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Murdering My Youth: A Memoir Paperback – April 16, 2014
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Her mother not only "takes all her earnings" but literally "owns" her freedom even into adulthood; telling her how to dress, instructing her on the fine art of HER (the mother's) way of decorating, and who to see and what do do to get ahead, all in the mother's best interests. Cady spends her days outwardly as an actress, but internally, her soul belongs to those things external to her. The only freedom she achieves is when her mother passes. At that time, she feels a mix of sadness and relief, and finally achieves her long sought freedom.
The author stresses several important points in this book in the interest of finding the self; one is the cohesiveness and unconditional love found in the 12-step programs, the importance of long-term therapy to put the chaos into perspective, and the importance of finally achieving forgiveness by realizing, to quote her, "....Now I have both pity and compassion for both my parents. I can even forgive them. I can do this because I recognize they simply did not know how to love any better than they did." When this epiphany is achieved, forgiveness can begin to occur. We cannot love others unconditionally unless we ourselves were raised with unconditional love, and some poor souls have no cognizance as to how this is done.
This is a must read book. I wept, I chuckled, I identified with many of the author's emotions. I am certain, dear readers, you will too.
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Cady Mclain bares her soul in her book. It's riveting and never "bogs" down. It's amazing how we can live a life putting our family's needs, career, etc. Read morePublished 9 days ago by A. T. Fisher
Got the book and loved it would recommend it, life is precious and things people go thru. A good read.Published 16 days ago by Donna
I have always enjoyed watching Ms. McClain on All My Children. We are close in age. She is a remarkable actress. I am glad she has turned her life around after all the pain.Published 1 month ago by Karen WB
This memoir by actress Cady McClain is both astonishingly funny and heartbreakingly sad. She was a victim of both emotional and sexual childhood abuse, but managed to recover and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan A. Santo
Great book, real raw truths of the life battles of Cady McClain. I read in about 3 sittings, a page turner, I could not put down, loved it!Published 4 months ago by Lisa mccall
She has a potty mouth, and I did not really like that or think that it was necessary.Published 4 months ago by Wendy K.
I read a lot of books (2-3 per week) and check out a lot of books at the library since I have an amazing library where I live. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deanna L