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Sister of Silence [Kindle Edition]

Daleen Berry , Kenneth V. Lanning , Megan Hagebush

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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)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Nellie Bly Books (Nov. 10 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066DKMDA
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read July 5 2011
By Costas F. - Published on
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.
43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish Sept. 2 2012
By Kathy - Published on
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.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Silence May 8 2011
By MHagebsuh - Published on
When I started reading Sister of Silence I was worried that I would find it hard to connect with a situation that I've never encountered. Yet as I was drawn further in by Daleen's vivid and powerful words of courage, I realized that you do not have to be a victim of silence in order to understand it. Daleen's book holds a positive message of hope and encouragement for women of all ages and backgrounds.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the monster from under the bed is in the bed May 1 2012
By Miss Barbara - Published on
Daleen Berry explains "It took me twenty years to write this memoir" and I must admit that it took me a long time to read it. I set the book aside at least a dozen times because it opened up a lot of old wounds that were still oozing emotions into my life at 68. Believe me, time does not heal all wounds but they do get better, yes, little by little they get better.

Daleen is an excellent writer and manages to tell this story that started with sexual abuse at the age of 13 through her marriage to her abuser with heart and soul. Being forced to enter the adult world so young never gave her a chance to mature properly; with teenage angst and loves and breakups. She never developed the tools needed to tell this narcissistic jerk to take a hike. It's easy to ask the questions that so many readers must: "Why didn't you just "tell somebody?!!" but Daleen just wanted to have a little family and be happy so she tried, and tried, and tried some more. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of Dr. Phil will shake their heads wondering why women stay in these circumstances. Again, it's probably because they never got a chance to mature properly.

Daleen, to the chagrin of some reviewers, remains uncritical of her alcoholic and non-connected mother. I simply can't believe that mom was unaware of the troubled life this young girl was living; possibly because she was getting a payoff from the abuser. I think that mom turned off that part of her brain. Maybe I'm just reading my own story into Daleen's but that is what will happen to many readers. This is the kind of story that we tend to insert ourselves into - maybe not in totality but into bits and pieces.

The older I get the more I believe that there were no "Leave it to Beaver" families, that most of us have survived some level of dysfunctional childhoods. This book is not a sordid "tell-all". It was written by a survivor who is sharing her triumph and delivering a wakeup call to those who perceive themselves trapped in a home of abuse and violence. Maybe this book should also be read by the abusers themselves - I hope that sometimes it will be.
26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother May 31 2012
By Janice - Published on
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.

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