I Closed My Eyes by Michele Weldon
Revelations of a Battered Woman

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This is a memoir that puts readers inside the head and under the skin of abused women. It shows how wife battering is far from restricted to a social or economic underclass, that it happens to women who are talented, independent, confident and educated, to women who had happy childhoods, loving parents, to women who have everything going for them, to women trapped in a physically and emotionally abusive marriage. Many women will recognize the fierce devotion to family that bound Weldon to the man she married, and they will likewise find inspiration in her journey to reclaim the future for herself and her children.

About Michele Weldon

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An award-winning journalist for more than two decades, Michele Weldon writes regularly for the Chicago Tribune and her work has appeared in hundreds of major newspapers and national magazines. Her first book, "I Closed My Eyes", has been translated into French, Spanish, and Dutch. In 2000, Weldon earned the International Women's Peacepower Media Award for nonfiction as well as the Individual Courage Award from Rainbow House in Chicago.Her work has appeared in two anthologies, Joyce Carol Oates: Conversations with Joyce Carol Oates in 1989 and Belly Laughs and Babies in 1997. Weldon has appeared as a guest on TV shows on NBC, ABC, and BBC as well as on several local network and national cable stations. She has been a featured guest on more than ninety radio stations across the country and in Canada.She is a lecturer at her alma mater, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she has taught at the graduate and under-graduate levels since 1996. Weldon gives Writing to Save Your Life workshops in Chicago and around the country and is a frequent keynote speaker to local and national groups.Living in the Chicago area with her three sons, Weldon serves on the board of directors of Sarah's Inn, a domestic violence services agency in Oak Park, Illinois, and is a member of Children's Memorial Guild, a fund-raising arm of the medical center. She is a member of the Journalism and Women Symposium as well as the Association for Women Journalists.
Published August 19, 1999 by Hazelden Publishing. 262 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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In a memoir that powerfully discredits the stereotype that spousal battering is limited to a particular economic or social class and is drug- or alcohol-related, Weldon, a successful journalist, also belies the notion that someone who has had a happy childhood cannot be brutalized.

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