Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood
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An . . . unforgettable memoir of sexual abuse and its lifelong consequences . . . visceral, gripping . . . A vitally important book for fellow survivors--and anyone seeking justice for victims.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Mills lays bare in this unflinching account the irrevocable impact of the sexual abuse he suffered as a teen . . . Mills's ability to persevere . . . offers hope, and his raw vulnerability inspires. This is a searing testament to human resilience.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
--Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing A searing and singular account of how a young boy's experience of abuse reverberates through his life until he finally confronts not only his abuser but also the powerful institutions that enabled him. Chosen is a masterfully written story of love and hate that is as tender as it is traumatic. I couldn't put it down.
--Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book
In this game-changing memoir, Stephen Mills draws the reader into a boy's and then a man's journey through the wilderness of trauma. Beautifully written and deeply moving, Chosen elevates the survivor story to an Odyssean trek to reclaim one's soul.
--Marci Hamilton, CEO and founder, Child USA
Truly a remarkable book, not only for the life story that Mills shares, but for the power of its message. Too often the Jewish community promotes a belief in the otherness of domestic and sexual abuse--that it happens somewhere else. This beautiful, heartbreaking memoir is a reminder that no group is spared."
--Loribeth Weinstein, CEO Emerita, Jewish Women International A breathtaking memoir. Mills is not simply a survivor of sexual abuse telling his story. He is a writer whose literary power shows on every page of this extraordinary book."
--Dr. Richard Gartner, author of Betrayed as Boys Chosen is not so much an abuse-memoir as a tale, masterfully told, of what it means to live in a human body with a human heart. Yes, there is brokenness here, but there is also extreme beauty, wisdom, and bravery on Mills's crooked path toward healing and justice.
--Florence Williams, author of Heartbreak: A Personal and Scientific Journey Chosen is at once a compulsively readable account of the insidious effects of being molested and a revelatory portrait of the classic male predator, who disguises his sexual addiction as fatherly love. Mills has done the nearly impossible by bringing him to vibrant life. He also shows how predators seduce the parents of their victims into handing over their children; he indicts our society for turning a blind eye to an epidemic of abuse; and he recounts his own painful, brave journey to heal himself.
--Rafael Yglesias, author of The Wisdom of Perversity