Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Unbreakable Child

The Unbreakable Child
by Kim Michele Richardson

Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Behler Publications; Second Edition edition (October 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933016914
ISBN-13: 978-1933016917

"The Unbreakable Child is an act of courage, a book that insists on the primacy of justice, no matter how long the delay. Kim Michele Richardson, an author determined to give traumatic memories a rightful meaning, is one indestructible woman." —Jason Berry, author, Vows of Silence
In a story of incredible cruelty and injustice, Kim and her three older sisters were taken from their neglectful mother by the Commonwealth of Kentucky when Kim was a toddler and placed at the St. Thomas/St. Vincent Orphanage The beatings began almost immediately and lasted until the girls’ mother regained custody again. By this time Kim and her sisters had endured nine years of systematic abuse at the hands of the cruel nuns.

It is sometimes hard to read the unimaginable abuse the children suffered in the care of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Kim’s honesty will drew you in and her truthfulness oozes from many of the horrific pages. Her voice speaks clear in this page-turner, touching every emotion leaving you drained from the pain and the joy, from the crying and the laughter.

Ms. Richardson also appalauds the courage of one man, William McMurry, the blistering, but empathetic attorney who uncovered and effectively brought to justice, the methodical concealment of decades of orphan abuses. Although you would think this story of cruel and inhuman practices was evil without end, it is an accolade to the flexibility of the human spirit and a victory to see Kim and her sisters overcome their situation with determination and resolution.

BIO: Kim Michele Richardson spent over nine years in the care of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in her native Kentucky in the 1960’s. That grim experience and her subsequent legal action against the nuns are the subjects of her book, The Unbreakable Child.

As the Kentucky spokesperson for SNAP, The Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, Kim is a go-to contact for news media for the endemic clergy abuse crisis and has appeared on national radio, news print, TV news channels, and on PBS stations.

Kim mentors teen and adult writing workshops and has initiated student reading groups and has also implemented and designed successful programs to help homeless shelters - programs that taught students about giving back to their communities.

Kim has been an active community worker doing volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and a local shelter for the homeless, as well as helping younger students with reading and writing. She works closely with abuse victims and survivors of all types of abuse. Kim is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, writing about societal issues.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bag of Bones

The True Book Addict at Castle Macabre blog is hosting:

One of my favorite Stephen King books, Bag of Bones, has been made into a television mini-series, set to air on December 11 and 12 on A&E (in the U.S.). In honor of this momentous event, I have decided to host a read-a-long!

Here's how it will work:

Each week we will read approximately 125 pages (give or take), beginning on Sunday and posting thoughts/discussion on Saturday. Now, I know weekends are busy so if you're a couple of days late posting, that's absolutely no problem (if you don't have a blog, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments). Please stop by and leave the link to your post in the comments. Also, feel free to comment on my post. I have been known to run behind on read-a-longs so don't worry about being dropped from the list. I understand that life gets in the way. Incidentally, since I am hosting, I will make my best effort to NOT fall behind. Any questions, leave me a comment or email me at truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom.

Here is the schedule:

November 13-19--Chapter 1 - 9
November 20-26--Chapter 10 - 15
November 27-December 3--Chapter 16 - 21
December 4-10--Chapter 22 - End
If you would like to sign-up, please leave a comment with your blog link.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

CARter CAR and His Wild and CARazy Birthday

CARter CAR and His Wild and CARazy Birthday written and illustrated by Debra G. Watts

Pages : 36
Book Format :Square 8.5 x 8.5
Subject :JUVENILE FICTION / Fiction / Childrens Book
ISBN10: 1-4628-4864-8 (Picture Book)
ISBN13: 978-1-4628-4864-5 (Picture Book)

Today is CARter CAR's birthday and he is very excited. He and his friends CARissa, CARmen, CARina, CARly, CARlton, CARlos, CARson, CARol, and CARey celectrate a little too CARazy throughout the day. See how his party gets a bit out of control.

This is a wonderful children's book written by local author Debra G. Watts. Debra wrote the book for her nephew, Carter, and she has also illustrated the book named after him. Children will love the brightly colored pictures and the amusing escapades of Carter and his friends.

Debra G. Watts is a retired educator who presently resides in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. She has authored a teaching guide entitled "Listening Guides of America's Greatest Musicals" and she is currently a University Coordinator mentoring practicum and student teachers for the University of the Cumberlands.

You can contact Debra at The book is published from Xlibris and is available by contacting Debra directly or contacting Xlibris at 1-888-795-4274 ext 7879.

I think this quirky little book is perfect for the little boy or girls who still love to play with cars. It would make a wonderful Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.