We Stay In Our Own Tree: Shattering the Taboo of Abusive Incest by Michelle Barry
Publisher: Michelle Barry
One survivor's chilling memoir of her stolen memories and her childhood secrets. Rural isolation and inherited belief systems collide to create a perfect storm of intergenerational abusive incest within her family tree. Putting a face to what is often called a victimless crime, Independent Author Michelle Barry invites you to share in her remarkable journey to discover the duality of vulnerability and the complexities of family and broken relationships. Throughout her life, we see Michelle battling grief, depression, alcoholism, and domestic violence, all stemming from her childhood sexual abuse. With steely grit in the face of unspeakable shame, she speaks out to spur on higher levels of engagement through candid dialogue, thereby shattering the deafeningly silent taboo of incest. Forever breaking its power helps Michelle to advocate for all survivors who are in differing stages of recovery. For those who've been abused, Michelle's memoir shows others that they can reclaim their own voices and personal histories. "We Stay In Our Own Tree provides a raw and painful look at the tragic consequences of incest and the far-reaching arms of its damaging generational effects. The graphic nature of this work is not for the faint-hearted, but Michelle Barry exposes the reader to the vivid thoughts and feelings of a little girl struggling to understand a distant and angry father, a manipulative and abusive brother, and to find her place in the world. The honesty in this book hints of Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes as we follow Michelle Barry through early childhood and we see her struggle to understand her sexual self in the midst of sexual abuse. As she gets older the reader watches her manage numerous tragic losses, experience a multitude of bad decisions and abusive relationships, and fight a long battle with alcoholism. This is the book to read if you want to know what it is like for survivors of incest." Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS Child psychologist and award winning author of A Violent Heart, Wounded Innocents and Fallen Angels, and Survivors. "Michelle Barry has shown great courage in crafting this memoir, taking the reader through a difficult but necessary journey to better understand how all victims can overcome the most terrible circumstances through faith, determination, and a willingness to speak the truth. Family is at the heart of her story. There is loss, and pain, and trauma. Family is also a source of great joy and love. Michelle penned a story that takes us through all of these ups and downs in rural America. The telling of this journey will be inspiring for anyone who reads it, including victims of abuse. Michelle's story outlines a path forward not just to happiness, but to triumph as well." Glenn Puit, national author of Ghost, Father of the Year, and In Her Prime
Based on a true story, Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When Social Services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home. When jury members and a love interest congregate to inspire her to fight, she risks losing the support of family and comes to the realization that some people simply do not want to be saved. "Beautifully written, hauntingly real, Spilled Milk is a must read for any young adult today." - F.P Lione, Author
The Stranger She Loved: Dr. Martin MacNeill, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder by Shanna Hogan
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
Martin MacNeill-a doctor, lawyer, and Mormon bishop-discovered his wife of thirty years dead in the bathtub of their home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, her face bearing the scars of a face-lift he'd persuaded her to have the week before. At first sight, the death of fifty-year-old Michele MacNeill, a formel model and mother of eight, appeared natural. But days after the funeral, when Dr. MacNeill moved his much-younger mistress into the family home, his children grew suspicious... A DECEPTIVE HUSBAND WHO WOULD KILL TO HAVE HIS WAY... Soon the MacNeill daughters conducted their own investigation into their mother's death-only to uncover their father's multiple marital affairs, past criminal record, and falsified college transcripts he used to con his way into medical school. It would take six long years to solve the mystery of Michele MacNeill's death and secure a first-degree murder conviction. This is the shocking story about how one family unmasked a monster in their very own home-and lived to tell.
The Black Art of Incest and How I Survived the Betrayal by Carol Wooten
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
70 70 This is a story about three sisters who were sexually assaulted by a parent. It details some of the trials and challenges they faced on their journey from this evil toward healing and forgiveness. It details how a daughter attempted to help her parent forgive himself, despite his refusal to admit what he had done and despite his unwillingness to ask for her forgiveness. Furthermore, it's about using writing and art as a way to release, express, and heal from the inconceivable betrayal.
Nicole's story of incest survival is purposed to support the path toward peace for those that may be in the thralls of this type of abuse or may be many years removed from their abuse experiences. Speak Incest Out Loud(R) will mentor readers in identifying actual and potential prey, survivors, and vile predators. Whether a frightened victim, an angry survivor, a family member of someone victimized, a teacher or church congregant, there is a message and teachable moment for you. The authors show us that there are many participant roles in the cycle of incest both directly and indirectly. Identifying these team players, as the writers call them, is an important component of the healing process. Nicole believes that deliberate confrontation of personal truths and removing personal masks which kept secrets living in the shadows were two of the many stepping-stones along her path toward healing. The purpose of Speak Incest Out Loud(R) is to enable survivors in rescuing the frightened child hidden deep within who has been awaiting your healing so they may be delivered into the light, to freedom, and into a life of joy and peace. This book lives up to its name and will teach you how to overcome fear, self-doubt, low self-esteem and will truly help you speak incest out loud. -Sharon Skinner, Phenomenal Peace Book Club Reading Speak Incense Out Loud had me on the edge of my seat as I became emotional for the little girl that the writer came back and rescued. The book teaches its readers the signs of abuse and how to be aware of the predators who linger in the shadows. I highly recommend this book. -Crystal Edwards Owner of I Care Daycare and CEO of Brystal Visions Inc.
Kyle Morgan is a writer and editor for Finder who has worked for the USA Today network and Relix magazine, among other publications. He can be found writing about everything from the latest car loan stats to tips on saving money when traveling overseas. He lives in Asbury Park, where he loves exploring new places and sipping on hoppy beer. Oh, and he doesn't discriminate against buffalo wings — grilled or fried are just fine.
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