Weeping Willow by Ruth White

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Tiny Lambert struggles to find security and happiness when her high school years are marred after her stepfather rapes her.

 

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Ruth C. White, PhD, is assistant professor of social work at Seattle University in Seattle, WA. She received her doctorate in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in mental health for many years, and for the last seven years has taught and trained social workers as a member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences of Seattle University. She is a member of the National Speakers Bureau of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.The guiding principles of Dr. White's scholarship are that it is to be rigorous, relevant, useful, and integrated into the other aspects of Dr. White's career. During Dr. White's almost 20-year career as a scholar and practitioner, her research has focused on social determinants of health and well-being, HIV/AIDS, community development, international social work and maternal and child health. Dr. White's research is community-driven with the community as equal partners throughout the research process. Dr. White has also begun to create a body of work that expands her study of stigma into the mental health arena which grew out of her own experience with mental illness. The goal of this aspect of her work is to use her multiple positions as social work educator, researcher, author and person with mental illness to reduce the stigma of mental illness, empower those with mental illnesses to strive for mental well-being and advocate on their own behalf, and, to improve the quality and accessibility of services to the mentally ill.Dr. White's expertise has been called upon by her colleagues to review work in the area of HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health for organizations such as the American Public Health Association, the American Journal of Health Behavior, AIDS Care, and the National Science Foundation
 
Published April 1, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 261 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Tiny enters high school, her troubles are real: Mama, trapped by poverty in a loveless marriage to Tiny's stepfather, Vern--coal miner, drunk, and all-around clod--is so ``awfully unhappy'' that she is almost dysfunctional;

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White ( Sweet Creek Holler ) continues to plumb her youthful memories of the Virginia mountains in this trenchant tale of a girl's coming-of-age in the late 1950s.

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PW singled out the ``crackling hill-country vernacular'' in White's ``moving testament to the power and resiliency of the spirit.'' Ages 12-up.

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