Monday, January 5, 2015

KIDNAPPED TWICE, Memoir, Back Cover

“The Lovely Shall be Choosers” is the title of a Robert Frost poem that tells of the unhappy life of a woman born beautiful. Kidnapped Twice is a somewhat similar story, a memoir of a woman born both well-off and pretty, whose traumatic early life so shaped what came afterward that only her exceptional strength of character saved her.

Now nearly bankrupt, living on a farm with inadequate heating and shelter, she nonetheless perseveres, doing what needs to be done, enjoying her cats and her wildlife, keeping afloat so far.

If “the unexamined life is not worth living,” then examining where one has been and what one has done can add value even to very disappointing previous years. Such insight gives hope that one’s future can be better than one’s past. Where there is life, there is hope, and where there is hope, there is life.

This memoir is dedicated to those who deeply care about the treatment of the least powerful among us: our children and our pets.




Mary Seaman (her maiden name) grew up in small towns less than a hundred miles north of New York City. After her parents divorced, her mother returned, kidnapped her, hid her down South. A year later, her father kidnapped her back. After a brief period of a pleasantly resumed childhood, Mary was abused repeatedly by her father’s second wife and, to a lesser extent, by her father himself. This memoir describes the challenges she has faced, some of which she has overcome, and her responses to them.


Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., is a retired scientist, author of Ting and I, co-author of The Shield of Gold and Kidnapped Twice, editor of High Shoes and Bloomers and of But…At What Cost, memoirs all.


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KIDNAPPED TWICE: Then Betrayed and Abused is available from the publisher, Outskirts Press, and from
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