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Lucky: A Memoir | [Alice Sebold]

Lucky: A Memoir

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. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "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."
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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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    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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    Emily 07-16-15
    Emily 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Alice Sebold, an amazing strong woman and writer"

    This memoir moved me I never wanted it to end. This book with worth the read!

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    JirT22 05-03-15
    JirT22 05-03-15
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    "I finally feel understod"

    Anyone who has been raped, or sexually abused, will identify with her story. Her matter -of-fact narration actually enhances the horror; the juxtaposition of emotionless description of the events to the actual events left me shaking.

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. Aftermath is worth a deeper dive, into how and why the mind sets us on a path of self destruction after someone external, like a rapist, destroys our life as we know it to that point.

    Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen L. Nelson 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unbelievably brave and honest"

    The perps get limited prison sentences while the victims get life. That's when the perps get anything at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 03-10-15
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT BOOK! Really bad narrating."

    This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read as a woman. Well, I haven't read any as a man.. but you get what I'm saying :-) This book is a must read for all women. It's also a must read for anyone that is close to someone that has been raped. It's incredibly insightful. It took my breath away.
    Having said all of that... the book is 5 stars.. the narration, which I feel a little bit bad saying since it's the author that narrated the book, is just awful. She may as well have been reading out of the dictionary. She put zero emotion into this... well... that's what it sounded like.
    I think it's a great idea for her to have read a prologue or epilogue, but not the whole book. I also understand why she wanted to narrate it... but the reason I listen to audiobooks is for the experience the narrator brings to it when I listen. The way the narrater brings a book to life is SO important. Someone should have let the author know she is a wonderful writer, but terrible narrator.
    I would recommend READING this book... but I can't recommend the audio version. I will say the book itself is incredible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rochelle 04-18-14
    Rochelle 04-18-14
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    "A frank account of rape"

    I had to pause to come up for breath several times in the first few minutes of this book. But once started there was no way to put it down. I have a great deal of respect for Alice Sebold for being able to share this part of her story in such a frank manner.

    Despite having described what happened to her many times to officials and friends the immediacy is replicated here in such a way that it winds you.

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    Simone 02-15-13
    Simone 02-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "Interesting and Sad"

    I got this book after reading “Lovely Bones” and “Almost Moon” without knowing what it was about. I figure since I liked those two I’d like this one; I did not realise at the time it was a memoir. (Obviously, I did not pay close attention to the title!!)

    It was interesting and sad to read about her tragic experiences and I can see how writing the book must have been very cathartic! It’s not easy to read about someone being raped, it’s rough territory, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a lite-read… (but then again, her other books aren’t that lite either so I supposed you would know that already!)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry REYNOLDSBURG, OH, United States 12-05-12
    Sherry REYNOLDSBURG, OH, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended it to some high school seniors who take my Contemporary Literature class because I want them to actually hear Sebold's voice when she recounts certain portions of her experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Sebold worked through the tragedy of her rape and found closure and solace.


    What does Alice Sebold bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is so calm and even-tempered. When my heart was screaming for her pain, she remainded level-headed.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The resolution.


    Any additional comments?

    This is such an important read for all of our young men and women headed out into the world. Evil lurks; and, it is better to prepare our kids for it than to ignore it. Ignoring the ugliness will not make it go away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Smith 12-04-12
    J. Smith 12-04-12
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    "Gripping"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucky to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the conversation with Alice Sebold explaining the story in her own words. I enjoyed the audio version better. I read the book about a year or so before I listened to the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked her details in the story, the feelings, and the emotions that she went through. She shared many raw emotions. I cried with her and related to her story as she told it in a powerful and vulnerable way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had a hard time stopping the audio and found myself staying up late just to hear what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a gripping and detailed story about her rape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katalin New York, NY, United States 11-21-12
    Katalin New York, NY, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lucky to be better than the print version?

    I think I probably would have used more emotion, played up things more, would I have read this instead of listening to it. The author read it pretty emotionless, which is what can be expected I guess.


    What other book might you compare Lucky to and why?

    I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it before.


    What three words best describe Alice Sebold’s voice?

    Distant, emotionless, flat... but it suits the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I neither laughed nor cried, but it was quite emotional nonetheless. It's a tough subject to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I admire the authors strength...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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