House Rules

House Rules

A Memoir

Book - 2008
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At an early age, Rachel Sontag realized there was something deeply wrong with her father. On the surface, he was a well-respected, suburban physician. But questioning his authority led to brutal fights; disobedience meant humiliating punishments. A memoir of a father obsessed with control and the daughter who fights his suffocating grasp, House Rules explores the complexities of their compelling and destructive relationship, and his equally manipulating relationships with his wife and other daughter.
Publisher: New York : EccoPress, c2008.
ISBN: 9780061341229
0061341223
Call Number: 921 SONTAG
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Sontag, Rachel -- Family.
Sonntag family.
Fathers and daughters -- Illinois -- Evanston -- Biography.
Fathers and daughters -- United States -- Biography.
Dysfunctional families -- Illinois -- Evanston -- Biography.
Families -- Mental health -- United States.
Psychological child abuse -- United States -- Case studies.
Adult child abuse victims -- United States -- Biography.
Adult children of dysfunctional families -- United States -- Biography.
Abused children -- United States -- Biography.
Dysfunctional families -- United States -- Case studies.
Depressed persons -- Biography.
Children of depressed persons -- Biography.
Control (Psychology) -- Case studies.

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portmanteau Jul 14, 2012

What constitutes abuse? What should one be grateful for? A controlling, cruel, irrational father; a complicit mother, and the façade the children are forced to maintain to the outside world. Well written, concise and equal parts infuriating and heartbreaking. A brave, necessary tale.

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JUGEY
Mar 29, 2011

I really liked this book. A couple of weeks after I read it I was referred to a website created by her parents where they attempt to discredit her story. Not sure what to think!!! Someone in this family is crazy, I'm just not sure who it is! The website is sontaghouserules.com for anyone that's interested.

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