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After a shotgun wedding, New York Times best-selling author Daleen Berry found herself barefoot and pregnant—and the mother of four babies by age twenty-one. Follow along on Daleen’s personal journey from coal miner’s wife to teen mom to award-winning journalist, determined to break the silence that shatters women and children's lives. A riveting true story, this memoir demonstrates the astonishing resilience of the human spirit.

Kenneth V. Lanning, a retired FBI special supervisory agent who spent more than twenty years teaching about family violence at Quantico, Va., wrote the foreword for Sister of Silence. He says it's "ultimately a story of survival and hope." Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a Johns Hopkins University nursing professor and one of the country's leading family violence researchers, calls Sister of Silence "wonderful!"

Campbell was the first professor to place the book on her syllabus. SOS is being taught at the University of Louisville; Dr. Jean Shimosaki, LCSW, MSW, a Bay Area therapist, is using it with her patients, as it provides “a step-by-step guide for healing.”

In 2006, an excerpt of SOS took first-place in the Appalachian Theme category at the West Virginia Writers’ Competition, and was banned at Livermore High School in California and removed from library shelves as “Banned Book Week 2011” began. It has been featured at “Hope For the Future: Ending Domestic Violence In Families,” hosted by the AIA (UC Berkeley), on The Bob Edwards Show (Sirius XM Radio), and on In A Word, a literary show produced by TV30.

Berry is a California native who grew up in Preston and Berkeley counties in West Virginia, and went to work at The Preston County Journal. Among her many awards was one in 1990, when she won a first-place award for investigative journalism. In 1997, she worked for The Dominion Post, covering welfare reform. Among her awards are two second-place honors for her 2007 weekly columns in the Cumberland Times-News, one of which was born from SOS. Berry’s articles about Lashanda Armstrong, the mother who drove her van into the Hudson River in 2011, killing herself and three of her four children, appeared online at The Daily Beast.

This is what a few people are saying about this book and this author:

“Almost never is an interview subject so open or so candid about the most intimate details of the most horrible moments of her life. Daleen is a very brave women and I hope her story will help other girls and women . . . Daleen you are a magnificent storyteller.” —Bob Edwards (Author of Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio)

“In Sister of Silence, author Daleen Berry gently guides us through the dark corridors of her life, so that we can emerge in the light, as she has courageously done, with a sense of hope, authenticity and courage. Sister of Silence is a brave book, written from the heart. It’s a must read for the brave-hearted.” —Asra Q. Nomani (Author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam)

“Sister of Silence is authentic, compelling and necessary.” —Richard Currey (Author of Fatal Light)

“For marketing purposes, nothing better can happen to a book than having it banned. A banned book is a sure sign that you’ve done something very right.” —Lee Maynard (Author of Crum)

“A dramatic memoir told in a matter-of-fact, yet strikingly compelling, manner.” —Appalachian Heritage (Summer 2011 Issue)

About the Author

Daleen Berry is a New York Times best-selling author, an editor, and an investigative journalist who also contributes to the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and xoJane. She is the author of three other books, including the true-crime book about Skylar Neese's murder, "Pretty Little Killers." She has appeared on Dr. Phil, NBC Dateline, the TODAY Show, 20/20, and Discovery ID and Lifetime cable docudramas. Ms. Berry has written more than 3,000 articles for regional publications and newspapers across the country. She is an invited speaker at local and national events featuring child abuse and domestic violence issues and in April 2013 she gave a TEDx talk based on her memoir. In 2012, Ms. Berry was the first-place recipient of the Pearl Buck Writing for Social Change Award, given jointly by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation and West Virginia Writers. In 2007 she received two second-place awards for her weekly columns from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association. One award came in the “Critical Thinking” category; the other award came in the “Feature or Humor” category. Ms. Berry also won a 1990 first-place prize for investigative journalism from the West Virginia Press Association for her three-part series on health care costs. In May 2005, she placed second in Fairmont State University’s M.M. Neely Persuasive Speaking Competition, for her speech regarding child sexual abuse and its link to domestic violence. Ms. Berry also served as editor of The Columns, FSU’s student-run newspaper, during the Fall 2004 semester. In that leadership position, she led her staff to a record number of awards in the Society of Collegiate Journalists’ annual competition. In 1991, Ms. Berry was editor-in-chief of publications she wrote and published for the West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police. She has reported and edited many newspapers during her long career, including The Cumberland Times-News (2006-08); The Tracy Press, (1997-98); The Dominion Post (1997); The Buckhannon Record Delta (1991); The Kingsville Record (1993); The Preston County Journal (1988-91), and The Panther Press (1979-80). She was also an Associated Press stringer in 1994, and her work has been heard on West Virginia Public Radio. Kenneth Lanning is a former supervisory special agent with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. He wrote the foreword because he said it offers something new to the field of child sexual abuse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1128 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Nellie Bly Books (Nov. 10 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066DKMDA
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9888f690) out of 5 stars 200 reviews
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98b97be8) out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read July 5 2011
By Costas F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even though I myself am an 18 year old young man, I have been exposed to abuse and found this book unable to put down until I read it all the way through. Read this book whatever your circumstances are; read it if you are a man, woman, older, younger, abused or not abused. This book definitely opens eyes to the deadly circle of abuse and the ways to fight against it.
49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x986b0864) out of 5 stars Amateurish Sept. 2 2012
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The saddest thing about this sad tale is that it's so poorly written that the reader--this reader anyway--comes away with very little sympathy for an author whose tone is self-righteous, preachy, and unfortunately vengeful. It is a confused, disjointed story lacking detail where it should be, and repetitious specificity where it has no purpose. And there's too much (repetitious) self-congratulation, especially and ironically in regard to what a "good writer" she is.
This barely proofed, unedited, and inconsistent narrative is rife with incorrect word usage, grammatical and punctuation errors, and a plethora of vagaries, contradictions, and textbook generalities. The five w's might be the reporter's creed, but lots of "showing" and much less "telling" is the hallmark of a decent writer. Despite what she says, I never get a sense of what is really going on in that household.
Domestic violence is passed down through generations, the author says. "I know I'm good because God doesn't make junk," she quotes. Praying and Bible study (all Old Testament references) are ever-present throughout the book. And yet--this author makes no attempt to forgive or show compassion toward Eddie, himself an obvious product of a culture of domestic violence. She dismisses him as--junk.
Ms. Berry has a good story but, despite the hype, entirely misses the mark in this slapdash, amateurish account of what might have been a poignant and compelling look at one case of domestic violence.
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Honestly, with all the 5 star reviews, I was sure this was going to be a great book about survival. The writing is boring, dull beyond words, very subjective and superficial. The subject matter had potential, unfortunately, the author does it a great diservice. She jumps all over the place, is repetitious, inconsistent, ah - let me just leave it there. I am very disappointed that people seem to find this book worthy of even touching such a horrific on-going "silent" crime in our society.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98951780) out of 5 stars So Poorly Written as to be Suspicious July 29 2012
By JudyAnn Lorenz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Two stars -- One because a star is required to review and the second because it may encourage a reader who is either abused or who knows someone who is abused to change situations. But read it on your Kindle or at the library and save the money for your escape.

The First Star: I accepted this book as a free release for Kindle and I'm glad I didn't pay for it. Why? As I read the whole thing, I found it more and more disturbing because of unbelievable 'detail'. I came here to check before writing a review to be sure it wasn't fiction, speed written and poorly edited with some snarky author laughing up a sleeve about how the readers bought the whole tale. The story is so poorly presented that before I read these other reviews and the Author's testimony, I was suspicious it was true-fiction about the ugliness of abuse at all levels in a labeled (Appalachia) culture that tolerated and supported both the manipulative and the submissive behaviors. There is not doubt the villain husband is a creep, but the heroine author must have had 26 hours in an eight day week to accomplish all she claimed. Spoiler: Almost all of the men are villainous and the women paragons of virtue.

Books like this, with 3 authors, sent speedily off to the printer give serious repressed memory more of a bad name. As a journalist and professionally acclaimed writer,Ms, Berry, you owe your audience more. You owe the abused whom you desire to support more. The voice that someone recommended isn't 'raw' and in the moment, it is confusing, quasi-sensational and misses the mark. Journalistic writing doesn't have to be dry and uninteresting. Perhaps the intended statement is "See, you can be dumb as a rock and still escape." I am still disturbed that someone could accept money for writing this.

The Second Star: Fiction would be acceptable because there are more than enough true stories out there who need the encouragement to change their situations. Some of them are in the Five Star reviews. That encouragement for them may be the one redeeming quality of the book, which I'm still not certain isn't a "true story gotcha".
29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9887cfa8) out of 5 stars Don't bother May 31 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I do feel for any woman suffering abuse. However, reading this book was a case of continuing against my better judgment and getting more irritated with each page. I kept waiting for an original insight. Alas, it was not to be and I was relieved when it finally ended with, predictably, another hurrah aren't I great? Sometimes I found myself disliking Daleen almost as much as Eddie. Although she claimed she was smart and a good writer, what came across with her actions and her journal entries/letters reflected just the opposite, I thought. She also came across as self-centered and self righteous, taking no responsibility herself but blaming only others for getting into such a pickle and letting it continue.