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Sister of Silence (Appalachian Families Book 1) by [Berry, Daleen]
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Follow along on Daleen’s personal journey from teen mom to New York Times best-selling author. After a shotgun wedding, Daleen found herself barefoot and pregnant—and by age twenty-one, the mother of four. After realizing she was an abused wife, Daleen became 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.

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 six other books, including the true-crime book about Skylar Neese's murder, "Pretty Little Killers." She has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, Discovery ID and Lifetime TV networks.

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.

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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 Bestsellers Rank: #367,921 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1889894) out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read July 5 2011
By Costas F. - Published on
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.
51 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa18898e8) 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.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1889d20) out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner July 21 2011
By MamaTobi - Published on
Format: Paperback
I prefer to read non-fiction/memoirs rather than fiction because real-life stories are simply so incredible. Berry shares the amazing story of her life of sexual abuse and eventual healing. I read it in a day and a half (317 pgs). I plan to share it widely. Every library should purchase a copy. Many of us have no idea how much pain some people live with all the time. Just as Berry was empowered when another woman shared her story, I'm sure Berry will help countless women (and men) through this revealing memoir.

A note to Nellie Bly books: This book needs to undergo another edit. Queen Noor of Jordan was formerly known as Lisa Halaby, not Carla Halaby. There are too many grammatical/spelling errors: (chocked up instead of chalked up; to not overdue it instead of not to overdo it; sat my satchel down instead of set my satchel down, etc. etc.). Apart from the 15-20 grammatical errors, I believe parts of the book can be pared down. Some parts are excessively wordy or unnecessary (I told the kids to tell the babysitter I was in the bathroom getting ready...).

The only reason I mention the editing is because I really believe in this book--it just needs to be cleaned up a bit.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa188b0fc) out of 5 stars Understanding Silence May 8 2011
By MHagebsuh - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa188b1e0) out of 5 stars When the monster from under the bed is in the bed May 1 2012
By Miss Barbara - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.