As a memoir, I found Ruta's story of her childhood and young adulthood to be more sad than inspirational. And while very readable, the book is full of not-nice things. When I described With of Without You to a friend, including a bit that I found particularly disturbing, she told me, "Amy, don't read books like that."
If you read the book, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. It might be a good read for book clubs.
Finally, an article about With or Without You appeared this week in the New York Times. Here is a link to that story.