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All That Is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd
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Jul 26, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 26 to August 01, 2011

The book is perfectly balanced. Alternating between stories of Ashley Judd's difficult work as a world ambassador and her childhood and rehab experiences, it was amazing how the two stories could be told hand in hand. Seeing the similarity of her sisters around the world is Ms. Judd's greatest gift. Holding them with compassion and sharing their stories is the best work she's ever done.

This was a difficult book to get through. Not because of the way it was written, but because it
covers such difficult topics. Because I shared so many of her thoughts, feelings, and troubles associated with a difficult childhood, I found parts of it extremely hard to get through, but then I pushed on. And I found a memoir that tells what happens on the other side. I found her story to be remarkable.

Her work is successful because she is who she is. She is the product of what she's been through. Like us all.

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