SHRUG by Lisa Braver Moss: How A Girl Escapes Domestic Violence
December 4, 2020
Hosted by Diane Dewey
Come join us for a revealing look at domestic violence against children through an award winning novel by author Lisa Braver Moss, herself the victim of domestic violence. How do children cope, survive, even thrive, and ultimately escape the throes of parents who are their sole means of support, their authority figure, and source of love. How do these ideals get twisted to fit the new meaning of family? How does family propel one toward one's truth? Drop in & find out. AWARDS that Shrug has won -- 2020 IPPY Awards Gold Winner, YA Fiction 2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Winner, Fiction 2019 Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner, YA Fiction, Historical 2019 Best Book Award Finalist in YA Fiction 2019 Sarton Women's Book Awards Finalist, Historical Fiction 2020 Goethe Awards (post-1750 historical fiction) Finalist 2020 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite, YA Fiction 2019 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist 14th Annual NIEA Winner, Regional Fiction West
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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. Where are we now and how do we meet the challenges? Dropping In is a place of discovery. We might believe that our life experiences are uniquely our own. Yet there’s a community of people that are here to bear witness, to relate to, link arms with and support us. They join us on Dropping In, tackling subjects like breaking into your dream business, cultural differences, child abuse, mental illness, shamanism, gender search, religious shunning, and fitting in as a marginalized outsider. These can feel like lonesome tasks. How do others find their power? Listening to their personal truths validates our own. Drop into the conversation to find the common threads, your uniqueness and our shared experience as humans.
My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.
Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.