Every now and then someone asks me to read their book and to do a review on it. I’m not really sure why I’m picked for this honor, but it’s happened several times in the last 18 months.
I’m certainly not a respected book critic, nor do I ever expect to be one. I do love reading and there’s very little I won’t read. My curious mind is constantly on the prowl. Research is a joy I lavish upon myself.
Karen Louie-Joyce, the web manager for Jessica Stern, a world-class social scientist, Harvard lecturer, and one of the foremost U.S. experts on terrorism and post-traumatic stress disorder, contacted me with a request to review Stern’s new book.
In her new book DENIAL: A Memoir of Terror, Jessica investigates her own unsolved adolescent sexual assault at the hands of a serial rapist, and, in so doing, examines the horrors of trauma and denial.
The book is in the mail,thanks to Karen, and I should have it by the end of the week. I’m not sure how long it is, so I won’t make any predictions on when the review will appear. But fear not readers, I will do my best. As some of you may know, trauma is a subject near to me as I’m a Vietnam veteran with service-connected PTSD.