All That Is Bitter & Sweet: A Memoir by Ashley Judd

By Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is better referred to as the acclaimed actress in motion pictures such as De Lovely and Double Jeopardy, yet nowadays she is likely to be chanced on wading via an African refugee camp or Asian brothel than on a movie set. for many of the previous decade Judd has been vacationing human rights hotspots all over the world to unfold the note of desire, wellbeing and fitness, and gender equality on behalf of 1 of the prime public well-being nonprofits, PSI/YouthAIDS. Her paintings has positioned her within the corporation of Bono, invoice Clinton, and different international leaders within the conflict opposed to disorder and poverty and in advocating grassroots courses to enhance the lives of girls and children.

Memories of her personal painful formative years encouraged Judd to arrive out to these in determined want, particularly abused and deserted ladies. She writes movingly of neighbors resembling Kausar, an AIDS patient within the slums of Mumbai who turns into an activist and peer-educator, and heroes comparable to Dr. Rene, who lends his middle and soul to...

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Upon his death, his family members, whom I have gratefully come to know, told us he had newspaper clippings about my sister in a drawer. It seems he was proud of her. My mother was now living under a pressure for which she was wholly unprepared. Until then, her greatest concerns in life were limited to things like forgetting to set her damp hair in rollers on a Saturday night and thus rushing to ready herself for Sunday school the next morning. In a moment to which only she is privy, and based on a sense of despair and urgency I can only imagine, she determined to identify Michael Ciminella, instead of Charlie Jordan, as the baby’s father.

I was too young to know what “normal” was supposed to be, but I felt very uneasy around this man. He gave Gabrielle, my friend who lived across the street, and me the creeps. Another character peopling my young world was Joanna Cole, who rented space in our basement. ” I would screw up my courage to pick my way down the dark, narrow stairs, from where I could see her twin bed pushed in the corner of the basement. She always welcomed me warmly and began reading to me, especially The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which initiated my intense wonder with stories.

She began a campaign of character assassination, telling us she never really loved Dad, trying to make him seem pathetic and weak for loving her when it was not reciprocated. He says he was trying to support us, but she told us he’d abandoned the family with no money. Mom denigrated him incessantly, trying to make him sound dangerous and untrustworthy. “He’s a liar, he’s a cheater, he’s no good,” she’d say. ” Mom always told me that dad didn’t want me, that he even had pressured her to have an abortion.

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