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All that is bitter & sweet : a memoir
Ashley Judd and Maryanne Vollers
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.J83 A3 2011

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From Publishers' Weekly:

It's widely known that Ashley Judd is a popular actress, with a roster of both large and small films on her CV, and hails from the same family that produced a country music sensation, but Judd is also a dedicated philanthropist and a global ambassador for Population Services International (PSI). In this frank and heartfelt memoir, Judd reveals the tumultuous and abusive childhood that led her to wrestle with anger and abandonment. She worked through these issues in therapy in order to recommit to both her acting and her role as an advocate for sex workers and public health issues. Skeptics, who think of Judd as another actress out of her depth, should be quieted by Judd's completion of a masters degree at Harvard University in 2010, better equipping her to carry on her mission of social justice. In his foreword, Kristof calls Judd a serious advocate following "a calling." On paper she is sensitive, thoughtful, devoid of narcissism or unnecessary drama, and shows superb judgment in collaborating with Vollers, whose 2007 book Lone Wolf, about abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph, was excellent. Judd's resolve and dedication to her work is humbling and inspiring, and her memoir is fantastic. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Writing with the talented Vollers (Lone Wolf: Eric Rudolph and the Legacy of American Terror), actress Judd chronicles a childhood far from silver-screen glamour-neglect, abuse, and depression, interspersed with reflections on family (including her famous mother and sister). Yet she primarily focuses on her own personal healing, which unfolded in unexpected ways. As a global ambassador for Population Services International (PSI), Judd has traveled to the poorest parts of India, Africa, and Central America and met impoverished children and abused women. Her descriptions of illness, sex trafficking, and hunger are heartrending and disturbing. Judd subsequently advocated for improved health resources, AIDS/disease prevention, and safer living conditions through personal visits, talks to raise awareness, interactions within a vast network of people and organizations, and even a presentation at the United Nations. She earned an advanced degree at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a stunning achievement that helped enhance the impact of her humanitarian efforts. Along the way, Judd's own life was forever transformed. Verdict A wide variety of readers-not only Judd's fans-will draw inspiration from this absorbing memoir of challenge, courage, and renewal. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/10.]-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, NJ (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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