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Mamapop Recommends: Lena's Picks for June


Recommended Book:

 I just finished "If I Am Missing or Dead" by Janine Latus. Written by the victim's older sister, this non-fiction memoir tells the story of a desperate naive young woman who falls in love with a man she met on the internet and then chooses to stay in the abusive relationship rather than be alone.

The title refers to what was written on the front of an envelope found in the younger sister's desk days after she was murdered by her new boyfriend. (CHILLS)

While explicitly about a family's love being unable to stop an abusive relationship that ultimately ends in the young woman's death, the story contains an implicit love letter to women everywhere. I give it two thumbs up and a tissue.

Recommended TV Show:

My name is Lena and I am addicted to A&E's Dog The Bounty Hunter. I know! It seems like a silly premise and, yes, Dog is a cartoonish human being, but I would be lying if I said that the show doesn't make me tear up from time to time. I just love Dog's simple, almost child-like, mentality in catching his "hunt". And what isn't to love about his adorable wife, Beth, who displays those FF boobies and hot pink spandex and peroxide hair with pride. Together they make no apologies, so I'm not going to either.

Recommended Movie:

We just saw Ratatouille and I sort of loved it! As I've said before, I hate cartoons, but this movie had clever dialogue and was fast-paced.

(Bonus!) RecomNotmended Movie:

Evan Almighty. As a HUUUGE "The Office" fan and lover of all things humorously Biblical no one is as disappointed as I am. This movie was heavy on the special effects and W-E-A-K on story line and dialogue.

Recommended Website:

Buy books from Amazon? Stop! Books-A-Million is the best discount book site EVER. They always have brand new releases and they're consistently less than Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It's $10 a year for a membership, but it pays for itself after 1 or 2 books. My gift to you!

Recommended Time Suck:

iamfacingforeclosure.com. This 24-year-old guy has turned a train wreck of a situation into a money making blog. Is he shady? Maybe. Is he falsely modest? Yes. Is the unfolding disaster addictive to read? Uh, YEAH. I stumbled upon his blog awhile back and was hooked for HOURS. Enter with caution.

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Lena, great book to recommend. I was, however, expecting the sister's, rather than the author's, story to be more central to the book. I would say that, like anyone who has been in an abusive relationship, the sister was probably very private about the details, so the author may be limited on insight. That said, what made this book so engaging to me (and the gf's I have loaned it to), is how eerily similar both sister's relationships were and how similar they are to pretty much every other abusive relationship I've ever heard of/been in. Having left an abusive marriage just over a year ago, it was a reminder of how lucky I was to have gotten out in time and to have the support of family and friends before it was potentially too late. It was a very insightful read and an eye-opener for those who may be in similar relationships. Great pick!


Ahahaha...I got totally sucked into iamfacingforeclosure.com one night, too.

Jennifer L.

I, too, have read "If I Am Missing or Dead" about two months. What was interesting to me was the author's description of growing up in an abusive family and how that both sisters' relationships were affected far into adulthood. For people who think bad relationships in the past does not affect our relationships in the future, this book sends a cautionary tale of that denial.

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