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American daughter : a memoir of intergenerational trauma, a mother's dark secrets, and a daughter's quest for redemption / Stephanie Thornton Plymale with Elissa Wald.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bethlehem Main Library 306.874 (Text) 33062009277048 New Adult Non-Fiction Checked Out 05/27/2020

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  • ISBN: 9781632992529
  • ISBN: 1632992523
  • Physical Description: xii, 278 pages : genealogical table ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Austin, TX : River Grove Books, [2020]

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"As CEO and visionary of her Heritage School of Interior Design--the premier interior design school on the West Coast-- Stephanie Thornton Plymale kept her past a fiercely guarded secret. No one outside her immediate family would ever have guessed that her childhood was fraught with every imaginable hardship: a mentally ill mother who was in and out of jails and psych wards throughout Stephanie's formative years, neglect, hunger, poverty, homelessness, truancy, foster homes, a harrowing lack of medical care, and ongoing sexual abuse. Stephanie, in turn, knew very little about the past of her mother, from whom she remained estranged during most of her adult life. All this changed with a phone call that set a journey of discovery in motion, leading to a series of shocking revelations that forced Stephanie to revise the meaning of almost every aspect of her very compromised childhood. American Daughter is at once the deeply moving memoir of a troubled mother-daughter relationship and a meditation on trauma, resilience, transcendence, and redemption. Stephanie's story is unique but its messages are universal, offering insight into what it means to survive, to rise above, to heal, and to forgive"-- Back cover.
Subject: Plymale, Stephanie Thornton.
Plymale, Stephanie Thornton > Family.
Children of mentally ill mothers > Biography.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Mothers and daughters.
Psychic trauma.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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