All That Is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd
A Memoir

64%

8 Critic Reviews

...All That Is Bitter and Sweet's lack of any narrative arc makes this personal journey feel oddly distant.
-Entertainment Weekly

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
In 2002, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd found her true calling: as a humanitarian and voice for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. After her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley knew immediately that she wanted to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable. During her travels, Ashley started to write diaries that detailed extraordinary stories of survival and resilience. But along the way, she realized that she was struggling with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment and abuse. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but the spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work. In this deeply moving and unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, from lost child to fiercely dedicated advocate, from anger and isolation to forgiveness and activism. In telling it, she answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.

Foreword by Nicholas D. Kristof
 

About Ashley Judd

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Ashley Judd received her masters degree in public administration at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard Law, she was awarded the Dean's Scholar Award for her paper on gender violence. She continues to combine her acting career with human rights and public health work around the world, serving on various boards of directors and leadership advisory councils. She and her husband, race-car driver Dario Franchitti, live in Tennessee and Scotland with their many beloved animals.Maryanne Vollers is the author of Ghosts of Mississippi, a finalist for the National Book Award. She has also collaborated on two memoirs: Living History, with Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ice Bound, with Jerri Nielsen, both #1 New York Times bestsellers.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 434 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for All That Is Bitter and Sweet
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Kirkus

Good

A passionate reminder of the breathtaking misery of so many lives, and one woman’s work in their service.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 18 2011

On paper she is sensitive, thoughtful, devoid of narcissism or unnecessary drama, and shows superb judgment in collaborating with Vollers...

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Mar 23 2011

...All That Is Bitter and Sweet's lack of any narrative arc makes this personal journey feel oddly distant.

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Suite 101

Below average
on Apr 01 2012

There isn't a lot of deep analysis in the book, and it certainly isn't a tell all.

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The Roanoke Times

Below average
on Apr 17 2011

A few glaring copy editing errors disrupt the flow of the otherwise engaging book — both the city of Talladega and the race track are in Alabama, not Florida.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Excellent
on May 23 2011

Actress Ashley Judd mixes autobiography with advocacy in "All That Is Bitter & Sweet," a revealing, inspiring and somewhat controversial memoir.

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USA Today

Above average
on Apr 04 2011

...tackles some heavy topics...

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Her Circle Magazine

Good
on Nov 28 2012

It was some of the best feminist rhetoric I had read from a celebrity figure...

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