With or Without You

A Memoir

Ruta, Domenica

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
With or Without You
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.

Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0812993241
Branch Call Number: B-Ru93w 2013
Characteristics: 210 p. ;,25 cm


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A wrenching family memoir with Dominca Ruta exploring her struggle to survive a chaotic childhood with a drug-addicted mother.

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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Sep 16, 2014
  • tanne11 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

okay not fully what i was expecting...a little "poor me"


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