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Growing Up Ugly: A Story of Finding Beauty Within [Paperback]

By Donetta Garman (Author)
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I fantasized about people loving me and standing in line to be my friend. I waited to become a swan. Growing Up Ugly is a moving memoir about coming of age and realizing the beauty in this life we are all searching for is within our grasp. Join author Donetta Garman as she drifts in and out of consciousness after suffering a stroke and recalls some of the events in her unusual but loving childhood. After a traumatic birth, Donetta was left homely, clumsy, and awkward. Growing up, she learned to cope with being ugly by laughing at herself and trying to help hold the family together. While her family climate was dysfunctional, the cohesiveness of it was undeniable, and Garmans story is infused with the intense love and resilience of a peculiar but fiercely devoted family. With the help of her family, children, husband, friends, and God, Donetta finds that beauty really is only skin deep and there is a swan just waiting to escape in all of us.

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I fantasized about people loving me and standing in line to be my friend. I waited to become a swan. Growing Up Ugly is a moving memoir about coming of age and realizing the beauty in this life we are all searching for is within our grasp. Join author Donetta Garman as she drifts in and out of consciousness after suffering a stroke and recalls some of the events in her unusual but loving childhood. After a traumatic birth, Donetta was left homely, clumsy, and awkward. Growing up, she learned to cope with being 'ugly' by laughing at herself and trying to help hold the family together. While her family climate was dysfunctional, the cohesiveness of it was undeniable, and Garman's story is infused with the intense love and resilience of a peculiar but fiercely devoted family. With the help of her family, children, husband, friends, and God, Donetta finds that beauty really is only skin deep and there is a 'swan' just waiting to escape in all of us.

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Studio: Tate Publishing
Pages   132
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 3, 2008
Publisher   Tate Publishing
ISBN  1604627549  
ISBN13  9781604627541  


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I wrote this book  May 31, 2008
This unique book tells a story of growing up ugly in a world where outside beauty is often more important than what lies beneath the surface. It is a story of overcoming dysfunction and addiction. It is a story of the soul and inner self and the potential beauty in all of us.

Growing Up Ugly is a moving memoir about coming of age and realizing that the beauty in this life we are all searching for is within our grasp, just for the asking. This poignant drama reminds us that life can take an unexpected turn at any moment.

"I vaguely remember my doctor telling me he was going to have me transported by ambulance to a hospital in Kansas City. They had a brain and stroke ward. I tried to answer, but I couldn't."

Join new author, Donetta Garman as she drifts in and out of consciousness and recalls some of the events in her unusual but loving childhood.

After a particularly traumatic birth, Donetta was left homely, clumsy and awkward. As she grew up she learned to cope with being "ugly" by laughing at herself and trying to help hold the family together. She writes, "As a child my favorite fairy tale was "The Ugly Duckling". I would dream of the day when I would be the one winning beauty pageants, the day that no man would be able to resist me and that when I walked down the street, people looked at me in awe of my beauty. I fantasized about people loving me and standing in line to be my friend. I waited to become a swan."

While her family climate was dysfunctional, the cohesiveness of the family unit was undeniable. Donetta's brilliant and fun loving mother began the descent into mental illness, drug addiction and alcoholism. Her father, ill equipped to handle the seriousness of an emotionally unstable environment, taught Donetta and her siblings how to cope the best way he knew how, by working hard and playing hard.

The memoir Ms. Garman creates in Growing Up Ugly is infused with the intense love and resilience of a peculiar but fiercely devoted family. With the help of her family, children, husband, friends and God, Donetta finds that beauty really is only skin deep and there is a "swan" just waiting to escape in all of us.


Growing Up Ugly

 
  Nov 30, 1999
I fantasized about people loving me and standing in line to be my friend. I waited to become a swan. Growing Up Ugly is a moving memoir about coming of age and realizing the beauty in this life we are all searching for is within our grasp. Join author Donetta Garman as she drifts in and out of consciousness after suffering a stroke and recalls some of the events in her unusual but loving childhood. After a traumatic birth, Donetta was left homely, clumsy, and awkward. Growing up, she learned to cope with being ugly by laughing at herself and trying to help hold the family together. While her family climate was dysfunctional, the cohesiveness of it was undeniable, and Garmans story is infused with the intense love and resilience of a peculiar but fiercely devoted family. With the help of her family, children, husband, friends, and God, Donetta finds that beauty really is only skin deep and there is a swan just waiting to escape in all of us.
 

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