Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyHamilton here tells how, through the liberation of literacy, she surmounted her cruel beginnings and is today a professor of English at Indiana-Purdue University. As a young girl, she was described by various caretakers as a ``bad apple.'' In her tortured early childhood, wanted by neither her birth nor her foster parents, she was given to rages that frightened her as well as others. Hamilton recalls a defining moment when she was eight and at relative ease with a caring, adoptive mother. To channel the child's incessant chatter, her schoolteacher mother suggested that she write what she could remember from the years of living in foster homes and orphanages, where she was given different names. That exercise, and the stories read to her by her mother, not only became the basis for academic success but also provided coping strategies for a rocky adulthood. Hamilton's story is stark and troubling; it is also homage to the role of literacy in the evolution of the self. (Oct.)
This book poignantly traces the personal, ethical, and professional development of a child predicted to be dysfunctional.
BooknewsA prolific writer on death and change, Lifton (psychiatry, City U. of New York) offers a single, open-ended approach to experiencing life and death both as individuals and as peoples imbedded in our particular millennial stretch of history. The ideas he expresses here have been used by clinicians dealing with victims of abuse and survivors of death and disaster, but he suggests that they can also apply in the less extreme dimensions of daily living. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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