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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (18 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: August 2011 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2014

    " Memoir or part of her recovery process? Kathi told her to write a letter, she wrote this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 1/26/2014

    " I liked this memoir because of the writing, not the story so I gave it 3 instead of two stars... Guess there has been one too many addiction memoirs out there and I don't need to read another one where a gifted kid overcame her surroundings. The writing, however, is clean and precise... sometimes witty and incisive; very readable. I did have an issue with the non-chronological sequences of her story. I will be looking forward to her next effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Helfrich | 1/20/2014

    " Insightful and powerful. One of the best written books I've read this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 1/13/2014

    " Much better memoir writing than Beyond Belief (and I liked this one more just by comparison). However, the book's ending felt unresolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dr Jay | 1/10/2014

    " Beautifully written, powerful story, relatable humanity, a shiny glossy yet misshapen pearl pried from the jaws of a wide-mouthed clam unwilling to relinquish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Gow | 12/6/2013

    " Young and talented writer, I can't wait to see what she does next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andreia Wegmann | 11/24/2013

    " Nice memoir. Very honest in how mother-daughter relationships can cause a huge impact in our lives. I enjoyed even more by Audiobook, because it was read by the author, Domenica Ruta. I could feel her voice a little tremulous during some tough lines and this was really emotional for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasa Cotugno | 11/4/2013

    " Proof once again that the worst childhoods can produce the most effective memoirs. As with the Glass Castle, such material in the hands of a talented writer provides a story that would be shocking if fictional, but because it is true, is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this memoir. It was an easy and quick read. She puts humor into situations that would otherwise be unbearable. I also appreciate immensely that she only eluded to sexual abuse and didn't graphically describe it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Adams | 10/29/2013

    " Made me laugh out loud, even in the darkest moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Penny | 9/4/2013

    " Great bio. One of my favorites this year after Chanel Bonfire. Can't wait for her to come and speak at my library in May! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Em | 4/21/2013

    " This well-written memoir brings to mind The Liar's Club, Glass Castle and Running with Scissors examples of survivors of horrific childhoods. Not quite a 5 star book for me, but close. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Smith | 4/9/2013

    " I love this book. I love that, in it, Domencia herself has the redemption that her writing teacher spoke of. I could relate to much of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 5/28/2012

    " Brilliant, powerful memoir. Ruta tells her story with wit, grace and heart-wrenching honesty. I devoured this book and can't wait to hear more from this talented author. "

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