Denial: A Memoir of Terror

Denial: A Memoir of Terror

by Jessica Stern
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Denial: A Memoir of Terror

Denial is one of the most important books I have read in a decade....Brave, life-changing, and gripping as a thriller….A tour de force.”
—Naomi Wolf


One of the world’s foremost experts on terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder, Jessica Stern has subtitled her book Denial, “A Memoir of Terror.” A brave and astonishingly frank examination of her own unsolved rape at the age of fifteen, Denial investigates how the rape and its aftermath came to shape Stern’s future and her work. The author of the New York Times Notable Book Terror in the Name of God, Jessica Stern brilliantly explores the nature of evil in an extraordinary volume that Louise Richardson, author of What Terrorists Want, calls, “Memorable, powerful and deeply courageous…a riveting read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900061626653
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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Howard Gardner

“Jessica Stern has written a remarkable book, unlike any that I’ve read. This deeply personal and often painful reflection documents the costs of personal, familial, and community silence as well as the liberating effects of truthful testimony.”

Louise Richardson

“A memorable, powerful and deeply courageous book, DENIAL is also a riveting read... With devastating honesty [Stern] explores the impact of trauma on victims and those close to them, and the costs of denial for both.”

Naomi Wolf

“One of the most important books I have read in a decade….Brave, life changing and gripping as a thriller...A tour de force.”

Eliza Griswold

“[Denial] will allow people into parts of themselves they didn’t ven knew they had. Parts full of rage, of terror, of pride in their own detachment... For anyone who has lived at proximity to violence, it is one of the most necessary accounts of our time.”

Susanna Moore

“[A] harrowing memoir of a girl whom trauma has taught to distrust herself and who learns to live with the idea of her appeal to compassion and forgiveness, rather than a condemnation of the destructive impulses that haunt each of us.”

Edward R. Shapiro

“An unflinchingly courageous self-examination... riveting and brilliantly told story... The book will be illuminating for victims and survivors of trauma, those who work or live with them, family members with generational histories of trauma, and for those who care about how our histories shape our lives.”

Bessel van der Kolk

“A masterpiece. A remarkable human journey from confusion and doubt to clarity and perspective.”

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