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A Man Named Dave

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A Man Named Dave, which has sold over 1 million copies, is the gripping conclusion to Dave Pelzer's inspirational and New York Times bestselling trilogy of memoirs that began with A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy.

"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself." These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality, denying him food and clothing, torturing him in any way she could imagine. This was the woman who told her son she could kill him any time she wanted to--and nearly did. The more than two million readers of Pelzer's New York Times and international bestselling memoirs A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy know that he lived to tell his courageous story. With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how he turned shame into pride and rejection into acceptance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 134.11 x 191.52 x 19.81mm | 258.55g
  • Signet
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0452281903
  • 9780452281905
  • 758,434

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"All those years you tried your best to break me, and I'm still here. One day you'll see, I'm going to make something of myself". These words were Dave Pelzer's declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance. Dave's father never intervened as his mother abused him with shocking brutality. The more than two million readers of Pelzer's previous international bestsellers, A Child Called "It" and The Lost Boy, know that he lived to tell his courageous story. But even after he was rescued, his life remained haunted by memories of his years as the bruised, cowering "It" locked in his mother's basement. Desperately trying to make something of his life, Dave was determined to weather every setback and gain strength from adversity.

With stunning generosity of spirit, Dave Pelzer invites readers on his journey to discover how a lost, nameless boy finally found himself in the heart and soul of a man who is free at last.
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Table of contents

A Man Named DaveAcknowledgements


Author's Notes


1. The End


2. Fly Away


3. Letter From Home


4. Wishful Thinking


5. Slip Away


6. Regroup


7. Foolish Crusade


8. Changes


9. Heaven Sent


10. The Source


11. A Personal Matter


12. The Long Matter


13. The Long Farewell


14. The Last Dance


15. Farewell


16. All Good Things


EPILOGUE


PERSPECTIVES DAVE


Claire


Stephen


Marsha


About the Author


Keynotes
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Review quote

"A monumental series of books about courage and triumph. Pelzer demonstrates, as few have, that it is in the darkest skies that the stars are best seen."--Richard Paul Evans, New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box

"Dave Pelzer is a living testament of resilience, personal responsibility, and the triumph of the human spirit."--John Bradshaw, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Homecoming and Family Secrets "A living example that all of us have the capability to better ourselves no matter what the odds... Dave Pelzer inspires us all."--Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul
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About Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Child Called "It", The Lost Boy, A Man Named Dave, Help Yourself, and The Privilege of Youth. He travels more than 250 days a year throughout the nation speaking to large groups of youth and adults on the topics of resilience and overcoming obstacles. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, and The Montel Williams Show, among other national shows.
www.davepelzer.com
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