The beautiful buttons : a memoir

The beautiful buttons a memoir Cathrine Ann was raised by alcoholic parents in poverty where she was unwanted neglected and abused The first time she was sexually abused she was five and it happened by a friend of her fathers ri

  • Title: The beautiful buttons : a memoir
  • Author: Cathrine Ann
  • ISBN: 9781554703142
  • Page: 192
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  • Cathrine Ann was raised by alcoholic parents in poverty where she was unwanted, neglected and abused The first time she was sexually abused, she was five, and it happened by a friend of her fathers right in front of him, but he was too drunk to notice From the time she was born until she became pregnant at 15, her parents moved seventeen times They always had money forCathrine Ann was raised by alcoholic parents in poverty where she was unwanted, neglected and abused The first time she was sexually abused, she was five, and it happened by a friend of her fathers right in front of him, but he was too drunk to notice From the time she was born until she became pregnant at 15, her parents moved seventeen times They always had money for booze and cigarettes, but never for rent or bills or food She attended numerous schools, where the kids teased her and beat her up because of her big nose, tall, lanky body and the second hand clothes that she wore When Cathrine became pregnant for a second time at the age of seventeen, it was her aunt, that had absolutely no medical training at all, that performed the abortion at her apartment Beautiful Buttons the name derives from Cathrine s practice as a child of snipping buttons from dresses she could never afford and taking them home to cherish She promised herself that one day, she would have the dresses that went along with the buttons But for now, she only had the buttons.Cathrine s undiagnosed ADD and learning disability, didn t help her to understand why she couldn t learn in school or make friends She dropped out of school after grade eight to raise her son, but did a crappy job at being a mother Trying to avoid the nightly arguing and fighting between her parents, she took her baby anywhere she could to get away from the madness at home She slept in parks, school yards, rode the subway all night or stayed with strangers She pulled runners at restaurants to eat and did whatever she had to do to survive.When she went to her rich uncle to ask for a job and to help her buy food for herself and her baby, he pimped her out He told her that someone like her, that was damaged goods, with drunks for parents and no one who cared about her, was destined to become a nothing in life, so she better get used to it and accept her fate At eighteen she did a stint in jail for theft and then two years on probation Cathrine tried to do better, and sometimes did But her life was filled with downs than ups.At the age of thirty five, she tried to even the odds for not having received an education earlier in life, so she forged university transcripts to get into medical school After she was found out, she did what she always did when things got too tough she ran This time, right into the hands of the mob, where she started escort agencies for them and became a prostitute Her uncles words about being damaged goods never left her and she would always find her way back to despair and often homelessness.When she got shot at by pimps trying to recruit girls on the track for the mob, she once again ran But she kept her career as a prostitute She then met Marc, her present husband, and the first person who truly loved and cared about her When her pager kept going off during their dates, she told Marc she was a doctor, to explain why she had to suddenly leave Cathrine soon told Marc that they should start their own business and make millions of dollars and live happily ever after together Cathrine had a plan They should rob a bank Marc believed in her, so he quit his job as a cook earning minimum wage Then, they were both homeless with their three dogs, living out of Marc s truck, while Cathrine tried to get a plan together But first, they had to pick up Cathrine s last unemployment cheque.Then, something nothing less than miraculous happened Something that would change both Cathrine s and Marc s lives forever With Marc by her side, she would go on to win numerous entrepreneurial awards, including the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneur Innovator and become a business leader Her promise of making millions of dollars with Marc would become a reality She would go on to become a highly acclaimed inspirational speaker and author Governor Linda Lingle Hawaii said that after Cathrine spoke to an audience of 1,200, at her Women s Leadership event, she changed lives of people in the room.Cathrine s mantra is Dream it Believe it Be it There will be nothing else like Beautiful Buttons because there is no one else remotely like Cathrine Ann.

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    About “Cathrine Ann

    • Cathrine Ann

      Cathrine Ann s credentials include quitting school after completing grade eight when she was fifteen and pregnant, along with having jobs than she can remember the majority of which, she was fired from.After enduring a childhood of poverty and neglect and being raised by alcoholic parents, she overcame challenges and obstacles in her life than might seem humanly possible or fair.Being a young mother without a formal education or positive role model and suffering from ADD and a learning disability, she eventually found herself in jail, on probation, and doing whatever she could to survive and as she puts it, continually trying to even the odds for what she didn t get or have growing up, including an education.Through all her highs and mostly lows, she even tried to become a Medical Doctor Forging University transcripts helped get her into a prestigious Medical College, but when it was discovered that she had embellished her transcripts, she did what she always did when in trouble she fled right into the arms of the mob and a street life, that was just about as ruthless and low as a human being could possibly go.When she turned 40, Cathrine met a man who was the first person in her life to ever believe in her and her dreams of doing better even starting her own business It was then that she went from living a life of despair, to having a life that she could only otherwise dream of living.Cathrine credits her many struggles and challenges, with her eventual success in becoming a multi award winning entrepreneur and celebrated Canadian business leader.As the President of Consumer Connection Inc she helps clients increase revenue and market share, by specially designing programs that work to meet or surpass their customer service objectives Mystery Shopping, Employee Incentive Programs, Employee Training Programs, Competitive Analysis and Customer Service Seminars As a much in demand inspirational speaker, and now an author, Cathrine s one in a million true rags to riches story, will continue to deeply touch the lives and hearts of audiences and readers from all walks of life, and her message couldn t come at a better time.Cathrine s mantra is Dream it Believe it Be it.Beautiful Buttons is a rough, raw, remarkably candid and often surprisingly funny portrait of a life lived and redeemed Cathrine went from being homeless, broke and unemployed and worse into a multi business award winning entrepreneur and business leader Cathrine s story is about believing in yourself and your own abilities.

    153 thoughts on “The beautiful buttons : a memoir

    • Cathrine Ann calls her book a memoir of survival and triumph, and it is exactly that. She describes a childhood of unimaginable neglect, deprivation, and emotional abuse in a matter-of-fact manner that makes the details all the more chilling. Cathrine’s unflinching, raw description of her choices and behaviors flows easily; she is a born storyteller. She even manages to use humor throughout the book, perhaps to blunt the profound pain of continually being abandoned by those she loved and trust [...]



    • I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. After much difficulty, I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.The beautiful buttons: a memoir by Cathrine Ann is wrenching, awful, and most of all, painfully honest, which I greatly admire. She doesn't hold any of the badness back-- we hear about every terrible detail of her life, including sexual abuse, parents who emotionally and physically abused her, boyfriends who did much of the same, and never having enough to ea [...]


    • After hearing Cathrine Ann speak on the radio about her book I was anxious to buy and read a copy. As an adult reader who also has ADD like the author, my mind finds it difficult to concentrate when filled with too many ideas. This is why the bouncing time lines she describes her youth made it sometimes challenging for me to read. I stuck with it and it took me three weeks to finish.Although minimal, I enjoyed the dialogue used to show the personalities of several characters. Catherine Ann's sto [...]


    • Beautiful Buttons is the story of Cathrine Ann. The book opens with Cathrine receiving an award for her success. As she steps forward to accept the award, her inner critic begins its damage. The exact words don’t really matter much as we’ve all heard their like in our own heads-basically, you aren’t good enough. All her life, Cathrine wanted more, dreamed of something better. Hungry and alone, neglected and abused, she wanted something, anything to take her from her personal hell. That and [...]


    • tough subject matter to read about. I only got in about 54 pages and I just got bogged down. I wasn't a fan of her writing style. Heard about this one on cbc radio one, but only caught the last part of the interview and thought I should diversify my reading horizons. Turns out I don't like change very well. The written history of a physically and mentally abused woman's past. It seemed neither her mother or her father wanted her at all and the author has basically written down her memories of he [...]


    • I think this book could have been phenomenal had it been written and edited better. The author’s life story and accomplishments are truly amazing, but the organization of this book really detracts from message. The first half of this memoir is organized more topically than chronologically and I found myself to be very distracted wondering how old the author was during certain life events and trying to unravel the timeline. This memoir is also written in a very informal conversational style…w [...]


    • I've read many memoirs revolving around the topic of child abuse, bad choices, struggles and big successes. I don't like rating these kinds of stories, I think it's inappropriate to base someone's struggles with a star rating---however, the writing style wasn't to my taste. It was repetitive and the time line was strange. You start off when she's 10, jump to an incident when she was five and come back to her life at age 8. I also didn't fine the writing to be very humble or motivational. Cathrin [...]


    • I thought that this book would be totally inspiring and in some ways, it was, but I think my expectations were higher than it could deliver. From the front cover and the reviews on the jacket, I expected that it would be a) about her past and b) focus a lot more on how she achieved the different awards of distinction that she did - 90% of the book was about her past, and while interesting, somewhat repetitious - I kept thinking, this is where she will turn it around and then when she actually di [...]


    • I enjoyed reading this book and applaud Cathrine for being so brutally honest about how she lived her life. While her choices, especially in raising her son, were not great she was at least honest about them and you can at least understand why she acted that way after being raised by such horrible parents. I also enjoyed that she is a Canadian and I loved reading about all the places she lived in as I have been to most of them!


    • I was a bit disappointed with this. I heard an interview with Cathryn Ann by Richard Fidler and was really impressed with her. However her book seemed to be less about her rise to success and more about her failures and promiscuity.


    • This book seems very self indulgent. At times I had difficulty believing the author. It all seems like a con carried on from the rest of her life. Very disappointing!


    • What a horrible life she has led. Glad she finally pulled herself out of all that misery, some created by others, some by herself.



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