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The Secret Life of One Woman

This book is a true chronicle recording a roller-coaster of events of a young girl who was brought up by a mentally ill mother and then enchanted with a Sicilian Gangster who was 29 years her senior. Her life was entwined around the street life of mystery, danger, murder, drugs, guns, and crime; living a life of fantasy, which turned into a reality. Her life was filled with destruction and dysfunctional events. Her life style lead her into incarceration. After her release, she vowed to assist others like herself and started a Half Way House for Mental Health returnees (D-47 parolees) and created her own website:www.fromthegroundfloorup.com. She returned back to school receiving her limited license through the State of Michigan as a Social Worker. She is working as a substance abuse counselor assisting adolescent and adults. Encountering a long struggle of prejudice, slamming of doors and biased individuals because of her past, she is determined to conquer society and regain the life of freedom, while she continues to fearlessly and morally scrutinize herself daily. This book is a memorial of her struggle. The grammar and sentencing structure is not completely in order; the author wanted to leave it in her natural street dialect. This was her street lingo in the sixties, seventies and part of the eighties. It allows the audience to feel her personality and ignorance to life and the situation of events as she encountered them. Some characters in this book have passed on through death while others are still alive. She is not trying to hurt anyone or expose anyone. She is just speaking on her life experiences and events of trials and struggles she came across throughout her life. This book was not written to get money for the crimes committed but to shed a light for others to change their life and record for posterity the mixed up street life of Detroit in the late twentieth century. She is not proud of her past and very embarrassed by some of the items in this book. She felt naive not understanding the complete concept of consequences of her wrong doings. The ripple effect it had on all the lives around her. She lives for recovery now and has dedicated her life to it. She believes in recovery and the penal system. Without it, she has no idea where she might have been with her life choices. She owes her Higher Power for all her success and frame of mind. Her main prayer is for all those she has hurt in her life time, will find forgiveness, as she has learned to do the same. She does not claim to be a writer and this book seems more like a dairy than novel but many who have read it, stated it was interesting and kept their curiosity. It is segments of her life that has turned into a nightmare. She wanted it to help others with their self-esteem and choices in life.

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If you want to read truth and experience one womans life, with the outcome being so heartfelt and postive.
By Paula Campbell on May 26, 2013
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Read this book, I just finished it today and was moved in so many ways by it. I do know the Author of this book and she has poured her heart out with the intentions of helping others, to come away from that lifestyle of today, and to be the best you can be as there is the best in all of us. And I believe that she has tried very hard through her own life story to let people know this. Tears will come in the beginning of the book with all that she has been through, BUT the tears at the end is tears of joy... Please take time to purchase this book it is worth it, and truly worth the taking the time to read it....
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A fantastic story and a must read
By kjames on June 29, 2013
This is one of those stories that grips you from the beginning and it is hard to put down until you have read the end. The story is compelling, well written and inspiring. The road to success is never easy, but this one is very hard. The characters are real and you connect with their struggles as they find their way out of difficult situations. Success is not always the corner office, but the satisfaction is better. If you read anything, read this. You will not be disappointed.
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Great story to hear first hand.
By Linda K. Mawer on March 31, 2013
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This was a great story to hear first hand. I could hear the authors voice through out the pages. Interesting to hear how much back stabbing goes on and how cut throat the business is. It's terrible that some of the people that are suppose to protect use it for their own gain or vindictiveness. Very interesting, I did not want to put the book down.

I can't imagine a mother treating her daughter the way Billie Joe's mother treated her.
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About Billy Joe Federico

Overview
Billy Joe was only a year old when her parents divorced, leaving her mentally ill mother to raise her alone. In the midst of the unstable lifestyle her mother offered, Billy Joe spent her teens moving from one bad situation to another. At twenty she fell in love with a Sicilian gangster-a man twenty-nine years her senior. She found herself involved in street life, mystery, drugs, murder, and various other crimes. Her world of destruction and dysfunction finally came to a halt when her crimes won her eighteen years of incarceration.

After her release, Billy Joe vowed to assist others like her, people whose lives led them to places they never should have been. Billy Joe developed a program for Transitional Housing, a service that focused on mental health returnees, Youth from Foster Care and Juveniles. It is called: Startingoverforsuccess.org. Inspired by her work, she returned to school and received a limited license on social work from the state of Michigan, credentials that certified her assist adolescents and adults struggling with substance abuse. Her long struggle with substance abuse and the prejudices of others gave her a unique and valuable perspective in her work.

Determined to live a free and stable life, Billy Joe continues to fearlessly search herself daily. In her memoir, Billy Joe lays herself bare, sharing her darkest secrets in hope of inspiring others, those who might be facing some of the most life-altering decisions of their lives, to make the right choices now and avoid the peril she has suffered.

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