Here is they synopsis for the back cover of I'm Nobody:
As sixteen-year-old Erma Steppe stood in a one-room apartment over a bar in Columbus, Ohio, her mother said to her, "You are nobody." With no money, no clothes, and a rumbling stomach, Erma retreated into herself as her angry and intoxicated mother continued a familiar rant. Erma had always been her victim. In her poignant autobiography, Erma Steppe shares her heartbreaking story of a life shaped by desperate attempts to hear the words "I love you" from her mother. Abandoned as a toddler, Erma's quest for love would lead her through years of abuse, neglect, broken glass, blood, and black eyes- through an uncertain childhood spent in and out of children's homes and foster homes. In her struggle to find her mother and reconcile her past, Erma embarks on an unforgettable journey through the darkness of abuse to reach a new life on the other side where she would eventually learn to heal, forgive, and most importantly, feel safe and loved. I'm Nobody offers a brutally honest glimpse into what it is like to grow up without a mother's love and how one woman reached from within and found the courage to survive despite facing insurmountable odds.
I found I'm Nobody emotionally difficult to read but very inspirational. It was hard to read, what all the author went through as a child even though I know full well that things like this occur everyday all over the world. It was encouraging to see how she was able to overcome the wounds of her childhood to become a person who can realize her own worth. I could see that reading this book could be very therapeutic and inspirational to those who also have felt like 'Nobody' at some point during their lives.