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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (826 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lauren Sanders Narrator: Lee Ann Howlett Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Summer 1987. Lillian Ginger Speck, high-school graduate, sits in her jail cell contemplating the steps and missteps that led her to murder soap opera star Brooke Harrison in cold blood one bright and muggy New York afternoon. Lily had admired the young star for some time, and her loss is palpable. Her story is therefore part apologia, part love note and suicide pact. Meanwhile, Brooke Harrison's mother has a tale of her own to tell. In this edgy and compelling whydunit, the accounts of predator and victim intertwine. The result is a wry exploration of the contemporary American melting pot of status, beauty, celebrity, violence, and obsession.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn (in SC) C234D | 2/18/2014

    " It was hard to express my feelings about this book. I can't say that I enjoyed it--the subject matter on the whole was pretty horrific. But it is a very readable, well-written book that keeps you involved. It is a memoir about growing up in Massachusetts as the daughter of an alcoholic drug addict who wants all the same things for her child. The mother, Kathi, is afraid to turn in the pedophile "uncle" because of what he knows about HER. Too bad, daughter dear. Nikki becomes an addict at a very tender age, but is very bright, and somehow manages to attend good schools on scholarships and graduate, despite being on dope and liquor most of the time. It is difficult to understand how she could remember so much, considering her addictions, but I'll accept that she does. She eventually sobered up in her early 30s, and had to break off all contact with her mother, whom she loved but hated at the same time. The mother is a despicable person, but she is also a victim. Quite an engrossing story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim Hildreth gnoinski | 2/18/2014

    " I thought this was a great but disturbing look at a mother daughter relationship. This was definitely an extreme one, but some aspects I think we can all relate to. Not as good as the Glass Castle, but very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ally T | 2/14/2014

    " Very interesting memoir. Reading about her life made mine feel insanely "normal." I mostly enjoyed the book. She's exactly my age so I totally related to all the television, movie, music, pop culture references. Worth a read for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rmelbyhastings | 2/7/2014

    " Domenica Ruta's memoir With or Without You is horrifying at times. Her childhood reads as I imagine a family services report might, with fondness and introspection interspersed throughout. The author manages to be brutally honest without over-dramatizing life events. Though certainly not a "happy ending," the final pages offer a cautiously hopeful resolution. "

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