Shame is a powerful thing. It can weigh on your heart and mind, diminish your sense of self-worth, and impact the way you live in the world. But what happens when you share that secret burden?
Amy Ferris, Hollye Dexter, and the writers they brought together are all ready to let go of shame. In Dancing at the Shame Prom, twenty-six extraordinary womenLyena Strelkoff, Teresa Stack, Monica Holloway, Nina Burleigh, Amy Friedman, Meredith Resnick, Victoria Zackheim, and moretake the plunge and say “yes” to sharing their stories. These brave writers, journalists, musicians, artists, directors, and activists have offered up their most funny, sad, poignant, miraculous, life-changing, and jaw-dropping secrets for you to gawk at, empathize with, and learn fromin the hopes that they will inspire others to do the same. Letting go feels good!
Freeing, provocative, and audacious, Dancing at the Shame Prom is about flaunting the secrets that have made you feel small so that you can stand up straight, let the shame go, and finallydecisivelymove on with your life.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Amy Ferris is an author, editor, screenwriter and playwright. Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From a Midlife Crisis is Off-Broadway-bound, and will open in March 2012. She has contributed to numerous anthologies, including He Said What, The Buddha Next Door, The Drinking Diaries, and Exit Laughing. She has written everything from young adult novels (A Greater Goode), to films (Funny Valentines and Mr. Wonderful), and she co-created and co-edited the first ever "all-women's issue" of Living Buddhism magazine. She has also been both an editor and contributing writer at the magazines Urban Refugee and Milford Magazine, and contributes regularly to iPinion Syndicate, Style Substance Soul, Vibrant Nation, and The Spirited Woman.
Ferris serves on the Executive Board of Directors at Pages & Places Literary Festival in Scranton, PA, Peters Valley Arts, and the Education and Craft Center, and serves on the Advisory Board of The Women's Media Center. She is on faculty at The San Miguel de Allende Writers' Festival, where she teaches memoir writing, and is a visiting teacher at the UCLA Writers Workshop (extension). Her number one goal, desire, and dream is for ALL women to awaken to their greatness, their beauty, and their power.
Hollye Dexter is a blogger and essayist, and the author of two memoirs. Her stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers and Character Consciousness, as well as online at Fem2pt0, The Next Family, The Shape of A Mother, and BackPage magazine. She writes regularly for iPinion Syndicate and AOL Patch News.
Dexter is a singer/songwriter with four albums out, and for the past decade has run workshops for teens in foster care through her award-winning nonprofit organization Art and Soul. In 2007 she was given the Agape Spirit award by Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret) for her work with at-risk youth. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Table of Contents
1 Thread by Thread Lyena Strelkoff 1
2 The Cicada Killer Teresa Stack 12
3 Year of the Rat Nina Burleigh 21
4 Shadows Victoria Zackhein 29
5 Playing Dead Under the Family Tree Monica Holloway 36
6 The Men Who Stayed Too Long Amy Friedman 47
7 My Midnight Cowboy Liza Lentini 56
8 A Beautiful Portrait Tracy J. Thomas 66
9 From Exile to Redemption Julie Silver 75
10 The Jump Rope Line Marcia G. Yerman 86
11 (Mostly) Not Ashamed Rachel Kramer Bussel 95
12 Sacred Sharon Doubiaga 102
13 Mother of the Year Kristine Van Raden 105
14 I Love Me, I Love Me Not Kate Van Raden 115
15 Raising a Cowbird Jenny Rough 124
16 Elements of Shame Kedren Werner 135
17 Residual Shame Colleen Heggerty 145
18 Matching Rainbows Lawrenne Sala 154
19 The Last Secret Amy Wise 161
20 Stinkin' Shame Robyn Hatcher 169
21 Original Bra Meredith Resnick 179
22 What I Know of Silence Brooke Elise Axtell 187
23 The Hair Manifesto Marianne Schnall 197
24 Shame Never Was Elizabeth Geitz 203
A gift from my mother, our sister, to you, Mother's Best Southern Loaf Bread 212
25 In the Name of the Father Hollye Dexter 214
26 Bits & Pieces for Five Hundred Amy Ferris 224
27 1329 Lynx Trail Samantha Dunn 232
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A collection of stories from a smattering of people who have experienced shame in quite a few ways from their childhoods or as adults from outside factors or from within. I absolutely adored this collection of stories - it made me think of moments in my life where I may have felt shame. When I may have had lower moments, I wish I had had this book before to hear what others may have done to handle these negative moments that everyone has at one moment or another.
Hard to deal with it at times, as truth so often is, but there is something here for everyone to connect with!
Um ok but im aeriouse u sould wait till u find somone u realy like and hows willing to giv enything for u.......yor n awsome girl n i realy think u somone like u could easily find somone way better then me or jeff
Hell on Earth is a concept that has changed a bit; in fact, this is one woman who believes Hell is Earth. Come on…you already have the Seven Deadly Sins here in spades – you don’t need a pitchfork to make it the ‘bad’ place. What is amazing, however, about our world is the creativity that comes forth every once in a while. By adding that creativity to ‘absolute truth’ – which is a concept that has been thrown by the wayside - a fantastic duo of writers has improved the literary community by leaps and bounds with Dancing at the Shame Prom. Amy Ferris, bestselling (AND DYNAMITE!) author of Marrying George Clooney and Confessions From a Midlife Crisis, has gotten together with Hollye Dexter, author of the memoir Only Good Things, to edit this fantastic ‘gift’ to the groups of readers out there who have been dying for a book that has no vampires (LOL) and is actually something they can all relate to. This book of captivating, enchanting, sometimes frightening and tear-jerking essays is all about the issues women have with the monumental subject of shame. From the embarrassments of youth to the humiliation felt because of life’s un-stellar and confusing moments that we ALL share – whether it be in the categories of work, family, or any other life issue for that matter – the Shame Prom has it all. This is not only a ‘healing’ type of book, people, believe me. Yes, in many cases it is therapeutic to say the least, but it also offers a wealth of kindness and humor that helps us shed the feelings of indignity or disgrace or humility and see ourselves for what we really are – confident, valuable women! Issues that come from the political world or the bigoted world – from our sexual orientation all the way to the topics of hate, society’s rulings, our looks, religious views – everything weighs a person down unless they are able to see clearly to the fact that life is life – mistakes are mistakes – and what you believe, how you dress, who you love, and how nice your shoes are for a dinner party does NOT define who you are! And this powerful book makes sure that by the time you are done reading it, it not only becomes part of your most treasured collection, but it also doesn’t go on the bookshelf next to the ‘Harry Potter’ collection – it sits right by the bedside table so that each and every morning you are reminded that no matter what you do that day or what others say – shame is not something that you should EVER feel! Quill Says: Life is funny – there are jokes everywhere – and only YOU can build that courage, that strength and that unbelievable power inside yourself by simply believing in yourself…and reading books like this! Bravo!