Irish writer Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, Teacher Man) passed away on July 19th. McCourt achieved fame in his 60’s with the publication of Angela’s Ashes, an account of his hardscrabble childhood in Limerick. For his efforts he won the Pulitzer prize in 1997 and was Oprah approved. His was the first of many so-called “misery memoirs” and was not without controversy. Some who claimed to know his as a child denied his childhood was as desperate as he portrayed. His mother stood up at his stage show to denounce it all as a pack of lies. It’s all perspective, I guess. Before he achieved literary fame, he was a teacher amongst disadvantaged students in New York, using many of the stories from Angela’s Ashes to inspire and challenge his students. Despite the controversy, millions enjoyed McCourt’s memoirs.