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Anger Is My Middle Name: A Memoir

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  17 reviews

An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood.

Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic

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Expected publication: March 1st 2020 by Amazon Crossing
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    An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood.

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    Dana
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    I honestly don't even feel right about writing a review regarding something that was so incredibly heartbreaking. This memoir will rip your heart out and stomp on it. I can't even begin to put into words how devastating this read was. Thank you Lisbeth for being brave and sharing your story with us. I can't not even begin to fathom what you went through.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Amazoncrossing for my review copy.
    Melanie
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Anger Is My Middle Name is a heart-wrenching, disturbing, and raw memoir about a girl who has experienced so much, and has shown immense bravery and courage to share her story with the world. She does this to educate others; to encourage people to speak up; to help people recognize the signs of someone else who may be going through it and may not be able to speak up themselves. Abuse is a horrible act that haunts victims in so many ways, and though it is so hard to read about, it is also so ...more
    Kelly Long
    Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
    I had a hard time getting into this book, I think because of how the translation worked, but once I did, it held my attention. Often it is hard to read because of the neglect and abuse she and her family experienced. At times it was uplifting to see the people who truly cared about her. Overall, this is a sad memoir but something that needs to be known so these children and adults get the help they
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    ileen lowery
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shock

    It’s rather difficult to understand how a small child can go through so much and yet be clever enough to hide her inner most fears and still surface as a well educated adult and help her own children to become rounded individuals surround by love and determinative - lots of evil to overcome and adherent behaviour such a fantastic read although upsetting and very difficult to believe
    Lili
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Moving

    It's always difficult to review a memoir like this one, one certainly can't say "I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a hellish childhood" but, as a fellow survivor, I felt touched and less alone by hearing her story.
    Melanie Bower
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Really hard to read. An important story to be told.
    Kennedy
    What a fantastic, heart wrenching book. It hurt me so much reading about what the author went through during her childhood. I think this book did a great job of showing some of the errors in orphanages and what makes a decent household, even for children in the foster system. Brilliant.
    Tiffany
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindleowned, arc
    I received an ARC of Anger is my Middle Name by Lisbeth Zornig Andersen translated by Mark Mussari. This is Lisbeth's memoir of growing up in Denmark in a very dysfunctional household, dealing with neglect, sexual abuse, and physical violence. Her story was difficult to read for two reasons, the first because the content was hard to stomach. The people in her life who were suppose to protect her were the ones either putting her in harm's way or directly hurting her. Immediately, I bonded with ...more
    Ninaminacat
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A brave, important, inspiring book

    This eloquently written (and well translated) memoir is not an easy read because of the subject matter - though I have no doubt the writing process was considerably more painful, so all credit to Lisbeth Zornig Andersen for undertaking the project.

    For all the difficulty of its contents, it is inspiring to see how Lisbeth, with appropriate help and support, learned how to succeed academically, socially and professionally - even to the extent of being able to use
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    Mrs Sarah Smith
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Powerful, compelling, heartbreaking and uplifting..

    Although at time’s difficult to read, this true story was compelling from the first words. I read the book in one sitting.
    As someone who can relate to some of the content I found the way in which Lisbeth overcame such adversity really heartening. There is a depth of self awareness here that shows that despite truly appalling circumstances there is always hope.
    I fundamentally agree that children need to be heard, no matter how uncomfortable or
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    Deborah
    Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thanks to netgalley for a copy of this book.

    This book was hard to get through at times, because of everything the author has experienced through her short life. The book is very open and descriptive about her story, which in some ways also makes her story more powerful in my opinion. It's amazing how children who go through so much end up surviving and living a "normal" life.
    Trigger warnings: Abuse, sexual abuse, rape, alcohol use, incest
    alomie
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Annika Morris
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A good memoir, but sad to read what a young girl had to go through.
    Lauren Archer
    I can’t imagine what Lisbeth Andersen went through growing up. She has taken the time to write this story of her growing up in an extremely dysfunctional home in Denmark.

    For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2020/01...

    Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    Jen Juenke
    Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    I could relate to this book on MANY levels.
    I cried out when the author was molested by men who should NEVER have been able to molest her.
    I understood her anger at the world, her family, and her unquenchable desire to just be loved and wanted.
    The earning for love, compassion, and understanding is the basic needs for children, yet so many do not get that .
    Her anger is justified and I absolutely loved that at the end the author gives 4 ways in which to break the cycle of abuse.
    I see why she loved
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    Julie Monson
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Anger is my Middle Name is a hauntingly raw memoir discussing the mostly devastating childhood years of the author, Lisabeth. The book takes us through the story of her young life, being poor, neglected, and abused and how she slowly started to overcome the distrust for adults and the damage they have done to her. It is a wonderfully told story, sans adult analysis, so we can understand how she was feeling at her age directly. This memoir is a heartwrenching tale of a child repeatedly let down ...more
    Kat Ayres
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Lisbeth Zornig Andersen is the prime example of “when you know better, do better”. Growing up with the trauma she did, it would have been all too easy to be the same level of parent her parents and stepfigures were, but instead she turned her life into being the exact opposite. Her story of trauma, healing and ultimate success in not passing on generational trauma is inspirational and heartbreaking. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me review this book.
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