What We Pass Down

She Left Me the Gun: My Mother's Life Before Me - Emma Brockes Maus: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History  - Art Spiegelman Maus, Vol. 2: And Here My Troubles Began - Art Spiegelman The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

She Left Me the Gun by Emma Brockes is an examination of what it's like to be the child of a survivor. As in Speigelman's Maus, Brockes traces the events of her parent's life to make sense of events that occurred in her own. A well-written and fast-moving account, this book traces Emma Brockes journey as she mines through her recently deceased mother's past to learn of the horrific childhood her mother survived, and her fight to protect her brothers and sisters from her alcoholic, abusive father.