Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Book Review: The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow

 After that dreadfully boring last read (link), I needed something intriguing to gauge my interest.  A friend of mine recommended a memoir and insisted that it was a novel that I'd fall into.  They were absolutely right.  I listened to the entire audiobook in less than 2 weeks.  I listened as I folded laundry, as I drove, as I cooked, and even as I showered.  When I wasn't listening to it, I was talking about it or thinking about it.  There was not one dull moment in this memoir and I just couldn't hit pause.  Well, I could have, but totally didn't want to!

The novel is titled The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow.
The book is read by Kaipo Schwab.
The unabridged version is 11 hours and 53 minutes long.

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Book Review:  The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow

This memoir begins when the author, David Crow, was just a tot.  The Pale-Faced Lie starts with his earliest memories and continues on throughout his adult life.  The book begins with chapters written in the voice of a child.  That voice matures as the book goes on.  The reader is left feeling like they saw these events through the author's eyes as the events occurred.  The writing style was enough to fully grab my attention from that very first chapter.  ..and we all know how hard that is to do..

Living on a Navajo Indian Reservation, the author escapes a dysfunctional household by running as far as his legs could take him.  This theme is present from the toddler years throughout David's adult life.  As a young boy, he would run to his father's job or deep into the desert.  As a teenager, he joined the track team and would run like someone was chasing him.  As an adult, he would run to simply clear his mind.  You immediately learn how David is fueled by a desire to get away, break the rules, appease his father, and to escape his disabilities.  Despite his Cherokee heritage, David was hard of hearing, had poor eye sight, and was dyslexic.  He rose above his disabilities, but could he rise above his father?  I'd tell you, but that would be cheating!

David Crow's father, Thurston, was abusive, a pathological liar, a criminal, a thief, and a murderer.  His mother was mentally ill and unable to care for herself or her four children.  His oldest sister filled the role of a parent for him and his three siblings for as long as she could.  When she couldn't, that gigantic responsibility fell on David.  In addition to looking out for his siblings, David became his father's partner in crime involuntarily, a student, a paper delivery boy, a dog tamer also involuntarily, a connoisseur of politics, and much more.

The memoir The Pale-Faced Lie is filled with scenes and events that will stick with you after you read the book.  Of all the horror stories in this memoir, what impacted me the most was the toddler years of the author's youngest brother.  This poor boy suffered several injuries, more intense than anything most people will experience in their entire lives.  As a young child, David Crow blamed himself for these events but they were actually caused their parent's neglect.  After reading this book, I keep an extra close eye on my toddler son.  Specifically, I won't let him anywhere near my father's dry cleaners!

I would HIGHLY recommend The Pale-Faced Lie: A True Story by David Crow.

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What was your favorite memoir?


  1. How do you listen to a novel while showering? LOL I only sing while showering because no one can hear me then.

    1. Simple, when you have two young children, it's the only place that's quiet for a few consecutive minutes. LOL Also, we have a waterproof speaker in there so it helps. You're like my hubby singing in the shower.

  2. The Glass Castle is my favorite memoir and one of my favorite books of all time!

  3. Listening while showering sure makes it one that you can't put down lol

    Interesting how he captured the voice of childhood and then moved along once adulthood came due. Sounds like a good one indeed.

    1. Yes, the writer's voice was one of the most captivating parts of the story. You'd really enjoy it! You should listen to it while driving to Sasquatch land. :)

  4. My graduation party is my best memoir event. Have a wonderful day.

  5. This sounds like a read that I would get into. As one who had a rough childhood, it's easy to relate to this character wanting to run away his whole life.

    Have you ever read A Child Called It? OMG, that one stuck with me for the longest time. I think it turned out that some of what he wrote in the memoirs was embellished a bit, but one can't deny the horrific abuse he suffered as a child.

    1. You have to read this! If you take any recommendation from me, this is it!

      I have read that book. Luckily, I read it before I was a mother because I don’t think I could get through it now. I remember the mother making her son eat the dirty diapers. What is wrong with people? People like that make me hope that hell is real.

    2. I did put this one on my online reading list to check out after I am done with my current series. I thought since I never watched Game of Thrones, I'd torture myself by trying to read the books. After about 15 minutes a night, I'm bored out of my mind and fall asleep really quickly, so at least it's doing wonders for my sleep intake LOL.


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