Book Blog Praise for Body Leaping Backward
PhDiva ~ "A haunting, often humorous, and thought-provoking story of one woman's journey of delinquency, self-discover, and healing. I found Maureen Stanton's words captivating, I read her story in a single sitting." Read full review here.
Mockingbird Hill Cottage ~ "Riveting. Stanton's unsparing examination of her girlhood, of the community in which she grew up, and of the choices she made makes for a compelling read." Read full review here.
Blunt Scissors Reviews ~ "A raw and emotional read. [Stanton's] writing style is unique. This book reads as a mature reflection of her child and teen years, and is not one I will soon forget...wholeheartedly recommend." Read full review here.
Inspired by Body Leaping Backward, my high school classmate Gerard McDonough wrote "Leaping Backward," a soulful response to our shared memories of Walpole, MA in the 1970s. Image: Rough Mix band, c. 1980.
Bookseller Praise for Body Leaping Backward
"A story of connection and disconnection, of loss and love, of the struggle to survive, and finally, of redemeption. It will haunt me for a long time." ~ Carole Horne, Harvard Book Store, Cambridge MA
"Body Leaping Backward is honest and gritty ... Maureen Stanton draws on her gift for storytelling to construct this riveting memoir. Reading Body Leaping Backward feels like taking a deep plunge with a gifted author." ~ Pam Price, Book Shop of Beverly Farms, MA
"This straight-shooting and astutely observed memoir is spot-on with social and cultural references that will resonate with anyone who grew up in 1970s America." ~ Gillian Kohli, Wellesley Books, Wellesley MA
"Body Leaping Backward is a cautionary tale that I read with diligence and pauses; the need to stop and reflect was often compelling." ~ Kathleen "Totsie" McGonagle, Buttonwood Books and Toys, Cohasset, MA
"Gritty and heartbreaking, Maureen's memoir is likely to provide a powerful springboard for many wide-ranging discussions." ~ Isabel Berg, BookEnds, Winchester MA