Becoming Anna

Paperback | October 12, 1999

byAnna J. Michener

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Becoming Anna is the poignant memoir of the first sixteen years in the life of Anna Michener, a young woman who fought a painful battle against her abusive family. Labeled "crazy girl" for much of her childhood, Anna suffered physical and emotional damage at the hands of the adults who were supposed to love and protect her. Committed to various mental institutions by her family, at sixteen Anna was finally able to escape her chaotic home life and enter a foster home. As an effort toward recovery and self-affirmation as well as a powerful plea on behalf of other abused children, Anna wrote this memoir while the experience was fresh and the emotions were still raw and unhealed. Her story is a powerful tale of survival.

"A teen's raw, in-your-face chronicle of events almost as they were happening. As such, it's unforgettable. . . . Michener's story gives voice to the thousands of children and adolescents trapped in 'the system,' biding their time until their 18th birthdays. A candid and unstinting tell-all."—Kirkus Reviews

"Extraordinary. . . . Michener's expressive writing does justice to a topic that is clearly very disturbing to her personally and communicates a profoundly important message on behalf of all abused and neglected children."—Booklist

"An important book, painful to read, but essential if other children in similar situations are to be saved."—Library Journal

"An innocent child's account of 16 years in hell and of the terrible wrongs inflicted on children who are without rights or caring advocates."—Choice

"[Michener] emerges as a compelling and courageous advocate for children and their welfare—she's a young writer with an extraordinary voice."Feminist Bookstore News

"Quite simply one of the best, most compelling, well-written autobiographies published in years. . . . Remember the name. We have not heard the last of Anna Michener."—Myree Whitfield, Melbourne Herald-Sun, cover story

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If you face hardships and are looking for a source of real inspiration, find it in Becoming Anna: The Autobiography of a Sixteen-Year-Old. Anna Michener fought a courageous battle against an abusive family and a painful childhood. After being committed to various mental institutions, she was able to escape her old life and find solace ...

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Becoming Anna is the poignant memoir of the first sixteen years in the life of Anna Michener, a young woman who fought a painful battle against her abusive family. Labeled "crazy girl" for much of her childhood, Anna suffered physical and emotional damage at the hands of the adults who were supposed to love and protect her. Committed t...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.52 × 5.55 × 0.6 inPublished:October 12, 1999Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226524035

ISBN - 13:9780226524030

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thought provoking book Wow!! This is one of my favorite books. The honesty with which it is written is inspiring. This girl had it tough but she had the strength and resiliance to get through it. An uplifting true story. I strongly recommend it!
Date published: 2001-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bittersweet Truth The description in this book is amazing, and accurately true. Spending 7 months in a psych ward myself, I can positively relate to everything that is said in this book. I would undoubedly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Date published: 1999-10-23

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If you face hardships and are looking for a source of real inspiration, find it in Becoming Anna: The Autobiography of a Sixteen-Year-Old. Anna Michener fought a courageous battle against an abusive family and a painful childhood. After being committed to various mental institutions, she was able to escape her old life and find solace in a foster home. This moving book is the story of her first 16 years.