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With or Without You: A Memoir by Domenica…

With or Without You: A Memoir

by Domenica Ruta

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It never ceases to amaze me how many crazy people are out there and the children who can survive the craziness! This is an interesting tale of such craziness. Kudos to the author for overcoming her childhood. ( )
  karconner | Jul 5, 2016 |
A young girl whose mother was an unwed drug addict grew up in Danvers, MA eventually getting into Phillips Academy boarding school before dealing with addiction herself. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
A young girl whose mother was an unwed drug addict grew up in Danvers, MA eventually getting into Phillips Academy boarding school before dealing with addiction herself. ( )
  micahmom2002 | Jan 25, 2016 |
She lived the next town over from me so I was interested in reading it but ended up feeling like so much of her story was my story. ( )
  bogopea | Mar 23, 2014 |
"Miserable Childhood of the Month" saga straight outta Danvers, MA, which in no way denigrates this excellent memoir by Domenica Ruta. I wonder what percentage of successful writers and/or humans are the children of raging monsters. Nikki's mother manages to help her get into Phillips Andover, which makes a tremendous change but does not save her. Nikki, whose mother celebrates her first hit of Oxycontin (Oscar), despises the fact that her daughter has become an alcoholic. The damage is devastating, with some family members (grandmother, father, stepmother) awful and good in turns. Today Nikki is in recovery and out of contact with her mother. It seems that she's got no where to go but better than where she started.
Also give a listen: http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&... ( )
  froxgirl | Mar 17, 2014 |
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You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do.--Kurt Vonnegut
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My mother grabbed the iron poker from the fireplace and said, "Get in the car."
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Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta's unconventional coming of age and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.… (more)

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