Weller Book Works is honored to welcome Rosie Maloney for a reading and signing of GIRL UNBROKEN: A SISTER'S HARROWING STORY OF SURVIVAL FROM THE STREETS OF LONG ISLAND TO THE FARMS OF IDAHO.
They were five kids with five different fathers and an alcoholic mother who left them to fend for themselves for weeks at a time. Yet through it all they had each other. Rosie, the youngest, is fawned over and shielded by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives “like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path.”
But when Regina discloses the truth about their abusive mother to the authorities, the siblings are separated. And as Rosie discovers after Cookie kidnaps her from foster care, the one thing worse than being abandoned by her mother is living in Cookie’s presence. Beaten physically, abused emotionally, and forced to labor at the farm where Cookie settles in Idaho, Rosie refuses to give in. Like her sister Regina, Rosie has an unfathomable strength in the face of unimaginable hardship and abuse—enough to propel her out of Idaho and out of a nightmare.
Filled with maturity and grace, Rosie’s memoir continues the compelling story begun in Etched in Sand—GIRL UNBROKEN is a shocking yet profoundly moving testament to sisterhood and indomitable courage.
ROSIE MALONEY and her husband, Bobby, are the proud parents of Daniel, Alexis, and Brody. She is a 1996 graduate of Idaho State University at Pocatello with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and an associate degree in criminal justice. Currently is an account executive at FirstDigital Telecom in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rosie began her commitment to volunteerism as a teenager in Idaho. During her very dark and difficult childhood, it was clear to Rosie that the act of giving to others and helping others, creates a light that shines on all of us. Rosie’s unpaid efforts on behalf of nonprofit organizations are expansive and ongoing. The following is only a partial list of Rosie’s numerous activities: Girl Scout Leader for Stansbury Troop 46; Legislative Advisor for the Utah Parent Teacher Association, public relations advocate and fundraiser for the PTA, Safety Coordinator for the PTA; Chairperson of Special Events at Idaho State University; fundraising for Kiwanis Club and Circle K, outreach for to Key Club, Builders Club and K Kids; participation in the American Business Women’s Association and the National Organization for Women; working with local Utah youth to organize roadside clean-up; working in the reading program for elementary school children in Utah; fundraising and other committee participation for The Road Home, Primary Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital, Volunteers of America, Valley Behavioral Health, Make-A-Wish Foundation and The United Way.
Part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival