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Live Through This: Kekuatan Cinta Seorang Ibu

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Sejak bercerai dari suaminya, dua anaknya yang pertama, Amanda dan Stephani, selalu membuat masalah, mulai dari menyulut kebakaran di sekolah sampai akhirnya keduanya melarikan diri dan hidup di jalanan. Mereka menjalani kehidupan jalanan yang bebas dengan segala keburukannya. Sang ibu harus berjuang dengan segala keterbatasannya sebagai orangtua tunggal dan pencari nafkah ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published August 2009 by Mahda Books (first published 2009)
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Ayu Yudha
Dec 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: buku-punya-teman
Jujur, saya bingung saat ingin me-review buku ini. Saya pikir, buku ini tentang gigihnya perjuangan seorang ibu dalam menghadapi anaknya tanpa saya tau apa yg diperbuat oleh sang ibu maupun sang anak.

Setelah membaca halaman-halaman awal, saya baru sadar bahwa buku ini menceritakan tentang anak-anak yg berasal dari keluarga yg terpecah belah atau broken home. Sejak awal mereka menentang perpisahan orangtuanya, namun sang ibu bersikeras untuk berpisah dari ayah mereka.

“Mommy dan Daddy telah memutu
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Harun Harahap
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Saya belum menikah apalagi memiliki anak. Maka, saya akan menilai buku ini dengan memposisikan diri sebagai anak.

Seperti halnya Amanda dan Stephani yang memberontak ketika usia remaja, sayapun begitu. Egoisme yang tinggi membuat orangtua saya berpikir ada yang salah dalam cara pengasuhan mereka. Debrapun berpikiran seperti itu, dia kerap menyalahkan dirinya dan mantan suaminya, Tom, atas perceraian mereka.

Saya saja yang memiliki orangtua yang pernikahannya masih utuh terkadang ingin perhatian da
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Rhian
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely well-written and absolutely horrifying book. As mother of a couple of pre-teenagers, I read it with an agenda -- How can I keep this from happening to me? -- which made it all the more electrifying.

One thing Gwartney did not include, which an editor should probably have pointed out, is a good sense of who these children were -- what they were like. For most of the book she doesn't distinguish between them or spend much time describing their individual personalities. She knows how t
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Gina
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a hard time formulating my review of this book, and figuring out how many stars to give it. The truth is, I'm trying very hard not be judgmental of Gwartney. On the one hand, I appreciate her raw honesty, and her ability to see and admit her own mistakes. But man, her mistakes were plenty. And I really don't identify with her attitude toward her children, and children in general, and her approach toward motherhood.

The first half of this book should be given to every divorcing couple w
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Moira Russell
Gwartney was the subject of a v affecting story on 'This American Life' and wrote some good pieces about her runaway daughters, but it really doesn't work as a book -- her tone is oddly flat and v defensive, and the lack of any testimony from her daughters whatsoever not only weakens the narrative but also her credibility. "Augusta, Gone" and other books like it are a much better example of the Confessionalist Mommy genre.
Janet
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-bio
Upon finishing this, I wondered if I should recommend it to my mother. Altho I never ran away and didn't get into the trouble and despair that this author's daughters did, I'm sure my mother experienced the anguish and insecurity that comes from having an out of control family member--whether it be me or my sister who paved the way before me.
Lucie
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. I thought the author was brutally honest in her portrayal of raising four girls by herself after leaving a marriage that was doomed to fail from the beginning. Debra Gwartney captured all my fears of becoming a mother, from finding that fine balance of doing what's right for you and what's right for your children, having no control over your children's lives, loving them with everyone you've got, never giving up, watching them fail and experiencing failure yourself. I ...more
Truly
Jan 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Belinya sih bereng silver Phonix, tp baru ingat belum dibaca.
Setelah membaca setidaknya bisa memahami banyak hal tentang kasih sayang seorang ibu.Walau kadang menjengkelkan menurut kita, namun seorang ibu pasti ingin yang terbaik untuk anaknya. Memang tidak bisa dipungkiri cara yang dipilih untuk menunjukkan kasih sayangnya kadang malah menjengkelkan bagi seorang anak.

Seorang ibu akan dianggap cerewet jika berulang kali mengingatkan anaknya untuk sejenak berhenti beraktifitas dan menyegerakan ma
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Shawna
May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, but as always with this type of book (like "Augusta Gone")
I tend to get angry at the behavior of the children and be amazed at how much abuse the mother will put up with. Debra also puts out a lot of money to force her daughters into a variety of alternative programs in the hopes of changing their behavior. I wonder what a person is supposed to do who doesn't have well-off parents, or rich former in-laws, or a variety of friends who'll step in and take the girls off her hands.

Also
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Brandi Declue
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW!I was sucked in to this book and am still trying to recover. As a mother, it was a frightening book for me to read. This memoir actually made me get teary-eyed in a few spots, as well as mad. Mad at the author, mad at the ex-husband, mad at the daughters. I guess you could say there were a lot of emotions to deal with and that is part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much. There are some heavy moments in this book where Gwartney implicates herself and I admire that...a lot. I have already t ...more
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