Who read this? I requested this for Christmas. My husband and son gave it to me as one of my presents. I read it non stop. WOW! A mom and dad with LOTS of issues/strange behavior raise several kids ... take them on "adventures" throughout the country. Most of the children end up okay (with the probable exception of one), but mom and dad ... nope...not exactly. I read it so fast...I don't remember much of the details. It is one WEIRD and INTERESTING book. I had to keep from crying a few times. My jaw dropped several times. It is a true account of the author's childhood. It reminded me...bits and pieces of things I have heard of the lives of other people...of difficult child thinking...all rolled up into one. So...who read it? What did you think? Thanks. ETA: Just saw this review at amazon and IT almost made me cry... (She starts off by saying that she knew the author when she was younger and then says that she can "attest" to their life" .....with an alcoholic father and mentally ill mother in the coalfields of WV was as she says. This was a compelling read, all the more so, because it was about people and places I knew so well. As I read, I was filled with sorrow and shame because I was one of those people who didn't want to have close association with them because they were so different from me. I try to asuage my guilt by telling myself I saw things from a child's maturity level. I wish I could apologize and find myself wondering what would have happened if I had befriended Jeanette. She could have enriched my like tremendously.