Hild Abuse, family abuse, domestic violence
1. Provide a general overview of the Gilmore book, including some strengths and weaknesses. In the context of this discussion, please address the specific questions below (** remember to construct your review as one single essay; do not number responses!)
Families often share private legacies and myths. The Gilmore children grew up hearing family secrets and stories, from the abandonment of their father by Houdini to the dramatic tale of a public hanging witnessed by their mother as a young girl. Discuss the impact of these stories on the life of each parent, and on the life of each of the four boys: Frank, Gary, Gaylen, and Mikal.
How did the Gilmore family deal with feelings of anger and pain? What avenues of escape did individual members of the Gilmore family develop as a means of coping?
What theory of family violence might best explain the dynamic within the Gilmore family?
Do you believe fate played a part in this story? If so, why? What do you see as the various key turning points in Garys development from innocent child to cold-blooded murderer? What were some possible actions or developments–or turns of fate–that could have saved this family from its violent and tragic course?
What was the most important difference between the family Mikal grew up with and the one his brothers experienced?
2. What were some weaknesses in the book? Did the author leave any gaps in the literature (in other words, did you feel that he should have included additional information that he left out)? Were there problems with the methodology? [i.e., the first-person experience is not methodologically rigorous research, for instance].
3. How does the book contribute to the overall knowledge of family violence, child abuse and maltreatment, and crime/delinquency? A lot? Not much?
4. Who does the book benefitpractitioners (lawyers, judges, social workers, treatment providers); academics (teachers and researchers); law enforcement personnel; the public?
You may comment on additional things that are not mentioned on this list of questions to consider. These questions should be used as a guide. If you feel that one of the questions does not apply to what you want to say, then do not include it. Only comment on what you think would be important to include in a review, or critique, of a book.
Your book review should consist mostly of a critique and analysis of the book, NOT a lot of summary. I know what the book is about! I want your thoughts on it. To put you in the a?book review frame of mind,a? pretend that you have been called upon by a major journalas editorial board to write a review of Gilmorea book. What are you going to say? This journal is read by a wide constituency, not a limited audience. Also, many people might not have had a chance to read the book. How are you going to inform your audience about the overall points in his book without repeating and summarizing the entire book again?