Boot Language: A Memoir, Vanya Erickson

From the outside, Vanya’s childhood looked idyllic: she rode horses with her father in the solitude of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and attended flamboyant operas with her mother in the city. But life for Vanya and her family turned dark when ghosts from her father’s service on a Pacific destroyer in World War II tore her family apart.

Set in postwar California, this is the story of a girl who tried to make sense of her parents’ unpredictable actions—from being left to lie in her own blood-soaked diaper while her Christian Scientist mother prayed, refusing to get medical help to watching her father writhe on his bed in the detox ward, his hands and feet tethered with leather straps—by immersing herself in the beauty and solitude of the wilderness around her. It was only decades later, when memories began to haunt her, that Vanya was able to look back with unflinching honesty and tender compassion for her family and herself. In this elegant, haunting narrative, Erickson invites us to witness it all—from the gripping, often disturbing, truths of her childhood to her ultimate survival.

Boot Language: A Memoir is a moving, poignant and inspiring story courtesy of the author Vanya Erickson who throughout her book narrates the story of her life and what the reader will read is eye-opening as well as incredibly shocking but also moving. The journey the reader is taken on is an emotional, sometimes upsetting, but inspiring story above all that will move and touch its readers from start to finish. That is why I already have to recommend that you lovely readers have a read of Boot Language; however, if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about this memorable book.

Boot Language is an enlightening, honest and poignant memoir courtesy of an exceptional woman. Vanya’s tale is harrowing, poignant and inspiring and she will take her readers on the journey of her life and how she healed herself from all the abuse and neglect that she suffered as a child. The result of this book is touching as well as inspiring and will inspire many readers and that is one of the many qualities I love about this book.

Boot Language is a phenomenal book that will introduce the reader to the narrator and focus of the story, Vanya Erickson. Vanya is open and honest in her memoir and shares what her life was like in postwar California and all that she experienced at the hands of her parents. The reader will learn that Vanya’s father was an alcoholic who she believed hated her and her mother was a Christian Scientist who refused to get help for Vanya when she was sick due to her religious beliefs. These two things meant that Vanya did not have the childhood she deserved and was instead forced to fight for her survival and in Boot Language, we learned all about how she did this and how she beat the odds and this book lovers is the short premise of the incredible Boot Language.

Vanya Erickson’s story is one of the most shocking but inspirational stories I have ever read. Vanya’s journey is upsetting at points, and although the events throughout this book are hard-hitting, the primary feeling associated with this book is inspiration, as Vanya’s courage and determination to pursue healing and overcome her circumstances and find peace is truly beautiful. Vanya’s story is incredible however, it is, of course, harrowing, especially when she informs the reader of the many terrible things she experienced but when Vanya takes the reader beyond this and showed how she eventually overcomes her circumstances, the reader can’t help but think that this is an incredibly inspirational tale and that is exactly how I felt.

Vanya Erickson is an incredible woman for many reasons, but one of the reasons she is so wonderful is because she brazenly shares her story to help readers and to speak her truth. I adore how Vanya did not hold back on the details of hardships, she poignantly writes about all the difficulties she has endured, and it makes for profound reading. The reader won’t be able not to admire Vanya for all that she has been through and all that she has accomplished; she indeed is an inspirational woman, and I adored her memoir.

Overall Boot Language, is an incredibly inspirational and honest tale. It takes a lot for a person to be so honest and to tell their tale so I admire Vanya for doing just this and sharing her tale in the hope that she can help others. As Boot Language is one of the most inspirational tales I have ever read, I have no choice but to award this incredible book a dazzling five stars as it truly deserves it!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is follow the links below!

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