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Helen grew up the youngest of nine on a backwoods Maine farm Her parents were overwhelmed and struggled to find the money to take care of their large family Told with humor and grace, Helen relates the joy and sorrows of growing up the youngest Parts reminded me of my large family of seven children and thankfully some of the things that they got up to I didn t find out until they were older Would have gotten gray hair at a young age for sure.A story that will appeal to anyone with siblings, laughter tears and all.ARC from Netgalley. Read this book If you were a child, and I believe you were, this book will mean something to you. [Read] ⚇ Pigs Can't Swim ⚔ Finalist For The New England Book Awards In Non FictionAn Outrageous, Hilarious, And Touching Memoir By The Youngest Of Nine Children In A Hardscrabble, Beyond Eccentric Maine Family With Everything Happening On Helen Peppe S Backwoods Maine Farm, Life Was Wild And Not Just For The Animals Sibling Rivalry, Rock Bottom Poverty, Feral Male Chauvinism, Sex In The Hayloft Everything Seemed And Was Out Of Control In Telling Her Wayward Family Tale, Peppe Manages Deadpan Humor, An Unerring Eye For The Absurd, And Poignant Compassion For Her Utterly Overwhelmed Parents While Her Feisty Resilience And Candor Will Inevitably Remind Readers Of Jeannette Walls Or Mary Karr, Peppe S Wry Insight And Moments Of Tenderness With Family And Animals Are Entirely Her Own As Richard Hoffman, The Author Of Half The House A Memoir Puts It Pigs Can T Swim Is An Unruly, Joyous Troublemaker Of A Book This is my mother s book. This was an amazing book I liked everything about it from the style of writing, to the setting, to the depth of feeling from the author It is a memoir with some real substance I was attracted to the picture on the cover, as well as the title, and took a chance on it when it was offered through NetGalley I am so glad that I did This was one great coming of age story Helen is the youngest of 9 children in an interesting, but somewhat repressive family Her experiences range from funny to heartbreaking There were so many poignant moments where I actually had to stop and reread what she wrote, then reflect on it I laughed and cried, but mostly I just felt happy to be sharing in her story I am just a bit older than the author, but I do relate to many of the things she describes This is one fantastic memoir and one of the better books I read this year Recommended highly Helen Peppe s memoir about life in the backwoods of Maine is filled with love, humor and humiliation like most childhoods The animals weren t the only randy mammals on the farm, Helen often found herself in the role of lookout for her love crazy teenage siblings Escaping into fictional books, Stephen King novels only helped to fill her with fear of the creepy home she lived in, that might just have been haunted by a ghost named Mary The curse of the youngest, she began school carrying the history of her rebellious brothers and sisters like a cross Her mother and father suspected their children of being up to no good, sniffing out sex, alcohol, anything they deemed bad.guilty by association, my mother would say when she told my sisters to stay away from the neighborhood tramps and riffraff That s before she found out the neighborhood considered us the tramps and riffraff A line that speaks volumes of childhood is this, A child s brain is like fly paper that hangs from a barn ceiling it doesn t get to choose which memories fly away free and which memories stick to death Helen has a funny way of describing her siblings without using their names There is the blustery favored one a brother , the sister who holds grudges longer than God, a tough yet admirable sister, also a pretty hair twirling sister Living among the family is the hanger on that causes nothing but trouble with his loud mouthed chauvinistic hard ways that the children all call the bullshit artist ass Skipper The children are all full of piss and vinegar, and Helen holds her own in the mix Clever and rarely quiet, she is the questioning child of the family often driving her siblings and parents crazy with her curiosity Between wearing hand me downs and lacking for the attention she needed from her parents, Helen found herself in trouble with no one to protect her, disbelieved for being a story teller But it wasn t all misery and hardship, we see a family that protects and loves each other in the only way they know how As her much read author Stephen King s characters proved, no one is normal An enjoyable memoir that made me laugh as much as cringe, those who enjoyed Jeannette Walls will love this, and anyone that has ever felt humiliated by their family or themselves. Peppe s memoir is entertaining and up lifting Her voice is strong in each unique chapter and her use of syntax is one I wish to instill in my students Even though some of the events could be remembered and recalled with a bitter and a resentful tone, Peppe does not resort to self pity, nor does she place blame I will recommend this book to all of my students and to my friends The author s command of writing makes me want to read from her At the school where I teach, we have Jeannette Walls s memoir in our American Literature curriculum I m writing curriculum for the CCSS for pre AP American Literature course and I hope to add Peppe s memoir as a part of the supplementary reading. The hero s journey pops up when we don t expect it We hear thrilling stories from sources that we don t expect, and this is part of the wonder of life Helen Peppe deftly delivers a memoir about the heroism of a child in a forbidding, unsympathetic, and uncomprehending environment The child is trapped in what is anathema to her Yet this child never turns to despair but ingeniously crafts her future It s a great story full of twists and turns nothing is predictable This book is Jane Eyre told modern and hilariously, told thrillingly in dark and light and bright tones. This memoir of hardscrabble youth will resonate with fans of Jeannette Walls s The Glass Castle andTiger, Tigerby Margaux Fragoso Nine children, one daughter s husband, and two grandkids stuffed in a five bedroom house with overworked parents who lacked expendable cash, time, and energy meant that unless I made myself a pest, I was invisible too Peppe grew up the youngest of nine children among the rednecks and hicks of rural Maine case in point My father had several siblings too, but they had a dark history and no teeth Her family kept a whole menagerie of animals, some as pets but most as meat Early on Peppe grew uncomfortable with the contradiction between cherishing some animals and eating others She saw chickens with their heads cut off, kittens drowned in a sack, and a dog run over on the road she heard her mother cry over her beloved pet cows, I don t love the ones I eat Soon she went a step further, declaring she would never eat any animal again.The animal rights message occasionally gets a bit heavyhanded even though I m sympathetic, and it s interesting to see what inspired Peppe to become a animal photographer the compelling story is her miserable childhood Her father was a proud USPS employee for 25 years but as a janitor, she was later ashamed to learn Even so, the family clung to scraps of dignity It s one thing not to have money, my mother would say in judgment It s another to be dirty Peppe gradually learned that she was in that pariah class of the poor and trashy the neighborhood considered us the tramps and riffraff There was only one house key between 12 people Peppe once had to break a cellar window when she got home early from kindergarten and was desperate for the bathroom As the youngest, she was stationed as lookout whenever their parents were away When she spotted headlights coming down the driveway, the others would have one minute to dump any cigarettes, beer, and half dressed boys out the back windows their mother had the skills of a private investigator when it came to finding evidence of her children s misbehavior One night Peppe failed to give adequate warning because she was completely lost in a book Stephen King and James Herriot were her two rather diametrically opposed bookish indulgences If not for books and animals, I d die from boredom, she thought This book is about the things that save us, both large and small If the special power of darkness is that it makes you believe there was never any light at all, pets and beloved books were the pinpricks of light that defied the darkness Yet the greatest source of light for her was love Helen followed in the footsteps of several of her sisters by becoming pregnant during her teen years She d struck up an intense relationship with Eric, a pastor s son, at age 15 and was pregnant a year later Guess what, though Eric s last name was Peppe, so this story has a happy ending she stayed with her high school sweetheart and they now have two children Her childhood wasn t all sad, of course A barn fire, a swimming piglet, a local ghost and an exploding pressure cooker made for plenty of fun antics Peppe s anecdotes are charmingly written as well as vividly remembered I particularly like this metaphor she gives for their immediacy in her mind The memories of that night lived close to the surface, ready to be clicked through, one after another, as if on View Master paper disks If I have one quibble, it s that Peppe has made the curious decision to give her siblings descriptors rather than names in this memoir So, for example, readers meet her blustery and favored brother, her sister who holds grudges longer than God, and the sister of poor choices who eloped to Delaware at age 17 I suppose eight sibling names are a lot to keep track of, but I found the habit irksome than quaint I was delighted to win a copy in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I ve really been on a memoir kick lately I came across this one mentioned in a review of The Sound of Gravel This isn t about religion the way gravel is, but it is similar in the sense that the author is the youngest of nine children, and this is the story of her childhood living in working class poverty, rural Maine.I m the oldest child in my family, and the youngest child in my family is thirteen years younger than me I don t really have a lens into her experience, but I wonder if this would resonate with her The last thought, not feeling considered as a human with her own ideas and feelings, used as a tool, overlooked in times of need It s a bit rough to read, but only because Helen Peppe brings the reader into the story through her emotions and feelings about what is going on It is painful to see all she did not know, her lack of control over her body and possessions, her lack of understanding of what should belong to her Will insert quotations here when I go back to my iPad.