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I am determined now to ensure that no girl child in the village suffers the fate that I did.

Me and Mine: A Memoir of an Irish Immigrant Family

When 45 year old Renukamma got married to Umapathi, the family had 4 acres of dry land which was used for growing a few commercial crops in one season. To make ends meet Renukamma along with her kids used to work as farm labor in the fields of other growers. In when Syngenta came to Yaraballi village with its products and solutions Umapathi switched to seed production. This turned around their fortunes and the family began making good money. In , Syngenta began working with the Fair Labour Association FLA and motivated growers in the area for complete eradication of child labor in seed production farms.

Syngenta representatives encouraged Umapathi and Renukamma to send their children to school. As a result her son and youngest daughter are both graduates and the latter has also acquired a B. She now hires farm labor to work in her fields and adhering to the stringent labor standards set by Me and Mine she ensures they follow safety measures, use personal protective equipment while spraying pesticides and take extra caution in the proper storage of chemicals.

From poverty to prosperity When 45 year old Renukamma got married to Umapathi, the family had 4 acres of dry land which was used for growing a few commercial crops in one season. But very addictive reading. I kept turning the pages out of curiosity. Mangan is a good writer. And somehow you know she's telling the truth. You come to realize that life in the so-called "good old days" wasn't so good!

Sure, illness in the family is sad, but when people deal with it in a loving and humane manner, it's ennobling. For me, the final chapters were soothing and assured me that human beings with all their frailty can be awe-inspiring. I can only read about drunks, abusers, and lazy good-for-nothings for so long and then I'm ready to be uplifted. All in all, it's an amazing story, but there's a lot of dirty laundry being aired! Mar 13, Susan rated it it was amazing. I loved this, it reminded me so much of my upbringing, but I enjoyed even more the story of the family's battle against cancer.

I was moved to tears at the description of the handprints and kisses on the glass wall of AnnaMay's hospital room as her children tried to get as close to her as they could. A wonderful book and a brilliant debut! May 26, Leslie rated it liked it. A sucker for memoirs, and recently quite interested in all things Irish, I quickly worked through this book.

The first half was utterly enjoyable. Her family is vibrant, eccentric, and easy to imagine, thanks to her writing. The pictures she paints of her large entangled family are at different times hilarious, shocking, uplifting, and morose. The second half, while still beautiful written and endearing, was difficult for me.


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The loss experienced by her and her family was difficult to grasp and A sucker for memoirs, and recently quite interested in all things Irish, I quickly worked through this book. The loss experienced by her and her family was difficult to grasp and hard to read. It hit me harder than many novels I've read.

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But still, I enjoyed this detailed look into her family's history, one that I'm sure was mirrored by many other immigrant families of the time. I recommend it for anyone who loves memoirs, mid-century history, tight-knit families, and doesn't mind a good cry. I laughed and cried reading Me and Mine. An eye opening account of Irish immigrants and their lives in 's London. I truely had no idea that they were so hated and looked down upon by the english.

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Seen as nothing more than illiterate trash but okay to use as cheap labour to clean their houses and do their menial work. In spite of it all, Anna May Mangan's family still found reason to smile, laugh and celebrate even though their lives were far from perfect, and were touched by more tragedy tha I laughed and cried reading Me and Mine. In spite of it all, Anna May Mangan's family still found reason to smile, laugh and celebrate even though their lives were far from perfect, and were touched by more tragedy than any family should ever have to endure.

A reminder to be proud of my Irish heritage for it is just grand!! Sep 04, Carol rated it liked it. Not great literature, but a fast paced, engaging memoir of Mangan's family who move from the abject poverty of rural Ireland to 's London, where they are on a par with dogs, as far as landlords are concerned. But they are a proud, resilient bunch and don't know the meaning of giving up. Very funny, very affectionate and very moving until the family gets hit by illness, then too depressing for words. Mangan spares us nothing; her last few chapters are sheer misery.

An interesting, touching and intimate look into the lives of two Irish immigrant families. The blurb on the back gives no indication of the 'killer' that dominates the book - it felt like more of a book about that than the lives of Irish immigrants in London. Not a complaint, more of an observation.

I enjoyed the easy writing style and felt like I knew the characters personally by the end. It made me count my blessings, so it did.


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Mar 09, Megan Brain rated it really liked it. I found "ME and MIne," to be a very nice, uplifting read. Unlike some of the other memoirs I've read that were based in Ireland this one is not just a tragic story,it is a story of hope and of family sticking together and striving for something more.

There is a lot of love between the women of the family who all seem to have a trait or quirk that the author, Anna May Mangan has shared with us. I found it very easy to read and it was a rather enjoyable book. I would love to take part in this one this year, I have done mine for this month so I look forward to joining in at the end of the month. Just found your blog and this is such a brilliant idea!

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I am going to try and convince the hubby to get us all in a picture together - sad that I don't think many exist of all of us at all!! OMG I just love this, I am off to start snapping pics, though i am always taking photos I need get a family portrait like this, I love it xx. What a lovely idea! With biggest sis away at uni it will be hard to catch us all together, but mummy will try. Love this, just found your blog x. I would love to get involved in this on my blog, but how do I attach a linky on Blogger? I've not done it before haha. You simply post your own photo on your blog, copy the web address for that post.

Then at the bottom of my post will be a "linky" and you add your blog post into the list.

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It will then automatically show on all the cohosting blogs and other people who are joining in with the project can find you can stop by to say hi. I love this idea, it is so important to capture the whole family, what a great linky. Your family is beautiful.