"I know Pat Montandon. I've seen her at work directing her amazing organization Children as Teachers of Peace. Reading this autobiographical account of her childhood and youth left me gasping with disbelief and laughing so hard I nearly Peed on Hot Coals myself. In her adult life, Pat Montandon managed to escape her abusive yet hilarious past and not only survive it. She triumphed over it. When I met Pat she was the essence of sophistication, elegant, compassionate and worldly-wise. But I couldn't really understand why she was so self-confident until I learned what she had overcome through grit, guts, grace and good luck. Reading this second installment of her autobiography was an eye-opener on a slice of life most of us will never know (thank God). I guarantee that you will enjoy this true life Cinderella story and be relieved that the glass slippers not only fit. She's still wearing them these sixty years later."
“This is not only a beautiful memoir but also a gem of Americana. The imagery of the dust bowl depression, preacher father’s fanatical sermons, Montandon's great sense of humor remains with you long after you’ve finished reading it, and you are so touched by the indomitable spirit of Patsy Lou that you feel her pain, determination, and joy throughout the book. You are in awe of a woman who searches for greatness in the cinder of the hot coals-even if that means peeing on them.”
Pat Montandon's charm and decency and trademark spunk shine through on every page of this genuinely heart-tugging and beautifully written memoir.
This book is utterly delightful. The writing is stunning. It's funny and, moreover, poignant, insightful. I'm blown away.
"This book is Pat Montandon at her literary best. Caring and compassion shine through her growing-up experiences, and her self-deprecating humor had me laughing out loud. She holds nothing back in this amazing self tell-all, with sexual and other details few would have the courage to reveal.
This is a childhood memoir to rival Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes.