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    Burn Down the Ground is than readable It s put your phone on airplane mode, call in sick for work, ignore your spouse and family readable No, you may not have grown up isolated in the woods No, you may not have been immersed in the Deaf community And no, your formative years may not have been marked by intense and random bursts of violence But in these pages, you will recognize yourself the tragic comedy of youth, and the terrifying realization that maybe your heroes aren t so heroic after all Kambri Crews is than just someone who can tell an amazing story she is an amazing story.


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    I love memoirs, and Kambri Crews BURN DOWN THE GROUND could very well turn out to be one of the best of 2012 and it s her first book too If Crews is like many women, she probably doesn t particularly like being reminded of her age, but I m gonna say it anyway, because she s only forty, which seems kinda young to be writing your memoirs But the fact is she had a story worth telling that she NEEDED to tell and she does a fine job of it.BURN DOWN THE GROUND is a magical mix of the ordinary and horrific, the story of a girl born to deaf parents Kambri Crews was a CODA child of deaf adults in the parlance of the Deaf Community She goes on to explain The Deaf have their own language, arts, churches, and universities Because of this, they are strongly bonded through shared history and life experiences, and view themselves as a distinct society The trouble is, deaf people also have to make a living, which is usually found in the world of the Hearing Community And this does not always go smoothly Crews father, Ted Crews, was a particularly tragic case of this, a man who could never quite make that transition for long, although he was a man of many talents and skills in the world of carpentry and most areas of general contracting Crews cannot really say for sure why her father had so many problems with authority and normal work routines She did learn something of his childhood as a boarding student at an Oklahoma school for the deaf from the age of seven Too young to understand, he thought his father had abandoned him there and perhaps never quite got over that.She mentions too that her father s deafness made him feel insecure and paranoid, feelings which often escalated into jealousy, anger and violence, usually directed at her mother As a child Kambri was unaware of this, and worshiped her handsome talented dad, who, with only his family s help, cleared a piece of scrub ground in the Texas woods and made them a home This small unofficial settlement northeast of Houston in Montgomery County was called Boars Head I thought of LORD OF THE FLIES, and Kambri, her brother and friends did indeed live a kind of dark and unsupervised wild child existence there.Although the Crews family lived from paycheck to paycheck, barely keeping ahead of the bill collectors and repo men, Kambri herself was an all A student who loved sports, learning and reading until she hit puberty and briefly fell in with a bad crowd, as we used to say A move back to the city gives her a chance to start fresh in high school and she embraces this second chance, once again becoming an honor student and working full time besides During these years she learns about the dark side of her parents marriage, and even finally witnesses her drunken father s rage and his brutal battering of her mother She finds a way out in a quick marriage to a local sailor and a move to Ohio Although the marriage doesn t last, Kambri s determination to succeed does She puts herself through college and works her way up into management in the banking industry, but isn t satisfied, so moves to New York and starts over again.The Crews family has, in the meantime, disintegrated Her parents have divorced and her brother, a reformed drug addict, has gone his own way And perhaps I should point out that Kambri herself is no saint She s had her own detours and lapses with drugs, alcohol and casual sex along the way But always she keeps on trying to figure out her father In fact her narrative is framed by a visit she is making to her father the first in nine years in Huntsville prison, where he is serving twenty years for assault and attempted murder She can t cut him loose.BURN DOWN THE GROUND is a beautifully written memoir It offers a window into the world of the Deaf, but particularly it tells the story of how one young woman managed to rise above her difficult beginnings in a troubled hardscrabble Texas family But she won t forget them refuses to Family is family, and Kambri Crews story is eloquent testament to that important fact.I talk too much, I know Bottom line this is one helluva good read Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER


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    I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway program I received an ARC book and I am not required to give a good review Warning This book contains abuse of all kinds Drug abuse, Domestic abuse, Emotional abuse, Alcohol abuse and language are all contained in this book.Goodreads tells us that In this powerful, affecting, and unflinching memoir, a daughter looks back on her unconventional childhood with deaf parents in rural Texas while trying to reconcile her present life in which her father is serving a twenty year sentence in a maximum security prison I was engrossed throughout the book and found it hard to put down to even work I have friends who are CODA and I have been involved in working with the Deaf and their community I knew, before reading the book, about the Deaf community, ASL language syntax and ways of doing things I know how and why it is hard to get concepts of such abstract ideas such as Jesus and G d across to the Deaf All of these caused me to look forward to reading this book and made the book enjoyable to me I am divided on how to rate this book I gave it 4 stars as a compromise between 3 and 5.The book is worth 5 stars for the unflinching view of Ms Crews life and how she handled it with aplomb What I look for in a book is the ability to take me out of mine and plop me down to experience the authors world and experiences Ms Crews does this and I could feel her fears and her joys I could see what made her Mother and Father into the people they were and the people they became When reading, it made the book A Child Called It come to mind Not because of the themes of violence and abuse, but because both Dave Pelzer and Kambri Crews came through hard and dangerous childhoods to become somewhat balanced and admirable people They didn t let their childhood destroy their lives.The 3 stars was for it s language and for the author s seeming to still accept marijuana and alcohol use as normal to life I don t know if the author has stopped using marijuana and that is illegal and damaging no matter her apparent ability to not have it effect her life unlike her brother In fact, I kept getting the feeling the author was saying she was better than everyone else around her because of her ability to not allow alcohol and drugs to drag her down.


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    The only thing I hated about this book was having to put it down and go to sleep When the author told stories about her Dad when she was young, my eyes got misty remembering doing the same things with my Dad when I was young Back in the day when you could ride in the bed of a pickup truck and Dad would let me drive the straight back road home Trying to please him by wanting to help him do things, only to be disappointed that the position was taken by my older brother Wheelbarrow rides around the yard and fighting off daddy longlegs during camping trips man those suckers can get really big There were times that my brother hurt me and my mother did not listen I had bad hair, bad skin, braces, thick glasses and clothes from K mart when I entered junior high Fortunately, God blessed me with a big rack, so that took the boy s eyes away from my face I changed and grew with every move to a new home My parents only had horrible screaming fights but my brother s destructive behavior caused physical fights with my Dad Anyone who reads this book will find a part of themselves in it This author still has a long life to live but has endured so much than someone like me My life broke me, but Kambri got stronger Whether she put up a wall to keep the pain out, put all her energy into school and work, or ran away to different states, I cannot imagine how I would cope if my Dad was in prison for attempted murder Her Dad was the reason her family broke up and went their separate ways, but his imprisonment has brought them back together in one form or another I do not think I could sit across from my Dad in a prison visiting room while he denied facts and only asked for money Kambri has forgiven her Dad and has accepted who he is It can t be pretty without being ugly first The Crews family has burned down the ground, best wishes for growing new, bright and healthy.Until next time, take life one page at a time


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    I received this book as a First Reads and as soon as I started reading it, I was hooked Crews s narrative is straightforward, honest, and familiar And familiar in a good sense sort of like a new friend or neighbor you make and have the opportunity to get to know really well The book as a whole was fascinating and inspirational to me because I am not educated enough about the Deaf community Crews s experiences, especially as a daughter and sister to her parents and brother, are sometimes too surreal to believe at times probably because I have had such different family and environment dynamics throughout my short lifetime and sometimes, her experiences are very relatable To sum it up, Crews s story is poignant yet full of hope I m not entirely sure why I can t give it five stars, but it could be because I have been moved by other non fiction pieces beforehand and I can t help but compare this reading experience to other reading experiences I ve had So don t mind my four star rating This book definitely left a lasting impression on me, so I recommend it to all.


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    I remember Kambri as a feisty elementary school kid so skinny you could blow her away with a soft wind I had no idea what her homelife was like except that her parents were deaf My son remembers watching her and her brother communicating from across the lunch room in high school and knowing when they were arguing because of the increased frenetic movements.It looks like Kambri came out better than anyone could have hoped but like her mom s t shirt said, deaf smart Montgomery was its own little country but I always thought its strength back then was that all the kids went to the same schools one elementary, one intermediate, one jr high, one high school it just felt democratic but I bet it was really hard ont he poor kids seeing what the Walden and April Sound kids hadI enjoyed the book especially the parts about Montgomery 30 years ago I think the book could have used a better editor but it s a well told story for the most part.


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    I really enjoyed Kambri Crews s freshman book One of the reasons I like memoirs and biographies so much is learning about situations and thought processes unlike my own Neither being a Deaf person nor someone prone to violence, I found Crews s explanations and internal voice regarding these subjects of particular interest It was also refreshing to read about someone who has made good choices in her life, despite not having a good start I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys non fiction and a fresh voice


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    This author has risen above tough circumstances to make her way in the world This is a classic example of triumphing over seemingly insurmountable challenges to become something extraordinary Read this book to remind yourself that if you put your mind to something, it can be done Read it to remind yourself we are all human Read it to remind yourself that forgiveness is crucial to love Highly recommend.


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    There is always the danger of using a memoir to say I have learned so much about this group of people when really what you are saying is I have learned so much about this very specific group of three or four people Regardless, I loved this and I learned so much about the Deaf community.


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Burn Down the Ground In This Powerful, Affecting, And Unflinching Memoir, A Daughter Looks Back On Her Unconventional Childhood With Deaf Parents In Rural Texas While Trying To Reconcile Her Present Life In Which Her Father Is Serving A Twenty Year Sentence In A Maximum Security PrisonAs A Child, Kambri Crews Wished That She D Been Born Deaf So She, Too, Could Fully Belong To The Tight Knit Deaf Community That Embraced Her Parents Her Beautiful Mother Was A Saint Who Would Swiftly Correct Anyone S Notion That Deaf Equaled Dumb Her Handsome Father, On The Other Hand, Was Likely To Be Found Hanging Out With The Sinners Strong, Gregarious, And Hardworking, He Managed To Turn A Wild Plot Of Land Into A Family Homestead Complete With Running Water And Electricity To Kambri, He Was Daniel Boone, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ben Franklin, And Elvis All Rolled Into One But If Kambri S Dad Was Superman, Then The Hearing World Was His Kryptonite The Isolation That Accompanied His Deafness Unlocked A Fierce Temper A Rage That A Teenage Kambri Witnessed When He Attacked Her Mother, And That Culminated Fourteen Years Later In His Conviction For Another Violent Crime With A Smart Mix Of Brutal Honesty And Blunt Humor, Kambri Crews Explores Her Complicated Bond With Her Father Which Begins With Adoration, Moves To Fear, And Finally Arrives At Understanding As She Tries To Forge A New Connection Between Them While He Lives Behind Bars Burn Down The Ground Is A Brilliant Portrait Of Living In Two Worlds One Hearing, The Other Deaf One Under The Laid Back Texas Sun, The Other Within The Energetic Pulse Of New York City One Mired In Violence, The Other Rife With Possibility And Heralds The Arrival Of A Captivating New Voice