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The Butterfly Garden: Surviving Childhood on the Run with One of America's… (2007)

por Chip St. Clair

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One of America's Most Fascinating True Crime Cases Fear rocked Chip St. Clair's world. As a boy, he never knew what would set his father off--maybe the ice cubes had melted in his glass of Tab, maybe dinner was overcooked or undercooked or the gravy was too runny. Regardless, the beatings always came. As did the twisted games of cat and mouse--being thrown from a rowboat into frigid Lake Michigan, the middle-of-the-night moves to different states, or being left to dangle over a ten-story balcony while his father watched from inside. But one fateful night when the police answered the call, the truth came to light from the shadows, sparking national headlines: Chip St. Clair's entire life--his name, even his date of birth--had been a lie, and the man he called 'Dad' was an impostor, an escaped child killer who had been on the run for over two decades. The stunning revelation would send one of America's Most Wanted to justice and another on a quest for his true identity. With chilling detail and a riveting, lyrical narrative, The Butterfly Garden reveals St. Clair's struggle to piece together his haunted past before it consumes him and shares his inspiring metamorphosis from victim to victim's advocate. The Butterfly Garden is a timeless triumph, a reminder that hope can be the most powerful of all emotions, freeing us to soar despite the past and the odds against us.… (mais)
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I highly recomend this, however, be aware, that for me, this book was very difficult to read. As a survider of childhood abuse, I had to re-visit some of my own isses. Of course, that is what this book is for! ** disclaimer: I won a signed copy in a GOODREADS giveaway sponsered by the author, Chip St.Clair. ( )
  tenamouse67 | Jul 21, 2018 |
Memoir of a childhood marred by abuse. It's a compelling story, but the writing is weak. I donated my copy to the library book sale. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 16, 2016 |
An incredible story. You really feel for Chip, going through the nightmarish childhood he had and re-telling/re-living it in the pages of The Butterfly Garden. I found the book accidentally, but I'm so glad I kept reading. It was sad, heart-wrenching in fact, but so worth the read. Definitely a highly recommended book for everyone! (Well not children) ( )
  ritakhavich | Feb 2, 2012 |
It is unfathomable the hell that Chip St. Clair went through growing up. With each passing chapter I was more horrified. The only good to come of this was that Michael Grant was put back behind bars where he belonged. Chip's entire childhood was a farce. He and his parents moved around a lot, sometimes leaving places in the middle of the night. Chip was punished for the littlest things.....a throw pillow out of place, a dirty sock left on the floor. He endured his abuse up until his teenage years. At that point, he knew that he had to get away and somehow find out about his past. He meets his soul mate, Lisa, and the two of them begin uncovering secrets that would shock not only themselves, but local law enforcement and eventually the nation.

Chip tells his story with honesty and emotion. He finally becomes the person that he has always wanted to be. Like a butterfly that has been in a cocoon, he emerges strong and free with his loving wife beside him, ready to share his story with everyone, hoping to keep children everywhere safe from abuse. ( )
  missysbooknook | May 13, 2010 |
The Butterfly Garden is a heart-wrenching memoir of author Chip St. Clair's childhood with an abusive father, who Chip later discovers was wanted for murder and thus, put his family on the run for years. The simple style and scope of this book only adds to the power of the text and the message of survival that St. Clair conveys.

Though the subject matter was difficult to digest, I found myself riveted by the narrative in this book. As a young boy, Chip found solace in art and literature and some of the poems and quotes that helped him cope with his shattered life are included in the book adding depth and insight to the memories. Ultimately, St. Clair's story is one of victory and the tale of his metamorphosis - and the powerful analogy of the titular Butterfly Garden - makes this book a powerful and amazing story. ( )
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One of America's Most Fascinating True Crime Cases Fear rocked Chip St. Clair's world. As a boy, he never knew what would set his father off--maybe the ice cubes had melted in his glass of Tab, maybe dinner was overcooked or undercooked or the gravy was too runny. Regardless, the beatings always came. As did the twisted games of cat and mouse--being thrown from a rowboat into frigid Lake Michigan, the middle-of-the-night moves to different states, or being left to dangle over a ten-story balcony while his father watched from inside. But one fateful night when the police answered the call, the truth came to light from the shadows, sparking national headlines: Chip St. Clair's entire life--his name, even his date of birth--had been a lie, and the man he called 'Dad' was an impostor, an escaped child killer who had been on the run for over two decades. The stunning revelation would send one of America's Most Wanted to justice and another on a quest for his true identity. With chilling detail and a riveting, lyrical narrative, The Butterfly Garden reveals St. Clair's struggle to piece together his haunted past before it consumes him and shares his inspiring metamorphosis from victim to victim's advocate. The Butterfly Garden is a timeless triumph, a reminder that hope can be the most powerful of all emotions, freeing us to soar despite the past and the odds against us.

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