Cry Purple

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Gritty and gripping, this is the story of the author's journey from almost two decades of prostitution, crack addiction and prison to her present life of blindness, motherhood and happiness. She has survived brutality and discrimination with astonishing resilience and optimism. "Horrifying, heartbreaking, informative and inspiring." "A story from the heart...a riveting memoir." "An eye-opening view of life on the streets and beyond." "Cry Purple chronicles a shattered life, rebuilt through sheer determination, ...
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Gritty and gripping, this is the story of the author's journey from almost two decades of prostitution, crack addiction and prison to her present life of blindness, motherhood and happiness. She has survived brutality and discrimination with astonishing resilience and optimism. "Horrifying, heartbreaking, informative and inspiring." "A story from the heart...a riveting memoir." "An eye-opening view of life on the streets and beyond." "Cry Purple chronicles a shattered life, rebuilt through sheer determination, courage and faith." "The most inspiring story I've ever read. A must-read filled with hope."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781482053616
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 612,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    Cry Purple is one of the most remarkable autobiographies I've ev

    Cry Purple is one of the most remarkable autobiographies I've ever read. It's not every day that you get the un-glossed version of what it is like be a drug-addict and street corner prostitute. However, it's not graphic or creepy - not rated X or obscene. It's a PG version of a XXX life, because the person who wrote it wanted to honor her own humanity.  Christine McDonald tells the honest truth without horrifying her readers. She tells of becoming so addicted that she practically became an animal, and yet, she never lost hope. She tells of her life as a prostitute without flinching but also without flinging vitriol at the johns who so often abused her. She doesn't drag anyone back through the hell she went through any more than she has to. She lets the reader use their imagination and their own moral compass to decide how they want to feel about what happened to her.  




    The book helps us see the humanity of those we so easily lose sight of and forget. After seeing all that the author survived and overcame - eventually going on to become a mom and contributing member of society, I couldn't help but deeply admire and feel a kinship with her.  Christine McDonald's story is so riveting.  I moved from feeling like I was in foreign territory, to feeling like I was learning about a person just like me.  Whether through humor, common interest or suspense, she was able to create a powerful emotional connection with the reader throughout the book.  




    I will never see a prostitute, a drug addict or homeless person in the same way again.  This is a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Inspiration for many!

    Christine is an inspiration for many. To go through what she has been through and still have such a great outlook on life! Her story makes you thankful for what many of us take for granted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    This is, quite simply, an astonishing book. I know of no other t

    This is, quite simply, an astonishing book. I know of no other that combines subjects as diverse as street-corner prostitution, crack cocaine addiction, long-term homelessness, what it's like to go to jail numerous times, losing one's sight (with no hope of a cure), motherhood, open adoption, and then heartfelt advocacy for the poor and ex-cons. The shortest chapter, "And He Is Only Three," about the author's young son, moved me to tears. The author's straightforward style and amazing lack of self-pity make her very personal story and then her important social messages all the more hard-hitting. I'm sure they'll stay with me for a long, long time. - Leonore Dvorkin, Denver, CO

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Cry Purple, by Christine McDonald, is a journal of the author¿s

    Cry Purple, by Christine McDonald, is a journal of the author’s life. It is written in with easy to read short snip-its of Christine’s life. It is written our of her heart to give hope to others like herself. Christine grew up in a dysfunctional home and her lack of self-worth led her to a life as a street prostitute, homelessness, crack addiction, and a convicted felon.

    Christine is now totally blind because of a hereditary disease. She chose to lose her sight to save her unborn baby. Christine has a zest for life that you could only wish could be bottled and sold. She is now productive in society. She is a working taxpayer and mother to a wonderful seven year old son. Currently Christine is unemployed but is seeking gainful employment rather than choosing to go on Social Security Disability and be a burden on society. She actively works on multitude legislative issues.

    Her book is a must read and a book that needs to be given to someone that needs hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Very moving and inspirational story of a woman turning her life

    Very moving and inspirational story of a woman turning her life around only to face blindness and being a single mother on her own. She is a Hero in the face of adversity. Her story touched on a reality that many addicts and survivors live through every day. A must read for anyone who thinks things are hopeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I read mostly fiction and am not a big fan of true stories but t

    I read mostly fiction and am not a big fan of true stories but that did not hold true for this book. It is very well written and an easy read. Brutally honest without the graphic details that might drive some away. A true story of determination and survival. I recommend this one highly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    The book Cry Purple, is a honest, direct look at the life of

    The book Cry Purple, is a honest, direct look at the life of a addict.
    As I have read a number of books that are true crime type books, this is written in a way that that made me think about what I thought I knew.
    Then when the author details her life as a prostitute, I was shocked and realized maybe I watched too much TV as her story is nothing like what I thought it would have been.
    The courage it must of taken to put her journey in this book for people to read was tremendous.
    This was indeed a broken soul that has found a path in life. It was so heart touching to see this book take me to the darkest of times and pain to happiness and light. My biews are changed, and I know I will be reaching out to my community to find ways to get involved as I had no idea about many things she sahred in her life, I guess I just thought these kind things did not happen in America I did not realize the difference in t v and movies and the real life of a addict or prostitute. The author is truely full of courage, and hope I do recommend this book then when I learned she wrote this book to not only educate the rest of the world of addiction, and prostitution and even blindness, she is using the funds for the sales to help her and her little boy get a little trailer with a yard, I was really touched by the creative way she found to attempt to her and her son make a better life for themselves. I guess there are so many things in this book that touched me and that made me think...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    I was so happy that I could get this on my Nook and read it stra

    I was so happy that I could get this on my Nook and read it straight through without putting it down.   She touched me with her honesty
    about her life and that she took full responsibility for her choices.  I'm looking forward to reading her future books.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    I bought this book and read it all with in the same week of

    I bought this book and read it all with in the same week of purchase, it was hard to put down. Each chapter painting a picture

    The author has a straight forward honest account of her life of addiction.

    As she shares her challenges after getting clean and facing new found blindness, a picture was indeed painted as I read her journey through addiction and beyond.

    This book has indeed opened my eyes to struggles I was unaware of a culture is exposed in a way far different than I myself had envisioned it.


    A must read human experience covering many facets from self mutilation, addiction, prostitution, prison from sighted to blind.

    I was extremely moved when the author was faced with a choice of saving her eye sight or the life of her unborn child, then the pain as she was unable to parent the child instead of terminating the pregnancy, she bravely with love chose adoption

    .

    As I read this book, I was moved through a journey of darkness and despair to love and hope.

    I look forward to reading more books by this new author.



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