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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tall Trees LLC (September 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985663901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985663902
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANDREA BOUVIER grew up in small French speaking town in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her love of literature and the English language was ignited by her tenth grade English teacher. In 1992, she graduated with a degree in education from the University of Regina, Canada. Soon thereafter she moved to Louisville, KY, and started a family. With her two daughters well on their way, she reset her focus on her earlier passions and decided she wanted to write. Bouvier attended a writing workshop, offered through the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus, under the tutelage of published author, the late Gary Devon. After completing the workshop, she joined a writer's group with some of her peers under the continued guidance of Mr. Devon, and worked on her first, as yet unpublished, novel. After years of sharing their mutual love of reading, Andrea and her close friend, Mark Clements, realized that they had a compelling and timely story to tell and believe they have done so with Tall Trees. MARK RICHARD CLEMENTS is a practicing cosmetologist in Louisville. He derived most of his education informally, behind his chair. "Necessity is the mother of all invention," is a cliché with which, Mark has come full circle. Throughout his life, through necessity, and invention, he has amassed a litany of skills, and, as a result, has evolved as an artist. Channeling the awakened artist within, he has used words as brushstrokes on canvas, collaborating with his close friend, Andrea Bouvier, to tell this important story.

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ANDREA BOUVIER grew up in small French speaking town in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her love of literature and the English language was ignited by her tenth grade English teacher. In 1992, she graduated with a degree in education from the University of Regina, Canada. Soon thereafter she moved to Louisville, KY, and started a family. With her two daughters well on their way, she reset her focus on her earlier passions and decided she wanted to write. Bouvier attended a writing workshop, offered through the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus. After completing the workshop, she joined a writer's group with some of her peers under the continued guidance of Mr. Devon, her instructor, and worked on her first, as yet unpublished, novel. After years of sharing their mutual love of reading, Andrea and her close friend, Mark Clements, realized that they had a compelling and timely story to tell and believe they have done so with Tall Trees.

MARK RICHARD CLEMENTS is a practicing cosmetologist in Louisville. He derived most of his education informally, behind his chair. "Necessity is the mother of all invention," is a cliché with which Mark has come full circle. Through necessity, and invention, he has amassed a litany of skills, and, as a result, has evolved as an artist. Channeling the awakened artist within, he has used words as brushstrokes on canvas, collaborating with his close friend, Andrea Bouvier, to tell this important story.

"All things are doable if the will to do so is there."

~Mark Richard Clements

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Very touching and moving story!
Johanne Bonneau
A wonderful story of struggles, hurt, anguish, pain, love, but most of all, a story about family.
N.R.Stivers Peters M. Ed.
Thomas Paul has the courage to stand for his own truth and healing in the most positive ways.
Carey Moore

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Turner on October 23, 2012
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Tall Trees is a clarion call to shake the heart and open the eyes to the effects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. More notably, it is a courageous effort to illuminate how challenges, so hurtful and destructive, have the potential to call forth an individual's greatest strengths, those of courage, wisdom, vitality and compassion. Thomas Paul's search for his authentic self prompts us to reflect upon our shared quest for genuine respect. His experiences reveal the confusion and pain that result when we seek value outside ourselves, through other's affirmations or acceptance, and confirm that one's true self is discovered only through the diligent efforts we make to undertake our personal inner-transformation. Thomas Paul's journey also reminds us of our mission as human beings to develop our capacity for empathy toward all living beings. His pains to uncover his true inherent worth set him on a path to recognize it in others, in spite of their failings. In doing so, he further enhances his potential to transform himself and his environment. I found Tall Trees to be a worthwhile read. In spite of its' weighty content, it was difficult to put down and the story's close left me wanting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2012
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I read this book in just a few readings a month or so ago, and it is still haunting me. This is a book that should be read by everyone, just for the experience of understanding the results of the devasted series of abuse piled on this young boy, and the story of his triumph in overcoming the odds. His example of strength and integrity against overwhelming adversity will stay with me for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret boomer on November 5, 2012
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This book made me cry and feel for Thomas Paul. I love his story and this book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Courson on October 19, 2012
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I have counseled abuse victims, and know their journey. Some in my family and some of my friends have encounter abuse. This story is filled with a lot of their experiences and their journey to healing. I read it in between all of my responsibilities, slept little, and finished in two evenings. I couldn't put it down and am still filled with some very powerful feelings. This is a must read book to protect your children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pjw on October 17, 2012
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Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I felt so many different emotions as I read this heart felt story. The author took you on a journey through every chapter of this book. It seemed to be a story of secrets that needed to be told.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Magnes on October 11, 2012
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A riveting look at life in another person's shoes. Tall Trees: A Story of Triumph takes us behind the many newspaper articles of the Church sex scandal to reveal what it meant in one young man's life. Co-authors, Andrea Bouvier and Mark Clements, skillfully take us through the seduction, the confusion, the pain, and the triumph of one person's heroic struggle with a deaf then apathetic bureaucracy. Tall Trees gives us a glimpse into the world of those who prey upon the young and innocent and the life-changing effect they have on their victims. Every chapter is an eye-opener.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carey Moore on October 1, 2012
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Thomas Paul, in Tall Trees: A Story of Triumph, leads from vulnerable and confusing childhood experiences to thriving as a healing adult. The authors don't spare the bitter, cutting edges of growing up an estranging family. The abusive process of sexual grooming is often hard to read but is handled with the goal of moving beyond the pain. For me, this book
was inspiring and rich in narrative with characters that pull you in and hold you tight. Thomas Paul has the courage to stand for his own truth and healing in the most positive ways. Great read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blair Ringo on September 16, 2012
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Sleek, powerful, and alluring. A book you will savor for its devastatingly rich content, and raw emotionality. A must read for all who have struggled to understand the clamorous judgments made by the world around them.
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