Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir

Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir

Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family?s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it. Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her fa Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world,...

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Title:Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir
Author:Cinelle Barnes
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:1542046130
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:254 pages pages

Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir Reviews

  • Ann Kuhn
    May 15, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

    An incredible, lyrical story of surviving a tumultuous childhood inside a storied mansion that explores colonialism, class, filial piety, mental health, and resilience. ...

    Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes is a memoir about her experiences growing up in the Philippines before she immigrated to America. I read this as part of an Instagram buddy read for the Fierce Females Book Club that I am a part of where we read a book each month written by a female au...

    Beautiful and poetic I really enjoyed this book, such beautiful prose, her writing feels almost poetic. The author brings to life her childhood in Manila and the fall of her family's wealth. Her story is written chronologically starting with her premature birth, weighing only 2 poun...

    Outstanding Barnes is in equal turns poetic, graphic, fantasical and gritty. She has bloomed from an exotic and chaotic childhood and adolescence into a gifted author. Her story so mesmerized me I read it in one day. ...

    I listened to the Audible version of this book, and I think it probably helped add the fifth star. Hearing her own voice added something imperative. ...

  • Jean
    Apr 04, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Dec 24, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

  • Liz
    Apr 15, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

  • Jim Minick
    Jul 08, 2017

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

  • Joann
    May 10, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

  • Jacqueline
    Apr 20, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

  • the_bookshelf_explorer
    Aug 06, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

  • Candace
    May 03, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

  • BLS and QF
    Apr 07, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

    An incredible, lyrical story of surviving a tumultuous childhood inside a storied mansion that explores colonialism, class, filial piety, mental health, and resilience. ...

    Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes is a memoir about her experiences growing up in the Philippines before she immigrated to America. I read this as part of an Instagram buddy read for the Fierce Females Book Club that I am a part of where we read a book each month written by a female au...

    Beautiful and poetic I really enjoyed this book, such beautiful prose, her writing feels almost poetic. The author brings to life her childhood in Manila and the fall of her family's wealth. Her story is written chronologically starting with her premature birth, weighing only 2 poun...

  • Mary
    Apr 05, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

  • Carol
    Apr 02, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

    An incredible, lyrical story of surviving a tumultuous childhood inside a storied mansion that explores colonialism, class, filial piety, mental health, and resilience. ...

    Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes is a memoir about her experiences growing up in the Philippines before she immigrated to America. I read this as part of an Instagram buddy read for the Fierce Females Book Club that I am a part of where we read a book each month written by a female au...

    Beautiful and poetic I really enjoyed this book, such beautiful prose, her writing feels almost poetic. The author brings to life her childhood in Manila and the fall of her family's wealth. Her story is written chronologically starting with her premature birth, weighing only 2 poun...

    Outstanding Barnes is in equal turns poetic, graphic, fantasical and gritty. She has bloomed from an exotic and chaotic childhood and adolescence into a gifted author. Her story so mesmerized me I read it in one day. ...

  • Jamise // Spines & Vines
    Jan 23, 2019

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

  • Ciara Wilkie
    Jun 24, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

  • Kaytee Cobb
    Jun 19, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

  • Julia Wesley
    Apr 02, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

  • Devon
    Apr 05, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

  • Sachi Argabright
    Aug 01, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

  • Celia
    Mar 13, 2019

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

  • Victoria Namkung
    Jan 17, 2019

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

    An incredible, lyrical story of surviving a tumultuous childhood inside a storied mansion that explores colonialism, class, filial piety, mental health, and resilience. ...

  • Alicia Urban
    Apr 06, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

    An incredible, lyrical story of surviving a tumultuous childhood inside a storied mansion that explores colonialism, class, filial piety, mental health, and resilience. ...

    Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes is a memoir about her experiences growing up in the Philippines before she immigrated to America. I read this as part of an Instagram buddy read for the Fierce Females Book Club that I am a part of where we read a book each month written by a female au...

    Beautiful and poetic I really enjoyed this book, such beautiful prose, her writing feels almost poetic. The author brings to life her childhood in Manila and the fall of her family's wealth. Her story is written chronologically starting with her premature birth, weighing only 2 poun...

    Outstanding Barnes is in equal turns poetic, graphic, fantasical and gritty. She has bloomed from an exotic and chaotic childhood and adolescence into a gifted author. Her story so mesmerized me I read it in one day. ...

    I listened to the Audible version of this book, and I think it probably helped add the fifth star. Hearing her own voice added something imperative. ...

    Wow! What Insight into another world of pain and survival. Great writing about struggles and winning despite being surrounded by evil and decay. Exhausting, intriguing and highly recommended. ...

  • Buffy
    Sep 23, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

  • Teri Pardue
    Jun 08, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

  • Nia Ita
    Apr 07, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

  • david
    May 10, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

  • Goth Gone Grey
    Apr 06, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    Aug 26, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

  • Christine Sorrell
    Apr 08, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

  • Krysty Dimas
    Aug 20, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

  • Lindsay (nerdybooknurse)
    Dec 28, 2018

    Wow. I normally shy away from memoirs. They make me feel like an ambulance chaser. Also, how do I trust them? Memories are so flexible, influenced by emotion and our own brain?s desire to protect itself. How do you fit an entire life in 230ish pages? And such a tumultuous one at ...

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest When asked to describe my literary tastes, the quote from Lydia in Beetlejuice comes to mind: "I myself am strange and unusual." I'm drawn to weird books, the more outlandish the concept or the more mixed the reviews, the ...

    A beautiful book! ...

    This was somehow an easygoing read, yet harrowing. It?s truly is lyrical, almost poetic, oddly. Considering Barnes has had so much time to think about her past, to carry such a heavy weight, she is able to detail the chronology from riches to rags, physical (and metaphorical) deterio...

    This novel was very hard for me to read. While my childhood wasn't nearly as traumatic as Barnes's, I could relate in many ways. This novel is poetic. Beautiful prose clashes with the ugly reality Barnes lived through. What starts out as a fairy tale becomes twisted and dark. W...

    The most beautiful book I have read this year. It is a gift. It gives one hope that all will be right on the morrow. It is a gem. It is very very precious. Taste it in the narrow of your bones and savor it. I hope this sista keeps on writing. The world is blessed to hear her voice. ...

    A MUST READ This moving and thought-provoking memoir by VONA alumn, Cinelle Barnes, was magical. Cinelle tells her story of moving into a mansion in the Philippines when she was three years old. A mansion purchased by her mother?s inherited wealth and her working father?s oil in...

    Kudos to authors brave enough to tell the world their truth. This memoir of a young phillipino girl (ages 3-12) is filled with privilege and trauma and I don?t wish to take away from her experience. However, I did not warm to its telling. The lyricism and never ending descriptions dr...

    This book is okay. I got it for free through Kindle First instead of my usual choice of thriller, to diversify a bit. The author definitely has weathered many storms (and monsoons, literally) and there?s a great story here, but the writing was too overwrought and flowery for me. She ...

    Absolutely stunning. This is by far the best book I?ve read to date this year, and it?s certainly going on my all-time Favorites shelf. Barnes? memoir of her rollercoaster childhood in Manila and subsequent triumphant quest for solid ground left me stunned. This is a MUST READ! ...

    What a beautifully written memoir. Cinelle Barnes gently peels back the layers of her life in the Philippines living in the lavish Mansion Royale. Her family basked in their opulent lifestyle, indulging in all of the finer things. But the Gulf War sends the family into poverty and her ...

    (I am going to be slightly guarded here because I believe the authoress will be reading my perspective.) It is true story written by a creative writer who grew up in the Philippines and currently lives in South Carolina/New York. I have always been fascinated by this country alth...

    I could not put this book down! My discussion group wanted to talk about this book in two parts, so I had every intention of reading Part 1 and then stopping until I discussed with my friends. Needless to say that didn?t happen! Barnes is so genuine and sincere in her writing, that I...

    "My mother is a mansion [...] My mother is the land [...] My mother is the monsoon [...] Breaking into a million pieces. I was drowning in a monsoon of her." This memoir describes Cinelle Barnes' mesmerizing and painful childhood in the Philippines, driven to a large extent by the uns...

    I?m still in awe of how beautifully the author penned this heartbreaking memoir. The craft is so amazing that at times I had to remind myself that I was not reading fiction..and those were the moments that rocked me to my core. I had the pleasure of meeting this author in an intimate...

    Overall Rating: 5 stars I finished this book about 3 days ago, and it's taken me a while to gather all my thoughts cohesively enough to write a review that was everything this book deserves. I have a lot of thoughts on this one, and I was recovering from the realest book hangover. ...

    An inspirational memoir, made of light I enjoy memoirs, exploring the world from the comfort of my couch, snuggled in under a warm blanket with a cup of hot tea. The cover art and brief synopsis intrigued me for this book, which was a compelling read. As the story starts, the na...

    Monsoon Mansion is a powerful memoir of the author's experiences growing up in Manila. Parts of it read like poetry, parts like fairy tales, and some of it is imbued with great sadness. Cinelle's parents lived the high life in the Mansion in the 1980s.There were grand parties, dozens...

    This story feels unbelievable at times. Like, can this all have really happened? But Cinelle Barnes admits right at the beginning that, like most memoirs, some characters may have been combined and some details may have been changed, and childhood memory isn't always the most reliable,...

    Mesmerizing and amazing! As an American born Chinese woman, this book touched upon so many facets of my own life, especially since I too have a mother who has been broken and made into a narcissist because of her family?s loss of prosperity due to her native country?s political...

    A powerful memoir of neglect and abuse set in the Philippines. The daughter of a cruel, narcissistic mother and a kind, driven, and ultimately absent father, Cinelle Barnes grew up in a mansion in Manila. Her mother was the epitome of snobbery and entitlement, based upon the belief...

    I won this Kindle book in a Goodreads Give-a-way. Thanks to all. This was a heart-breaking memoir of a young Pilipino girl who grew up in a wealthy family in a glittery mansion. Before long, there are problems in the mansion and "riches to rags" memoir is unfolding before her eyes. Aft...

    Cinelle Barnes lived a very dysfunctional childhood in Manila. Yet through this book and the love of her husband and mother-in-law she was able to rise above. Even though her mother was unstable (at best) Cinelle still is able to say: I owe my creativity, resilience, resourceful...

    An achingly beautiful memoir. Tracking Barnes? story: a girl three years my junior growing up just kilometers away from my own home was fascinating and meaningful. I learned a little bit, but mostly I enjoyed getting lost in her lyrical prose and surreal imagery that so well captures...

    An incredible, lyrical story of surviving a tumultuous childhood inside a storied mansion that explores colonialism, class, filial piety, mental health, and resilience. ...

    Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes is a memoir about her experiences growing up in the Philippines before she immigrated to America. I read this as part of an Instagram buddy read for the Fierce Females Book Club that I am a part of where we read a book each month written by a female au...