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Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir by Shenandoah…

Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir

by Shenandoah Chefalo

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"This well-crafted and controlled personal narrative avoids the traps of sentimentality that are easy to fall into when exploring emotional territory."-Foreword Review
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"A very emotional story about the authors difficult and lonely childhood. But, the author also mentions the eye opening statistics of foster care children and it elaborates on different solutions that are needed in order to end this cycle." -Readers' Favorite
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Oh! Shenandoah



I was four.

Along one side of my small bedroom was a homemade bookshelf, made of concrete blocks and
two-by-fours. My stuffed animals sat inside, arranged by size. They had become my only friends.

Little me with my stringy blonde curls, dressed in hand-me-downs collected from various
charity organizations and garage sales. I hunkered down for my favorite time of the day, when Bill
Cosby’s “Picture Pages” came on in the middle of Captain Kangaroo, teaching basic math,
geometry and drawing. I would dance to the song and await the arrival of the lesson, complete
with silly characters like Mortimer Ichabod Marker. Oh, how I longed for my very own Mortimer
Ichabod Marker pen, perhaps as much as Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” longed for his Red
R rder B.B.
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