Abusive childhoods span far beyond the stereotypes of uneducated families, drunken brawls and resounding neglect. In a kind, gentle voice, author Judith Villemain walks readers through her memories of a childhood that was darkened by degradation and harsh realities while sometimes also enlightened by love and support. Rudy's Doghouse is a must-read memoir about the emotional scars inflicted during an era when families commonly degraded children rather than nourishing them. Fast-turning pages are filled with vivid imagery, dreaded anticipation, and sanctuary. It is a book destined for broad discussion about the victims in our own families.