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The beautiful buttons : a memoir

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Cathrine Ann was raised by alcoholic parents in poverty where she was unwanted, neglected and abused. The first time she was sexually abused, she was five, and it happened by a friend of her fathers right in front of him, but he was too drunk to notice. From the time she was born until she became pregnant at 15, her parents moved seventeen times. They always had money for ...more
317 pages
Published 2010 by Key Porter Books
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Oct 25, 2010 Nina rated it really liked it
Cathrine Ann calls her book a memoir of survival and triumph, and it is exactly that. She describes a childhood of unimaginable neglect, deprivation, and emotional abuse in a matter-of-fact manner that makes the details all the more chilling.

Cathrine’s unflinching, raw description of her choices and behaviors flows easily; she is a born storyteller. She even manages to use humor throughout the book, perhaps to blunt the profound pain of continually being abandoned by those she loved and trusted
Bobbie  Crawford
Excellent book ---a MUST read!
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Aug 10, 2012 Christina (Ensconced in Lit) rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-request
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. After much difficulty, I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The beautiful buttons: a memoir by Cathrine Ann is wrenching, awful, and most of all, painfully honest, which I greatly admire. She doesn't hold any of the badness back-- we hear about every terrible detail of her life, including sexual abuse, parents who emotionally and physically abused her, boyfriends who did much of the same, and never having enough to ea
Bee Kapitan
Feb 22, 2012 Bee Kapitan rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Survivors of child poverty & sex crimes
Recommended to Bee by: Radio interview with Author
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Apr 15, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Buttons is the story of Cathrine Ann. The book opens with Cathrine receiving an award for her success. As she steps forward to accept the award, her inner critic begins its damage. The exact words don’t really matter much as we’ve all heard their like in our own heads-basically, you aren’t good enough.

All her life, Cathrine wanted more, dreamed of something better. Hungry and alone, neglected and abused, she wanted something, anything to take her from her personal hell. That and someo
Sep 02, 2014 Tiffany rated it did not like it
I've read many memoirs revolving around the topic of child abuse, bad choices, struggles and big successes. I don't like rating these kinds of stories, I think it's inappropriate to base someone's struggles with a star rating---however, the writing style wasn't to my taste. It was repetitive and the time line was strange. You start off when she's 10, jump to an incident when she was five and come back to her life at age 8. I also didn't fine the writing to be very humble or motivational. Cathrin ...more
Apr 12, 2011 C rated it did not like it
tough subject matter to read about. I only got in about 54 pages and I just got bogged down. I wasn't a fan of her writing style. Heard about this one on cbc radio one, but only caught the last part of the interview and thought I should diversify my reading horizons. Turns out I don't like change very well.

The written history of a physically and mentally abused woman's past. It seemed neither her mother or her father wanted her at all and the author has basically written down her memories of he
Oct 08, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it
I had a hard time getting into this book and couldn't wait to be done reading. I wasn't a big fan of the editing through out this book and I have to say that I had the sense that much of the details were exaggerated.
I think this book could have been phenomenal had it been written and edited better. The author’s life story and accomplishments are truly amazing, but the organization of this book really detracts from message. The first half of this memoir is organized more topically than chronologically and I found myself to be very distracted wondering how old the author was during certain life events and trying to unravel the timeline. This memoir is also written in a very informal conversational style…which ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Carolyne rated it it was ok
I thought that this book would be totally inspiring and in some ways, it was, but I think my expectations were higher than it could deliver. From the front cover and the reviews on the jacket, I expected that it would be a) about her past and b) focus a lot more on how she achieved the different awards of distinction that she did - 90% of the book was about her past, and while interesting, somewhat repetitious - I kept thinking, this is where she will turn it around and then when she actually di ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Glenda rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book and applaud Cathrine for being so brutally honest about how she lived her life. While her choices, especially in raising her son, were not great she was at least honest about them and you can at least understand why she acted that way after being raised by such horrible parents. I also enjoyed that she is a Canadian and I loved reading about all the places she lived in as I have been to most of them!
Jan 31, 2012 Kelli rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was a bit disappointed with this. I heard an interview with Cathryn Ann by Richard Fidler and was really impressed with her. However her book seemed to be less about her rise to success and more about her failures and promiscuity.
Feb 28, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it
This book seems very self indulgent. At times I had difficulty believing the author. It all seems like a con carried on from the rest of her life. Very disappointing!
Jun 28, 2011 Agnes rated it it was ok
What a horrible life she has led. Glad she finally pulled herself out of all that misery, some created by others, some by herself.
Dec 17, 2010 Buggy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Buggy by: Catherine
Shelves: shelf-10, bio-memoir
Wow, what an unbelievable, epic life ~review to follow~
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Cathrine Ann's credentials include quitting school after completing grade eight when she was fifteen and pregnant, along with having more jobs than she can remember; the majority of which, she was fired from.

After enduring a childhood of poverty and neglect and being raised by alcoholic parents, she overcame more challenges and obstacles in her life than might seem humanly possible or fair.
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