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To Vegas and Back Hardcover – January 22, 2014

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About the Author

Suzanne R. Krauss began her career as a film publicist for The Samuel Goldwyn Company in New York City. She then moved into magazine publishing for some of the largest brand names in the U.S., including YM and Cosmopolitan. She is currently a marketing consultant. Suzanne lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Changing Lives Press; 1 edition (January 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098945293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989452939
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By iwellner on November 10, 2013
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Once you begin reading you won't want to put it down until it's finished and then you may still want to know more! You will find yourself routing for the characters and thinking about them throughout the day when you are away from it. To Vegas and Back brings a range of emotions to the reader- you will most likely experience sadness, disbelief, anger, compassion and then peace. You will also consider that this is a true story and may wonder how these strong woman not only persevered but triumphed and that will inspire you.
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Please note I've begun writing this review at 3:31am on a Tuesday morning when I have to wake up for work in less then 3 hrs. And, I finished To Vegas and Back about 2 mins ago. I was supposed to stop reading hours earlier but I couldn't. That's the kind of story told here. It's infuriating and true and complicated and sad and, at times, funny. Like life. Like people. Like every meaningful relationship you've ever had. The author plants you firmly on the inside of a childhood growing up with a charismatic mom whose unusual career and desperate choices lead the family down a very dark path. Remarkably, sprinkled throughout this tale are glimpses of everyday life and lightness, past and present, that remind you that you can survive the most challenging of circumstances and, possibly, even thrive. It's an especially impactful message because guiding you is an author with a real and likable voice who is very easy to root for. I highly recommend this book.
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I started reading and could not stop. To Vegas and Back is well written and totally enthralling. As you read, you will think, how could this possibly be true, and then realize there is no way it can be anything but. The characters make you want to fight for them. You will not want to put the book down just so you can find out what happens next. When I finished the book, I was speechless and in tears, but felt a sense of peace. The story is inspiring and empowering and you will be totally amazed to see how these strong women not only survived but have incredible lives.
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Like others, I could not put this book down, I read it in two days as I just needed to know the next turn of events. The crux of this story is a Monster named Paul who terrorized this family of young women, a true Svengali who with one hand deals out the most heinous and unspeakable acts as a Pedifile and then turns into a loving spouse and stepfather on a dime and then back into alcohol fueled rage and violence, this animal even beats the dog! You want to jump into the pages and save these poor children from this nightmare! My admiration goes out to the survivors of this true story who went on to become well adjusted members of society and loving parents, many are not able to say the same unfortunately.
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To say this book is a page-turner is a huge understatement! It is unfathomable how much happens to this woman and her children in the short span of a few years. The descriptions are detailed and graphic and sometimes very disturbing. This is a story about abuse, sex, addiction, denial, but also about survival, spirit and love. A must read!
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This is an extraordinary book. It is a must read that you won't be able to put down. While reading this book you find yourself examining your own journey and letting go of the little things that may be holding you back. I truly hope we get to read the story that follows this one. I still want to explore and ask questions to these inspiring women. What an incredible story.
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It sounds as though the author has complete forgiveness and compassion for her mother, who put her and her siblings through significant childhood trauma. This is admirable. The book is a real page-turner because Mama's obviously headed down a dead-end street and she keeps making disastrous snap decisions. Shortly in, you begin to wonder just how far down that street she's willing to take her family before they hit the brick wall.

Then the gun comes out.

This book gave me chills. It also gave me the same feeling as "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls. You want to slap the parents at the same time you find yourself rooting for the kids. When the two sisters finally confront their mother, saying "We're leaving. You can stay if you want to," the reader applauds the courage of children in the process of being actively robbed of their childhoods.

There were some things, as in Walls' book, that placed her mother beyond the pale of redemption for me. There are questions I believe the author and her mother will, if not consciously, wrestle with for the rest of their lives. The author is a born writer and a very bright little girl. She has to walk a tightrope in this memoir and she does an admirable job. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time for the sheer courage and compassion of its narrative. The author deserves all the happiness she enjoys today.

Five Stars. Great Read!
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A powerful, raw, engaging story about strength and resilience. It was brilliantly written and I applaud Suzanne's brutal honesty, humor, compassion and acceptance. While at times difficult to read because it brings you tears, so many emotions are evoked, and you will NOT be able to put it down. It is a MUST read. A real, rare, beautiful treasure.
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