relationships make for a story that I couldn’t put down. I loved this book and learned a lot from its insights.
I have been following Andrea’s writing for more than 20 years because her it is consistently powerful. Her autobiography is no exception. It is a poignant testimony to what it means to “be Jewish” in the U.S. and how this concept can be both a source of peace/pride or a one of shame/humiliation when family dynamics betray the ideal image. This is an inspiring book for anyone on an existential journey, Jewish or otherwise
I attended middle and high school with the author -and my mother carpooled with her mother and I had no idea the struggles and heartbreak she went through. But why would I or any of her close friends? She kept it hidden out of survival mode. This memoir is heartbreaking and eye-opening. Her story of pain and emotional and sometimes physical abuse is dreadful, but her resilience to overcoming her childhood is a story of strength. That she found her religion as a source also of healing is encouraging to others who are searching for faith in these difficult times, and is a small ray of hope. This book is beautifully written and some of her memories may resonate with others facing a difficult childhood, but what I love is that she is still here to share it with us all.
What a great read!! Addison Jones did a wonderful job with character development and thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book especially for book clubs as well!! Look forward to Ms Jones future works!
I really enjoyed reading this book. The story line and characters are very well written. The story kept me drawn in and interested throughout. I recommend reading.
A very well written and fun take on the fairytale princesses. The illustrations are absolutely spectacular and bring the book to life. I highly recommend gifting this book to your friends for the holidays and keeping a copy for yourself as well.
A beautiful illustrated book. The pictures are amazing they make the story come alive!
Such a great, grown up, comical story and the illustrations were absolutely fantastic!