A Man Named Dave

A Man Named Dave

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"A Man Named Dave" is the conclusion to Dave Pelzer's trilogy of memoirs, the first two volumes of which were "A Child Called 'It'" and "The Lost Boy". From childhood, Dave was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother, a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games with her son's life; games his father chose to ignore and which the outside world knew nothing about. With extraordinary generosity of spirit, Dave takes us on his journey confronting his past. In a dramatic reunion he confronts his father and ultimately the mother who so brutally abused him. Finally Dave finds the courage to break the chains of the past and learn to love, trust and live for the future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 40mm | 557.93g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752841149
  • 9780752841144

About Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of America's most effective and respected communicators, addressing corporations, conventions and health/psychology/ primary care workers. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was selected as torch bearer for the 1996 Olympic Torch relay. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.
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Completing the trilogy of bestselling autobiography that began with A Child Called It and continued with The Lost Boy, this painful volume lays bare Pelzer's adult journey of confrontation with the horrifying abuse he suffered from his terrible mother as a child while others, including his father, failed to intervene. When fighting to better himself by enlisting in the US Air Force, he discovers his long-lost and lonely father dying voiceless of cancer in hospital and chillingly re-encounters his unchanged mother, from whom he must break emotionally free to change the family pattern of destructiveness. The scouring of Pelzer's soul, including his regrets over a broken marriage, is the ultimate emotional rollercoaster in terms of growth through adversity. He gives it his all - as he promised "to give everything my all" as an eight-year-old when his mother deliberately held his arm over the gas stove to burn him.
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4 29% (7,694)
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2 8% (1,975)
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