Rolling Pennies in the Dark: A Memoir with a Message

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 28, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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“Our intoxicated mother had marched the three of us out into what passed for a living room in the cardboard and tarpaper shack we were existing in on the edge of Nowhere, New Hampshire. She assembled us like an audience on the broken yellow sofa, and said, ‘I’m going to kill myself now, and it’s all your father’s fault.’

“After the dramatic announcement, and once sure we were all looking at the tragedy playing out before us, she took a bottle of sleeping pills out of her purse, and swallowed the entire contents, using vodka as the lubricant.” —excerpt from page 44

Through determination, a deep faith in God, and belief in himself, Douglas MacKinnon has taken the pains of his childhood and turned them into the fuel of compassion. Through his words, you can do the same.

 A Memoir with a Message

 It’s impossible for most of us to imagine what it would be like, as a nine-year-old child, to have your own mother empty her .45 pistol into your cardboard bedroom wall, bullets flying above your head, as you hold your baby sister close to protect her. We can’t imagine this, but Doug MacKinnon can. Doug can do more than imagine—he can remember.

This very personal memoir is both heartbreaking and highly inspirational. In it, Douglas MacKinnon weaves his astounding story as a desperately poor child and his triumphant transition from living in abject squalor to becoming a White House writer who now has the political influence to change the system—especially as it affects children.

But this book is more than the story of one man’s personal journey; it is a memoir with a message. Through this message, the author not only inspires readers to move beyond their own difficulties, he also calls both political parties to task for their shameful neglect of tens of millions of Americans. You’ll be riveted to the story, moved to compassion, and inspired to see the world through new eyes.

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User Review  - Emma_Manolis - LibraryThing

To be honest I feel like I was duped. If only I would have taken the time to research the author before I sat down to read his “memoir.” I’m not sure that would have stopped me since the blurb for ... Read full review

A truly unforgettable memoir!!!

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"For me and the millions of people across the planet who had or have it much worse than me, a recurring questions is "What's the point?" For many of our fellow human beings in indescribable pain, it's ... Read full review


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A TwoYearOlds Introduction to Poverty
Me Baby Jesus and My First Crime
In Desperate Search of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
Crashing a School Bus for My Sister
A Grandmothers Love and a Peek at Normalcy
Sunday Dinners and My Escape from the Kids Table
My Little Project and the Effects of Too Much Alcohol
A Minority Greeting and a Beating
Rolling Pennies in the Dark
The Deception That Gave Me a Chance
Writing a Novel at Seventeen
The Square Peg in the Round Hole of College
A Bridge Too High
The Agency Offers an Out
A Campaign Door Leads to the White House

JFKs Assassination and an Eviction
A Book Provides Escape While Planting a Seed
Poor Public Schools for Me Please
A NineYearOld Fires a Weapon in SelfDefense
Ducking Bullets Fired by Our Mom
A Gift Makes a Difference
The Caped Crusader Saves Our Lives
Shining Shoes Darts and the SheBeast
The Broken Bunch
Insane Friends and Armed Robbery
The Wrong Side of Crime and Attempted Murder
Dont Excuse the Inexcusable
Shedding Tears with the President
John F Kennedy Jr A Man and a Day to Remember
The Secret Service Thinks Im a Threat
A Presidential Election Hangs in the Balance and My Tiny Role in the Outcome
My Patrick
Am I Insane?
Breathe and Count for Something
Povertys Unsung Heroes
Ignorance and the Poor

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About the author (2012)

Douglas MacKinnon served in the White House as a writer for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and afterwards in a joint command at the Pentagon, where he had a top secret government clearance. He is a regular contributor to several major newspapers. To date, he has published more than 600 columns in every major paper in the country—including Investor’s Business Daily, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA TODAY, Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Examiner—and makes frequent appearances on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC. He is the author of a memoir, Rolling Pennies in the Dark.

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