The Size of Everything: a memoir

August 18, 2019 - Comment

*DOWNLOAD THE FREE BOOK CLUB/READING GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDE AT JENNAMCCARTHY.COM*“A beautifully written story of triumph, wit, and sheer determination to survive.”-W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times Bestselling AuthorAs the face of her eponymous couture bridal business, Erin Cole radiates refined elegance. But the designer’s glamorous lifestyle and sweeping success belie a childhood marked by profound

*DOWNLOAD THE FREE BOOK CLUB/READING GROUP DISCUSSION GUIDE AT JENNAMCCARTHY.COM*

“A beautifully written story of triumph, wit, and sheer determination to survive.”
-W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times Bestselling Author

As the face of her eponymous couture bridal business, Erin Cole radiates refined elegance. But the designer’s glamorous lifestyle and sweeping success belie a childhood marked by profound dysfunction.

Raised on a steady diet of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and death, no one would have expected Cole to go on to become a force in the fashion world. As a child, she often had no access to food; other times she was force-fed until she vomited. At home and at school, she was beaten, bullied and belittled. Her alcoholic parents alternately abused and ignored her. By the age of sixteen, she was living on her own.

The Size of Everything is Cole’s moving story and so much more. Equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious, it’s a love letter to her surviving siblings, a how-not-to-parent manual, a testament to the power of positivity, and proof that where you come from doesn’t have to determine where you can go. Above all, The Size of Everything offers a powerful message of hope to anyone who believes that impossibly rocky beginnings can’t have a happy ending.

“A searing account of a broken, devastating childhood and the triumph that emerged in spite of–and because of–the wreckage. What a book!”
-Allison Winn Scotch, bestselling author

“Remarkable and inspiring.”
-Jane Heller, bestselling author

Comments

Anonymous says:

This book will change my child psychiatric practice! This is my first ever review – of anything. I am a well-seasoned child and adolescent psychiatric provider. I care for a low-income population and most are foster children. Erin’s story is one that I hear every single week, typically after the child has already been taken from their home. I am often the one however that calls Child Protective Services to have the child taken. This book will forever change my practice. I plan on doubling the time I spend with every at-risk youth so that…

Anonymous says:

Quite possibly one of the best memoirs ever written – truly, yes, it’s that good! If this book personally speaks to you, first and foremost, I’m so sorry. But know that at the end of this book, you will feel as if your childhood burdens have lifted somewhat. Not that they ever really leave you, but amazingly 20 years of therapy are literally sandwiched between the covers for the astonishingly lower cost of just under $20, and it will literally make you lighter. You will wish that you knew Erin Blomgren because if you’d had a friend like her, you would have known you weren’t…

Anonymous says:

It sucks you in and spits you out in wonder I read mostly memoirs because I find the truth so compelling. I think most people want to believe that somehow we will make it through and come out better for whatever we have endured, that we, as individuals and as a nation, are resilient. Here’s a book whose release at this challenging moment in our history (U.S.), brings hope.If you’re looking for a tale that leaves you breathless at the cruelty of humanity towards its children, and the power within those children to somehow get…

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