My Story

My Story
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 490
Release: 2004
Genre: Abused children
ISBN: 9780752864013

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The remarkable trilogy from SUNDAY TIMES No.1 Bestseller Dave Pelzer - now in one volume. A CHILD CALLED 'IT' is Dave Pelzer's story of a child beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable games that left one of her three sons nearly dead. Dave was no longer considered a son, or a boy, but an 'it'. His bed was an old army cot in the basement and when he was allowed food it was scraps from the dogs' bowl. Throughout, Dave kept alive the dream of finding a family who would love and care for him. THE LOST BOY: the harrowing but ultimately uplifting true story of Dave's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family who will love him. A MAN NAMED DAVE: the gripping conclusion to this inspirational trilogy. With extraordinary generosity of spirit, Dave takes us on a journey into his past. At last he confronts his father and ultimately his mother. Finally, Dave finds the courage to break the chains of the past and learn to love, trust and live for the future.

A Child Called It

A Child Called It
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publsiher: Seven Dials
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2019-02-21
Genre: Abused children
ISBN: 9781841883090

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A harrowing, yet inspiring true story of a young boy's abusive childhood, from internationally bestselling author Dave Pelzer. Brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother - Dave became a slave; he was no longer a boy, but an 'it'. His bed was an old army cot in the basement, his clothes were torn and unwashed, and when he was allowed the luxury of food it was scraps from the dog's bowl. The outside world knew nothing of the nightmare played out behind closed doors. But throughout Dave kept alive dreams of finding a family to love him. This book covers the early years of his life and is an affecting and inspirational book of the horrors of child abuse and the steadfast determination of one child to survive. It is the first book in the My Story trilogy. 'His child's voice is immensely powerful and is an extraordinary testament to the human desire for survival.' Daily Mail 'This heartfelt true story of one child's courage to survive cannot fail to move you.' Heat 'It takes a personal testimony like Dave Pelzer's to bring home the horrors of child abuse - the secrecy, the shame, the struggle to survive.' Bel Mooney, Mail on Sunday 'Pelzer is able to continue his dreadful story in an admirably dispassionate style ... It is this cool tone that makes what he has to say even more compelling.' The Times

My Story

My Story
Author: David J. Pelzer
Publsiher: Orion
Total Pages: 489
Release: 2008-12-18
Genre: Abused children
ISBN: 9781407219721

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Together in one volume, the bestselling trilogy from Dave Pelzer, featuring: 'A Child Called It', 'The Lost Boy' and 'A Man Named Dave'.

Raised by Wolves

Raised by Wolves
Author: Jim Goldberg
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 315
Release: 1995
Genre:
ISBN: 9781881616504

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A Man Named Dave

A Man Named Dave
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2010-06-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1409124649

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The concluding volume of Dave Pelzer's million-copy bestselling memoir. 'I don't blame others for my problems. I stand on my own. And one day, you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself.' These words were eighteen-year-old Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, a woman who had abused him with shocking brutality. But even years after he was rescued, his life remained a continual struggle. Dave felt rootless and awkward, an outcast haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering 'It' locked in his mother's basement. Dave's dramatic reunion with his dying father and the shocking confrontation with his mother led to his ultimate calling: mentor to others struggling with personal hardships. From a difficult marriage to the birth of his son, from an unfulfilling career to an enduring friendship, Dave was finally able to break the chains of his past, learning to trust, to love, and to live.

The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2010-06-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1409124630

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Dave Pelzer's sequel to million-copy bestseller A CHILD CALLED 'IT' As a child, Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his mother. The world knew nothing of his living nightmare and he had nothing and no one to turn to. But his dreams kept him alive - dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son. Finally, his horrific plight could no longer be hidden from the outside world and Dave's life radically changed. THE LOST BOY is the harrowing, but ultimately uplifting true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. The continuation of Dave Pelzer's story is a moving sequel and inspirational read for all.

The Lost Boy

The Lost Boy
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publsiher: Health Communications, Inc.
Total Pages: 354
Release: 1997
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1558745157

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The author continues the story of his own child abuse, and his experiences being a foster child moving in and out of five different foster homes

The Lost Child in Literature and Culture

The Lost Child in Literature and Culture
Author: Mark Froud
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2017-10-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1137584955

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This book is an extensive study of the figure of the lost child in English-speaking and European literature and culture. It argues that the lost child figure is of profound importance for our society, a symptom as well as a cause of deep trauma. This trauma, or void, is a fundamental disruption of the structures that define us: self, history, and even language. This puts the figure of the child in context with previous research that the modern conception of ‘a child’ was formed alongside modern conceptions of memory. The book analyses the representation of the lost child, through fairy tales, historical oppression and in recent novels and films. The book then studies the connection of the lost child figure with the uncanny and its centrality to language. The book considers the lost child figure as an archetype on a metaphysical and philosophical level as well as cultural.

Life Writing

Life Writing
Author: Sally Cline
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-10-10
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 147252425X

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Life Writing: A Writers' & Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir. PART 1 explores the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre. PART 2 includes tips by bestselling writers: Diana Athill, Alan Bennett, Alain de Botton, Jill Dawson, Millicent Dillon, Margaret Drabble, Geoff Dyer, Victoria Glendinning, Lyndall Gordon, Peter Hayter, Richard Holmes, Michael Holroyd, Kathryn Hughes, Diane Johnson, Hermione Lee, Andrew Lownie, Janet Malcolm, Alexander Masters, Nancy Milford, Blake Morrison, Andrew Morton, Clare Mulley, Jenni Murray, Nicholas Murray, Kristina Olsson, Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, Meryle Secrest, Miranda Seymour, Frances Spalding, Hilary Spurling, Boyd Tonkin, Edmund White. PART 3 includes practical advice - from planning, researching and interviewing to writing, pacing and navigating ethical issues.

The Cultural Sociology of Reading

The Cultural Sociology of Reading
Author: María Angélica Thumala Olave
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 595
Release: 2023-01-13
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 3031132270

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This book showcases recent work about reading and books in sociology and the humanities across the globe. From different standpoints and within the broad perspectives within the cultural sociology of reading, the eighteen chapters examine a range of reading practices, genres, types of texts, and reading spaces. They cover the Anglophone area of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia; the transnational, multilingual space constituted by the readership of the Colombian novel One Hundred Years of Solitude; nineteenth-century Chile; twentieth-century Czech Republic; twentieth century Swahili readings in East Africa; contemporary Iran; and China during the cultural revolution and the post-Mao period. The chapters contribute to current debates about the valuation of literature and the role of cultural intermediaries; the iconic properties of textual objects and of the practice of reading itself; how reading supports personal, social and political reflection; bookstores as spaces for sociability and the interplay of high and commercial cultures; the political uses of reading for nation-building and propaganda, and the dangers and gratifications of reading under repression. In line with the cultural sociology of reading’s focus on meaning, materiality and emotion, this book explores the existential, ethical and political consequences of reading in specific locations and historical moments.

The Arvon Book of Life Writing

The Arvon Book of Life Writing
Author: Sally Cline
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-04-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1408122715

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Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow Everyone has a story. This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer. Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home.

Vital Memory and Affect

Vital Memory and Affect
Author: Steven Brown
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2015-06-12
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 1317499492

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Vital Memory and Affect takes as its subject the autobiographical memories of ‘vulnerable’ groups, including survivors of child sexual abuse, adopted children and their families, forensic mental health service users, and elderly persons in care home settings. In particular the focus is on a particular class of memory within this group: recollected episodes that are difficult and painful, sometimes contested, but always with enormous significance for a current and past sense of self. These ‘vital memories’, integral and irreversible, can come to appear as a defining feature of a person’s life. In Vital Memory and Affect, authors Steve Brown and Paula Reavey explore the highly productive way in which individuals make sense of a difficult past, situated as they are within a highly specific cultural and social landscape. Via an exploration of their vital memories, the book combines insights from social and cognitive psychology to open up the possibility of a new approach to memory, one that pays full attention to the contextual conditions of all acts of remembering. This path-breaking study brings together a unique set of empirical material and maps out an agenda for research into memory and affect that will be important reading for students and scholars of social psychology, memory studies, cultural studies, philosophy, and other related fields.

Mental Health Issues and the Media

Mental Health Issues and the Media
Author: Gary Morris
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2006-09-27
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1134343043

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Mental Health Issues and the Media provides students and professionals in nursing and allied professions, in psychiatry, psychology and related disciplines, with a theoretically grounded introduction to the ways in which our attitudes are shaped by the media. A wide range of contemporary media help to create attitudes surrounding mental health and illness, and for all health professionals, the ways in which they do so are of immediate concern. Health professionals need to: be aware of media influences on their own perceptions and attitudes take account of both the negative and positive aspects of media intervention in mental health promotion and public education understand the way in which we all interact with media messages and how this affects both practitioners and service users. Covering the press, literature, film, television and the Internet, this comprehensive text includes practical advice and recommendations on how to combat negative images for service users, healthcare workers and media personnel.

Moving Forward

Moving Forward
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2009-04-16
Genre: Change (Psychology)
ISBN: 9780752882956

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MOVING FORWARD is a motivational book written for anyone wanting to move forward, to change their lives, no matter what their past may have held. Dave Pelzer teaches readers how to harness the strength of surviving past negative experiences and use that empowerment to live their lives according to their own values. Drawing on the examples of his own horrific childhood as well as his experience helping others, Dave blends his gift for memoir-style storytelling with solid, actionable advice.

Child Protection in England 1960 2000

Child Protection in England  1960   2000
Author: Jennifer Crane
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2018-09-25
Genre: History
ISBN: 3319947184

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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This open access book explores how children, parents, and survivors reshaped the politics of child protection in late twentieth-century England. Activism by these groups, often manifested in small voluntary organisations, drew upon and constructed an expertise grounded in experience and emotion that supported, challenged, and subverted medical, social work, legal, and political authority. New forms of experiential and emotional expertise were manifested in politics – through consultation, voting, and lobbying – but also in the reshaping of everyday life, and in new partnerships formed between voluntary spokespeople and media. While becoming subjects of, and agents in, child protection politics over the late twentieth century, children, parents, and survivors also faced barriers to enacting change, and the book traces how long-standing structural hierarchies, particularly around gender and age, mediated and inhibited the realisation of experiential and emotional expertise.

Adoption

Adoption
Author: Anthony Douglas
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2003-09-02
Genre: Family & Relationships
ISBN: 1134518390

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Adoption: Changing Families, Changing Times draws together contributions from all those with an interest in adoption: adopted people; birth parents and adoptive parents; practitioners and managers in the statutory and voluntary sectors; academics and policy makers. Chapters on research and policy are interspersed with those from people with first-hand experience of being adopted, becoming an adoptive parent or giving a child up for adoption. Together, they provide unique insights into a subject that although regularly in the media is often surrounded by prejudice and misconception. Topics covered include: * children and young people in care * trying to adopt * waiting for adoption * life after adoption * the politics of adoption. This accessible text offers a comprehensive view of adoption policy, practice and services and analyses why adoption has become so controversial. It provides professional and general reader alike with a fully rounded picture of adoption and exposes some of the myths surrounding it.

From Me to You The Tapestry of Life and Its Secrets

From Me to You The Tapestry of Life and Its Secrets
Author: Lily Foyster
Publsiher: Balboa Press
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2013-12
Genre: Self-Help
ISBN: 1452511713

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Are you unhappy with life? Are you trapped by your limiting beliefs? Is your relationship more of a burden than a blessing? A practical and inspiring guide to enhancing your life, From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and Its Secrets investigates how attitude can be the key to a life filled with success-or bitter regret. By taking the time to honestly assess your life and your approach to challenges, you can find the tools you need to redirect your life toward a more positive and productive path. You'll learn how to be more confident, persistent, assertive, and influential. Life coach Lily Foyster explores the healing power of forgiveness. Tapping into the ability to truly forgive yourself and others is the key to feeling better. She looks at the impact of relationships and the power they have to support or destroy self-esteem and self-respect. Foyster seeks to leave a gift on this planet and let others discover earlier certain things that took her years to learn. By applying her lessons, you can change the way you see the world. You can enhance your life. You have within you the power to create a magnificent life for yourself.