We continue on with SheWritesPress’, THE MAGIC OF MEMOIR month with Alice Tallmadge’s, I CAN SEE THE MOON: A Story of A Social Panic, False Memories and a Life Cut Short.
A memoir of the mind-boggling social panic that swept the country in the 1980s and 1990s, resulting in dozens of daycare workers being accused or convicted of heinous sex crimes involving children—despite a consistent lack of evidence supporting the charges. Women began recalling episodes of ritual abuse by members of satanic cults, and diagnoses of multiple personality disorder spiked.
In trying to understand the suicide of her twenty-three year-old niece, the author discovers that what she thought was an isolated tragedy was, in face, part of a much larger social phenomenon that sucked in individuals from all walks of life—with devastating consequences.
Alice Tallmadge has been a reporter, writer, and editor since receiving her master’s degree from the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism in 1987. She was a correspondent for The Oregonian newspaper from 1999 to 2005, and a reporter and assistant editor for the Eugene Weekly in the 1990s. Her essays and stories have appeared in Portland Magazine, Forest Magazine, Oregon Humanities, the Register-Guard, Oregon Quarterly, and The New York Times. Her guidebook for juvenile sex offenders, Tell It Like It Is, was published by Safer Society Press in 1998. She was an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication from 2008 to 2014. She is currently a freelance editor.
Thanks to SheWritesPress, we have one copy of NOW I CAN SEE THE MOON to giveaway. Just tell us if you’re familiar with any stories of child daycare abuse. I remember the McMartin’s in Southern California.
We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA please only.