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Beautiful Scars
Beautiful Scars: Steeltown Secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the Road Home | Tom Wilson
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"I'm scared and scarred but Ive survived" Tom Wilson was raised in the rough-and-tumble world of HamiltonSteeltown in the company of World War II vets, factory workers, fall-guy wrestlers and the deeply guarded secrets kept by his parents, Bunny and George. For decades Tom carved out a life for himself in shadows. He built an international music career and became a father, he battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the lies to cease and the truth to emerge. It would. And when it did, it would sweep up the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserves of Quebec, on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline. With a rare gift for storytelling and an astonishing story to tell, Tom writes with unflinching honesty and extraordinary compassion about his search for the truth. It's a story about scars, about the ones that hurt us, and the ones that make us who we are. From Beautiful Scars: Even as a kid my existence as the son of Bunny and George Wilson seemed far-fetched to me. When I went over it in my head, none of it added up. The other kids on East 36th Street in Hamilton used to tell me stories of their mothers being pregnant and their newborn siblings coming home from the hospital. Nobody ever talked about Bunny's and my return from the hospital. In my mind my birth was like the nativity, only with gnarly dogs and dirty snow and a chipped picket fence and old blind people with short tempers and dim lights, ashtrays full of Export Plain cigarette butts and bottles of rum. Once, when I was about four, I asked Bunny, "How come I don't look anything like you and George? How come you are old and the other moms are young?" "There are secrets I know about you that Ill take to my grave," she responded. And that pretty well finished that. Bunny built up a wall to protect her secrets, and as a result I built a wall to protect myself.
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fredamans
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rabbitprincess
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An honest, moving and compassionate book. Wilson‘s courage and his affection for his children leap off the page.

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I wear the scars that still cover my body from years of trespassers who assaulted and abused me; and although these scars will always remain, I have found a hope that has set me free.

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"I knew I would be judged harshly if I were to reveal what I was thinking, what I was feeling, so I just dulled the edges of my existence so no one would know who I had living inside me. I became a secret to myself." Tom Wilson will be at #emwf18 to read from his captivating memoir that takes readers through his early years, his life as a musician, and most importantly, his search for the truth and his place in the world. bit.ly/2tHJmtR #canlit

Cinfhen Sounds good! Thanks for sharing 4y
EMWF @Cinfhen We hope you enjoy it! 4y
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I enjoyed this memoir, despite not knowing anything about Tom Wilson or his music prior to reading the book. He has had quite the life, and I‘m glad he didn‘t let his demons get the best of him. #canlit #emwf18

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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November Reading Roundup. (Can you believe it‘s December tomorrow??) 11 Books. Best: Beautiful Scars, The Boat Runner, Glass Houses & Wildwood The Good: First Snow, Last Light, In the Midst Of Winter, Once We Were Sisters. The Just Ok: The Elephants in my Backyard, Little Fires Everywhere, This is How it Ends. The Least Liked: Uncertain Weights & Measures.

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One heck of a memoir - all the emotions while reading - laughing, crying, jaw dropping - the ending had me in tears.

Kaye Sounds good ! 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Kaye 👍🏻 it was even better in audio since he was reading it! 5y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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OMG. This is amazing in audio since he‘s reading it. It‘s so sad, yet I‘ve laughed out loud but then started crying at the same time.