Still Waters

Still Waters Separated from her brother Bryan and passed from caretaker to caretaker Jenny discovers as she rebels her way through high school and into adulthood that the past can never be truly locked away fore

  • Title: Still Waters
  • Author: Jennifer Lauck
  • ISBN: 9780349115139
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Separated from her brother Bryan, and passed from caretaker to caretaker, Jenny discovers as she rebels her way through high school and into adulthood that the past can never be truly locked away forever She survived the stunning traumas of a lost childhood, but survival may not be a way of life Now the secrets, lies and loneliness that once imprisoned her are broughSeparated from her brother Bryan, and passed from caretaker to caretaker, Jenny discovers as she rebels her way through high school and into adulthood that the past can never be truly locked away forever She survived the stunning traumas of a lost childhood, but survival may not be a way of life Now the secrets, lies and loneliness that once imprisoned her are brought into sharp focus, where an adult Jenny can make her peace at last But one mystery demands her attention the quiet troubled soul of Bryan, who, lacking the inner strength of the survivor, chooses a sad and sorrowful destiny And Jenny must dig deep to find the one bond that held them through the years, and the one reason any of us have for enduring love.

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    1. And now to Still Waters. This is the British edition but of course, there are American versions. Still Waters was, first and foremost, a rushed production. After the surprising and intense success of Blackbird, it was expected that I create a "satisfying" sequel NOW. Being a hardworking, diligent sort (and a people pleaser), I went to work. Still Waters rushed to press with typos and a even a misplaced chapter. Dreadful. And then it was released a month after 9-11. Another disaster. I am one of [...]

    2. SO sad, I read her trio of biographical books in anticipation of meeting the author and hearing her speak on her life's awakening. This book Blackbird was my first by Jennifer Lauck and left me wanting more - which was immediately sated by her next book Still Waters, a less turbulent time in her life but still marred with her deep familial scars. Her last book , Show me the Way, was an ending of sorts, but I still have many questions. Jennifer's wilingness to open her soul to us amazes me; her [...]

    3. Jennifer Lauck’s first book, Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found, was one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. So, at first, I remember being disappointed by this sequel because it just didn’t live up to the first book. But, looking back, this is a worthy and enjoyable book in its own right. But, in my opinion, it’s imperative that Blackbird is read before this book.

    4. While this doesn't have the emotional power of her first memoir, Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found, it is still a riveting story about a truly messed-up childhood. I had to admire the author for her survival skills but something felt unfinished about her story--perhaps there was a lack of emotional distance. Although Lauck wrote this in her thirties, she seems stuck in her resentment toward the family members who she feels didn't love her enough (if at all). It's hard to tell if she's still [...]

    5. This is ostensibly a sequel to Lauck's Blackbird, although Lauck has written another book, Found that she calls "the real sequel", which I think is a bit off-putting. I mean, if people bought your book, isn't it kind of rude to write another book ten years later and say "Wait, never mind, THIS is the REAL sequel"? Anyway. I liked this book a bit better than I liked Blackbird, if only because I believed that she remembered things accurately, not something I believed of a 6-year-old narrator in Bl [...]

    6. This is the sequel to Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found, which I read immediately before this one. It tells the story of what happened once Jennifer was returned to her relatives and freed from the clutches of her evil stepmother, Deb. WARNING: MILD SPOILERSUnfortunately her father's family is only marginally better than the evil Deb. Jennifer is constantly lied to, money from Social Security and other sources which her aunt and uncle, who adopt her, assure her is being put away for her futu [...]

    7. Jennifer Lauck's follow-up memoir to Blackbird is equally as beautiful in its prose and heart-wrenching in its content. Orphaned and left to live with an indifferent at best, undeniably cruel at worst step-family, this is the story of Lauck's middle childhood and adolescence, where she is moved from the relatively warm and safe environment of her grandparents to an aunt and uncle who decide to adopt her, but never actually seem to love or accept her, and her tumultuous young adulthood which incl [...]

    8. I liked the narrative style better in this memoir than in Blackbird, but I did not love this book. The first few chapters were a satisfying conclusion to Blackbird, but the second half of the book was unfocused and little was revealed. I thought the last chapter -- in which she investigates the last days of her brother's life -- was leading up to more of her own story, but it did not pan out. If I wrote my own story, it would probably sound pretty much like this, which is why, unless something a [...]

    9. I devoured this book, just like the first memoir . powerful, poignant. Some passages that truly resonated with me:"There are no thoughts at all, just a black hole feeling pulling me down and down, away from Kimmy and normal and this life I've barely startedThere's nothing but terrible emptiness that owns me.""My life felt like a punishment but I couldn't figure out what it was I had done or how to atone.""I hate the survival part of me. I don't want to power my way through this life anymore but [...]

    10. Interesting story but I didn't enjoy it as much as her first memoir, Blackbird. I read Blackbird several years ago and listened to Ms Lauck's interview on Oprah. At the time I was so excited to learn she was writing a sequel. Enjoyed the first part of Still Waters but it went on too long, too many details, covering too many years, including her adult life to the present. There is an entire section devoted to her brother Brian, which feels like a book within a book. At the end of book she goes ba [...]

    11. This is the sequel to Blackbird, the memoir of Jennifer Kauck. It starts her being dropped off the bus on her way to her Grandparents, after Deb (stepmother) sends her away. It follows her teen years as she finds out many of the mysteries of her life(about her parents death, her brother's suicide, how her fav aunt and uncle wanted to adopt her, but Deb would not allow it etc). It tells about her growing up with another aunt and uncle and being moved from one family to another; her difficluty wit [...]

    12. Lauck's very sad memoir, Blackbird, ended with what I thought was hope for a better future, so I decided to read the sequel, Still Waters. Well I was mistaken. Throughout the whole book she is struggling with her past and trying to find answers. Towards the end she seems to have adjusted and have a "normal" life. Although a depressing read, I admire her courage, resilience and her positive attitude. I give it 3.5 stars.

    13. I did read this book, although it had a different cover design when i read it. Anyways, it was a great book. I felt sorry for the girl and all the crap she had to go through in her life, like her aunt and uncle treating her like a slave. That was so wrong.

    14. I seldom if ever read memoirs but something about the story of Jennifer Lauck's life really touches me. The first, Blackbird, was a book which stayed with me long after I'd read it. I always meant to read book 2 and finally did so. In no way was I disappointed. A definite recommendation!

    15. Accidentally lucking into a copy of Blackbird, Jennifer Lauck's first story about her devastating childhood AND the most powerful book of all time for me, I could absolutely NOT wait to read this one. Still Waters is the second part of her life. It's not nearly as powerful and I didn't expect it to be. I'd already read the author's own review of this book and I didn't get the impression she was very happy with the way her publishers rushed her to turn out another story. I was able to see where s [...]

    16. This book read like a novel. Since it was given to me and I had not heard about it, that's what I thought it was. The story follows a young girl who endures the tragedy of losing her mother and then her father. So she is sent by her stepmom to live with her grandparents and the shuffling of her and her brother begins. It's quite a story, and once I realized it was her life story, and not fiction, it became even more interesting to follow her life. Very well done.

    17. Jennifer Lauck's memoir of teen years into adulthood. Ends with her conversations with friends and police about her brother's death.

    18. This is her second book and just as good as the first. Couldn't stop reading it to see where her life had taken her.

    19. Not as good as the first book but still good. Enjoyed finding out how the rest of the authors life worked out in the end.

    20. Loved this book. Jennifers search for herself was so poignant, I couldn't put the book down. I couldn't help but cheer for her to find what she longed so much forPeace.

    21. Another riveting book following the life of the author. I wonder what it's like having such a large portion of your life public. Rarely does a book I read evoke the strong reaction that Blackbird and Still Waters have.I don't read the reviews on a book until after I've written my own thoughts so that what I write isn't influenced in any way. After reading Blackbird and writing my review, I saw that several people mentioned how they hated Deb, and some even said they hated Bryan. Bryan was going [...]

    22. Note: The parts of this book that were 5 stars had me contemplating how to best write this review - I did not want to diminish the gems of this memoir with a simple rating. Since I had just finished "Blackbird" when I started this book, it would not have mattered what Jennifer wrote – I wanted more of her story. Even with somewhat sloppy editing, this book is an honest depiction of the refining process she allowed to shape her through her teenage and young adult years. Eddies of accelerated gr [...]

    23. Review from First Read: I have immense respect and sympathy for those victims of broken childhoods, sexual abuse, and lack of love. Perhaps I should have read "Blackbird" first. Maybe it would have helped me relate to this book. It isn't that the writing per sea is bad, Lauck can write but the story really went nowhere. It seemed to me to be a sad laundry list of all that was wrong with Lauck's life; a life not unfamiliar to many of us but unless there is some resolve or conclusion; why go to pr [...]

    24. So. Still Waters. I believe I bought this copy from Powell's onlineI can't recall at this point. I started it while we were still in the hotel, in October, and finished it just after Thanksgiving. It basically picked up where Blackbird left off. Jennifer is now an adult, living on her own, and the book follows her search for answers with respect to her brother's suicide. It traces her quest to heal herself and forgive her family for the hurt she suffered as a child. It details her relationship w [...]

    25. This book picks up where Blackbird left off, exactly, with Jennifer Lauck and her pink trunk packed full of the possessions she has dragged from place to place as she has moved around and, early on in this segment of her life, has landed with her aunt and uncle where she is adopted. Unfortunately, her aunt and uncle, while not as horrible as her stepmother, are not loving people and she struggles through high school before she finally sets forth on her own.The last sections of her life address h [...]

    26. I enjoyed this book, a sequel to Lauck's first memoir "Blackbird". "Still Waters" picks up from where Blackbird left off. Jennifer finds a home albeit one where she rarely feels welcomed. Then, as an adult, Jennifer learns how to create her own home and family, and journeys both inward and outwards, to cope with her past. For me, I was better able to relate to the author in this book. I was more engaged with her, emotionally, and was more accepting of her story. She's a good writer, and allows y [...]

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