Dirt Roads and Diner Pie

Dirt Roads and Diner Pie Against a backdrop of highways diners and cheap coffee one couple finds peace through the redemptive power of love Told from a wife s perspective Dirt Roads and Diner Pie is the story of one coupl

  • Title: Dirt Roads and Diner Pie
  • Author: Shonna Milliken Humphrey
  • ISBN: 9781942094227
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Against a backdrop of highways, diners, and cheap coffee, one couple finds peace through the redemptive power of love.Told from a wife s perspective, Dirt Roads and Diner Pie is the story of one couple s struggle to confront the long reaching effects of childhood sexual abuse.Musician and former lead singer of the United States Air Force Band, Travis James Humphrey lived fAgainst a backdrop of highways, diners, and cheap coffee, one couple finds peace through the redemptive power of love.Told from a wife s perspective, Dirt Roads and Diner Pie is the story of one couple s struggle to confront the long reaching effects of childhood sexual abuse.Musician and former lead singer of the United States Air Force Band, Travis James Humphrey lived for thirty months in a culture of childhood sexual abuse while studying at New Jersey s prestigious American Boychoir School After his tenure, Travis buried his memories deep Years into the marriage, these memories began to surface and threaten their relationship In an effort to resolve the problems, Shonna and her husband hit the road and navigated their way through the treacherous terrain of mental illness, sexual dysfunction, and shame She details their journey within a month long road trip throughout the southeastern United States taken shortly after Travis made his experience public.While the effect of child sex abuse informs nearly every aspect of their shared life, it does not define their relationship That is the message Shonna offers Sexual trauma may dominate, but it need not define the relationship.Shonna Milliken Humphrey s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Salon, Down East, and Maine magazine For two years, she wrote regular food, restaurant, and lifestyle columns for the Maine Sunday Telegram She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing and Literature from Bennington College.

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    1. It is rare that I finish a book in a day, but this book was just so captivating. It is one couple's journey in navigating their way through a marriage where the husband has scars from sexual abuse in childhood. It isn't only about that, though, and in reading I found myself to be either Shonna or Travis in navigating through marriage, period. Both are wickedly likable and while the focus is on childhood sexual abuse, it's really about how we all have our scars, some of which are more horrific th [...]

    2. I thought this book was outstanding. As Travis comes to terms with what happened to him as a child the couple faces criticism from the organization where the abuse occurred. I was part of the organization during the period when she started writing this book. I was still working there when she published the article that became the book. Maybe I was naive but I always assumed everyone would be appalled at the abuse of a child. Many others in this organization tried to diminish what happened to Tra [...]

    3. A weak read with very little in the means of advocacy and more of an illogical set of ideas that mislead readers to think something different of what it means to truly work through sexual assault. It is clear the author is an amateur and her understanding of sexual trauma is thinly veiled and shrouded in personal bias against the American Boychoir School. She also inaccurately portrays the school as being responsible for the sins of individuals. Readers will take very little away from this book [...]

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