The Box of Daughter by Katherine Mayfield

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Winner of the 2012 Reader's Favorite Memoir Award, The Box of Daughter is the compelling true story of the author's struggle to recover from childhood emotional abuse, and her quest to raise her self-esteem and create a more authentic life.

In her twenties and thirties, the author pursued a professional acting career, appearing Off-Broadway, in independent films, and on the daytime drama Guiding Light. Entering therapy in her thirties in response to a divorce, she began to unravel the threads of dysfunction in her family.

More than a decade later, armed with the truth about her family, she sought to understand the challenges her parents faced and recover from the trauma while simultaneously acting as the family caregiver for her parents in their late 80s and early 90s. Freed from the abuse by the deaths of her parents in 2005 and 2008, the author began an inspiring journey to wholeness--developing self-esteem, uncovering her true self, and finally creating a life that is truly her own.

Katherine Mayfield is the author of Dysfunctional Families: The Truth Behind the Happy Family Facade, Acting A to Z, and The Box of Daughter & Other Poems.

Signed copies can be ordered through the author's website.

This is the second edition of The Box of Daughter.


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Published June 23, 2012 by The Essential Word Press. 204 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships.

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The poem, written by Mayfield, that opens the book encapsulates the author’s struggle best: “It’s been many years now / That I’ve been in the box of daughter— / I’ve worked a lot on the box, / Making holes to see out / … I’ve pushed and pushed at the walls for years and years, / Trying to make th...

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The memoir is soaked with a young vulnerable girl, trying to find her way and struggling to live a normal life.

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The memoir focuses on Mayfield’s life growing up in St. Louis living with an emotionally and verbally abusive mother and a physically abusive father.

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