Damaged Goods, A Self Ful-filled Prophecy [NOOK Book]

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Confidence and self esteem are deeply rooted from early childhood. Unfortunately, many parents and children fall victim to the ugly realities of child abuse. Damaged Goods, a book of memoirs and poetry explores this reality. From childhood abuse, promescuity, and self hate, the author recovers from these damages. While looking back at life's traumas, she blossoms into a loving and confident Christian woman, finding closure and peace.
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Damaged Goods, A Self Ful-filled Prophecy

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Overview

Confidence and self esteem are deeply rooted from early childhood. Unfortunately, many parents and children fall victim to the ugly realities of child abuse. Damaged Goods, a book of memoirs and poetry explores this reality. From childhood abuse, promescuity, and self hate, the author recovers from these damages. While looking back at life's traumas, she blossoms into a loving and confident Christian woman, finding closure and peace.
Tyra Denine’s Damaged Goods is powerful memoir that gives an inside look at the abusive environment that rob girls of their innocence in the poverty stricken neighborhoods scattered across America. You can judge this book by the cover. Before you can open Damaged Goods, you are confronted by the image of a naked woman. She is far from the eye candy Black readers have been spoiled with over the past couple of decades. Scratched up and chained to a box, she is a bitter pill–a reminder of a reality.

Chattel slavery lasted for over 460 years in America. Although Denine doesn’t discuss it directly, the effects of that holocaust can be witnessed in her autobiographic tale. The exhausting struggle for survival madeDenine’s mother into a mad mixture of one part love and three parts sadism. Growing up the middle child of five girls, Denine’s life was akin to a violently deranged Cinderella story. Physical, mental and sexual abuse came from all angles, not just her father and mother. Her uncles and neighbors also had free reign to beatDenine and her sisters for the smallest infraction. After her parents’ divorce, her step-father’s sexual advances while she was a pre-teen was just as disturbing as her choice to give her virginity before it was taken from her later in her teenage years.

As Denine matured into womanhood, and eventually motherhood, her life remained jagged. From the attempted rape during her teenage years to her Pro-Black ex-husband who had a penchant for White women, Damaged Goods did not fizzle out in terms of intensity. The pace slowed and the tone matured during the time she spends in the Navy, but the drama is ever-present. The effects of the abuse was seen in her low self-esteem, yet the strength and beauty of her soul remained intact. It is this strength and beauty that eventually emerged from its cocoon. That little girl with scars on her face from the slaps of her mother is now an author/publisher through God’s grace and mercy.

While portraying the ugliness of her life, Denine really sheds light on what makes her so resilient. Denine effortlessly blends her disturbing commentary with well-timed poetry. If Damaged Goods was a musical, the poems sprinkled throughout the book would be the soundtrack. With rhythms and rhymes perfectly in tune with her story, her poetry offers peaceful moments of reflection in a otherwise turbulent confession.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012704177
  • Publisher: Double Dap Books
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 158
  • File size: 76 KB

Meet the Author

Tyra Denine was born in Sandusky, Ohio. She moved to Decatur, Illinois at age six. She joined the United States Navy and served over ten years. She currently resides in the Atlanta area with her two sons, Dante and darius. This is her first book.
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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    "Damaged Goods" is an astounding and Unforgetable Read

    Damaged goods is a remarkable true story that will tug at your heart. It is definitely a book that I would recommend for everyone to read. The author Tyra Denine let's the readers into her world, one that was filled with child abuse,physical abuse,and verbal abuse from those that were closest to her, her family. She unfolds everything from the begining to the end and is very explicit. I can see this book being made into a play and a motion picture. It's just that good, looks like Tyra Denine has written a best Seller.

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