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Bluff Island Rescue Service: A Memoir

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The year before she was born, Stephanie Hubbard's father - a Madison Avenue magazine writer - bought Bluff Island, an uninhabited forty acre island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Stephanie grew up on this island, a true believer in her father's idealized version of splendid isolation. But what began as a family adventure became a daughter's lifelong struggle to l ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Autumn Doerr
Oct 15, 2010 Autumn Doerr rated it really liked it
Stephanie Hubbard's memoir is a heart-wrenching story about growing up the oldest daughter in a uniquely dysfunctional family. The young Stephanie's insights into her parents' destructive behavior and how it molds her view of the world, and of herself, draws you into the story and doesn't let go. I was rooting for the smart, tough little girl while cringing at what she endures and the heart breaking path she travels before making sense of her past. The story is surprising, gut wrenching and hone ...more
Katie
Jun 08, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
We read this in one of my book club groups and then met with the author to discuss the book. A great memoir. Haunting and so sad at times in revealing her family relationships to be abusive. Loved the setting in the Thousand Islands. I loved the way she handles her complicated relationship with, description of and analysis of her father. Interesting to see bits of her therapy sessions through the second part of the book.
Janet Beneitone
Jul 26, 2013 Janet Beneitone rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started this book, I could not put it down. Luckily, I read it on vacation. It is an honest and heartfelt memoir. The author is an excellent writer who overcame tremendous adversities in her family of origin to become an insightful adult. So good.......
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Mar 13, 2011 Ammaze rated it it was amazing
Powerful, moving, and beautifully written.
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LOVED - have gifted it to friends!
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Very compelling read by a friend of mine. Just needed a better editor.
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