This Does Not Leave This House

This Does Not Leave This House: The Heartbreaking True Story by Julie Coons Stars: **** Createspace (2018) Memoir/Abuse 194 pages Summary: How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also… Read More »

To The Survivors by Robert Uttaro

To The Survivors by Robert Uttaro Stars: ***** CreateSpace (2013) Self-Help/Abuse 268 pages Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: To the Survivors is about one man’s journey as a rape crisis counselor with true stories of sexual violence shared by survivors… Read More »

Dark Chains by LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton

Dark Chains: a little girl’s journey through decades of pain by LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton Stars: ***** Create-Space (2018) Memoir/Abuse 250 pages Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. Summary:  Dark Chains is an inspirational and spiritual book about a misguided young girl… Read More »

Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs Stars: **** Picador (2003) Memoir 320 pages Summary: Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at… Read More »

Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo

Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir by Shenandoah Chefalo Stars: **** Mission Point Press (2016) 194 pages Autobiography/Family/Relationships/Abuse/Memoir Disclosure: This book was received for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links. Summary: Garbage Bag Suitcase is the true story of Shenandoah Chefalo’s wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endured… Read More »

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive by Dave Peltzer Health Communications, Inc. Self-Help/Psychology/Inspiration 184 pages This post contains affiliate links. This is one of the hardest books I’ve ever read. Dave underwent abuse like I’ve never seen or heard of anywhere else. Apparently it was one of the most severe child abuse… Read More »

Orphan: A True Story of Abandonment, Abuse and Redemption by Roger Dean Kiser

Stars: ***** I must have said “Oh my Goodness” or it’s equivalent at least 10 times throughout this book. Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down and read it straight through without stopping for any reason. It took me one hour. This is a horrifying book. It appalles me that anything like… Read More »