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White Elephants - a memoir Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Tami's mom had a mental illness, and alcohol only fueled the fire. We get our first glimpse into one of her episodes when Tami sees her mom in the living room getting beat up by the neighbor for hitting on her husband. Something she wouldn't have done had she not been drunk. But her alcoholism led to many bad decisions, including the men she allowed into their lives. Tami witnessed her mom's sexual encounters with these men on several occasions and, at the tender age of twelve, was raped by one of her mom's boyfriends, which resulted in Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. When the doctor asked how she could have a condition you couldn't get without sexual contact, her mother said, "Maybe she's just a tramp." I cried when I read this.
For the length of this honest, inspiring memoir, my heart ached for the author. I felt her pain when she read her mother's diary and found out that her mom was suicidal and wished she never had her. I wasn't surprised when she turned to alcohol and cutting herself and even attempted suicide.Read more ›
I guess the one thing I really got out of it, is that when there is a White Elephant in the room, have the courage to speak out and make a change. If you are too young to make the change yourself, find an adult who will do it for you.
As I said, I could not put this book down. Reading the excruciating agony of a child, who felt "trapped and hopeless" was heart wrenching!! Knowing and wanting to help her mother, a child with adult thoughts of "fixing" her mother but not knowing how, riveting!! A story that consumed, captivated, and had me feeling an array of emotions, that at times were overwhelming. As a parent myself, I found myself agonizing for this child. And I also found myself to be so angry with the parent, at times even detesting, but then also realizing that she was a very troubled woman with untreated diseases. As distressing as this story was, it was also inspirational.Read more ›
A perfect story that reminds us we all have the capability to 'rise above our raising' and thrive, as in the end we see Chynna morph into the family woman she always desired within her own mother.
I recommend this memoir to anyone that needs to find their way too.
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White Elephants is an unflinchingly honest and equally compelling tale of the strength it takes to overcome the myriad vicissitudes of mental illness and addiction. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Lisa De Nikolits
*Review contains small spoilers*
I'm a very critical reader who doesn't often give books a full 5 stars, it needs to be a true work of art for me to rate it at that level. Read more
I had never read a book in just two sittings until 'White Elephants'. I screamed, "how could you, how could you, how could you, how could you! Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Mari
I tend to measure the books I read by what happens when I am not actually reading them. When I set the book down, does it speak to me? Does it push me to pick it back up? Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Stacy Eaton
This is a really brave book. It speaks to the impossible circumstances children of alcoholics often find themselves in. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Ilonka M. O'Neil
So many memoirs are about growing up in abusive households, but WHITE ELEPHANTS is more than just another story of surviving a dysfunctional family. It is no wonder that Chynna T. Read morePublished on October 23, 2011 by Sharon Nobilio
Everyone knew something was terribly wrong with her mother, but nobody did anything about it ...that is until Chynna T. Laird wrote White Elephants.
Chynna T. Read more