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Sister of Silence

Sister of Silence [Kindle Edition]

Daleen Berry , Kenneth V. Lanning , Megan Hagebush
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After a shotgun wedding, New York Times best-selling author Daleen Berry found herself barefoot and pregnant—and the mother of four babies by age twenty-one. Follow along on Daleen’s personal journey from coal miner’s wife to teen mom to award-winning journalist, determined to break the silence that shatters women and children's lives. A riveting true story, this memoir demonstrates the astonishing resilience of the human spirit.

Kenneth V. Lanning, a retired FBI special supervisory agent who spent more than twenty years teaching about family violence at Quantico, Va., wrote the foreword for Sister of Silence. He says it's "ultimately a story of survival and hope." Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a Johns Hopkins University nursing professor and one of the country's leading family violence researchers, calls Sister of Silence "wonderful!"

Campbell was the first professor to place the book on her syllabus. SOS is being taught at the University of Louisville; Dr. Jean Shimosaki, LCSW, MSW, a Bay Area therapist, is using it with her patients, as it provides “a step-by-step guide for healing.”

In 2006, an excerpt of SOS took first-place in the Appalachian Theme category at the West Virginia Writers’ Competition, and was banned at Livermore High School in California and removed from library shelves as “Banned Book Week 2011” began. It has been featured at “Hope For the Future: Ending Domestic Violence In Families,” hosted by the AIA (UC Berkeley), on The Bob Edwards Show (Sirius XM Radio), and on In A Word, a literary show produced by TV30.

Berry is a California native who grew up in Preston and Berkeley counties in West Virginia, and went to work at The Preston County Journal. Among her many awards was one in 1990, when she won a first-place award for investigative journalism. In 1997, she worked for The Dominion Post, covering welfare reform. Among her awards are two second-place honors for her 2007 weekly columns in the Cumberland Times-News, one of which was born from SOS. Berry’s articles about Lashanda Armstrong, the mother who drove her van into the Hudson River in 2011, killing herself and three of her four children, appeared online at The Daily Beast.

This is what a few people are saying about this book and this author:

“Almost never is an interview subject so open or so candid about the most intimate details of the most horrible moments of her life. Daleen is a very brave women and I hope her story will help other girls and women . . . Daleen you are a magnificent storyteller.” —Bob Edwards (Author of Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio)

“In Sister of Silence, author Daleen Berry gently guides us through the dark corridors of her life, so that we can emerge in the light, as she has courageously done, with a sense of hope, authenticity and courage. Sister of Silence is a brave book, written from the heart. It’s a must read for the brave-hearted.” —Asra Q. Nomani (Author of Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam)

“Sister of Silence is authentic, compelling and necessary.” —Richard Currey (Author of Fatal Light)

“For marketing purposes, nothing better can happen to a book than having it banned. A banned book is a sure sign that you’ve done something very right.” —Lee Maynard (Author of Crum)

“A dramatic memoir told in a matter-of-fact, yet strikingly compelling, manner.” —Appalachian Heritage (Summer 2011 Issue)

About the Author

Daleen Berry is an award-winning author, editor, and investigative journalist who also contributes to the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and xoJane. She has written more than 3,000 articles for regional publications and newspapers across the country. She is an invited speaker at local and national events featuring child abuse and domestic violence issues and in April 2013 she gave a TED talk based on her memoir. In 2012, Berry was the first-place recipient of the Pearl Buck Writing for Social Change Award, given jointly by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation and West Virginia Writers. In 2007 Berry received two second-place awards for her weekly columns from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association. One award came in the “Critical Thinking” category; the other award came in the “Feature or Humor” category. Ms. Berry also won a 1990 first-place prize for investigative journalism from the West Virginia Press Association for her three-part series on health care costs. In May 2005, Ms. Berry placed second in Fairmont State University’s M.M. Neely Persuasive Speaking Competition, for her speech regarding child sexual abuse and its link to domestic violence. Berry also served as editor of The Columns, FSU’s student-run newspaper, during the Fall 2004 semester. In that leadership position, Berry led her staff to a record number of awards in the Society of Collegiate Journalists’ annual competition. In 1991, Ms. Berry was editor-in-chief of publications she wrote and published for the West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police. Ms. Berry has reported and edited many newspapers during her long career, including The Cumberland Times-News (2006-08); The Tracy Press, (1997-98); The Dominion Post (1997); The Buckhannon Record Delta (1991); The Kingsville Record (1993); The Preston County Journal (1988-91), and The Panther Press (1979-80). She was also an Associated Press stringer in 1994, and her work has been heard on West Virginia Public Radio. Kenneth Lanning is a former supervisory special agent with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico, Va., who has taught thousands of professionals in his field and written the training manuals on missing children for the NCMEC. Lanning wrote the foreword only after he became convinced it offered something new to the existing literature about child sexual abuse. He is a founding member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Nellie Bly Books (10 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0066DKMDA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daleen Berry (1963- ) was born in San Jose, California, but her parents kidnapped her and forced her to grow up instead in rural Preston County and in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Since 1988 she has been an award-winning print journalist, columnist and editor who recently crossed over to write for online publications such as The Daily Beast, xoJane and Huffington Post. Sister of Silence, a memoir, is her first book. Berry is working on her second and third books, simultaneously. You can follow her blog here:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 24 May 2013
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A well written book on one woman's terrible journey of both physical and emotional abuse. Very detailed and not for the faint hearted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sister Of Silence 23 Jan 2013
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Amazing ! Daleen Berry is a truely inspirational woman who tells her story with moving honesty. She made me laugh and cry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking. 25 Nov 2012
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Not a sad book though it could easily have been one. makes you wonder just how many unhappy,bullied people there are out there. We need to make it easier for these physically and mentally battered people to find the courage to ask for help.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I Have Ever Read 6 July 2011
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Even though I myself am an 18 year old young man, I have been exposed to abuse and found this book unable to put down until I read it all the way through. Read this book whatever your circumstances are; read it if you are a man, woman, older, younger, abused or not abused. This book definitely opens eyes to the deadly circle of abuse and the ways to fight against it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish 2 Sep 2012
By Kathy - Published on
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The saddest thing about this sad tale is that it's so poorly written that the reader--this reader anyway--comes away with very little sympathy for an author whose tone is self-righteous, preachy, and unfortunately vengeful. It is a confused, disjointed story lacking detail where it should be, and repetitious specificity where it has no purpose. And there's too much (repetitious) self-congratulation, especially and ironically in regard to what a "good writer" she is.
This barely proofed, unedited, and inconsistent narrative is rife with incorrect word usage, grammatical and punctuation errors, and a plethora of vagaries, contradictions, and textbook generalities. The five w's might be the reporter's creed, but lots of "showing" and much less "telling" is the hallmark of a decent writer. Despite what she says, I never get a sense of what is really going on in that household.
Domestic violence is passed down through generations, the author says. "I know I'm good because God doesn't make junk," she quotes. Praying and Bible study (all Old Testament references) are ever-present throughout the book. And yet--this author makes no attempt to forgive or show compassion toward Eddie, himself an obvious product of a culture of domestic violence. She dismisses him as--junk.
Ms. Berry has a good story but, despite the hype, entirely misses the mark in this slapdash, amateurish account of what might have been a poignant and compelling look at one case of domestic violence.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Silence 8 May 2011
By MHagebsuh - Published on
When I started reading Sister of Silence I was worried that I would find it hard to connect with a situation that I've never encountered. Yet as I was drawn further in by Daleen's vivid and powerful words of courage, I realized that you do not have to be a victim of silence in order to understand it. Daleen's book holds a positive message of hope and encouragement for women of all ages and backgrounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When the monster from under the bed is in the bed 1 May 2012
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Daleen Berry explains "It took me twenty years to write this memoir" and I must admit that it took me a long time to read it. I set the book aside at least a dozen times because it opened up a lot of old wounds that were still oozing emotions into my life at 68. Believe me, time does not heal all wounds but they do get better, yes, little by little they get better.

Daleen is an excellent writer and manages to tell this story that started with sexual abuse at the age of 13 through her marriage to her abuser with heart and soul. Being forced to enter the adult world so young never gave her a chance to mature properly; with teenage angst and loves and breakups. She never developed the tools needed to tell this narcissistic jerk to take a hike. It's easy to ask the questions that so many readers must: "Why didn't you just "tell somebody?!!" but Daleen just wanted to have a little family and be happy so she tried, and tried, and tried some more. Anyone who has ever watched an episode of Dr. Phil will shake their heads wondering why women stay in these circumstances. Again, it's probably because they never got a chance to mature properly.

Daleen, to the chagrin of some reviewers, remains uncritical of her alcoholic and non-connected mother. I simply can't believe that mom was unaware of the troubled life this young girl was living; possibly because she was getting a payoff from the abuser. I think that mom turned off that part of her brain. Maybe I'm just reading my own story into Daleen's but that is what will happen to many readers. This is the kind of story that we tend to insert ourselves into - maybe not in totality but into bits and pieces.

The older I get the more I believe that there were no "Leave it to Beaver" families, that most of us have survived some level of dysfunctional childhoods. This book is not a sordid "tell-all". It was written by a survivor who is sharing her triumph and delivering a wakeup call to those who perceive themselves trapped in a home of abuse and violence. Maybe this book should also be read by the abusers themselves - I hope that sometimes it will be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A God Awful read. 15 Jun 2012
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This book is a very long, drawn out and boring read. Daleen is extremely irresponsible and blatantly dishonest throughout. Abuse is always wrong and I feel for anyone that has to endure it, but Daleen had chance after chance to get help and she did not. She instead married her abuser and bore 4 children with him and allowed him to emotionally and physically abuse them as well. And simply turned a blind eye, to their abuse. Once she did finally muster up the courage to leave it was only because she decided that SHE was miserable, that SHE had had enough and then sought help under the guise of "doing it for her children". This person takes zero responsibility for her part in any of this. She failed her children by allowing the abuse to continue for more than 10 years. 10 YEARS! And she's failing them now by blaming this entire situation on their father. Shame on you Daleen!
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