Monday, February 13, 2012

~ Mailbox Monday ~

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a weekly meme originally created and hosted by Marcia of A girl and her books and hosted this month by Kim of Metroreader. Below are the titles I received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the course of the past week. I received just one book this week, a book I’m very interested in reading.
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd (from Harper Perennial for review)


A deeply moving story by a survivor of the commercial sex industry who has devoted her career to activism and helping other young girls escape "the life"


At thirteen, Rachel Lloyd found herself caught up in a world of pain and abuse, struggling to survive as a child with no responsible adults to support her. Vulnerable yet tough, she eventually ended up a victim of commercial sexual exploitation. It took time and incredible resilience, but finally, with the help of a local church community, she broke free of her pimp and her past.

Three years later, Lloyd arrived in the United States to work with adult women in the sex industry and soon founded her own nonprofit—GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services—to meet the needs of other girls with her history. She also earned her GED and won full scholarships to college and a graduate program. Today Lloyd is executive director of GEMS in New York City and has turned it into one of the nation's most groundbreaking nonprofit organizations.

In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals the dark, secretive world of her past in stunning cinematic detail. And, with great humanity, she lovingly shares the stories of the girls whose lives she has helped—small victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory, authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.

9 comments:

  1. These kinds of true stories are enough to curl your hair. I'm glad that she is using her experiences to help others!

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  2. This one is new to me...enjoy!

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  3. That sounds like an inspiring read, as she is now using her experiences to help others. Let us know what you think of it when you finish it.

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  4. Sounds intense and interesting. I'll be curious to see what you think.

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  5. This does sound like an intense book, and one that I will eagerly await hearing about. Such a horrifying, yet ultimately uplifting story!

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  6. I bet that is an eye opening book. I look forward to your thoughts on it.

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  7. This sounds like an intense read Amy. Will wait for your review. Have a great week.

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  8. Sounds like a great book. Can't wait to see what you think of it.

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