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Fat Stupid and Ugly : One Womans Courage - Debrah Constance

Fat Stupid and Ugly

One Womans Courage

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In the spirit of A Child Called "It" comes an amazing story of resilience from a woman who triumphed over child abuse, cancer, and alcoholism to founder of A Place Called Home. "I began life, it would seem, as some kind of Grimm's fairy tale creature, large and oafish, undesirable, grossly imperfect. Neatly penned in my baby book were the words, 'Debbie was a fat, unattractive baby.' Fat and ugly aside, my life was fairly normal for a couple of years. It would be a while before the abuse began. Before the smoking and pills, the rage and rebellion, the alcoholism and cancer, the broken marriages.

In those first uncomplicated years I could have set out on any of a dozen different paths toward an orderly life . . . it was not to be. . . . But this is not a story of defeat."

This is a book about surviving. It's about hope. It's about how each of us-ordinary, imperfect, damaged-can dream and heal. This book weaves the humorous, often outrageous, always courageous tapestry of Debrah Constance's life. Voted Woman of the Year by the State of California Legislature for founding A Place Called Home, (APCH) an organization providing services to at-risk inner-city kids in South Los Angeles, she proves that anyone can rise above life's obstacles and make a better life for themselves-and others.

A tremendously well written book with an inspiring message: From the hundreds of manuscripts we receive that are similar to A Child Called "It," this shone the brightest because of the special quality of writing and what the author has accomplished.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Author's Notep. xv
Introduction: Coming Out of the Closetp. xvii
Beginningp. 1
Arnoldp. 5
Happy as a Fiddlep. 11
Where There's Smokep. 17
School Dazep. 19
Work, Part Onep. 27
Husband Number Onep. 31
Californiap. 37
Husband Number Twop. 47
The Wild Yearsp. 59
Cancerp. 63
Husband Number Threep. 69
Work, Part Twop. 75
Drunkp. 83
Real Lifep. 91
Uglyp. 99
Work, Part Threep. 101
Finding A Place Called Homep. 109
South Centralp. 119
Bad Lovep. 123
A Place Called Homep. 131
A Gang of My Ownp. 147
Dianap. 157
Crashp. 161
Smart as a Bellp. 171
Gideonp. 181
Godp. 185
Cat Tilt, Dog Tiltp. 189
Finding Fridap. 193
Fatp. 195
Wifep. 201
Sacred Musicp. 211
Awards Earned by Debrah Constance and A Place Called Homep. 215
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ISBN: 9780757302251
ISBN-10: 0757302254
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34