Pigs Can't Swim

Pigs Can't Swim

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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An 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 humour, an unerring eye for the absurd, and poignant compassion for her utterly overwhelmed parents. While her feisty resilience and candour 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."
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780306822728
Branch Call Number: 974.1 PEP
Characteristics: xi, 257 p. ; 22 cm.


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May 24, 2014

A delightful memoir of growing up the youngest of 9 children on a farm in Maine. She finds solace from the chsod around her in books.


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May 24, 2014

"Books seem silent, but there are worlds of noise in them, and even when you come to the end, they're not over. You begin them again and find something new each time."
(p. 242, Pigs Can't Swim, Helen Peppe)

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