Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace, Mary A. Perez

More than a memoir, this book is a promise of hope for anyone who was abandoned as a child, to anyone who woke up hungry and went to bed hungrier every day, for every wife who has loved a husband who left bruises on her heart and on her body. Somewhere between stealing cold cuts from stray cats and watching a stranger leave her mother’s bed after breaking in through their bedroom window, Mary figured out that her family was dirt poor. Worse than her empty stomach, she was hungry for acceptance and love. She thought she found it when her baby sister was born and she became her “mommy,” taking care of her needs as best as she could at the age of seven. Then she had to say goodbye over a small white casket. Mary’s grandparents, first-generation immigrants from Puerto Rico, took her in and gave her a glimpse of faith and stability. For a brief, shining spell, she had a real home–until they decided that Mama needed her. They may have been right, but Mama needed more than a little girl could give, and Mary lost her way again. Just out of Juvy Hall, Mary found […]

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