A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her ...more
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Now that I have finished reading it, I am very glad to have purchased and read it. The story was not what I was expecting, and the heart break and anguish that Sue Klebold experienced, and was willing to share, makes me want to reach out and hug her. Columbine was a tragedy all around, and th ...more
I think this audio hit me harder then I expected. It was even more emotional as it is narrated by Sue Klebold. It took her many years to write this book. She knew there would never be a "right" time for it. She knows people blame her and her husband. She blames herself in many ways. What did they miss? Could she have stopped it?
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started list ...more
A MOTHER'S RECKONING is a detailed and graphic account of the carefully planned massacre that occurred at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. It includes information on the recorded basement tape video made by Eric and Dylan as well as documented statements from their diaries and Sue's own journal.
A great deal of this memoir is written from the perspective of what ac...more
I had recently read and when a goodreads member reviewed by Sue Klebold I really wanted to read it to try and understand why a teenager could commit such horri ...more
I can't believe it's been 17 years (and dozens of mass shootings henceforth) since the horrible events of April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. The havoc wrought at Columbine High School that spring day would become the very essence of parents' nightmares in the US and world-wide. I didn't become a parent until nine years after Columbine, but I'm sure its hoary tendrils have subconsciously wormed their way into my worst fears: how can I possibly keep my kid safe when I send her to school ...more
All I can say is that I feel great sympathy for Sue Klebold and everyone affected by this tragedy. She does a great job of giving readers insight into what it would be l ...more
"I hadn't even been one of those cool parents who smokes pot with their kids or introduces them to their groovy boyfriends." (119).
So what's she saying here about single moms? Hmm...
From the first chapters, which begin on the day of the shooting, the author focuses specifically on her own image ...more
I was most interested in hearing from the p ...more
Update: Upping this to 5 stars because I haven't stopped thinking about it since I put it down.
Who does not remember this day when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students, one teacher, wounded twenty-four others, and then took their own lives?
A Mother’s Reckoning Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy is Sue Klebold’s undertaking to describe what it is like to be the mother of the child who committed this horrible act, to give a portrait of her life, her family, before and after this mass killing.
Sue Klebold had question ...more
I have a private counseling office one mile south of Columbine High School. Not a day goes by when I drive by the school that I do ...more
This book is r ...more
However, if you're interested in the grieving process unique to the parent of a reviled killer, I doubt few books could compare.
To begin with, Klebold is a talented and articulate writer who is smart, thoughtful, and reflective and ...more
Initially Mrs. Klebold's constant denial and looking to cast blame elsewhere annoyed me. However I realized that this guilt and unimaginable grief was not for me to judge. She was ...more
Sue Klebold doesn't say so directly, but I think it was the publication of Columbine that made this book possible, because Cullen's righting of the record showed that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were quite different people, and perhaps Klebold's behavior, at least, might have some explanation. It's no coincidence which of the mothers has written a book.
This wor ...more
What Sue Klebold has done is nothing short of amazing. Her desire to help others started way before any of us knew her name.
This book humanizes someone most of us saw as a monster and we see that he wasn't the sum total of the headlines we have read. He could've been a son we loved as much as she did. That is a hard thing to grasp, but I thank her for writing this book.
I think her decision to donate the ...more
In this really touching book Sue Klebold, Dylan's mom allows the reader to get into her life and feelings. How does it feel to ...more