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

By Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is healthier referred to as the acclaimed actress in motion pictures such as De Lovely and Double Jeopardy, yet nowadays she is prone to be discovered wading via an African refugee camp or Asian brothel than on a movie set. for many of the earlier decade Judd has been vacationing human rights hotspots world wide to unfold the notice of wish, wellbeing and fitness, and gender equality on behalf of 1 of the prime public healthiness nonprofits, PSI/YouthAIDS. Her paintings has positioned her within the corporation of Bono, invoice Clinton, and different global leaders within the conflict opposed to ailment and poverty and in advocating grassroots courses to enhance the lives of ladies and children.

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

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She was my protector. I remember jumping into bed with her while our house on Larrabee Street rattled during a big earthquake. When I was still too little to be in school all day, I would play in my sister’s room to feel closer to her. I was so eager to learn to read and write and count, and I would sit at her tiny table pretending to study, doing what I imagined she was doing in big-girl school. I remember trying to write, making little peaks and valleys in a straight line, and calling Mom in.

Try reading to yourself, Ashley,” said the teacher. “But I don’t know how,” I said. ” So I looked down at the page … and it happened. The words became a voice in my head, and something shifted forever. I was an explorer making landfall in a vibrant new world. Now that I was in first grade, I had already outgrown the remedial books, like the Dick and Jane series. I thought they were pointless. They were so stark, and the supersaturated primary colors bored me, as did the simplistic world they painted.

It was one of the few times that I can remember them agreeing on anything and the last cooperative effort they made on my behalf for many, many years. Mostly, they fought. Dad wanted to spend more time with us, and Mom did her best to drive him away from Camp Wig, back to his room behind the leather shop in Lexington. When Mom and I passed him in town once, I was transfixed by the sight of him, but she ignored him. Eventually he decided that as long as he was paying the rent, he was going to move back to Camp Wig full-time.

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