Chanel Bonfire

Chanel Bonfire

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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"Wendy Lawless's ... memoir of resilience in the face of an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2013
Edition: 1st Gallery Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451675368
1451675364
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 LAWLESS
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm

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CRAIGEEJ
Jan 17, 2015

oh to be a young flighty young thing with a momma popping pills and STILL be able to get in an Ivy league College that seems to be the norm with this class of folk boo-hoo boo-hoo.

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Charity86
Aug 08, 2013

I agree with the other comments here. It's a beautifully written book but it was difficult for me to empathize with the main character's life of privilege and unsympathetic hatred of her mother. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the read!

parviflorum Jun 28, 2013

Good sensational read. Narrator voice had a tendency to read as being a bit shallow at times.

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ParnassusReads
Jun 27, 2013

In a sentence, this book is shallow and vapid and the prose is insipid and full of glib cliches (at one point, she compares working as a stage hand changing sets to clocking in on a slave ship and rowing for twelve hours. Really?). If you're a fan of Gossip Girl (books or show), then this is the adult version and just for you (some of the scenes read as if she's just waiting for the movie deal to come in). I do not discount or discredit the author's experiences; however, as a writer, the author completely fails to create any sort of emotional connection to the reader and even to the events she describes in the book. It'll be perfect for the beach reads set.

lib_apart Mar 05, 2013

Forget what you know about dysfunctional family stories: this one is Mommy Dearest meets Valley of the Dolls meets Dark Shadows meets Gossip Girl

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