I'm Nobody: My Mother Said It; I No Longer Believe It
In her poignant autobiography, Erma Steppe shares her heartbreaking ...more
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All mothers are not created equal. In I’m Nobody, Erma Steppe describes a mother who far surpasses the Scriptural maternal forgetfulness and neglect described by the Prophet Isaiah. And yet it wasn’t the great atrocities committed by Erma’s mother, her numerous boyfriends, husbands, vari ...more
I'm Nobody written by Erma Steppe follows closely the path of life this woman was given as a child, as a teenager and as she began to make her own path as a young wife and ...more
I wish there were half stars, because this book is a 3.5 for me. Currently, I don't have the heart to give it a 3.
I'm particularly critical when it comes to books that are autobiographies and/or memoirs. The information age and the internet has made us all writers, and unfortunately, so many stories of those being written are not worth being read.
That doesn't happen here however. A complete page-turner, with the author's vo ...more
I began reading this book earlier today as a break from study, I was unable to stop reading.
It tells the story of Erma who since she was a toddler found herself in and out of children's homes and foster care due to abuse of a physical, sexual and emotional nature as well as heartbreaking neglect, all the while dreaming of attaining her mother's love.
The true strength of this novel comes not f ...more
It is a book that has haunted me, it's taken me a while to try and even formulate a review on the book due to the impression it has made. Where do I start? This book sits with me because the author is brutally honest about what happened to them, how they felt and how they still feel. It is not a book about self-pity. It is simply Ms. Steppe telling her own story and ...more
Erma's story goes on to present day seeking only to hear these words, "I love you" from a mother who has no understanding of what these words mean.
As a part time teacher, I bel ...more
I'm Nobody, contains legal documentation of when and how a friend finally put a stop to the mothers' rule of Erma and her siblings lives only to be tossed into another world of childrens hom ...more
The main character and author, Erma, tells the story of her life as a small child being raised by alcoholics, or as she puts it, "mean drunks." She and her siblings suffer abuse after abuse, such as hunger, filth, beatings, and ...more
I give I'm Nobody: My Mother Said It; I No Longer Believe It a rating of 4.5/5. It's not one of my favourites, but I definitely really liked it. Simply because of how Erma's story drawn me in so easily.
(view spoiler)[I'm Nobody: My Mother Said It; I No Longer Believe It is a very sad story of a woman who had pined for her abusive and neg ...more
I was sent this book by good reads.com - and I would like to warn people not to read this unless they are prepared to be reduced to tears.
I find it incomprehensible that any mother could treat a child so, and Erma looks such a dear little girl!
The story is told very straightforwardly, without any traces of self-pity, and is heart-rending at times. It is incredible that a child who has been so abused still yearns desperately for her mother's l ...more
The cover and the print saying "I'm nobody" craved that I should read it.
I read the book expecting nothing but entertainment, like any normal book, but I ended up getting so much more out of it than imagined.
I learned that forgiveness is a valuable lesson that no one learns easy. What ermas mom did to her was inexcusable and probably something I wouldn't have forgave her for, so for you Erma Steppe, I admi ...more
What is a mother?
According to Dictionary.com, a mother is a "female parent". And what is a parent? According to the same source, a parent is a "protector or guardian". So, if a mother couldn't protect her offsprings, does she still deserve to be called a "mother"?
As a toddler, Erma was neglected. Not only denied the love and care from the only parent she knew, her mother, she had to endure physic ...more
The style of writing takes some getting used to. It is written very simply, almost in the manner of a child listing a series of events. At first glance there seems to little if any emotion invol ...more
This memoir was a page turning. Very emotionally captured and seems as if I was watching scenes from a movie than just reading a book. Towards the ending though, I felt the story was a bit rushed, like Ms. Steppe just wanted the story to end.
There are so many children out there just like Erma and her siblings. Some are fortunate enough to be fostered into loving families, other's adopted to families that actually love and care for them. But others like Erma are n ...more
I feel this book should be in a requirement in all middle schools. Perhaps someone will ...more
The subject matter of the book is disturbing (child abuse, abandonment, foster homes, alcoholism etc). Certainly not the type of book to pick up for pure enjoyment and pleasure. Regardless, this is the type of book which everyone should read from time to time to get a first hand appreciation of what the victims have to endure, cope and survive. The author's experiences are vividly portrayed in this book and I admire her courage for openly putti ...more
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I grew up w/a mother who was an alcoholic w/no desire to be a mother to her children. She gave birth to 6 children and never gave us another thought.
I have spent the majority of my life waiting to hear my mother say," I love you". She never has uttered those words.
I was abused, every possible form of abuse. I have several learning disabilities.
During my lifetime to da ...more