The Stardust Lounge: Stories from a Boy's Adolescence
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Though many may not agree with some of the ways Digges and their therapist handled certain situations, one can't help but be moved by the ins and outs of their predicaments and how they maneuvered through them. Digges also included, along with h ...more
Book has some flow issues-ideas introduced and then a few chapters later re-visited with more detail...could tell that the chapters were written out of sequence and not checked to ensure continuity and flow.
Deborah Digges is a single mother of two boys. This story is about her youngest son, Stephen. When the book starts, Stephen is 13 and he's in a lot of trouble. He's associated with gangs, doing drugs, carrying weapons, skipping school, in trouble with the police, the whole nine yards. Digges is desperate not only to turn her son around, but to regain her close relationship with him. In her desperation, she turns to whatever ideas she can grasp- ...more
"Thanks for a wonderful childhood!" Stephen Digges tells his mother as he hugs her goodbye in front of his New York City college dorm, and it's a measure of just how persuasive and potent her account of his difficult adolescence is that we know exactly what he means. At 13, Stephen was running away, stealing his mother's car, carrying guns, doing drugs, and getting into trouble with the law and in school. Already divorced from Stephen's father, Digges saw her son's problems br...more
Digges's memoir focuses on how she handled the out of control adolescence of her youngest son, Stephen, in the early '90s. I was drawn to this book because it said that, after trying many tactics which failed, she decided to observe her son (she was inspired by Jane Goodall's book on chimps ...more