[PDF/EBOOK] The Stardust Lounge Stories from a Boy's Adolescence BY Deborah Digges

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The Stardust Lounge Stories from a Boy's Adolescence review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Her second marriage Digges “shadows” him on his late night forays so that she can understand his world welcomes his gang into their apartment and tries to see life through his eyes When she discovers that children who are devoted to animals have an easier time forming attachments to other people she fills their home with a menagerie of ailing or abandoned pets She also turns to an unconventional therapist who offers unusual but he. I loved this memoir by the late great poet Deborah Digges So glad I discovered it here on Goodreads

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The Stardust Lounge Stories from a Boy's Adolescence review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Lpful treatmentThe Stardust Lounge isn’t your usual story of rebellious adolescence The power of Digges’s memoir comes from her stubborn unwillingness to give up on Stephen Even when things are roughest Digges manages to see the intelligent sensitive child behind the hostile behavior However difficult the path she chooses her story is ultimately a heartening one and it’s impossible not to root for this family as it rebuilds itsel. Movingly written memoir made tragic by the author s subseuent suicide Sexual Blackmail rebellious adolescence The power of Digges’s memoir comes from her stubborn unwillingness to give up on Stephen Even when things are La Consoude, trésor du jardin - Vol. 8 (Le compagnon végétal) roughest Digges manages to see the intelligent sensitive child behind the hostile behavior However difficult the path she chooses her story is ultimately a heartening one and it’s impossible not to SNAP root for this family as it Lady Hamilton . rebuilds itsel. Movingly written memoir made tragic by the author s subseuent suicide

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The Stardust Lounge Stories from a Boy's Adolescence review ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB Stephen Digges is the kind of angry adolescent a lot of parents would have given up on He is out of control by the time he is 13 running with gangs stealing cars fooling around with drugs and guns and in general making his family’s life hell Confronted with his growing recklessness and defiance his mother the poet Deborah Digges decides to try to accept Stephen on his own terms a course that stuns her family and leads to the breakup of. This is a great book You should read it SeriouslyDeborah Digges is a single mother of two boys This story is about her youngest son Stephen When the book starts Stephen is 13 and he s in a lot of trouble He s associated with gangs doing drugs carrying weapons skipping school in trouble with the police the whole nine yards Digges is desperate not only to turn her son around but to regain her close relationship with him In her desperation she turns to whatever ideas she can grasp Stephen is sent to live with his father Digges tries to be stern military school is even considered There are serious repercussions to Stephen s behavior and to Digges responses to it including the ultimate break up of her second marriageThen with the help of an unconventional therapist Digges and Stephen both learn to stop trying to be the people they aren t and to embrace themselves and each other as the people they are They move out of the city they adopt a passel of pets including a very high maintenance bulldog with epilepsy Digges serves as a foster parent to a friend of Stephen s who has been kicked out by his own parents And Digges stops trying to get Stephen to obey rules that are only there for the sake of society and serve no real purpose Digges focuses on what is actually fair and actually necessary So while the teenage boys may stay up late and there may be dogs on the beds and cats coming in and out of the windows some kind of peace is restoredAnd it turns out OK Stephen graduates from high school and goes to college Trevor Digges foster son gets his GED gets a job and moves into his own apartment The animals are happy and live good lives Digges eventually even meets another man and at the end of the book the two of them are cohabitatingDigges writes about parenting both the joys and the sorrows in a way that is both realistic and enthralling She truly loves her sons and loves being a mother to them and she truly wants Stephen to do well not for the sake of her own pride but for himself She s not perfect and she never indicates that she thinks the route she takes is the only way to deal with a difficult child She shows a willingness to learn right along side her son that I can t help but think is the hallmark of a great parent The book is inspirational in that senseAnother thing about it that is really wonderful is the importance than the Digges animals play Getting the first bulldog puppy G is Digges first original and true to herself idea for how to help Stephen and it does The later adoption of Buster the epileptic bulldog with all of his many needs cements Stephen s willingness and ability to be a responsible person Both Digges and her son are clearly people who respond better to animals than they do to other people and the book shows the beauty and grace in that never even allowing for the idea that it is some kind of psychopathyDelinuent kids are very rarely given any kind of chance in our society The book s characters particularly Stephen and Trevor are constantly butting their heads against a system that has them pegged and actively discourages them from succeeding in the ways in which they are able It is a rare parent however who both assists her kids in bucking that system and still expects responsible and fair behavior from them Digges never lowers her expectations of Stephen or Trevor she just reevaluates what is really important and it is both instructive and inspiring to watch that play out I ended the book really feeling for the Digges family happy to hear of both Stephen and Trevor s accomplishments and seeing something of my own mother in Deborah which is a very high compliment

  • Paperback
  • 240
  • The Stardust Lounge Stories from a Boy's Adolescence
  • Deborah Digges
  • English
  • 10 September 2017
  • 9780385720939