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  • Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

    R.A. Dickey, a starting pitcher for the New York Mets, beautifully shares his story of persistence and devotion to faith and family, as he works his way around the minor leagues for years, fighting memories of a sexually abusive past and baseball heartache, to eventually find happiness and big league success through therapy, faith, and the knuckleball. 

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    Boys Don’t Tell: Ending the Silence of Abuse

    Recounting the author’s story based on his own denial, Boys Don’t Tell takes a subjective look back at a life distorted by the effects of childhood sexual abuse and offers insight on why survivors find it so difficult to “just get over it and move on.” Through the eyes and emotions of the author, this book reveals his abuse as a teenager by a trusted minister and mentor, then recounts years of therapy, a formal complaint to The Church, and a lawsuit settled in mediation.

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    What’s Driving You??? How I Overcame Abuse and Learned to Lead in the NBA

    During his twelfth NBA season, Keyon Dooling stood at the top of his game as the designated team leader of the Boston Celtics, firing up his teammates with the ringing challenge, "What s driving you?"

    In his memior  “What’s Driving You?” Dooling describes his climb through the ranks of the NBA, the effects of a childhood experience that shadowed him during his entire successful pro basketball career and the hidden trauma that led to his widely publicized breakdown.

    This inspiring story of courage and resilience shows the healing power of helping others and the critical importance of self care.

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    Never Let Me Go

    This gripping memoir recounts life as the ‘favorite boy’ of a sexually abusive coach. The story is both uncommon (bizarre sex acts, twisted ‘mentoring’ of his basketball playing and intellectual development) yet all too common. Any man who’s attempted to deal with such betrayal and mind games by a sexually exploitive coach will find understanding, and healing, in this remarkable book.

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  • The Tricky Part: A Boy’s Story of Sexual Trespass, a Man’s Journey to Forgiveness

    Moran, a gay man and a successful stage actor and writer, was sexually seduced and exploited by a Catholic church camp counselor. With great insight he tells the complex stories of their relationship, how it affected him, including sexual addiction, and how he’s found healing.

  • Nice to Meet Me: One Man’s Journey Through Therapy for Sexual Abuse to Meet the Boy He Left Behind

    In this unique book, Carlton walks readers through the first 15 months of his healing journey, 'from when my trembling hand first opened the door to a therapist’s office to when I finally noticed myself enjoying life again – and all of the fear, the pain, the confusion, the laughter, and the tears in between.' His writing is clear, insightful, humble and funny. A former Navy intelligence officer with an MBA who managed advertising for ESPN, Carlton is a guy with whom many can relate. One caution: readers may need to protect themselves from comparing the pace of their own unique healing processes – or that of someone they love – to his description of the high speed of his.

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    Father’s Touch: A Survivor’s Memoir of Sexual Abuse & Faith

    By a man whose entire family was abused by his father. As one reviewer comments, the author writes as someone who, ‘although raised in an atmosphere of violence and cruelty, seems never to have abandoned his own gentle and loving nature.’

  • Half the House: A Memoir

    By a man who grew up in a working class Pennsylvania family and was sexually abused by a coach. The story of how he managed to overcome his past and ultimately reconcile with a father who had abused him.

  • Transparent

    A courageous book by a CNN Anchor who’s overcome some major challenges – childhood sexual abuse, being a gay African American man – to excel with integrity in the world of TV journalism. Lemon reflects on his experiences and lessons learned, from growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to covering some of the biggest stories of the past 20 years.

  • In My Father’s Arms: A True Story of Incest

    By a man who was abused by his all-American father. Particularly good at conveying dissociative responses to chronic abuse.

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    Rescuing Little Roundhead

    By an African American man who reclaimed his life after childhood experiences of abuse and racism. As one reviewer notes, ‘Reaffirms that much can be made of a life that at the outset seems to have little going for it.... A poignant story about the power of perseverance.’

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