Join author Michelle Horton in conversation with author Robyn Moreno for a discussion of her new book Dear Sister: A Memoir of Secrets, Survival, and Unbreakable Bonds, a breathtaking memoir about two sisters and a high-profile case: Nikki Addimando, incarcerated for killing her abuser; and the author, Michelle Horton, left in the devastating fall-out to raise Nikki’s young children and to battle the criminal justice system.
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About the Book
A breathtaking memoir about two sisters and a high-profile case: Nikki Addimando, incarcerated for killing her abuser; and the author, Michelle Horton, left in the devastating fall-out to raise Nikki’s young children and to battle the criminal justice system.
In September 2017, a knock on the door upends Michelle Horton’s life forever: her sister had just shot her partner and was now in jail. During the investigation that follows, Michelle learns that Nikki had been hiding horrific abuse for years. Stunned to find herself in a situation she’d only ever encountered on television and true crime podcasts, Michelle rearranges her life to care for Nikki’s children and simultaneously launches a fight to bring Nikki home, squaring off against a criminal justice system seemingly designed to punish the entire family.
In this exquisite memoir, Michelle retraces the sisters’ childhood and explores how so many people, including herself, could have been blind to the abuse. An intimate look at a family surviving trauma, Dear Sister is a deeply personal story about what it takes to be believed and the danger of keeping truths hidden. Ultimately, Horton turns her family’s suffering into hard won wisdom: a profound story of resilience and the unbreakable bond between sisters.
About Michelle Horton
Michelle Horton is a writer and advocate living in New York’s Hudson Valley with her son, nephew, and niece. Through the Nicole Addimando Community Defense Committee, she continues to speak out for her sister and the countless other victims of domestic violence criminalized for their acts of survival.
About Robyn Moreno
Robyn Moreno is a storyteller, curanderismo practitioner, meditation teacher, and mama of two. Her latest book, Get Rooted, was released summer 2023 from Hachette Go. Believing that young people “can’t be what they can’t see,” Robyn has worked tirelessly across-platform as a storyteller, mentor, and thought leader to create and elevate empowering stories about Latine and women via her podcast “Get Rooted with Robyn Moreno,” and through her roles as a Today Show contributor; Editor-In-Chief and Co President of Latina Media Ventures; Emmy-nominated TV host; and popular author of several books, including Border-line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting (HarperCollins). Robyn is a popular keynote speaker, and retreat and workshop leader, and has presented at SXSW Interactive, the Sundance Film Festival, The Omega Institute, The Raizado Festival, We All Grow, BlogHer, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Texas Conference for Women, The Animus Summit, Hispanicize, and Yale University, among others. A native Texan and certified yoga teacher and life coach, Robyn lives with her family in the Hudson Valley of NY. Visit RobynMoreno.com for free meditations and to learn more about her work.