Being Mean

A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival

Non-Fiction - Memoir
376 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2019
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Author Biography

A story gatherer, Patricia Eagle maintains an unyielding commitment to excavating and acknowledging what is resilient about her life and the lives of others. Eagle says, “Child sexual abuse is so pervasive in our culture, we all have a responsibility to listen and learn and try to stop it. My book helps others see one way abuse happens, and then how such experiences negatively affect a person’s life. Speaking up and learning about abuse creates change. The confidence I gained to look deeply at my life was built slowly and carefully, one step at a time, one question at a time, one answer at a time, one story at a time. Upon completing my book and experiencing my healing more fully, as I soon go on my book tour I remain hopeful my recovery will reach far beyond my own personal experience.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

Being Mean: A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival by Patricia Eagle is a heartbreaking tale of sexual abuse. Patricia suffered sexual abuse from her father from the time she was four until she turned thirteen. In this narrative, she captures the experience in a voice that is engaging and she shares her pain with readers honestly. One of the things that made the experience more painful is the fact that her mother did nothing to stop it. Follow her story as she struggled with the memories and how the experience impacted her life and her relationships.

In the quick note at the start of this story, the author explains the reason why this book is written: “This is a story about how my life was impacted by sexual abuse. It is a story about suppressing sexual abuse memories, having those memories surface, doubting them, then learning how to acknowledge and live with those memories in the healthiest ways possible.” This is a story that is courageously told and the author lifts the veil of secrecy to allow readers to see her vulnerability and her pain. From the hurt, the confusion, the denial, and ultimate acceptance of this ugly part of her history, she shares her experiences and how her sexual abuse affected the way she saw herself, thought about love and regarded others. Being Mean: A Memoir of Sexual Abuse and Survival is a painful story with a message of hope for readers; a message that tells readers that they can heal and that they can reclaim their lives after sexual abuse. It's a captivating story that makes a powerful case for the millions who suffer the pain of sexual abuse in silence.