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Christine Macdonald's Memoir FACE VALUE Gives Purpose to Painful Past, Inspires Self-Love
Face Value takes us back to '70s Waikiki-through the '80s, '90s and today with a VIP seat beyond the coconuts and palm trees of Hawaiʻi, to a rare look at life on the darker side of paradise. We cannot help but get swept up in this underground world of sex work, drug deals, and much more.
Through the pain of Macdonald's adolescence, diagnosed with Acne Conglobata, a rare and severe skin disease that left over 80 percent of her face scarred, readers learn how her darkest moments, which include childhood neglect, sexual assault, bullying, substance abuse, and mental illness, lead her to a near decade-long career in sex work: performing nude in various gentlemen's clubs on the stages in Waikiki to California's infamous Sunset Strip.
This deeply personal story, effortlessly weaves a delicate balance of humor and insight that will move readers to the point of tears through laughter. "The most important message in my story is that we don't need to play with the cards some of us are dealt as children. We can simply toss the deck and start over with new, healthier tools," says Macdonald. "Many of us spend a lifetime seeking validation, but it is something we will never receive until we find it within ourselves."
Sharing her journey gives purpose to the pain she's suffered and emphasizes you don't have to be a stripper, abuse survivor, or drug addict to relate to her story. The underlying messages will resonate with all readers in varying stages of their lives. "Everyone has a past," says Macdonald. "I hope anyone reading my book will find that positive and loving inner voice and the cheerleader inside themselves as I have."
Face Value has earned praise from Piper Kerman, author of the NY Times bestseller, Orange Is the New Black. "Christine looks back on rough roads traveled with intimate emotion, clear-eyed distance and above all, a strong, open, and hilarious heart. Hers is a page-turning story you will never forget," Kerman writes.
"Nothing is more uplifting than hearing the story of one who has faced devastating life's challenges and still knows how to smile. Face Value is a gem and a gift," stated Marva Allen, CEO of Wordeee.
Face Value: From Working the Pole to Baring My Soul (978-1-946274 -91-5) is available on wordeee.com http://www.wordeee.com and wherever books are sold. The eBook (978-1-946274-
Page Updated Last on: Mar 08, 2023