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Truth Has a Different Shape

Kari O`driscoll



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CavanKerry Press
01 March 2020
A family built, a family lost. Truth Has a Different Shape is a story of the power of compassion, of love and loss, revelations and relationship, and the evolution of self.

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, Kari O'Driscoll was taught that strength and stoicism were one and the same. She was also taught that a girl's job was to take care of everyone else. For decades, she believed these ideas, doing everything she could to try and keep the remaining parts of her family together, systematically anticipating disaster and fixing catastrophes one by one.

Truth Has a Different Shape is one woman's meditation on how societal and familial expectations of mothering influenced her sense of self and purpose, as well as her ideas about caretaking. As an adult, finding herself a caretaker both to her own children and to her aging parents, O'Driscoll finally reckons with the childhood trauma that shaped her world. Adoption, loss, and divorce defined her approach to motherhood, but in Truth Has a Different Shape, O'Driscoll finally pushes back. This memoir tracks her progress as she discovers how to truly care for those she loves without putting herself at risk, using mindfulness and compassion as tools for healing both herself and her difficult relationships.
By:   Kari O`driscoll
Imprint:   CavanKerry Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   324g
ISBN:   9781933880761
ISBN 10:   1933880767
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kari O'Driscoll is a writer and mother of two living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder of The SELF Project, an organization whose goal is to help teenagers, teachers, and caregivers of teens use mindfulness and nonviolent communication to build better relationships.

Reviews for Truth Has a Different Shape

This memoir unwinds one woman's reckoning with her family. In the opening pages, a young Kari O'Driscoll attempts to make things easier for her family after a divorce and the loss of a sibling -- an adopted brother who is sent back to the agency -- tear her household apart. The pain of a child dealing with loss is palpable. Yet, as years progress in Truth Has a Different Shape, we follow O'Driscoll as she discovers how to heal herself. --Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter: A Memoir Buzzfeed O'Driscoll rearranges the traumas of her childhood to skillfully examine her own roles as mother, thinker, partner, and artist. This book has grit, integrity, and a heroine with the drive to stop being the woman who fixes it all, fixes other, fixes the past to live in her body and her words with resolve and dignity. In Truth Has a Different Shape, O'Driscoll emerges with an extra layer of skin and a narrative that honors all survivors, whether codependent or alienated from family and society. --Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter: A Memoir

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