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Anger Is My Middle Name: A Memoir Kindle Edition
An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood.
Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic stepfather. For Lisbeth, it was a childhood without perimeters. It was blighted by poverty, sexual abuse, neglect, betrayal, and further victimization by the broken Danish social services system that forced Lisbeth to live where and how it saw fit. Coming of age with a myriad of fears and emotional disorders, Lisbeth had three things that would become driving forces in her life: she was extraordinarily bright, extremely willful, and exceptionally angry.
From hell to liberation, this is Lisbeth’s emotional and galvanizing memoir told in two voices: that of a young girl who was unwanted, challenged, and defiant, and that of a woman who channeled her rage into a positive force as a passionate advocate for children’s rights. Whatever darkness defines the past, it can be used to change the future. Lisbeth’s heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting journey is proof.
About the Author
Lisbeth Zornig Andersen is a former children’s ombudsman in Denmark and the author of the bestselling memoir Anger Is My Middle Name, her first work to be translated into English. Already well known in Denmark for her advocacy and for My Childhood in Hell, a documentary detailing her early years, Lisbeth received global recognition in 2015 when she was charged and later sentenced for picking up a family of Syrian refugees in her car. This simple act of charity earned coverage in such publications as the Washington Post, Le Monde, the Guardian, and the Huffington Post and on air at the BBC and Al Jazeera, igniting an international debate about the ethics and legality of humanitarian aid. Lisbeth has also founded her own advisory consultancy and charitable foundation, where she continues her socially centered work.
Mark Mussari has his PhD in Scandinavian languages and literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has translated Danish novels, short stories, and nonfiction for publication, including Dan Turèll’s seminal crime novel, Murder in the Dark. A scholar of Danish literature, art, and design, Mussari is the author of numerous academic journal articles and the book Danish Modern: Between Art and Design. Mussari is also the author of numerous educational books, including books on Haruki Murakami, Amy Tan, Shakespeare’s Othello and sonnets, and popular culture. His recent translations for Amazon Crossing include Erik Valeur’s The Man in the Lighthouse and Carsten Jensen’s The First Stone.
"A courageous chronicle of abuse and redemption...Andersen writes with striking clarity...[her] candor about the trusted adults who repeatedly violated her illuminates painful yet vital insights about how to recognize and address the sometimes-contradictory and often undermining effects of childhood trauma. As she chronicles how she overcame years of extreme abuse to eventually thrive, Andersen's revelations of intimate betrayals are often chilling, and many readers may be shocked or outraged. They should continue to read, however, because the book advances an important broader purpose: undergirding the value of survivors' voices as instrumental to guiding future policies, advocacy, and change...Her history of trauma shaped her lifelong passion for protecting vulnerable populations, and this tightly distilled collection of memories serves as an urgent call to public action and reform with regard to children's rights. This is a triumphant, empowering book that calls into question current patterns of intervention and challenges popular conceptions about what it means to believe young girls...A potent memoir of fragility and transcendence." --Kirkus Reviews
"This inspiring story of overcoming unimaginable adversity will be welcomed by a wide range of readers." --Library Journal--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07SSSC795
- Publisher : Amazon Crossing (1 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 56084 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 218 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 25,821 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For all the difficulty of its contents, it is inspiring to see how Lisbeth, with appropriate help and support, learned how to succeed academically, socially and professionally - even to the extent of being able to use her own experiences to help other young sufferers of abuse and neglect. The book allows her to reach further victims in Denmark and beyond, firstly by demonstrating by example to victims that a life begun in abuse and /or neglect can ultimately be a successful one and secondly by helping those working with children and young people to spot the signs of abuse and act on them.
A very worthwhile read.
I gave this to my daughter and it helped to understand a lot of issues.
This book is really an account of memories which shaped a child, shaped a teenager, shaped an adult – completely applicable to anyone who wants to understand what happened to them or what happened to someone they know.