For some reason, I ended up with a ton of books written by this same woman when I was very young. They're true stories about young men and woman who have been forced to deal with drugs, alcohol, abuse, and other situations that finally led them to the doorstep of this woman, Mary McGeady. The stories get pretty graphic, but I remember reading these books over and over again. Looking back on it, I'm sure the stories intrigued me due to my own mothers alcoholism.
First US paperback edition (bowl of glass shards). I think this cover is flat-out brilliant. At first glance you can't figure out what's in the bowl, and then you realize it's glass and your stomach reacts almost physically. The cover makes you feel like Matthew, being force-fed with something that cannot possibly nurture you. The cover almost demands that you pick up the book and find out what is going on. The designer is Christian Funfhausen, who also did the hardcover.
This was one of my favorite book series as a kid. I remember thinking when having this read to me in school "this woman is nuts!" But I loved all of her adventures. These stories contributed a lot to broadening my imagination. I never needed the pictures, I could just picture the houses, and the sidewalks, the children, and whatever outfit she was wearing in each story.
My father. Raised me by himself since I was in diapers. He's my best friend, greatest supporter, and overall the most amazing man I'll ever have the pleasure of knowing. He's the reason I ever picked up a book. He's the reason I ever studied for anything as a child. He's the one that read to me at night before I was capable to doing it on my own. He's the reason for my entire existence and being. My success, and accomplishment is all due to and dedicated to this man.
An incredible book and story. A true story, a girl, a family abused by the father... other people and especially the social workers and doctors looking away for over 15 years... the story of a girl who survived the abuse, brings her father in to jail and then takes on the healthboard. It is awful to read at parts and it made me soooo angry to read but it is also a great example of a strong amazing girl. !!
I first read Beautiful Boy, and I cried. I cried and cried, and I'm not even a parent. http://www.ecampus.com/beautiful-boy-fathers-journey-through-his/bk/9780547203881 The thing is, When I read Tweak the impact had become complete. I have never felt anything this intensly for a drug abuser or his family. Most of the books you read only show one side and aren't always well written because they are about the story not the author. Tweak is well written and well thought out…
Layla a book by jeannie kerrigan. Her mission is to provide information & safe options for children in abusive & homeless circumstances.Author Jeannie Kerrigan pulled the story of Layla from the marrow of her bones and the structure of her cells. It is the true life story of her journey through physical and sexual abuse, rape, abduction, drug addiction, stripping, prostitution, death and more death, and it is an account of the human journey between dualities—light and dark, broken and whole…