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.More
Winner of AudioFile 1996 Earphones Award, Nonfiction.
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