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Welfare Brat

Welfare Brat An intimate and frank look at poverty abuse and welfare dependence by a welfare brat who came of age in the blighted Bronx of the s Mary Childers grew up in a neighborhood ravaged by poverty Onc

  • Title: Welfare Brat
  • Author: Mary Childers
  • ISBN: 9781582345864
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An intimate and frank look at poverty, abuse, and welfare dependence by a welfare brat who came of age in the blighted Bronx of the 1960s.Mary Childers grew up in a neighborhood ravaged by poverty Once a borough of elegant apartment buildings, parks, and universities, the Bronx had become a national symbol of urban decay White flight, arson, rampant crime, and race rioAn intimate and frank look at poverty, abuse, and welfare dependence by a welfare brat who came of age in the blighted Bronx of the 1960s.Mary Childers grew up in a neighborhood ravaged by poverty Once a borough of elegant apartment buildings, parks, and universities, the Bronx had become a national symbol of urban decay White flight, arson, rampant crime, and race riots provide the backdrop for Mary s story The child of an absent carny father for whom she longed and a single welfare mother who schemed and struggled to house and feed her brood, Mary was the third of her mother s surviving seven children, who were fathered by four different men.From an early age, Mary knew she was different She loved her family fiercely but didn t want to repeat her mother s or older sisters mistakes The Childers family culture was infused with alcohol and drugs, and relations between the sexes were muddled by simultaneous feelings of rage and desire toward men Fatherless children were the norm Academic achievement and hard work were often scorned, not rewarded five of the seven Childers children dropped out of high school But Mary was determined to create a better life, and here she recounts her bumpy road to self sufficiency With this engaging and thoughtful examination of her difficult early years, Mary Childers breathes messy life into the issues of poverty and welfare dependence, childhood resilience, the American work ethic, and a popular culture that values sexuality than self esteem.

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    1. This book served its purpose for me to understand a little better why people are on welfare & stay on it. This book reminds me of Glass Castle & some ideas I learned from the Mindset book came into play. The poor are in a mindset that if there is a chance of failure, why even try. It is unfortunate that the culture looks down upon trying to improve onesself, thinking that person thinks they're better than them. Women seem drawn to loser guys. It is disturbing the violence that occurs wit [...]

    2. Oh my gosh. I urge you to stay well away from this book. I personally hated it. Even though it accurately depicted how life was for welfare families, the book was way too graphic. After reading the first chapter, I really wanted to put it down, but I was forced to read this thing for school, and view a presentation by the author (who is happily married to a man, by the way). I didn't like all of the sexuality and abuse that I had to read about, and the part where Childers sexually molests her ba [...]

    3. i dunno how to accurately rate biographies/non-fiction books, but this was like a 3.5 based solely on my completion of the book. I checked this out randomly from the public library and I was drawn into the story of basically poor white people and the stigma of welfare on children growing up in NY in the 60's. Childers explains what had put her family into the situation she grew up in (legacy bad parenting that continued throughout generations), while placing herself as the level headed young go [...]

    4. Memoirs of a woman who was born into poverty and who managed to survive the alcoholic mother, absentee father, the culture which taunts getting good grades and going to college, condones pregnancy at an early age, babies with different fathers, and so on. No support from mother and most of the 6 siblings. An illuminating book for me about the culture of poverty and chaos.

    5. Ehhh. Childress' experiences in poverty are worth telling, for sure. But there is something blunt and cold about the writing and the persona. She seems devoid of empathy for the poor, including her past self. That, and she is a full-blown bootstrapper and racist and seemingly molested her brother once. 2 stars because the experiences are powerful, but I just can't with this person.

    6. The title attracted me. Unbelievable story of the chip of a welfare mom (herself a child of the state) and how she lived with her sailings and broke out of the cycle through education. Very insightful and honest.

    7. A memoir written by a Caucasian woman about her childhood growing up in the Bronx with her 5 siblings and mother, all living on welfare in the 1960's. I found the tales sad and heartbreaking, and definitely tended to root for the narrator as she struggled and struggled to obtain education and escape poverty. I thought it was especially sad that she received no special attention or help from the school system simply because she was a decent student - yet her sister who was starting to fail early [...]

    8. very engaging story of growing up in a large, poor Catholic family headed by an alcohol-dependent single mom. Set in the Bronx in the 1960's. Author develops, seemingly with little encouragement or acceptance, a passion for reading and a commitment to earning her own keep and, getting on the college track to escape her extremely dysfunctional household. As she puts it after being praised by a drug-addicted older sister for having taken charge of a younger sibling's birthday, "I reluctantly accep [...]

    9. I have read Welfare Brat by Mary Childers several times and I also heard her speak. As other reviews on other sites say also, this book is driven by resentment and anger. Miss Childers did very well for herself as she rose out of poverty to become an important person, but it is clear that in her advance as she becomes more educated, she increasingly resents people who were _not_ born in poverty. If you unfortunately were born to parents who could afford to pay for your schooling and college, Mis [...]

    10. Growing up in the Bronx and not having much to live off from, moving from one place to another with a mother who doesn't know the meaning of birth control; this is not an easy life at all. Reading about how Mary grew up and what she had to deal with as she raised her siblings, went to school and worked to keep her family going was pretty inspiring. I know that many people live in poverty and there are many struggles, but the fact that there are those people who can move forward and strive for a [...]

    11. This was a good story. The author shared her life through short, chronological anecdotes. Her vocabulary and the way she expressed herself surprised me since the story was about her life of poverty and deprivation. However, she undertook to move past that life as soon as she could, taking numerous jobs and staying in school. Her primary focus was on a college education which she pursued doggedly in spite of the lack of support from family and friends. Inspiring read and one that makes you realiz [...]

    12. Welfare Brat is sad, funny, truthful, contradictory, uplifting, and potentially misleading. I read it for Women's Studies so despite Mary's obvious disadvantages (as a member of the lower class, as a female, etc.), I was also constantly thinking about her advantages as a white woman. One has to wonder how her life would have turned out had she been black, or a non-English-speaking immigrant, a point that Mary herself admirably acknowledges. I'm afraid that those readers who believe in the Americ [...]

    13. Childers tells a powerful story of overcoming humble origins to persist through higher education all the way to a PhD. She relates how, as a bright and capable girl, she was torn between being there for her family and pursuing her own dreams. Alienated for much of the time from both worlds, she craves solitude and quiet as she also longs for acceptance. All of us from more privileged backgrounds who work in higher education and want to understand the pressures and burdens carried by many of our [...]

    14. This book was incredibly eye-opening, and at times very painful to read. I really enjoyed getting to know each character and found a greater appreciation of not pre-judging others. It is a powerful, emotional read that can be a bit frustrating at time, mostly due to my desire to help the family and just make a few changes. Overall, this is a book that I would easily recommend to others. A great read--alarming and difficult, yes--but important nonetheless.

    15. I loved the begining of this one but by page 167, I was bored. I could identify with the first 167 pages and maybe thats why I did enjoy reading it. Different era but so much like the childhood I remembered. I am sure many readers would like to read about how she just made out with boys for few chapters but it was not interesting for me. I also wanted more closer to how she had started the story off in chapter 1. I gave it 3 stars just due to loving the first 167 pages.

    16. This memoir makes the case for "brattiness"-- stubborn, defiant insistence on one's own way-- as the key to success. Despite the difficult subject matter, -- poverty, self-destructive willfulness--draws the reader into an empathic relationship with the author, her siblings and especially with the feisty mother, who, in spite of herself, inspires a love of words and beauty in her rebellious daughter. Inspiring, but never sappy.

    17. This read very well as a memoir, as it was intended to. However, Childers started to enter some very interesting territory several times when she focused on some of the underlying causes of women and minorities on welfare, disparity, and prejudice, but ultimately she did not follow those thoughts to their conclusion. It would be interesting to see someone take anecdotes like hers and take a deeper look at some of these issues as they relate to poverty in the US.

    18. Amazing story of perseverance and determination and success. Talk about dirty laundry! This is gutsy, gritty, and ought to be read in high schools. I ould hope this book would change some people's minds about poor kids, and give teens something to think about where their future is concerned. Excellent book.

    19. This is no ordinary coming of age tale. It raises many ideas about poverty, race, class, and the time of the sixties. Although it is the memoir of a woman who successfully fought her way out of the cycle it is as much about the web poverty weaves, the love mothers have for their children, and the way we view each other.

    20. This was an amazing book! Everyone should read this! Came away with a different view on welfare and the children of welfare! What an amazing woman to tell her story for all the world to see and not hold anything back. Takes courage and Mary Childers has it!

    21. Inspiring memoir of fighting against poverty, despair, and really bad mothering. I am in awe of Childers' ability to keep her focus on the only way out of what would have been a miserable adulthood: education and an incredible work ethic.

    22. I like reading memoirs, and this one was good. I admire Mary's tenacity, and her strong survival in a world of poverty and sometimes hate. She bravely went her way, learning as she did that you can do better if you don't give up. An inspiring read!

    23. It is not written that great and sort of jumps around but overall I really enjoyed the book. I could identify with the main character and her desire to put walls up to protect herself and also bust her butt to be better than what she'd known.ling was not an option

    24. Mary Childers spoke at Tech and read from this book recently, and she was delightful. She's a liminal figure: grew up a poor white girl in the Bronx and went on to become an English professor and an administrator at Dartmouth, as well as elsewhere.

    25. Another enjoyable memoir. My favorite quote from this book that I carry with me to this day and use to console myself when I feel bad about not fitting into society's "normal" box is: "Some people are too good to be real. I'm too real to be good."

    26. Great book, about a disfunctional fatherless family on welfare in the Bronx of the 1960s. Sounds depressing, and a lot of it was, but she was a fighter and was able to get out. An interesting look at how people live.

    27. Powerful memoir about growing up in poverty, in NYC, in the 60's - and how literature and learning can pave the way out. I'm looking forward to facilitating a book discussion on this for the Vermont Humanities Council in August, and to meeting Mary Childers in October.

    28. This was a fantastic book. It gave some new understanding to the underserved population that I deal with everyday. I liked it because it was a very real story of a child growing up in poverty.

    29. An interesting look at what it takes to get up and out of poverty and the role that education plays in both social standing and movement; examines social mores of class structure

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