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Fierce: A Memoir Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 21, 2004
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This book is the memoir sequel to "Change Me Into Zeus' Daughter". Although it could easily be read alone, I found it was an incredible experience to read it after reading the earlier memoir. Knowing the background of the author's childhood from the first book adds richness to the already rich second memoir "Fierce".
Although both books describe very difficult life experiences, they are far from depressing; they are about the triumph of love and the human spirit. I cannot imagine anyone having had a more troubled or abusive childhood than did the author, but the central theme of family love is what ,most affects the family members and holds them together above all.
I read this book as slowly as I could to make it last. It was just so good. I can't imagine anyone buying it and thinking they didn't get more than their money's worth, as it delivers on all levels---style of writing, suspense and plot, authenticity and transparency, the ability to draw you into the author's world.
"Fierce" takes place mostly after the author is an adult and leaves home although there are many flashbacks to childhood. "Change Me Into Zeus' Daughter" is about the author's childhood. I would buy both books together in hardback and save them forever to be read again and again.
"Fierce" is Barbara's story of leaving all she knew behind to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. Every step of the way, childhood demons haunt her: her charismatic and alcoholic father, staggering poverty and abuse, broken dreams and rural indigence. Men with whom she has close relationships fight demons of their own, Patrick with schizophrenia and brother Stewart with alcoholism. Her childhood memories wake her at night, but Barbara never loses focus of what is most important - her only son Jason and a better life for both of them.
As with "Zeus's Daughter," the author successfully sets the psychology of time and place. We can see the pony tangled in barbwire and the father's shot at close range. We are there when Stewart wrestles with an angel, and we rejoice when Barbara, like Einstein the cat, defies the pull of gravity.
"Fierce" - simply put - is unforgettable. Barbara's story not only inspires, it is a life-affirming testament to the human spirit.
As a former counselor who dealt with families of
alcoholics, I cannot emphasize enough how powerfully
truthful this book is.
As someone who has survived the death of a family member
by suicide, I found it to be extremely accurate, deeply
moving, and ultimately hopeful. Barbara Moss is a gifted,
luminous writer. Her wisdom and clarity are profoundly
The book was more than a reading experience for me:
it was an affirmation of the ultimate power of love and
a reminder that it is never too late to turn one's life
I'm glad I bought hardcover instead of waiting for the
I will definitely give this book as a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is really a sequel to Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter, Moss's book about growing up. Both of them were excellent, although the stark reality that people actually have... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Moss is the type of writer that can get you turning the pages and, before you know it, hours have passed by. Her life has been an tumultuous and interesting one. Read morePublished 24 months ago by alariel
book arrived with a little damage, not from shipping but appears to be from storage and while it does not affect the book, I expect a new book to totally look new. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by C. Martin
Interesting study in abusive relationships and how they can take root in child hood. Helpful for anyone who has been in an abusive situation or has been trying to understand why... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Jipsee
A little boring at times but it really picks up about halfway through. Great story. Really makes you think about alcoholismPublished on January 9, 2014 by RevGMW