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Tales of the Titmouse

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Pamela has been running, running from a teenage marriage, a dead-end job, and memories of a difficult childhood. In a cottage on her grandmother's property in San Gabriel, California she settles down and enrolls in the local beauty school. Through a fellow student, she meets an intriguing charismatic man. Caught up in a whirlwind romance she flies to Mexico with him and th ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 19th 2009 by Outskirts Press
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Jeffrey Crimmel
Nov 24, 2010 Jeffrey Crimmel rated it really liked it
I finished reading Tales of the Titmouse by Pamela Barrett. This book is a very good description of what was going on in the 70s between California and Mexico. Pamela lived a very fast pace of life in the weed trade and hung out with the get rich quick crowd. She tells the reader in depth what that life style was like and how drugs covered up her insecurities she had been carrying since childhood.

Somehow she managed to survive that life style and found connection with Christianity and God. Many
Ellen Maze
Nov 25, 2010 Ellen Maze rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: memoirs
When I was reading Pamela Barrett's Tales of the Titmouse, I kept flipping to the back cover and looking at her photo in incredulity. I looked into her eyes, asking, "However did you survive? However did you have the courage? The audacity? The plain-old-fashioned cahones to defy authority? I mean, look at your sweet face!"

Repeatedly, I resumed reading, more and more convinced that not only is Pamela's a miracle story, but also a heroine tale. Follow me here--yes, she broke the law and lived an
Hanje Richards
I read Tales of the Titmouse because of my interest in memoir and addiction and recovery. Although I don't know Pamela Barrett, we have a mutual friend who told me about the book.

Pamela appears to be about the same age as I am and we have similar lengths of clean and sober time. Our paths have been different in many ways, but at the same time similar.

I think Pamela is a very good writer, and although I am a Unitarian Universalist (the church Pamela's mother didn't want her to attend), and did
Kathi Dumond
Nov 07, 2009 Kathi Dumond rated it it was amazing
captivating,it pulls you right along on this journey with pamela, aka, titmouse.a must read for anyone struggling with addictions, as well as their family and loved ones, and wondering if there is a way out.
Emily Crow
I have my typical mixed reaction to this memoir. Barrett excels at description, and I would definitely recommend Titmouse to anyone who is interested in the California counterculture of the 1970s and into the "Me Decade" excesses of the 1980s. The author depicts herself as a would-be free spirit, dabbling in drugs and the New Age movement (especially astrology), with a lot of unresolved baggage from her chaotic, somewhat abusive childhood. She meets a charismatic surfer/drug smuggler named "Cris ...more
Jean Scheffler
Feb 11, 2010 Jean Scheffler rated it it was amazing
Just finished last night!! What a fantastic book and extremely well written. A very personal story told in a non senimental way. Interesting and Intriguing all the way to the last page. I was touched by the authors honesty and belief in the power of faith. I believe this book will truly reach many people and change the lives of persons afflicted with addiction and the persons who love them.
Jun 18, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it
I won this book at Goodreads! I'm so excited to receive it in the mail. Thanks!!!

Pamela has a great testimony to share and she is a good writer.
Lynette Norton
Mar 07, 2011 Lynette Norton rated it it was amazing
So far I think Pamela is amazing to have gone through so much and come in one piece. She is now able to help others make a change to their lives, that's wonderful. I can't wait to finish the book.
Dec 01, 2009 Joy rated it liked it
I am very excited to read this book. It sounds very interesting!
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Pamela Barrett is an hair designer in Paso Robles, California. She and her husband, artist John Barrett live on the Central Coast. Her memoir Tales of the Titmouse: One Woman's Journey Out of Darkness takes you into the drug world of the 1970's, from smuggling marijuana to a drug overdose and miraculous deliverence. Written with a PG-13 sensitivity, it is a valuable tool to help drug addicts and t ...more
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“I think that it is a great tragedy that a child can lose their mother, father, sister or brother, because you and I made a decision that getting loaded was more important than they are.” 10 likes
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