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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book Review of "Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions" By Author Nina Hamberg

Grip: A Memoir of Fierce Attractions (Paperback) $12.95 By Author Nina Hamberg

Reviewed By: Award Winning Author by Tamera Lawrence ("The Pond")

***** (5 out of 5 Stars) "Fantastic Read by a wonderful author!"  October 7, 2011

A typical girl, Nina Hamberg is caught between two parents who act more like children, then adults and later divorce. To make matters worse, Nina is ignored when she tells of a peeking tom looking through her bedroom window. Even the cops don't take her seriously. So when the stalker breaks in and attacks her, everyone acts surprised, even though the warning signs were already there but discounted. The attack leaves a stain in young Nina's heart as people around her avoid what happened, including her own father. As Nina grows, she tries to come to grips with what happened, but the effect of the attack is ever present. This becomes evident in her personal life as she seeks solace in the arms of abusers and rapists. Nina is petite, seemingly frail. But the gutsy woman trains in karate and faces down college professors and crude classmates to advocate for women's rights. Nina takes on violent youth in a group home, almost being raped in the process. Though life's knocks take their toll on Nina, she is a survivor. In the process Nina will find herself and the peace she longs for. She learns to forgive and in the forgiveness, learns to love herself just as she is.

GRIP is a wonderful memoir. Nina Hamberg is as honest as they come. She holds nothing back as she reveals the horrors in her life along with the triumphs. Not only was her book entertaining, but it reveals just how vulnerable human nature can be. I found the book refreshing and wonderfully written. I would highly recommend it and look forward to seeing more works from this wonderful author.