I have a non-fiction book review to share with you today, this is for Our House Is On Fire and is written by Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Beata Thunberg, Svante Thunberg It is a family collaboration, but it is told from the persepctive of Malena, who is Greta Thunberg’s mother.
Let me show you what it is about…
This is the story of a happy family whose life suddenly fell apart, never to be the same again. Of two devoted parents plunged into a waking nightmare as their eleven-year-old daughter Greta stopped speaking and eating, and her younger sister struggled to cope.
They desperately searched for answers, and began to see how their children’s suffering reached far beyond medical diagnoses. This crisis was not theirs alone: they were burned-out people on a burned-out planet. And so they decided to act.
Our House is on Fire shows how, amid forces that tried to silence them, one family found ways to strengthen, heal, and gain courage from the love they had for each other – and for the living world. It is a parable of hope and determination in an emergency that affects us all.
Malena shares her ideology, her thoughts and beliefs both as a person, wife and mother. This is about the world, climate change, helping refugees, schooling children with neurological conditions and various other topics of interest to her.
Yes she has a famous daughter, but Malena herself has travelled the world and is successful in her own right as an opera singer.
This is her story, about how she struggled to balance work and being there for both her daughters who have their own neurological conditions, while she herself suffers from ADHD.
Before I started this book I had been aware of Greta, I think everyone has heard of her since her famous sit in. I had always wondered about his girl, here was someone that I thought looked quiet, lonely and almost standoffish. It wasn’t until I started reading this book and discovered she had Asperger Syndrome that I began to understand, how I saw her TV made sense. Knowing this and looking back I have even more respect for her and the stand she made.
This is a mother’s open and honest account of her life, the difficulties she has faced. It is not a sugar coated account but an honest warts and all account. The embarrassing moments sit along the heartbreaking ones. She tells of her own breakdown and challenges as well as changes in her life. This is what makes this such a good read.
This is a biography about the mother of a renowned activist and it has been done as a family collaboration. It was first written before Greta made her sit in and the whole family agreed to release it just after.
The first half of the book focuses more on the family while the second half goes more into the climate crisis and how Greta makes her stand. This latter half does have more figures and information. they are laid out in a digestible way. The information is laid out for the reader in a way that it makes you question things about how you live your rather than telling you how you should live.
I really enjoyed reading this, it wasn’t too preachy or too full of facts, figures or confusing information. It is a easy to read book with very quick chapters one that I would definitely recommend.
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