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Anger Is My Middle Name: A Memoir by [Lisbeth Zornig Andersen, Mark Mussari]
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Lisbeth Zornig Andersen could have plenty of reasons to be angry—and not only because her middle name means “anger” in German. While her native country of Denmark is often touted as “the happiest country in the world,” Andersen didn’t grow up in that world. Instead, she and her brothers inhabited what she terms “Underworld Denmark.” The world they experienced was one of parental neglect, substance abuse, and shuttling between care facilities and foster homes, returning periodically to their mother’s care—only to be pulled back into official care when the home situation predictably worsened.

In her memoir, Anger Is My Middle Name, Andersen shows us how some combination of love, opportunity, luck, and tenaciousness allowed her to transcend the circumstances that too many children still find themselves in, and how the same elements were not present to allow her brothers a similarly successful fate. Her inspirational story resulted in her serving as chair of the National Council for Children in Denmark, where she advocated for children’s welfare and gave a louder voice to the voiceless.

It’s impossible to read Lisbeth’s story and not feel anger at the abuse she faced, along with hope that people can overcome even the most awful events, if someone is willing to truly see them and invest in them. I hope you find her story as uplifting and inspiring as I and her many other fans do.

- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor

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"A courageous chronicle of abuse and redemption...Andersen writes with striking clarity...[her] candor about the trusted adults who repeatedly violated her illuminates painful yet vital insights about how to recognize and address the sometimes-contradictory and often undermining effects of childhood trauma. As she chronicles how she overcame years of extreme abuse to eventually thrive, Andersen's revelations of intimate betrayals are often chilling, and many readers may be shocked or outraged. They should continue to read, however, because the book advances an important broader purpose: undergirding the value of survivors' voices as instrumental to guiding future policies, advocacy, and change...Her history of trauma shaped her lifelong passion for protecting vulnerable populations, and this tightly distilled collection of memories serves as an urgent call to public action and reform with regard to children's rights. This is a triumphant, empowering book that calls into question current patterns of intervention and challenges popular conceptions about what it means to believe young girls...A potent memoir of fragility and transcendence." --Kirkus Reviews

"This inspiring story of overcoming unimaginable adversity will be welcomed by a wide range of readers." --Library Journal

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Lisbeth Zornig Andersen is a former children's ombudsman in Denmark and the author of the bestselling memoir Anger Is My Middle Name, her first work to be translated into English. Already well known in Denmark for her advocacy and for My Childhood in Hell, a documentary detailing her early years, Lisbeth received global recognition in 2015 when she was charged and later sentenced for picking up a family of Syrian refugees in her car. This simple act of charity earned coverage in such publications as the Washington Post, Le Monde, the Guardian, and the Huffington Post and on air at the BBC and Al Jazeera, igniting an international debate about the ethics and legality of humanitarian aid. Lisbeth has also founded her own advisory consultancy and charitable foundation, where she continues her socially centered work. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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