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How to Cook Your Daughter: A Memoir

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How does a little girl find her way in a world where nothing is sacred?

In 2004, Tony Hendra's memoir Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book detailed his life as a comedian who helped launch the careers of John Belushi and Chevy Chase, wrote for and edited The National Lampoon, and performed in such cult classics as This Is Spinal Tap, even as he overindulged in alcohol and drugs. But there was a glaring omission in his supposed tell-all confessional: the sexual abuse of his daughter Jessica.

After more than thirty years of silence, Jessica faced a harrowing choice. In this powerful book, she reveals how she came to the decision to publicly confront her father, sacrificing any hope of reconciling with him and setting into motion a New York Times investigation that shocked the literary world when it broke the story of abuse. But Jessica's account is neither a minor footnote nor an angry response to her dad's bestseller. How to Cook Your Daughter — titled after a satirical piece her father wrote only a few months before the abuse began — is an unflinching and unsentimental look at a childhood that never was, set in a time and place straight from the pages of the outrageous magazine that her father helped to create.

Against the backdrop of the 1970s New York comedy scene, the memoir traces Jessica's journey from a lost and abused child to a young woman struggling with bulimia and anorexia to the mother of two who becomes convinced that challenging her father is the only way to reclaim a life that never seemed her own.

Synopsis:

The daughter of comedian and writer Tony Hendra describes her childhood against a backdrop of the 1970s New York comedy scene and her father's sexual abuse, relating the events that led to her decision to publicly confront her father and set in motion a New York Times investigation that shocked the literary world. 35,000 first printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061974816
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
ReganBooks
Author:
Jessica Hendra
Author:
Blake Morrison
Author:
Hendra, Jessica
Author:
Morrison, Blake
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Adult child sexual abuse victims
Subject:
Rehabilitation
Subject:
Child sexual abuse
Subject:
Abuse-Personal Stories
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20051004
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
274

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Biography » General
Biography » Women
Health and Self-Help » Abuse » General

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"Synopsis" by , The daughter of comedian and writer Tony Hendra describes her childhood against a backdrop of the 1970s New York comedy scene and her father's sexual abuse, relating the events that led to her decision to publicly confront her father and set in motion a New York Times investigation that shocked the literary world. 35,000 first printing.
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