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What are some similarities and differences between Frank McCourt's memoirs Angela's Ashes and 'Tis? My goal is to create a Venn Diagram on the similarities and differences to Angela's Ashes to 'Tis by Frank McCourt

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Angela's Ashes chronicles what had to be one of the most miserable childhoods in the history of memoirs, that of Frank McCourt, growing up in England and Protestant-hating Limerick, Ireland in the 1930's and 1940's.  His father was an alcoholic who drank away virtually every dollar he brought in, and three of McCourt's younger siblings died over the years due to illnesses and disease that probably were a function of the horrible living conditions the family endured.  Although the family's situation was usually desperate, miraculously McCourt manages to weave some hilarious episodes into the tale, giving the reader much needed comic relief from time to time, and sometimes injecting humor into even the most routine of observations:

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