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The Stardust Lounge Hardcover – June 26, 2001
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The ultimate power of this book, written in a seductively honest, often poetic style, is the message of the true nature of healing. Anyone who has been through troubled times - and who hasn't? - will find their answer in this book.
Ms. Digges is a good writer and a good mother but I disagreed with many points made in this book. For one thing, should it really have taken all those therapists to figure out that this kid, whose only steady older male figure in life, went crazy after that male figure, his older brother, left for college? The kid obviously had abandonment issues. Why? Because his mother kept marrying unavailable men in jobs and/or lives that kept them away a lot. She seemed to like it because it allowed her to freely (a bit too freely) raise her boys. I raise this issue because the most helpful therapist said the past is irrelevant. Frankly, I think it was quite relevant. Ms. Digges, a rebel herself, a true child of the 60's, married a military guy. Why, because she wanted to escape her oppressive parents. Then, surprise, she has babies with that husband yet does not agree with him on parenting issues. They divorce and the boys, particularly the youngest child, are left holding the baggage she created for them. She then picks another unavailable guy and he ultimately leaves. All of this is relevant since, despite the fact that she raised two boys who ultimately made it, both appear to be nomads. Let's hope they learned through their own examination of the past to be prepared to be available and part of a team when they have kids, if they choose to have them.
The big solution for this kid is to teach him the value of fairness. Great, but honestly, that discussion at a younger age might have prevented a lot. For instance, could she not have introduced this concept when the whole family was busy destroying rented houses? Honestly, I pity their many landlords.Read more ›
What follows is a bizzare lifestyle reminiscent of the Bohemian trend of the 60's - virtually anything goes! With the aloof attitude, "you sleep where you drop," munching on fast food and pizzas as the fair-of-the-day, and opening her home to gang members who would give most mothers an acute panic attack, the book is full of surprises. Ultimately, they are surprises that work. It is a modern day version, of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" philosophy.
The most enjoyable element of this off-beat, true-to-life tale is the author's light-hearted, witty writing style. Faced with overhwhelming adversity from teachers and law enforcement officers, her incredible determination will win the hearts of any parent who happens to think no other parent on Earth could possibly be going through "this insane pile of sh..!" Hats off to Deborah Diggs. She is a woman with a purpose and a mission, clearly treading where few mothers dare to go. The book teaches a powerful message in a rather unorthodox manner.
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Despite resisting at the beginning, I found this slim paperback hard to put down. Yes, written poetically because Digges is a poet. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by C. L Wilson
Totally fascinating. I first read about Mrs. Digges in her obitituary and was taken by her story. I have read a few of her books.Published on November 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Althought Deborah Digges died in 2009, this book
about her struggles with her young son to overcome his
emotional problems, is a courageous example of motherly
love,... Read more
I discovered this book after reading about the author's apparent suicide. After reading this book, it is really hard for me to believe she could have committed suicide. Read morePublished on November 25, 2009 by Tracy
I bought the book after I read Deborah Digges' obituary in the New York Times and did not know what to expect. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Jens
I want to say that I began this book just after supper one night and couldn't stop until I finished it about 3 in the morning. Read morePublished on May 18, 2002
The Stardust Lounge has been widely reviewed-- USA Today, The New York Times Review of Books, Esquire, The Washington Post Book World, and others. Read morePublished on May 18, 2002
This book is interesting from a philosophical vantage point. However, it is alarming and disturbing. Read morePublished on March 2, 2002