All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir

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Random House Publishing Group, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 406 pages

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In 2002, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd found her true calling: as a humanitarian and voice for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. After her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley knew immediately that she wanted to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable. During her travels, Ashley started to write diaries that detailed extraordinary stories of survival and resilience. But along the way, she realized that she was struggling with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment and abuse. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but the spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work. In this deeply moving and unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, from lost child to fiercely dedicated advocate, from anger and isolation to forgiveness and activism. In telling it, she answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.

Foreword by Nicholas D. Kristof

 

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User Review  - olegalCA - LibraryThing

Ugh. I went into this liking Ashley Judd a lot - I came out much less enthused. At one point in her book, Judd tells Bobby Shriver that her vocation is to make her life an act of worship - I'm sorry ... Read full review

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User Review  - olegalCA - LibraryThing

Ugh. I went into this liking Ashley Judd a lot - I came out much less enthused. At one point in her book, Judd tells Bobby Shriver that her vocation is to make her life an act of worship - I'm sorry ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter FAMILY OF CHANCE FAMILY OF CHOICE
3
THE SAFEST PLACE IN THE WORLD
21
BUTTERMILK AND MORNING GLORIES
35
THROUGH THE TRAPDOOR
43
MAKING OF A RABBLEROUSER
53
OUK SREY LEAK
69
AWENGING ANGEL OF THESISTERHOOD Chapter 8 DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
105
EURYDICE IN AFRICA
115
DELIVERANCE
179
SHADES OF HOPE
206
THE LOST CHILD FOUND
224
PROJECT LIFE
257
OFF THE MAT INTO THE WORLD
277
ADVENTURES IN BOLLYWOOD
297
A HOLY MESS
308
THE WHITE FLOWER OF RWANDA
326

Chapter lo THE RICE TENTS
133
Chapter in PRAYING WITH MY PRESENCE
150
BUMPING INTO MYSELF 16
163
THE REPUBLIC OF RAPE
342
THE CLICK 36
361
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About the author (2012)

Ashley Judd received her masters degree in public administration at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard Law, she was awarded the Dean's Scholar Award for her paper on gender violence. She continues to combine her acting career with human rights and public health work around the world, serving on various boards of directors and leadership advisory councils. She and her husband, race-car driver Dario Franchitti, live in Tennessee and Scotland with their many beloved animals.

Maryanne Vollers is the author of Ghosts of Mississippi, a finalist for the National Book Award. She has also collaborated on two memoirs: Living History, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ice Bound, with Jerri Nielsen, both #1 New York Times bestsellers.


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