All That Is Bitter and Sweet - Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers & Nicholas D. Kristof

All That Is Bitter and Sweet

By Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers & Nicholas D. Kristof

  • Release Date: 2011-04-05
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Book Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Book Review and summary All That Is Bitter and Sweet Ashley Judd, Maryanne Vollers & Nicholas D. Kristof

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this unforgettable memoir, Ashley Judd describes her odyssey, as a lost child attains international prominence as a fiercely dedicated advocate.
 
In 2002, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd found her true calling: as a humanitarian and voice for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. After her first trip to the notorious brothels, slums, and hospices of southeast Asia, Ashley knew immediately that she wanted to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable. During her travels, Ashley started to write diaries that detailed extraordinary stories of survival and resilience.
 
But along the way, she realized that she was struggling with her own emotional pain, stemming from childhood abandonment and abuse. Seeking in-patient treatment in 2006 for the grief that had nearly killed her, Ashley found not only her own recovery and an enriched faith but the spiritual tools that energized and advanced her feminist social justice work.
 
Her story ranges from anger to forgiveness, isolation to interdependence, depression to activism. In telling it, she resoundingly answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.

Praise for All That Is Bitter and Sweet

“Ashley Judd has given us magnetic and searingly honest portrayals of diverse women on screen. Now with the same honesty and magnetism, she brings us her true self on the page. From her childhood to her revolutionary empathy with women and girls living very different lives, her path will inspire readers on journeys of their own.”—Gloria Steinem

“Over the last decade I have watched my gifted, brilliant friend grow as an artist, but more importantly, as a wise, deeply empathetic woman. I have read the diaries that are the heart of this memoir since she began traveling the world, fearing for her safety and sanity, baffled why she chooses these grueling missions. All That Is Bitter and Sweet will be a revelation to readers, exposing Ashley Judd for what I have known for years she is: an amazing woman doing extraordinary work.”—Morgan Freeman

All That Is Bitter and Sweet is all that is enlightening and inspiring. Ashley Judd has composed a memoir that teaches while it entrances and finds hope and faith in the most unlikely places. The book is full of real-life stories that reflect both the compassion of its author and the need for healing in the world.”—Madeleine K. Albright

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  • All that is bittersweet

    5
    By Lismill
    One of the best books I have ever read. So honest and bittersweet
  • Inspiring to many generations to come (I hope)

    5
    By A Pitt
    I first starting reading this book because I am a PROUD Kentucky teacher who wanted to read a good memoir (from a smart Kentucky woman) so I could use it as my reference when teaching about personal narratives. Never in a million years did I think it would take me on the personal journey it did. I laughed, did large amounts of crying and felt so proud of my mountain sister in her many accomplishments and hurdle jumping. Thank you sincerely for giving me the resources I need to focus a service project for my 4th graders to do something beyond bringing food in for local animal shelters. What a difference change can make! This boom gives you perspective on things from first-person experience which is amazing. Your friends, family, and community will be thankful if you let yourself read this wonderful book and take you on a spiritual journey. Happy page turning and may you be as inspired as I am!
  • Loved

    5
    By Bellamess
    This book changed my life. It validated things for me in my own struggles. Made me realize there is recovery for people dealing with depression and trauma. Ashley is an extraordinary woman with an incredible heart. Loved this book.
  • Oh Shut Up! Stop BLAMMING YOUR MAMA! BOO HOO!

    1
    By A REAL SURVIVOR!!!
    Ashley did you watch what you were doing to your mama! You should be a shamed of yourself! How could you do that to her! one thing I dont understand is owe you would not appear on the show BUT you sent a manuscript to Naomi why didn't you just appear because "YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE HIGHEST PAID ACTRESS IN HOLLYWOOD" BULL----! I DONT EVER WANT TO SEE YOU ON THE BIG SCREEN AFTER WHAT YOU DID, YOU MAKE ME SICK!! NAOMI ONLY DID WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS BEST. YOU OWE HER THE REPSECT THAT SHE DESERVES! IF ONLY WE COULD TAKE YOU BACK AND MAKE YOU A SINGLE MOM SEE HOW YOU DO, I BET YOU WOULD FALL!!! SHE IS ONLY HUMAN AND WE ALL MESS UP BUT YOU PICK UP THE PIECES AND MOVE ON BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MAKES US STRONGER!!! I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO DIED AND MADE YOU GOD, TO TELL TOUR SISTER SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE BY YOUR MOTHER! HOW COULD YOU HURT HER THAT WAY??? YOU ARE A PHONY! NAOMI I'M SORRY BUT YOU DESREVE BETTER THAT THIS!! THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT BLAMMIMG MOMMY FOR THE PAST, THAT IS WHERE YOU NEED TO LEAVE IT!! GROWUP!! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS BOOK, KEEP YOR MONEY!!!!
  • All that is bitter and sweet

    5
    By Ashley Judd
    Ashley Judd's book mirrors my own life as a child. Hearing things named is a huge relief to me. Also knowing that someone of her caliber is working and caring and loving relieves the wounds I feel as a woman and as a survivor. This book is extraordinary, captivating and almost impossible to put down. It will allow the reader to feel connected to people and their horrible circumstances around the world. And most importantly to see that help can be given in an educated way. Thanks Ashley from the bottom of my heart.
  • Great book!

    5
    By Muddy Kat
    Not what I was expecting, but a fantastic read. Thanks Ashley!!!
  • Profound, wise, moving, intelligent work

    5
    By Heather Seal-Breslin
    This is not a "Hollywood memoir" but a portrait of an incredibly, brave, smart woman. The work that Ashley Judd does on behalf of women and children throughout the world is vital and important. I had no idea how extensive sex slavery is world-wide nor did I know how much Ms. Judd has done for those trapped in it. At times I became too emotional to finish a passage and set it aside, only to find myself eagerly highlighting and bookmarking hours later. This is also an inspirational book for anyone in recovery, and her tremendous honesty about her difficult childhood made her current work all that more real to me. I have been recommending this book to all my girl friends word of mouth, and I will continue to do so.
  • Seriously

    4
    By Gatelets
    @rubydodd... What have you done?
  • Deep, inspiring, brave

    5
    By Truder B
    What a brave woman. Period.
  • Not what I expected.

    4
    By blueyed princess
    I downloaded the sample when I was browsing and I must admit I Was looking for some celebrity gossip. Boy was I surprised to be I in tears just few pages into this wonderful book.What a story Miss Judd has to tell. Gut wrenching, powerful and profound. I would have never guessed....

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