By Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers
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In 2002, award-winning movie and level actor Ashley Judd chanced on her precise calling: as a humanitarian and voice for these discomfort in ignored components of the realm. After her first journey to the infamous brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley knew instantly that she desired to recommend on behalf of the susceptible. in the course of her travels, Ashley began to write diaries that unique awesome tales of survival and resilience. yet alongside the way in which, she discovered that she was once being affected by her personal emotional discomfort, stemming from youth abandonment and abuse. looking in-patient therapy in 2006 for the grief that had approximately killed her, Ashley discovered not just her personal restoration and an enriched religion however the non secular instruments that energized and complicated her feminist social justice paintings. during this deeply relocating and unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, from misplaced baby to fiercely committed suggest, from anger and isolation to forgiveness and activism. In telling it, she solutions the ineffable query in regards to the dating among therapeutic oneself and repair to others.
Foreword through Nicholas D. Kristof
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Tonight. Airport. Friend—new friend! Bar. Ulaanbaatar. City. ” I finally finished minutes later, after looking up each word individually. “Bish, bish, bish,” Batma said, either to my translation or my plans. ” I couldn’t think of a single reason why she would tell me that I shouldn’t go, so I kept on trying to explain. ’ But now, bewildered by my hopeless attempts to pronounce the mangle of consonants in front of me, I tried to explain in as few English words as possible. 38 PAT R I C I A S E X T O N “Tonight, friend, bar,” I said, waiting for Batma’s blessing.
While she served tea to Urna, I went back outside to collect my bags. The wind had picked up, and I stood still for a moment, taking in my surroundings. Sitting on a cement stoop in front of my host family’s apartment building was a wrinkled old woman wrapped in a neatly pressed green-and-gold silk robe, her sagging bosom dangling down to her waist. “Sain bain uu,” I said to her. ” In return, the old woman tilted her head forward ever so slightly, offering me a vague nod, looking at a point just beyond me.
On a layover in Tokyo’s Narita Airport, I was as oblivious to someone talking to me as anyone is in an airport. Preoccupied with finding a cup of coffee, I ignored him, assuming he’d mistaken me for someone he knew. “I said. Where. Are. You. ” the man repeated, this time standing right in front of me. He’d surprised me, and I didn’t know what else to do but to answer him. Besides, he was blocking my path. “Mongolia,” I said. ” Even as I said it out loud, I could hardly believe it myself. Mongolia?
All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir by Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers