• by Ruthie Bolton
  • Narrated by C.C.H. Pounder
  • 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this memoir, the pseudonymous author, Ruthie Bolton, tells how she overcame tremendous obstacles to find her place in the world. Born into poverty in a rural Southern town, Bolton was abandoned by her 13-year-old mother and raised by her step-grandfather, an abusive tyrant who beat his wife to death and terrorized his children. With remarkable candor yet no trace of self-pity, Bolton describes how she used alcohol and drugs to try to escape her nightmarish existence. But her inner strength shined through, enabling her to clean up her act, finish school, begin a career, and find happiness in a new, loving family life.


What the Critics Say

Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Nonfiction.


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Customer Reviews

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Great Preformance

This was a most horiffic story -I could not imagine the crulety and abuse they all suffered! And to know it was true was even more heartbreaking-how do you rate a story that involves such cruel acts! The grio was on point-her performance drew a vivid picture-one which I'll have a difficult time forgetting. I pray healing for the Survivors.
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- Cassandra Perkins

the book gal

i loved this book it had ups and downs stwist and turns and its very emotional but overall its a great book.
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- kiefer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books