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Book Review of All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir

All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir
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Helpful Score: 4

This memoir covers Ashley's life from childhood to the present. Her growing up years were lonely, abusive, and painful. Basically, she was the leftover child--her sister being the one who has a tumultuous relationship with her mom. Both Ashley's parents made selfish and thoughtless decisions that impacted her life.

The best part of the this book (the most interesting) was Ashley's work with organizations that serve women in developing countries. I found it fascinating and moving.

The parts that bored me to tears? Ashley goes into treatment for depression (in-patient) and deals with her issues. I actually found that interesting. But, after she wrote about treatment, her thought processes and insights descended into psycho-babble. It was a little too much.

I enjoyed the book, since this is not the typical, vapid, celebrity memoir. She has overcome many family problems to get where she is now.

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