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With or Without You

A Memoir
Ruta, Domenica (Book - 2013 )
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Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta's unconventional coming of age and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.
Authors: Ruta, Domenica
Title: With or without you
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 210 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Domenica Ruta
Summary: Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica Ruta's unconventional coming of age and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.
ISBN: 9780812993240
0812993241
9780679645023
0679645020
Branch Call Number: B-Ru93w 2013
Subject Headings: Ruta, Domenica Children of drug addicts Massachusetts Biography Drug addicts Massachusetts Biography
Topical Term: Children of drug addicts
Drug addicts
LCCN: 2012017991
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I heard Domenica Ruta talking about her book on NPR and had to read it. She writes about her childhood, raised by a drug addicted mother who wanted Domenica to get pregnant and stay home, in heartbreaking detail. Despite the gloom, I found this to be an incredible story of survival and hope.


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