Celebrity survivors of childhood abuse reveal their traumatic family experiences and how they found the courage to heal in testimonies whose honesty will help readers acknowledge their own problems and take the first steps toward recovery. 40,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo.
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Somers continues the campaign against child abuse that she began with her forceful autobiography, Keeping Secrets (1987). Here, the popular comedienne-with-a-cause has persuaded 22 fellow victims to donate ``qualifications'' about their abuse- experience; of the 22, most are celebrities (``I believe...Americans feel more comfortable addressing personal problems of their own once celebrities they admire go public,'' argues Somers--who's bestowed her own high-profile name on the Palm Springs-based Suzanne Somers Institute, for families victimized by addiction). Somers divides the contributions according to type of abuse: ``emotional'' (Angie Dickinson, Cindy Williams, Patti Davis, et al.); ``physical'' (Randy Shilts, Gary Crosby, et al.); ``sexual'' (B.J. Thomas, Traci Lords, et al.). Much of this material shocks (``from the time I was ten years old until I was thirteen I was sexually abused by my mother's third husband, Lex Barker,'' writes Cheryl Crane. ``After the first assault, Lex said to me, `You know what happens to little girls who tell? They get sent away to juvenile hall and never see their parents again' ''). Some of it intrigues as character-study (Traci Lords links her teenage career as a porn star to an alcoholic dad; Richard Berendzen, the American Univ. president canned for making indecent phone calls, links those calls to his having been sexually abused by a woman at age 11). And nearly all of it proves affecting, as these men and women explain their growth from mea culpa to J'accuse and, finally, into personal responsibility. A curious but irresistible mix of soulful sincerity and glitter-sleaze that could sell through the roof. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Television actress Somers, currently seen on ABC's Step by Step , offers this compilation of first-person accounts of childhood abuse as experienced by 22 adults. Subjects include celebrities, children of celebrities, and Somers herself. While these brief recollections emphasize survival and healing, they are not pretty. In fact, some of the stories, particularly those involving sexual abuse, are graphic and disturbing. Somers's purpose is to provide catharsis and encourage honest assessment of the past by readers who have had similar experiences. Also included are a foreword by Timmen L. Cermak, M.D., author of A Time To Heal: The Road to Recovery for Adult Children of Alcoholics ( LJ 4/1/88); current abuse statistics; and a resource list. This title is likely to generate interest because of Somers's recent autobiography, Keeping Secrets (Warner, 1988), and a made-for-TV movie based on her childhood. Appropriate for self-help and recovery collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/92; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternate.
- Linda S. Greene, Chicago P.L.
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