Society’s Child

Society's Child: My AutobiographySociety’s Child: My Autobiography by Janis Ian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish I could give this book six stars.

Even if you’ve never heard of Janis Ian, the story of her life will call to you if you have ever felt lost, marginalized, unheard, or brokenhearted. At the same time that I wanted to scoop her up and hug her and tell her everything was going to be all right, I wanted every hurting and confused sixteen year old girl I know to read this book so that they could see that even when you think it can’t get worse, it will; but it will also get much, much better.

Even though I grew up in a house that played a lot of Janis Ian – and many of the other musicians she references throughout her autobiography – I knew virtually nothing about her life as a person. And now that I have read about her journey, all I can say is… wow. She may at times thought herself weak, but she has an inner core of strength and grace that shines. What an amazing woman.

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