Ghostbox: A memoir Walter Jacobs


Published: June 21st 2007

Kindle Edition

166 pages


Ghostbox: A memoir  by  Walter Jacobs

Ghostbox: A memoir by Walter Jacobs
June 21st 2007 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 166 pages | ISBN: | 4.32 Mb

Two years after Walter R. Jacobs was forced to call his new stepmother Mom, she cancelled what would have been his 13th Christmas. In the memoir Ghostbox Jacobs explores a life where family problems are blamed on disrespectful children who refused to accept Moms authority. His stepmother is a sociological ghost, a force that limited his thoughts and decisions until he filled a special shoebox with objects that evoke significant memories: good, bad, and ugly.

This ghostbox has rendered his stepmothers seething presence benign.Jacobs investigates how just a relatively short stay in his stepmothers house (seven years with his stepmother, father, and younger brother) led to almost twenty years of questions about multiple facets of his identity, such as the proper rules and rhythms of life as an African-American college professor.

In the end, he finds the key to finally and completely breaking away from the dysfunctions that threatened his self-esteem and ability to interact normally with others.Jacobs includes an appendix of guidelines readers may use to create their own ghostboxes. He invites readers into a world where they can reflect on troubling aspects of their lives, and create strategies for making empowering changes.

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