I wasn't keen to finish this book as I felt it was just going to repeat itself again and again. I did become engaged half way through and found it educational based on Ward's personal experience and ability to describe the circumstances of her childhood and those she lived with. Bit by bit she reveals more and more of her family, contacts, education and environment. She makes it easy to understand how difficult it is to better oneself when growing up in an environment where options are very limited and history seems to repeat itself despite conscious efforts to avoid traps. No one is at fault, most people seem to live what they learn. The strong family ties are endearing. You can definitely understand how difficult it is to make inroads to breaking down poverty, racial barriers and educating people to make changes for the better.