After escaping an abusive childhood in the poorest of ghetto communities, the author wittily details how she achieved the "American Dream" and how it failed to hold the ultimate satisfaction proclaimed by its marketing. She shares experiences from childhood through adulthood, including details of traumatic abuse, how she obtained multiple college degrees, and the tale of a vicious assault the author experienced when she was 31 that nearly left her dead.
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J.S. Rabbitte has gone through many traumas in her lifetime, some of which you will wonder how she recovered from them.Between a crazy, gunsmith father and a psycho, in-denial mother, you will wonder how she got to where she is today.If you want a sad autobiography with an extremely humorous twist, this is the one.
Maybe there was emotional dysfunction that, while normal looking on the outside, has kept you trapped in a quagmire of failed relationships and personal destructive behaviors? Do you feel anxious or unacceptable under criticism? I bet you've already tried our society's most recommended remedies - getting a high paying job, having overpriced coffee, and buying the newest car. Good news: there IS a way out, but it ain't easy or quick at times. This book is for you. 'Crazy White Trash: An American Success Story' is an unabashed look at a family filled with generational cycles of trauma, abuse, and hostility. On the outside, they attended church and the girls got excellent grades. Mother was a volunteer Death Row prison chaplain on weekends. No one knew of the pain and psyche-searing events unfolding inside that family. The author was the youngest in a dysfunctional Brady Bunch, the unwanted 'Cousin Oliver' for whom there was no acceptance. From the first sentence, the book grabs you with its rolling, derisive quasi-sarcastic tone and places you in the middle of an assault that nearly killed the author at 31. The author has been quoted as saying her life is like a bad Lifetime movie with Valerie Bertinelli - there may be hope for that yet!!