The Sitting Swing
by Irene Watson

Plain View Press, 2005. ISBN 1891386492.
Reviewed by Peggy Talley
Posted on 11/28/2005

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Body Language; Nonfiction: Cultural/Gender Focus

By the time I finished reading The Sitting Swing, I had developed great admiration for Irene Watson's strength and endurance as a child and as a woman. In this book, she tells both the story of her childhood and her journey through twenty-four days of hell at an addiction treatment center. There she learned that alcohol and drugs are not the only addictions that can keep us from enjoying life in the present because of hurt from the past.

Watson has written a book that encourages us to look within ourselves, as she did, to understand how our lives are affected by the way our mothers were raised. To look at the cultures they came from, and at the mothers who raised them if at all possible. If this has adversely affected our lives, as it did hers, she encourages us to get help and find ways to change the way we think about our childhood before we unwittingly set our children on the same path.

The Sitting Swing held my interest from beginning to end and left me wishing Watson would write a sequel. I would like to follow up and see how she used her newfound peace and knowledge.

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