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Which One Am I?: Multiple Personalities and Deep Southern Secrets Paperback – September 11, 2012
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From the Author
After spending more than 20 years as a journalist, publicist and educator, something told me it was time for a change. Though I searched for something to keep me busy in my middle years, it seemed like doors in the professional world were closed to me. In 2008, when I met Darrell in a Long Beach bar, I immediately knew this kind and thoughtful man would have an effect on my personal life. There was no way of knowing that he would change my professional life as well. He wanted someone to tell his life story. Of course, I knew from dating him that he had multiple personalities. That didn't faze me, having become used to people changing personalities immediately after they left the stage. As we came to better know each other, I knew what he had experienced growing up with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was a story the rest of the world needed to hear.
About the Author
Thomas Smith & James Darrell Williams first met in 2008. They live peacefully with all the kids inside Darrell and a Miniature Pinscher named Tigger in Long Beach, CA.
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There are several facets of Which One Am I? on which I want to comment. First, I'm impressed with how calm and objective Tom and Darrell remain while telling Darrell's story. At no point does the narrative sink into self-pity, sermonizing, or belittling of his family. The events are presented as they happened and, instead of hysterical mud slinging, (which, sadly, would probably be what I would want to do!) the focus stays on DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and how it has impacted Darrell's life. Darrell's understanding of DID is the most sensible and compassionate outlook that I've ever come across. Reading this book gave me a huge admiration for both of these men. I have no doubt that theirs will prove to be a "forever marriage". They are an unstoppable team!
My only criticism of the book is that, in the Kindle version at least, there are too many typos and grammatical errors. I don't really know what is involved in taking a book from paperback to electronic. Tom credits a couple of people for proofreading the book. My guess would be that the paperback was proofed prior to publication, but the electronic version was not. While this is still an excellent book, the Kindle version deserves some polish. There is also one inconsistency when initially Tom states that Robert once spent an evening conversing with one of Darrell's "kids" is Italian. Later the same event is referred to, but with the language given as German. As Robert was Italian, I think the mention of German is probably just a brain fart. I mention these things as more of a heads up to the author(s). In NO way should it stop you from buying and reading this book!
Which One Am I? is excellent on so many levels. Biography lovers, those interested Psychology and Psychiatry, the Gay and Lesbian community, or just anyone who loves a good read will want to read this, and will come to admire Tom, Darrell and "The Kids" just as much as I have.
P.S. Tom mentions that both Carolyn and R.D. left insurance policies of $50K for each of their children when they died. Did Darrell ever get any of that money? I hope he did!
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