Author: BELINDA VASQUEZ GARCIA
Type of Book: EBOOK
Genre: MEMOIR, NON-FICTION
Length: 222 PAGES
Release Date: JULY 6, 2016
Price: $13.99 USD (PAPERBACK)
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
* I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I found this memoir completely engrossing and utterly fascinating.
I grew up in a white middle-class neighborhood in a small town in Ontario, Canada. The author’s childhood may have taken place during the same time period as my own, but they could not have been more different.
Author Belinda Vasquez grew up poor. Now, when I say “poor” I do not mean that her family just did not get the latest toys, I am talking about actual poverty. The kind of poverty that meant they often went without ANY food. Fortunately for myself, I have never experienced true hunger, but Belinda woke up every morning with a gnawing hunger that would have made a grown man cry – nevermind a small child who did not know that there was any other way to live.
The summer before entering Grade 3, Belinda was given a copy of TOM SAWYER. She says that the book enchanted and mesmerized her. It was at that moment that she fell ” …madly in love with novels.” She writes: “What a revelation that anyone can write by painting images in people’s heads.” Before receiving the precious and life-changing novel, Belinda had only ever had access to two books – those books were a dictionary and the A/B copy of the encyclopedia.
It is not long after that that her brother, “Danny tells [her] about a magical place called a library with wall to wall books… [She becomes] as hungry for fiction as for food.”
Her family’s poverty and her mental and emotional escape through her love of reading are only small portions of the hard-knocks-life that Belinda lived during her formative years. This exceptionally well written book is her story.
The only complaint I have regarding A HOUSE OF STICKS is that it was over too soon. To my delight, I have discovered that there is to be a next installment and I can happily confirm that another book of Belinda’s memoirs is set to be released soon. The title to be-on-the-lookout-for is titled AFTER DADDY LEFT US and A HOUSE OF STICKS contains the cover reveal of that book as well as a short sneak peek at what it contains.
I rate A HOUSE OF STICKS as 5 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and I believe that anyone and everyone will enjoy this fascinating memoir that will grab you by the heartstrings and firmly take hold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Belinda was born in the Los Angeles area and, also, grew up in the Land of Enchantment in Albuquerque. She, also writes under the pen names Belinda Austin and/or B. Austin. She chose “Austin” because it was her mother’s maiden name.
She says that she has always been a nerd. She has a degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico and worked as a Software Engineer and Web Developer for many years. The only tech work she does now is on her own website, along with graphics for her books.
She has mixed her extensive knowledge of technology with her novelist skills to write a fantastical book entitled “Alicia’s Misadventures in Computer Land.”
Belinda has a strong Native American influence from her youth.
To learn more about this amazing and eminently talented author visit her online at the following links: