Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Beginning Two-fer: Secrets in Big Sky Country and Singing with the Sirens



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MY BOOK BEGINNING

I have two this week, because they share a theme:



Mill dust covers the worn leather boots at the base of the curtain that is my bedroom door. Lying in my metal-frame bed, I see the ghostly outline of my stepfather through its worn, flowered fabric.

-- Secrets in Big Sky Country: A Memoir by Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith's stepfather sexually molested her from the time she was three until she finally spoke out at age 14, only to be shunned by her family. Her courageous memoir exposes the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and gives hope to survivors through her example of endurance and resilience.

Secrets in Big Sky Country is out this week. It is available on amazon or ask your local bookstore to order it!



We smiled as we heard the voice resonating from her cell: a soft, soulfull mourning filled with melody and pain.

-- Singing with the Sirens: Overcoming the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Exploitation by Ellyn Roberts Bell and Stacey Ault Bell, published by She Writes Press. The authors address the long term complex trauma that results from the sexual abuse and exploitation of girls and young women.

Both of these books are examples of the resources available to survivors of sexual trauma. Reading personal accounts, writing about their own experiences, and talking with other survivors can all be helpful means of healing.

14 comments :

guiltless reader said...

Two books ... you're busy. The memoir sounds like something I'm not too keen on at the moment but Singing with Sirens sounds just lovely!

fredamans said...

I like the sounds of the memoir.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Both books explore an important topic...thanks for sharing.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

A topic that needs to be broached.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

That opening sounds very atmospheric. Thanks for sharing!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Gilion,

Although neither of your featured books this week would be for me, both of those opening sentences sent shivers down my spine and it's hard to say which affected me the most - I think possibly the second one?

If you are reading these two books back to back, it might become a little depressing, however I hope that you find them interesting and thanks for sharing.

Thanks for hosting BBOF and enjoy your weekend :)

Yvonne

Stormi Johnson said...

Not my types of reads but I hope you enjoyed them both. :)

Elizabeth B said...

Thank you for sharing these. Not something we like to talk about, but if just one person gets something from your post you've done a great thing. The memoir seems like it was beautifully written, although a horrifying topic.

Elizabeth B said...

Thank you for sharing these. Not something we like to talk about, but if just one person gets something from your post you've done a great thing. The memoir seems like it was beautifully written, although a horrifying topic.

Maria said...

Powerful books - I'm definitely intrigued by Secrets in Sky Country...what an ordeal that must have been

Elizabeth said...

I like the Big Sky one.

ENJOY both books and your weekend.

Elizabeth
Silver's Reviews
My Follow Friday Four Fill-In

Vicki said...

I never will understand how anyone would believe a child is lying about something like being molested. It needs to be investigated at the very least.

Diane Coto said...

Not an easy topic for authors to address. :(

Sherry Fundin said...

I agree with Diane. Definitely not an easy topic to write about.
sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

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