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The Moose's Children: A Memoir of Betrayal, Death, and Survival, Paperback – December 2, 2011


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About the Author

Trained in Cardiology, and in private practice for more than 30 years, David Mokotoff, M.D. has always had a passion for writing. Published in esteemed medical journals, such as JAMA and Medical Economics, and medical opinion and travel blogs, he now brings his moving story of two decades of love and sorrow being married to an alcoholic childhood rape and incest survivor. The victim is now deceased, however, the memoir is written from the viewpoint of family impact, replete with chapter interviews of surviving siblings, and one by his daughter, Emily.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074146957X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741469571
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,709,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AA on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a great read for parents, spouses or even children who know or live with an alcoholic. It's got great substance and allows you to see a couple different perspectives of how this disease can impact relationships. Well written, informative and smart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By annie Ryan on April 2, 2012
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There is no happy ending in what started like a fairy tale story. Dr Mokotoff survived with his daughter Emily but what a roller coaster of events .Well written and you can feel he happiness,sadness and frustratiion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve W on February 15, 2012
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Excellent read, both emotional and telling into the life of a family abused by a coward. A quick read that I couldnt put down until I was finished. It will surely bring out your emotions and give you a further insight into one of this nations run away sickness. A must read for everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim G. on February 6, 2012
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Riveting. A compelling read. The first book in a very long time that I wanted to re-read immediately upon completion. (And I did)
It was refreshing to hear a first hand account of the effects of parental abusive behavior on the "normal" family members
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine McCall on May 18, 2012
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As a family therapist I've read many books about childhood sexual abuse and alcoholism in the family, but none as intimate as this and none from the perspective of the spouse and even the daughter. This is an excellent, excellent book. I read it in one day, because I was captivated at the start and it continued to draw me in. Dr. Mokotoff has detailed his experience of his wife's tragic journey from incest to alcoholism and death with a sense of honesty, diligent self-examination, and sensitivity. There is much to learn from this book in the lessons of the story, but I also especially like the way that he teaches the reader by interspersing clinical statements about alcoholism and the effects of childhood sexual abuse. I wish that it were required reading for every college freshman, before they get involved with alcohol, drugs, and other addictive behavior. I plan to recommend this book to friends,colleagues, and to therapy clients. Thank you, Dr. Mokotoff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kari Ardelean on March 12, 2012
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This book is a very disturbing yet thoughtful review of an uncomfortable subject. The reader is kept involved and turning pages, despite the known outcome from the first chapter. Written in both a retrospective and contemporaneous point of view, the chapter by the victim's daughter is especially poignant and heartfelt. This is a must read for anyone surviving sexual abuse, incest, and addiction, if for nothing else to know that they are not alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat M. on February 15, 2012
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The story of a beautiful and gifted woman who slowly and inexorably slides into the abyss of alcoholism, and her ex-husband's relentless effort to solve the dark mystery behind it. A must-read for anyone trying to understand the nightmare of child sex abuse and the demons it can set upon the human soul.
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