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November 7, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Author: Stephen Mills – Virtual

Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood

Moderator: Michael Singer


“An unparalleled achievement, a work of shattering, almost-unbearable radiance. Chosen is destined to be a classic because this is a book that will save lives.”

—JUNOT DIAZ, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Chosen is a masterfully written story of love and hate that is as tender as it is traumatic. I couldn’t put it down.”

—GERALDINE BROOKS, author of People of the Book

At thir­teen years old, Stephen Mills is cho­sen for spe­cial atten­tion by the direc­tor of his Jew­ish sum­mer camp, a charis­mat­ic social work­er intent on becom­ing his friend. Stephen places his trust in this author­i­ty fig­ure, who first grooms and then molests him for two years.

The after­shocks rip through his adult life: self-loathing, drug abuse, pet­ty crime, and hor­rif­ic night­mares, all made worse by the dis­cov­ery that his abuser is molest­ing oth­er boys. Only phys­i­cal and men­tal col­lapse bring Stephen to con­front the truth of his boy­hood and begin the painful process of recov­ery — as well as a decades-long cru­sade to stop a ser­i­al preda­tor, find jus­tice, and hold to account those who failed the chil­dren in their care.

The trau­ma of sex­u­al abuse is shared by one out of every six men, yet very few have bro­ken their silence. Cho­sen elo­quent­ly speaks for those count­less oth­ers and their fam­i­lies. It is the indeli­ble sto­ry of a man who faces his tor­ment and his tor­men­tor and, in the process, is made whole.

Stephen Mills is the co-author with Roger Fouts of Next of Kin: My Con­ver­sa­tions with Chim­panzees, a Los Ange­les Times Best Book of the Year. He has worked with the Nat­ur­al Resources Defense Coun­cil since 1983, build­ing cam­paigns that have mobi­lized mil­lions of Amer­i­cans in sup­port of envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion. He lives in Cal­i­for­nia with his wife, Susan.

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November 7, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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