Jeannette Walls receives Literary Mer...

Jeannette Walls receives Literary Merit Award

There are 330 comments on the The Herald-Dispatch.com story from Oct 4, 2006, titled Jeannette Walls receives Literary Merit Award. In it, The Herald-Dispatch.com reports that:

Submitted by Jennifer Sias, Associate Professor and Information Literacy Librarian, Marshall University Libraries When Jeannette Walls was a child and a teenager, food often was scarce or nonexistent, and ...

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Sandy

Lexington, KY

#338 Jun 7, 2013
Just finished the book and found it to be a compelling read and well written. I have no doubts Ms Walls had a miserable childhood due to alcoholic/mentally ill parents. I do believe there was great embellishment in order to appeal to a broader audience and to increase sales. Not for one minute did I believe that in the 1970's she had two high school teachers who had never been to college...didn't happen. I congratulate her on her successes.
ReadSomething

Australia

#339 Aug 10, 2013
These 3 people on this forum are the stupidest, most ignorant fools I've ever had to read:- crystal, sissyj, IF so.
Who are they? Morons who stand in judgment on the lives of others. I tell you what, you 3 idiots, if you come from a shit-hole like Welch then I hope you never ever leave it. I hope you are stuck there for the rest of your worthless lives. Sharing this world with ignorant and dangerous people like you is not acceptable.
ReadSomething

Australia

#340 Aug 10, 2013
If Ms Walls says she had to high school teachers who never went to college then I'm willing to believe her. Remember the places her parents forced her to live in - the kind of places that properly accredited teachers probably avoided like the plague - go nowhere dead towns. If you had accredition to teach why would you go somewhere like Welch. You wouldn't - you would avoid it. Unless you actually come from her family then you can't say she's making it up. Her mother should be in prison for extreme neglect and abuse.
CafeinParis13

Honolulu, HI

#341 Sep 2, 2013
crystal wrote:
I think she has a sister or an alais named J-WVU girl.She puts down the county,state, and her paernts in the book.Shes says in the book that while in school she had to dig through garbage cans for food,THERE WAS FREE LUNCH THEN.She saw her parents begging and homeless in the street of I think N.Y. and she hid from shame,SHE LET THEM SLLEP ON THE STREETS COLD AND HUNGRY.She is not someone I would want to know and I would never spend a dime on one of her books.Read the book BEFORE you praise her, you will probably change your mind.
WoW, I find your synopsis interesting. She did a great job of explaining all of that (living in Welch, not participating in the Free Lunch program because her parents would not sign/fill out whatever paperwork was necessary, parents being homeless, etc) in the book. Part of what makes this book so wonderful is that she in fact does not 'put down' anyone or anything. She accepts her experiences, her misfortunes, her fortunes, her family, and her life. There is no self-pity. Considering her childhood and life as a young adult, she is definitely worthy of admiration. She accepted her past rather than use it as an excuse for her present and her future. Jeannette Walls sounds like someone I would be pleased to know. Great book!!!!
thecat

Princeton, WV

#342 Sep 25, 2013
I grew up with her when she lived in welch even use to set in the gym with her waiting on classes to start she always hd nice cloths to ware and was very pretty . I knew her dad an mother they was ice folks true her father was a drunk but nice guy an her mother may have had a lil mental disease but they was nice folks that seemed always to be dressed decnt enuff like the rest of us back then . we was all poor growing up in the town of welch if ya was poor that's where you lived because most all your utilitys where added in with your rent hell back then 300 would get ya a warm place to lay ya head an water to take a bath . many of nights I went to bed hungry and im sure she did to but we was all happy .I never seen her family digging in garbage for something to eat thou. I don't believe this we was all like family if ya was hungry you would go to your neighbors house to eat . you might not have bread but someone else would an you might have cheese so we all had something to eat . so I guess we did have hard times back then but I don't believe everything she wrote some are true but a lot she would have to prove. she always seemed to be happy an had a smile on her face but if you can make good money off of a story fact or false and coming from where we did then more power to her I hope she makes millions !

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#343 Sep 29, 2013
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not buying it

Pikeville, KY

#344 Dec 26, 2015
What Jeannette and those children experienced was poverty and social class discrimination. I think the parents suffered from chronic depression due to lack of money. Being poor makes you sad, and being sad makes you not want to try. It's called the poverty trap. Also, social class discrimination results when others look down on those they perceive as inferior. They don't associate with them because they want to not help (selfish) and because people worship rich people. I've been poor, then well-off, then poor, then well-off again, and I can tell ya, being well off is way better. When you have no money, you are NOT happy. The parents did the best they could, but it wasn't the drinking that caused problems, it was the poverty. People drink to escape the pain associated with poverty. Rich people drink too, they just don't have to worry about showing up to a job and if they do, their job is not physically demanding. It's tough being poor, period. And I have alot of education, don't drink or do drugs, have lived in rural Appalachia, and fully understand all people involved. I don't blame Rex. The poor are poor because the rich are rich. Only 1 in 1 million rise above it. And as for Jeannette, truth be told, if she had not have been living with or married to well off men, she would not have "made it" as you all claim she did. Had she went at this alone, no one would have bought the book, so she needs to shut up with this "you can do anything you want" bs, it's not true. If a rich person helps you, you can escape poverty. Otherwise, you are fu**CKed. She had a publisher and lots of money to "make it." It takes money to make money, and she got her start from men, not herself. As for her mother, women didn't get paid well in the 70s at any work, and to have four kids to fool with is quite the task. I don't believe the dad took all her teacher salary money either. I also don't believe that the kids had it that bad. Us kids had to garden, tobacco, work work work from age 4 to survive. Jeannette didn't work at 10 much less younger. My husband and his brothers were coalmining at 10, 11 and 13!!! And before that they farmed, cleaned, worked, worked, worked. Was it illegal? Probably, but that was the way all families survived. Jeannette was independent, not neglected. My mother could not have stopped me from diving off the high dive when I was little. Crock. Of. Shit. Marketing, sneaky sales tactics, reeks of false accounts and blame. This is exactly why poor people don't need to have kids. When one of the kids marries a rich man, they claim neglect for their meager childhood. The mother is the one who was cheated for having to deal with four kids and no life! She should NEVER had those kids and she would have been able to have things for herself. Jeannette didn't have kids, now did she? Why? She is a narcissist who is out to climb ladders. I can't believe people can't see through this. It's just like using the bible to trick people, as most do. They were on to her to expose the truth, so she spun the facts to avoid negative publicity. On a personal note, I only have one kid, and I HATE it. I love my son, but I was able to do way more before he was born. However, I do provide for him and don't mistreat him. They would have to lock up all the poor parents of the 60s and 70s if what you all say is true. Truth is, the MAJORITy of people who grew up then were poor with wood/coal for heat, very little to eat (unless we grew it), and etc. I would NOT be cruel to my folks by badmouthing them. Why? I'm not a sociopathic narcissist out to belittle them to save face. Rich people make me sick, and I live an upper middle class life. Rich people have a good way of always trying to "trick" the poor into working harder, trying harder, etc, especially when you make THEM money to buy their books with or their factory's products with!!!

Since: Nov 14

Wilson, NC

#345 Dec 26, 2015
not buying it wrote:
What Jeannette and those children experienced was poverty and social class discrimination. I think the parents suffered from chronic depression due to lack of money. Being poor makes you sad, and being sad makes you not want to try. It's called the poverty trap. Also, social class discrimination results when others look down on those they perceive as inferior. They don't associate with them because they want to not help (selfish) and because people worship rich people. I've been poor, then well-off, then poor, then well-off again, and I can tell ya, being well off is way better. When you have no money, you are NOT happy. The parents did the best they could, but it wasn't the drinking that caused problems, it was the poverty. People drink to escape the pain associated with poverty. Rich people drink too, they just don't have to worry about showing up to a job and if they do, their job is not physically demanding. It's tough being poor, period. And I have alot of education, don't drink or do drugs, have lived in rural Appalachia, and fully understand all people involved. I don't blame Rex. The poor are poor because the rich are rich. Only 1 in 1 million rise above it. And as for Jeannette, truth be told, if she had not have been living with or married to well off men, she would not have "made it" as you all claim she did. Had she went at this alone, no one would have bought the book, so she needs to shut up with this "you can do anything you want" bs, it's not true. If a rich person helps you, you can escape poverty. Otherwise, you are fu**CKed. She had a publisher and lots of money to "make it." It takes money to make money, and she got her start from men, not herself. As for her mother, women didn't get paid well in the 70s at any work, and to have four kids to fool with is quite the task. I don't believe the dad took all her teacher salary money either. I also don't believe that the kids had it that bad. Us kids had to garden, tobacco, work work work from age 4 to survive. Jeannette didn't work at 10 much less younger. My husband and his brothers were coalmining at 10, 11 and 13!!! And before that they farmed, cleaned, worked, worked, worked. Was it illegal? Probably, but that was the way all families survived. Jeannette was independent, not neglected. My mother could not have stopped me from diving off the high dive when I was little. Crock. Of. Shit. Marketing, sneaky sales tactics, reeks of false accounts and blame. This is exactly why poor people don't need to have kids. When one of the kids marries a rich man, they claim neglect for their meager childhood. The mother is the one who was cheated for having to deal with four kids and no life! She should NEVER had those kids and she would have been able to have things for herself. Jeannette didn't have kids, now did she? Why? She is a narcissist who is out to climb ladders. I can't believe people can't see through this. It's just like using the bible to trick people, as most do. They were on to her to expose the truth, so she spun the facts to avoid negative publicity. On a personal note, I only have one kid, and I HATE it. I love my son, but I was able to do way more before he was born. However, I do provide for him and don't mistreat him. They would have to lock up all the poor parents of the 60s and 70s if what you all say is true. Truth is, the MAJORITy of people who grew up then were poor with wood/coal for heat, very little to eat (unless we grew it), and etc. I would NOT be cruel to my folks by badmouthing them. Why? I'm not a sociopathic narcissist out to belittle them to save face. Rich people make me sick, and I live an upper middle class life. Rich people have a good way of always trying to "trick" the poor into working harder, trying harder, etc, especially when you make THEM money to buy their books with or their factory's products with!!!
Did you actually know them?
Lin

Oceana, WV

#346 Dec 27, 2015
Good for her.
Forever Jung

Charleston, WV

#347 Dec 27, 2015
Lin wrote:
Good for her.
The only correct response. She wrote a book. It was good enough to earn her an award for her writing. Enough said.

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