Born With Teeth: A Memoir
Reviewed by: Chrystal Nelson
With the recent release of the paperback version of Born With Teeth, I wanted to take this time to review the memoir and give our readers an in depth look at what Kate Mulgrewai??i??s words meant to me and how they helped me heal in many ways.
Now, while being a fan of Kateai??i??s for a few years, I was hesitant to read the memoir, as I had known a little about the adoption, the attack, and the heartbreak Ms. Mulgrew discusses, and knew that I was nowhere near emotionally prepared for the depths in which Born With Teeth reaches. Chapter by chapter, I was blown away. The lengths at which Kate goes in order for her story to be heard is insurmountable. Through 302 pages, Kate Mulgrewai??i??s personality and strength shine through. I read Born With Teeth in a day and listened to the audio of the book about a week later. The passion in Kateai??i??s voice, the sadness, and the excitement captivate the reader in a trance for 9 hours. Kate Mulgrewai??i??s words stun to the highest degree.
Without further ado, this is what Kateai??i??s story has meant to me:
The initial chapter starts out very humorously and, from the get-go, the reader can tell that the voice of Mulgrew is one hundred percent present. As the chapter goes on, there is a sadness that enveloped me and I could not break that sadness for the next few chapters. This book is not light, in fact the memoir is very heavy and detailed with many painful memories that knock the wind out of you. While I delved further into the novel, I began to think about all of the panels Kate has spoken at, all of the interviews she has done, and all of the pieces she has written in passing. This woman knows what suffering is and yet she is able to stand proud and own her life for what it is. I am in complete awe of her, and respect her more than ever. There were a few chapters in particular that struck me and I often go back and read them when I feel my strength dwindling. baclofen no rx, online Zoloft. Cut, this chapter, chapter 16, broke me in the most beautiful way. If you have read Born With Teeth, you will understand that this chapter had to have been extremely difficult for Ms. Mulgrew to write and must have taken an incredible amount of strength to share with the world. Again, I applaud her. Now – the purpose of why this chapter meant so much to me. I was raped 5 or 6 years ago, at a party, and I donai??i??t really recall the events of the attack itself. I donai??i??t remember much at all really. However, I never blamed myself or saw myself as a victim. The few people who knew(after this article, that will change) would ask me, ai???Are you okay?ai??? ai???Do you need to speak to anyone about this?ai??? And I didnai??i??t need to speak to anyone. I was well and truly okay. I never once blamed myself and sometimes I felt like those few looked at me as if I should be broken over it. When I read Cut, I felt as if Kate was telling me that it was okay to be stronger than the things that have happened to me and that I did not need to feel bad for not feeling bad. Her words gave me a strength to keep my head high in difficult times.
I annotated much of the book, thatai??i??s the educator in me. I wrote down the sections that struck me the most and would like to share one of them with you. ai???You have to know your own tolerance for pain, what you can endure, what you know you can live with, and what you canai??i??t live withoutai??? (Mulgrew 77). If this quote doesnai??i??t make you feel empowered, I donai??i??t know what will. That piece of lyrical geniusness moved me tears and still does to this very moment. Born With Teeth empowered me beyond measure and I hope that you have much the same experience as I did.
Kate Mulgrew has been nominated for 2 Audie Awards, the first of which she is a finalist for “Autobiography/Memoir” and the second award is “Narration by Author”.
We here at The Laughing Lesbian congratulate Kate Mulgrew on all of her accomplishments with Born With Teeth and look forward to reading her second book, a novel, when released.
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