THE GIRL WITH NO NAME

MARINA CHAPMANgirl

This autobiography tells the true story of a girl who was kidnapped from her village in South America only to be abandoned in the jungle. She lived for five years with a troop of capuchin monkeys who she considered her family. She walked on all fours, learned to climb to the canopy of the jungle and enjoyed grooming with the monkeys. There was a native tribe nearby that she hoped would accept her but they never did. One man even threatened to kill her. Eventually she was found by hunters who took her to a city and sold her to a brothel where she was a slave. At this time she would have been ten years old.

GIRL is not the best written book but the story is amazing. It is incredible what some people have to endure.

FROM THE KITCHEN OF HALF TRUTH

truthMARIA GOODIN

When Meg May started school she told her mother‘s fantastical stories as the truth. In kindergarten that worked but as the children grew older her inability to separate fantasy from reality lost her her friends and separated her from her peers as weird. And it drove her into the world of science where everything is provable where she finds comfort in logic and order. The first part of TRUTH is laugh a loud funny as Meg remembers some of the stories her mom, Val, told her when young. “I came out under done. Five more minutes and I would have been as big as the other children. It was the gas man’s fault.” The imaginative tales stemming from Valerie’s obsession with food and cooking are absolutely charming, from the mint slice that bestows super speed to the hotdogs that bark and the toad in the hole that refuses to stay put. When Meg becomes aware that her mother is terminally it, Meg drops out of school to stay with her mother. The tone of the book changes from funny to touching. At her daughter’s suggestion Val hires a gardner to help keep the yard in shape.  It is obvious however that beneath the fantastical stories Meg’s mother has concocted lies a dark secret, and in fact we eventually learn she is hiding some horrifying truths. Truths that Meg finds that she regrets insisting on knowing when they reveal painful memories.

TRUTH is an enjoyable read.