I just read that author Frank McCourt has died of cancer: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jlTCrLZI9MXHoFOm8L3bK4aO-HuwD99HRS282
For you who haven't read his book, Angela's Ashes, this is a time as good as any to read this amazing story. I know, you've seen the movie, but that is not the same. I really hope that I can get my son to read the book when he's old enough. You often read about these horror stories of people's upbringing but to see this, in modern time and in a not so distant country is an eye opener. At least it was for me.