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Lucky: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit - as she struggles for understanding; as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction.

In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of a trauma victim even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."

©1999 Alice Sebold, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A rueful, razor-sharp memoir...funnier than you'd think was possible...Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal." (Vogue)
"Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Samantha Cody, WY, USA 06-30-09
    Samantha Cody, WY, USA 06-30-09
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    "Very raw"

    This was so completely real. Make sure you are ready for such a raw description of this type of horror. In a way I wish I hadn't read it. I completely went into victim mode.Great read if not so close to home.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 10-18-03
    Katherine 10-18-03
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    "Not for the faint of heart"

    This is a truly intense and heart wrenching experiance in the form of an audiobook. I think the fact that it is read by the author gives it all the more intensity. You really fall right into her experiances as she retells them in this wonderfully written and powerful biography. It is graphic and honest and does not hold any punches. Be ready for a book that is hard to hear, but well worth it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 03-14-08
    Tom 03-14-08
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    "Moving"

    Well written, well read, and very moving: a lesson in how not to treat a woman who has been raped.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 01-02-08
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 01-02-08
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    "Amazing"

    Extremely brave and so well written. Sebold is amazing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 05-05-03
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 05-05-03
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    "Truth"

    This book was wonderful, gut wrenching, and in-your-face true.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Perk4me 09-28-03
    Perk4me 09-28-03

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    "Riveting"

    This was a riveting story and admirably forthright. I would have liked to have read it instead of listening to it, the reason being that the author tells it in such an emotionless way and it is such an emotional story. It's a tough one to listen to, but worth it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leese-Calver Glendale, CA, United States 06-26-03
    Leese-Calver Glendale, CA, United States 06-26-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Fascinating and Inspiring"

    I truly enjoyed this book. Her intelligence, strength, insight and perserverence dealing with what she went through is an inspiration to all. Looking pain and hurt in the face and saying, "You are NOT going to defeat me!" Having the attitude that situations can make you a BETTER person instead of a BITTER person is something we all need to rememember.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Germantown, MD, USA 03-13-04
    Tanya Germantown, MD, USA 03-13-04
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    "An okay read"

    An okay read, not an overall outstanding book, nothing I would gush to others about. Though it deals with a personal matter in the author's life I think the it was a poor choice to have her narrate the audio book. The author's voice is a little monotonous and after lengths of time, annoying. So much so that it overshadows the great storyline. Unless the audio book is released with a different narrator, my suggestion is this is a book to pick up at the bookstore and save your audible credit for something better, my suggestion being The Time Traveler's Wife.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne H NYC 02-26-07
    Suzanne H NYC 02-26-07 Member Since 2006
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    "I loved it"

    The plot is dark and disturbing, but it is told from an innocent child's point of view. I found this story to be unique and compelling. The reader was perfect. I simply could not "put it down".

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Susan FRANKLIN, VA, United States 03-30-03
    Susan FRANKLIN, VA, United States 03-30-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Lucky: A Memoir"

    If you have read The Lovely Bones than you must read Lucky. Gut wrenching and insightful, Sebold doesn't pull any punches as she tells her own story.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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