“A painful but wonderfully written memoir that should create greater awareness of a bizarre disorder… Keen self-awareness, a sharp eye for details, and an original, poetic voice.”
“This story of unfathomable child abuse is told with remarkable wit, compassion, and courage. It’s a work of beauty from a beast of a childhood.”
--Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors and Dry
“Like some Diane Arbus photograph come to life, Julie Gregory's Sickened offers us a portrait of quintessential American Disturbos in all their tender, heinous can't-look-and-can't-look-away glory. A miraculous book by a woman whose very survival is itself a miracle.”
--Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight
“Set in a southern-culture-on-the-skids world reminiscent of J.T. Leroy, Sickened is written with a lyrical directness that is both riveting and horrific. Julie Gregory reminds us that those who find the courage to slay the dragons of their past and stop the cycle of abuse are the true heroes of the world.”
--Ann Magnuson, actress, singer, writer
"A stunning account by a courageous woman who journeyed from the depths of hell to reclaim her own power and worth. Julie Gregory casts an extraordinary beacon of healing. You will be hearing a lot about this one.”
--Alan Cohen, author of I Had It All the Time
"A born storyteller with perfect pitch, Julie Gregory guides the reader through this surreal form of cruelty, in which the ultimate weapon is the scalpel, with originality, gusto and heart-stopping courage."
--Sylvia Fraser, author of My Father's House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing
"Gripping self-disclosure by a remarkable young woman . . . Sickened will surely and finally impact the proper diagnosis and treatment of children caught in the terror of MBP."
--Chris Monaco, Ph.D., Director, Childhelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline
“This searing and beautiful memoir represents a genuine triumph
of the human spirit.”
--Marc D. Feldman, M.D.
From the Hardcover edition.
JULIE GREGORY grew up in southern Ohio. She is now an expert writer and spokesperson on Munchausen by proxy and an advocate
in MBP cases. A graduate student in psychiatry at Sheffield University, England, she currently lives in the United States.
From the Hardcover edition.
Sickened focuses on Julie Gregory's upbringing. From start to finish it becomes clear that her mother's trauma history and mental health issues impacted on her treatment towards... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amy
I liked reading her story as I hadn't seen any other books like it, but I didn't like the writing style as much. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Private
I thought that this was written okay.. It was an unfortunate story, but it was very simply written, not overly complex, and not very deep. Read morePublished on July 11 2010 by Booklover
Sickened: The True Story of a Lost Childhood
Short review: not an easy read, but easy to read, stylistically. Read more
I can't say that i enjoyed this book..... As another reviewer said the author just summarized certain events in her life in order to prove a point. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2010 by N.M.
I saw that book on here quite a while ago and looked everywhere to find it, so when I DID find it I devoured the book in a night. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2008 by P. Gaudon