My Dead Parents: A Memoir

My Dead Parents: A Memoir

?In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her on her journey through grief and discovery as she finds out ? for good or ill ? who her parents really were.? - Library Journal (starred review) Anya Yurchyshyn grew up in a narrow townhouse in Boston, every corner filled with the souvenirs of her parents? adventurous int ?In this beautifully written, poignant, honest, and unflinching work, the author takes readers with her o...

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Title:My Dead Parents: A Memoir
Author:Anya Yurchyshyn
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0553447041
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

My Dead Parents: A Memoir Reviews

  • Karen Germain
    May 09, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

  • Maudaevee
    Dec 21, 2017

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

  • Carolyn Chambers
    Mar 14, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Dec 04, 2017

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

  • Deb
    Mar 20, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

  • Meag McKeron
    Mar 29, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

    Anya?s search for who her parents were outside of her own lens as their daughter was both well-written and fascinating. Her journey to get to know her parents after their deaths leads to a discovery that I think many children should take to heart - that parents have lives outside of ...

  • Kelli
    Apr 12, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

  • Katya Kazbek
    May 14, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

  • Holly
    Jul 11, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

  • Julie
    Apr 08, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

  • Darcysmom
    Mar 05, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

    Anya?s search for who her parents were outside of her own lens as their daughter was both well-written and fascinating. Her journey to get to know her parents after their deaths leads to a discovery that I think many children should take to heart - that parents have lives outside of ...

    Anya's childhood in Boston was anything but pleasant. Her father, George traveled constantly, living in foreign countries but she remembers him primarily distant and abusive before his death in the Ukraine by car accident. Her mother, Anita, an alcoholic who turned the notch up on her ...

    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. As children we grow up thinking we know our parents. Of course we know them, we know them through the lens of our own childhood experiences. But do we really know them? This is the very question ...

  • Kate
    Sep 03, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

  • Rebecca
    Mar 22, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

  • Sue Dix
    Mar 18, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

  • Valerity (Val)
    Mar 24, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

  • Debra Pawlak
    Mar 26, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

    Anya?s search for who her parents were outside of her own lens as their daughter was both well-written and fascinating. Her journey to get to know her parents after their deaths leads to a discovery that I think many children should take to heart - that parents have lives outside of ...

    Anya's childhood in Boston was anything but pleasant. Her father, George traveled constantly, living in foreign countries but she remembers him primarily distant and abusive before his death in the Ukraine by car accident. Her mother, Anita, an alcoholic who turned the notch up on her ...

    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. As children we grow up thinking we know our parents. Of course we know them, we know them through the lens of our own childhood experiences. But do we really know them? This is the very question ...

    Thank you to First to Read for my free galley copy of My Dead Parents; I greatly appreciate it. I enjoyed Anya Yuchyshyn's memoir, which follows her through her journey of getting to know her parents after both of their deaths. After Anya's mother passes away, in part due to her alcoho...

    I received an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) from Netgalley.com in return for a fair review. Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea, but it did have its redeeming qualities--especially near the end. As children, we often see our parents through narrow tunnel vision. We don't see th...

  • Chaitra
    Jul 13, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

  • Janilyn Kocher
    Jan 06, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

  • Lauren
    Aug 29, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

  • Jill Meyer
    Jan 23, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

  • Michelle
    Apr 29, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

  • Nancy
    Mar 16, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

  • Tiffany
    Mar 27, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

    Anya?s search for who her parents were outside of her own lens as their daughter was both well-written and fascinating. Her journey to get to know her parents after their deaths leads to a discovery that I think many children should take to heart - that parents have lives outside of ...

    Anya's childhood in Boston was anything but pleasant. Her father, George traveled constantly, living in foreign countries but she remembers him primarily distant and abusive before his death in the Ukraine by car accident. Her mother, Anita, an alcoholic who turned the notch up on her ...

  • Danielle Mootz
    Jan 04, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

  • Julia Nock
    Aug 27, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

  • Sarah
    Feb 20, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

  • Kathleen
    Mar 27, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

  • Barbara Schoenfeld
    May 03, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

  • Naina
    Mar 23, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

    Anya?s search for who her parents were outside of her own lens as their daughter was both well-written and fascinating. Her journey to get to know her parents after their deaths leads to a discovery that I think many children should take to heart - that parents have lives outside of ...

    Anya's childhood in Boston was anything but pleasant. Her father, George traveled constantly, living in foreign countries but she remembers him primarily distant and abusive before his death in the Ukraine by car accident. Her mother, Anita, an alcoholic who turned the notch up on her ...

    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. As children we grow up thinking we know our parents. Of course we know them, we know them through the lens of our own childhood experiences. But do we really know them? This is the very question ...

    Thank you to First to Read for my free galley copy of My Dead Parents; I greatly appreciate it. I enjoyed Anya Yuchyshyn's memoir, which follows her through her journey of getting to know her parents after both of their deaths. After Anya's mother passes away, in part due to her alcoho...

  • Nicole
    Aug 08, 2018

    My Dead Parents by: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn is a 2018 Crown publication. The blurb for this book intrigued me. What would it be like to discover your parents were nothing like you thought they were? What would happen if you discovered your father?s death might have been more ...

    On average I choose to abandon two books a year. This year, this is the second in a month. Both were on lists of must read books, which indicates that others really enjoyed them. I wasn?t enjoying this memoir to the point where I really didn?t want to pick it up at all. My heart hu...

    I found this to be a wonderfully written book about a young woman who, after her mother dies a lonely death from alcoholism, begins cleaning out her home. Going through her personal papers she comes across a pile of letters written by her parents during a time they were apart before th...

    ?My Dead Parents: A Memoir? is a deeply compelling debut, written by Anya Yurchyshyn. Anya explores her dysfunctional family history related to her parent?s marriage that ended when her father was killed while he was living and working in the Ukraine. Anya would wonder if they ha...

    3.5 Anya Yurchyshyn's book My Dead Parents takes us on her journey from a child's view of her parents, and after their deaths, discovering their secret history of love and loss. The author begins with telling us her experience growing up in a dysfunctional family. Her parents wer...

    Via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'Ukraine sounded like a setting for a dark fairy tale that offered no magic or redemption, a place that had nothing to do with me.' It?s a strange sort of life for American born children with parents who come from other countrie...

    This memoir begins with the author's experience growing up with her parents and her admitted lack of respect for them. She shows an unflattering part of herself and her parents that makes the first part of the book extremely compelling. After losing both of her parents by the age of 32...

    Thank you to Crown Publishing for providing me with a copy of Anya Yurchyshyn's memoir, My Dead Parents, in exchange for an honest review. PLOT- In her memoir, My Dead Parents, Anya Yurchyshyn examines how life shaped her parents into the people that she knew; an alcoholic mother an...

    Yurchyshyn's parents were troubled persons who died tragic deaths (apart). She's not really sad about this (her words), but later discovers that they might have been interesting people. Perhaps I just didn't care for the authorial voice, but I found her insights more irritating than pr...

    Okay so. I had just received this book when my father fell very ill and was brought home in hospice care. I began reading it after he passed on Christmas Day. There is little similarity between the relationship Anya had with her parents but so much in common as I navigated my grief by ...

    I am reviewing an ARC of this memoir. This is about Anya and her tumultuous relationship with her parents and her complete dissociation from them. After their deaths, as she is clearing her mother?s house, she learns about her parent?s life together and has to rethink everything ab...

    How well can any child really know their parents? By the time she reached adulthood, both of Anya Yurchyshyn's parents were dead. Her distant and abusive father was killed in a car accident halfway around the world when she was sixteen, Her mother, after long years of nonfunctioning al...

    I like it when narratives offer distance. To me, not enough time has passed and not enough therapy hours have been clocked in by Yurchyshyn to make her a good narrator of this story. There is too much trauma in the way she tells it, and too much space dedicated to her figuring out if s...

    This was so intriguing and intimate, everything I want in a memoir. ...

    This was not what I expected. It's a little different as far as memoirs go. It's kind of a autobiography with a little bit of history thrown in. After the death of her mother, Anya finds love letters written by her parents to each other. She begins to reconsider how she see's her p...

    Why do people chose to write memoirs? After many years of reading memoirs, I come to believe that the authors are trying to understand their lives and the people and events in them. That's certainly the case of Anya Yurchyshyn and her remarkable parents, George and Anita, who died and ...

    Anya Yurchyshyn makes no bones about the fact that her parent's deaths did not affect her. Her dad was a mostly absent parent who had a horrible temper when he was present, her mother an alcoholic who said nothing to her husband when he crossed the line with his daughter. This I though...

    I was excited to read this book after hearing Anya speak about it at Point Street Reading Series in Providence, Rhode Island. The basic premise intrigued me -- after her mother died, she discovered a collection of letters her parents had written to each other when they were young and i...

    My mother, Anita, died in her sleep in 2010... the official cause of death was heart failure, but what she really died from was unabashed alcoholism, the kind where you drink whatever you can get your hands on, use your bed as a toilet when you can't make it to the bathroom, and cause...

    Thank you to First To Read and Penguin Random House for the ARC of My Dead Parents. I love memoirs, however, I did not even like this one. I couldn?t connect with Anya who seemed really disrespectful growing up but at the same time judging her parents. Sure they did plenty wrong but ...

    My Dead Parents is a memoir written by the youngest daughter. She describes a childhood inundated with a demanding, largely absentee father and a mother increasingly spiraling into extreme alcoholism. After both parents' deaths, the author pieces together the story of her parents' live...

    A really beautiful book. Grateful to have read it. ...

    The author?s Ukrainian father, a banker, died in a car accident in 1994; her mother, once the volunteer International Vice President of the Sierra Club, died of complications of alcoholism in 2010. When she thought back to her parents? life together, she remembered photos and souve...

    Thanks to First to Read for access to a pre-publication galley of My Dead Parents. The first 1/3 of the memoir was difficult to read as Anya describes growing up with her verbally/emotionally abusive father George and her neglectful alcoholic mother Anita. Unsurprisingly, Anya?s dysf...

    Anya?s search for who her parents were outside of her own lens as their daughter was both well-written and fascinating. Her journey to get to know her parents after their deaths leads to a discovery that I think many children should take to heart - that parents have lives outside of ...

    Anya's childhood in Boston was anything but pleasant. Her father, George traveled constantly, living in foreign countries but she remembers him primarily distant and abusive before his death in the Ukraine by car accident. Her mother, Anita, an alcoholic who turned the notch up on her ...

    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. As children we grow up thinking we know our parents. Of course we know them, we know them through the lens of our own childhood experiences. But do we really know them? This is the very question ...

    Thank you to First to Read for my free galley copy of My Dead Parents; I greatly appreciate it. I enjoyed Anya Yuchyshyn's memoir, which follows her through her journey of getting to know her parents after both of their deaths. After Anya's mother passes away, in part due to her alcoho...

    I received an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) from Netgalley.com in return for a fair review. Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea, but it did have its redeeming qualities--especially near the end. As children, we often see our parents through narrow tunnel vision. We don't see th...

    My Dead Parents left me feeling the sadness and the strength of the author, Anya Yurchyshyn. The writing is so clear and straightforward that there is little doubt that Anya is a master at her craft. To the story itself, it lays out all those aspects of family that are crushing: abuse,...