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Walking Away from Hate

Our Journey through Extremism

by (author) Jeanette Manning & Lauren Manning

Tidewater Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
English Language Arts, Social Justice, Social Studies
Grade Levels
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
    List Price

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Descriptive Review

Mother and daughter, Jeanette and Lauren, co-author this book chronicling Lauren’s descent into a world of extremism. Alternating between Lauren’s and her mother’s perspectives on events, their story is told in hopes it will prevent others from travelling the same path. From a young age, Lauren felt like a misfit amongst peers. In high school her social isolation continued, so when her father died of cancer, she sought an outlet for her hurt and anger online. Lured into the white supremacy movement through promising new friendships, Lauren’s indoctrination followed, and she was soon living a tumultuous street existence, propagating hateful racism. Five years later, significant events caused Lauren to re-evaluate her life, and she courageously left the movement. Now Lauren and her mother share their story, and help others, through the Life After Hate organization.

Caution: Profanity, drug and alcohol use, death, suicide, self harm, crime, fighting, and sex.

240 pp., 5.5 × 8.5"

Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - BC Books for Schools (2021-2022)

About the authors

Jeanette Manning is active in the Writer's Community of Durham Region, the recipient of a 2019 Writescape scholarship and a volunteer with Life After Hate, a non—profit dedicated to helping people escape extremism. After a difficult period of self—deradicalization, Lauren Manning works in the construction industry and as an outreach specialist with Life After Hate. She welcomes opportunities to share her story. Both mother and daughter live in Whitby, Ontario.

Jeanette Manning's profile page

Lauren Manning's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Bold, courageous, and brutally honest. The unbearable near-tragedies of this girl’s journey and her mother’s terror hounded me long after the last page was turned. Should be required reading in all high schools." DONNA MORRISSEY

"While the juxtaposition of two worlds is a central theme of this mother/daughter story, equally powerful are the insights into how white extremist thinking is fostered in the young." DIANE DONOVAN, Midwest Review of Books

"Indeed, one of this memoir’s defining, pervasive powers is the dual mother-daughter narrative that relates how Lauren was drawn into this appalling ideology and situation, how her family struggled with it, and how – ultimately – she came back from the brink. It’s a brave book, suffused in unwavering honesty." JOANNE OWEN, LoveReading UK