We Are All Shipwrecks: A Memoir Read Online Free - A mother's murder. Her daughter's redemption. And the complicated past that belongs to them both.
Kelly always knew that her family was different. She knew that most children didn't live with their grandparents, and their grandparents didn't own porn stores. Her classmates didn't sleep on a boat in the marina and she knew their next-door neighbors weren't drug addicts and johns. What Kelly didn't know was if she would become part of the dysfunction that surrounded her. Would she sink into the depths of harbor life? Or would she end up alone and dead on Hollywood Boulevard like her mother had years before?
When the grittier aspects of her family history are unearthed, Kelly decides to discover how the place she was raised will define the person she will soon become. To do this, Kelly goes back to the beginning, to a mother she never knew, a twenty-five year old cold case, and two of LA's most notorious murderers.
We Are All Shipwrecks is Kelly's story of redemption from tragedy, told with a tenderness towards her family that makes it as much about breaking free as it is preserving the strings that anchor you.
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August 31, 2017
I found this such a fascinating read. This is written with such attention to detail you could almost forget this is a personal memoir and not a well written piece of literature. I really enjoyed this unique and interesting summary of a life. I found this so captivating I was sad the book had to e...
June 19, 2017
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“Who killed her? No one really knew. My grandfather had explained this to me. How had she been killed? I knew that too. She’d been strangled. Why she’d been killed didn’t seem as important, and who could answer that question anyway? Why did peopl...
September 17, 2017
Although I should feel sorry for Kelly, given the early loss of her mother and her unorthodox childhood, but she seems to have remained well-grounded. The memoir reveals some details that are wince-worthy and even shocking, but she narrates them in such a matter-of-fact manner that one can almost...
January 21, 2018
4.5 stars A powerful memoir of a young woman who came to terms with her sometimes tragic, often unconventional childhood, one filled with many challenges but also love. The author's acceptance of her past, her generosity of spirit and development into a positive person automatically create sympat...
September 27, 2017
First off, I never talked to Dr. Carlisle during my time at Trinity but she always seemed like a great professor from a far. I picked up this book from a recommendation from my friend, Maddie Smith. I really enjoyed this book. It was profound and meaningful in a way that felt very personal and gr...
September 25, 2017
It was really cool that I got to meet Kelly Carlisle before I read her book. I was at the Decatur Book Festival and saw a panel called Nature vs. Nurture that I was interested in. I got there, saw the blurb on the book, and bought it before I even went to the panel! And, as it turns out, the othe...
October 30, 2017
This is a well-written memoir, and although I'm generally not a big fan of memoirs, this one was interesting. Read it for book club, and am bummed I cannot be there for the discussion!
September 09, 2017
July 16, 2017
This memoir is about a little girl who was raised first by her grandmother and then by her grandfather and his very young wife. This sounds innocent enough except the family business were successful adult video shops which then meant Kelly had everything she needed including being sent to a Frenc...
November 03, 2017
Picture a little girl who is mystified and endlessly curious about the sea, the earth, the night sky and every creature she encounters. Picture this same little girl gleaning comfort and companionship from these same elements as she makes her way through an unconventional childhood and reckons wi...