Deb’s essay is a gem, one of the anchors of the collection. It is a stellar example of the value of memoir for exploring and revealing the web of connections between the private and the public. Creative nonfiction and sociological memoir have a long and fruitful history in sociology and feminist studies (i.e. W.E.B. Dubois’ Souls of Black Folks, Dalton Conley’s Honky, Gone Black by bell hooks, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by Gloria Steinem). Deb’s work is firmly grounded in this history. Deb is a gifted writer who brings compassionate and critical insight to her work on the extraordinarily sensitive issues of trauma, batterers, and the social significance of rage. Through creative, compelling, and humorous writing, her essays capture big ideas…her essays reach out to audiences beyond the academy, inviting a dialogue that isn’t confined to an exclusive circle of scholars. In other words, her writing is just what sociology needs to widen and deepen understanding of deeply moral public issues.