Top positive review
Frank, fair, insightful
Reviewed in the United States on May 26, 2020
I chose this book because Beverly Cleary's stories were the first I ever enjoyed reading as a child. I wanted to know about her life.Also, my own mother was just 5 years younger and also raised in Oregon, and had lived through the depression so I found it especially interesting. What I did not expect was her honest revelations as about her personal family relationships, which were not ideal, yet she gets all this across with fairness, respect and understanding. There is no bitterness or unhealthy condemnation. She writes of her youth with adult wisdom and perspective and with a forgiving and understanding heart. I loved her humor and detailed descriptions of the stuff of her world in her era. It was like being there.