House Rules

House Rules

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the author's journey of recovery after a childhood marked by her mentally ill father, a respected suburban doctor with an obsessive need for control that caused him to torture his wife and children about the most minute details of their lives.

Blackwell North Amer

At an early age, Rachel Sontag realized there was something deeply wrong with her father. On the surface, he was a well-respected, suburban physician. But questioning his authority led to brutal fights; disobedience meant humiliating punishments. When she was twelve, he duct-taped her stereo dial to National Public Radio, measured the length of her hair and fingernails with a ruler, and regulated when she could shower.

A memoir of a father obsessed with control and the daughter who fights his suffocating grasp, House Rules explores the complexities of their compelling and destructive relationship, and his equally manipulative relationships with his wife and other daughter. As Rachel's mother cedes all her power to her husband, and her sister fades into the background of their family life, Rachel fights to escape, and, later, to make sense of what remains of her family.



Baker
& Taylor

Traces the author's journey of recovery and self-discovery after a childhood marked by her mentally ill father, a respected suburban doctor who hid from the outside world an obsessive need for control that caused him to torture his wife and children about the most minute details of their lives. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : EccoPress, c2008
ISBN: 9780061341229
0061341223
Characteristics: x, 261 p. ; 22 cm

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portmanteau Jul 14, 2012

What constitutes abuse? What should one be grateful for? A controlling, cruel, irrational father; a complicit mother, and the façade the children are forced to maintain to the outside world. Well written, concise and equal parts infuriating and heartbreaking. A brave, necessary tale.

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Mar 29, 2011

I really liked this book. A couple of weeks after I read it I was referred to a website created by her parents where they attempt to discredit her story. Not sure what to think!!! Someone in this family is crazy, I'm just not sure who it is! The website is sontaghouserules.com for anyone that's interested.

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