Take note, I missed the memo that this was true until into the book a little way and that fact was mentioned by someone else. Amazingly, this is a true memoir! In a nutshell, it is surprising that Jeannette (and her siblings) survived to adulthood, illustrates possible failings of our social safety nets and the teeter-totter of nature vs. nurture. A quick read, as the story pulls you in quickly and provides plenty of opportunity to think about the weight (or value) of possessions, experiences and education. Like the feeling when you are at a tasting party and the best bottle in the bunch is a modest table blend but you thought it was a top shelf, notable vintage, pricey wine, and just can’t quite believe it!