All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir
In 2002, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd found her true calling: as a humanitarian and voice for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. After her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley knew immediately that she wanted to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable. During her travels, A ...more
She managed to flip her fate around through her heal ...more
I read a couple of reviews that say this book has a lot of clichés and is (over) emotional however, Judd longs to bring a voice to the voiceless and s ...more
Walk away very fast.
Judd's volunteer work with a group that helps underprivileged women and children all over the world takes up a big portion of this book, as it ought to. It has really defined much of the ...more
So if you're looking for a juicy, gossipy memoir, THIS IS NOT IT.
However, if you are genuinely interested in Judd's work around the world, there is a LOT of information about what she experiences and what various NGOs do, with heavy end-notes directing r ...more
Of course she's an actress that comes from a famous (and famously dysfunctional) family but she has also spent a great many years as a feminist activist, quietly traveling the world with NGOs and coming face to face with the poorest, most exploited people on the planet.
And this memoir balances those two lives, providing insight on the tumultuous personal life that formed her d ...more
There's a discomfiting truth at the heart of the book, of which Judd is articulately aware - that a white, American movie star has better ...more
The way Ms. Judd connects her own depression and wounds to those of the women and children she aims to help has an equalizing effect. She doesn't try to equate her life of great privilege with their lives of huge deprivation and abuse, but she steps out of the role of ...more
I could not figure out what this book was supposed to be. It's kind of like "My mom is a famous superstar but as a mom she is awful. I like kittens. My entire family is dysfunctional. I li ...more
This was a difficult book to get through. Not because of the way it was written, but because it
covers such dif ...more
Ashley Judd does discuss her family life and early childhood experiences but in a context of self-discovery, rehab, and using her life as a spiritual journey. I was most interested in her work with Population Services ...more
“All That Is Bitter and Sweet,” is, at its heart, the story of Ashley Judd’s awakening. In sharing the secrets of a childhood fraught with neglect, abuse and debilitating depression, she confronts the stigma of mental illness and celebrates the serenity that comes with the hard work of recovery. The reward is a new role on a new stage -- global advocate for HIV/AIDS sufferers. The humanitarian pursuit of social justice and gender equality is gritty work, but the people she meets in the s
However, the bulk of this memoir is focused on two elements: Ashley's work as a global ambassador for PSI's YouthAIDS program, and her recovery from ...more
As she grew into a young woman, her acting career blossomed but she was also drawn to a need to reach ...more
Overall, her memoir tells two stories - ...more
Though I've never really been a fan or her acting work, I vaguely was aware that she was an advocate for social justice, specifically women in poverty. People who spend their time resources helping those in adverse circumstances always have my respect. But, Ashley is deeply engaged in the work she does around the world to ad ...more
|This book galvanised me to act and DO something for the Developing World. Have any books You have read made you take action for Good?||1||5||Jun 15, 2013 10:41AM|
A celebrated and acclaimed actor, she has starred in 20 films, both box office hits and independent treasures, and on Broadway. Titles include, Ruby in Paradise, her debut, which won the Sundance ...more