Book Review: How Was I Supposed to Know? by Lorna Lee

I’m only an occasional book-reviewer, but it is my joy to present to you the memoir recently published by fellow Blogger, Lorna Lee.

Lorna Lee, Author

Lorna Lee, Author

A first take on this memoir may give the impression that it could be anyone’s story…or at least that of those of us who grew up in the 2nd half of the 20th Century. It is indeed an adventure (do you know anyone else who was struck twice by lightning?) and it evaluates the angst of coming-of-age with clarity and humor. Humor it is that makes Lorna Lee’s telling such a compelling read.

The author, who has a doctoral degree in sociology, sheds insight that enables readers of diverse backgrounds to identify and learn from the larger themes that she skillfully embeds in her telling of struggling with weight issues, alcoholism in her family of origins which poured into her own life at an early age, of allowing herself to become involved in relationships that kept her in a subservient role, of significant health challenges and eventually in her amazing rebirth as a woman of strength and self-nurture. Oh, and did I mention humor?

I wholeheartedly recommend “How Was I Supposed to Know?” both for its insights and the shear delight of a story well told.



7 thoughts on “Book Review: How Was I Supposed to Know? by Lorna Lee

  1. Lauren Smith says:

    Your welcome Victoria! You will love it!


  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    A good review about what would appear to be a good book. Thanks for sharing, Victoria, and good luck to Lorna.


  3. Lauren Smith says:

    This sounds like a heart felt book. I love a good story that grips you from the first to the last. Written by a fellow sociologist should make it insightful as well. I am always looking for books that “teach” as well as entertain. I highly recommend the book, “Ring EXchange – Adventures of a Multiple Marrier” by author Pam Evans. The book is full of honesty, humor, and a heartfelt message for readers. I just finished it and LOVED it! Now off to find “How was I supposed to know.” Thanks again for the review.


  4. brian miller says:

    nice..great review victoria…i like what you say about embedding larger themes…and with the background in sociology i bet that makes for some very interesting stories…


  5. Something, I must read. Thanks for the new reading material


  6. Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review, Victoria. This means so much coming from a writer and poet I respect and admire greatly. šŸ™‚


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