Monday, March 25, 2013

With or Without You

A Memoir

By Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta grew up poor, in an Italian blue collar area near Boston. The area had the frightening history of involvement during the Salem Witch Trials. It was difficult then, and remained difficult in Domenica’s time.

Domenica’s mother was a drug addict and dealer, whose life rose and fell with her addictions. Yet, she remained true to her daughter, giving her a love and respect for art, in all its forms.

This memoir is of a young woman coming of age during a time of changes in her world, and the world at large. It chronicles her relationship with her mother, and breaking away from her learned behaviours to find herself. This is a very powerful
book of strength, bravery, and love.


  1. Great review! Another book I would like to read.

  2. M said she's going to put this one on her list of books to read.

  3. Thanks for the review and info to this book. It's lovely that Domenica's mum supported her dreams! Take care

  4. My list of books is so long ... if only I was guaranteed to live long enough to read all of them. It is worth a try though ... great review.


  5. I love reading memoirs, finding out how others have dealt with the ups and downs life throws at us. This sounds like an excellent read, it's going on my list too! :-)

  6. Thanks for sharing. This book sounds very interesting. I like non-fiction best. Thanks, janet

  7. It sounds so sad...heartbreaking...

  8. Sounds like a substantial read! Wish you could elaborate it a bit...
    Cheers :)

  9. I love memoirs, probably because I love the first person narrator, it's so much....real and direct.