Victims Make the Best Birdhouses–Book Reviews

While the Book Reviews represent the fruit of one’s labor, the inner-most satisfaction will trump the other reasons to write everyday. Still, the positive reviews add a bounce to my step and gives me reason to continue working on my craft. Thank you. I treasure your reviews.

Lara Mazzone
5 out of 5 stars
I couldn’t stop reading
A truly moving memoir about repressed memories and PTSD from sexual and emotional abuse. I finished the entire book in one day!

5 out of 5 stars
A powerful story based on a traumatic childhood. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began this book, but it became one that I could not put down. The courage and fortitude to write about one’s story of abuse is sure to inspire other survivors to work towards finding their own peace, healing and happiness.

Robert 1 Somers
5 out of 5 stars.
Larry Franklin wrote the bravest, most candid story about abuse I have ever heard or read. I was privileged to witness many accounts during my five years as a therapist at the Monterey Country Rape Crisis Center and this book stands out. Larry’s gorgeous writing pulled me in immediately. I plowed through the book in one sitting. At first, I wanted to find out what happened but then fell in love with Larry’s gift of language in his descriptive chronicle. I could see the visuals he described, hear the dialogue spoken. I loved the healing journey with his therapist, wife, mother, and younger self. It brought me to tears with admiration for his dedication. Larry continued his work through mental health and physical challenges that would have leveled most humans. In the world of trauma and grace, this book is an epic inspiration.
Amy Somers, LPCC, MFA

4.7 out of 5 stars
It’s a personal memoir of abuse survival, written in a very novelistic way. Recovered memories are a controversial subject and telling the story in this fashion puts one at a certain remove from the real world. This book has harrowing moments and might be, for some, a good road map for recovering from such trauma.

Jose Garay Boszeta
5 out of 5 stars A valuable testimony from a survivor of sexual abuse.
This book reminded me that, despite appearances, we never know what burden each person is carrying. In compelling prose, Larry L Franklin opens up about his repressed memories of childhood abuse , and his life-long struggle to overcome the hurt and find happiness with his family. This book is a valuable testimony that will be helpful to people seeking an answer through psychotherapy and truthfulness with oneself. Highly recommended.

Abbey K Bowen
5 out of 5 stars.
An inspiring story of triumph in the darkest of places. Like many other reviewers said, I couldn’t put this book down, and I read it in one day.

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Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.

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