The Monkey on My Back

The Monkey on My Back

by Debbi Morgan


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A deeply personal memoir spanning three generations of women, this is the intimate autobiography of Emmy Award–winning actress Debbi Morgan, best known as Angie Hubbard on the long-running soap opera All My Children.

Raised in the South Bronx and beloved for the diverse and captivating characters she’s played, Debbi Morgan enjoyed a thirty-year tenure on All My Children before joining the cast of The Young and the Restless and later appearing opposite Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in several films. But this book is not about her career, and it’s not about Hollywood. It’s not even about her rise to stardom. Charting her family history as well as her own life from childhood to the present in this compelling memoir, Debbi reveals the fear, doubt, and insecurities she’s struggled with for much of her life—and how she escaped a vicious cycle of pain to find self-confidence, happiness, and success.

Early on in her family history, an ugly pattern of abuse developed into fear, insecurity, self-doubt, and emotional trauma, which passed down from one generation to the next. From her maternal grandmother, who was beaten by her husband as they struggled through the Great Depression, to Debbi’s mother, who became pregnant as a young teen and suffered the same abuse as her mother, down to Debbi, who internalized the physical abuse she watched her mother endure, a deep-rooted fear plagued all three generations of women. But through it all, Debbi endured, and with a good dose of humor and self-compassion, she emerged with the deepest love of herself—and her mojo quite intact!

Told with intense emotion, candor, and a barrage of belly laughs, Debbi shares a deeply moving, explosive, yet inspirational journey about what it took to break the cycle and emerge as a confident, fearless woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593096427
Publisher: Infinite Words
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 261,214
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Debbi Morgan is an accomplished and award-winning actress whose career has spanned more than three decades. Her iconic role as Angie Hubbard on the daytime drama All My Children won the hearts of millions all around the country, solidifying her huge fan base and along the way garnering a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress and three more nominations. She has also appeared in several films, including The Hurricane, Love and Basketball, and Eve’s Bayou, for which she won the Independent Spirit Award and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress. Now Debbi is stepping into the publishing world with her first book, The Monkey on My Back, and performing her one-woman show of the same name to sold-out audiences.

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The Monkey on My Back 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could hardly put it down once I picked it up.Morgan's transparency in this very poignant memoir makes for a captivating piece. Penned in a way that brought every character to life, in "Monkey" not only does the author candidly expose generational ills, but also vividly conveys how love come so easilynwhen you first love yourself. KUDOS to Ms. Morgan for such a brilliant work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Debbie takes us back two generations to see the pattern of long behavior . Her story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Going through all her trails and tribulations with men, boy! What a ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw your book as a Nook/Barnes and Noble customer, I knew that I had to have it. You speak to the many women who have and continue to repeat the same generational curse of abuse. This is a must read!