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November 7, 2010

Norman psychologist recommends autobiography by Charlie Winger

NORMAN — Dr. Jean Trousdale, Ph.D, a consulting psychologist for CommunityWorks, an outpatient Behavioral and Mental Health Clinic in Norman, lauds a new autobiography by guidebook author Charlie Winger, stating, “I wish every kid who is incarcerated could read the book.”

Trousdale describes herself as a mountaineer who was familiar with Winger’s other books related to mountaineering and climbing. She was surprised when she read Winger’s newest release, an autobiography titled “Two Shadows — The inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity,” because she hadn’t been aware of his troubled past.

He reacted to a childhood of neglect, abandonment, and abuse with anti-social behavior and criminal acts which landed him in detention centers and eventually, in 1955, in prison at the age of 18. Winger earned his high school diploma and began taking college courses while incarcerated, and discovered an aptitude and interest in information technology. Once released in 1961, he began a successful computer programming and consulting career, developed a passion for mountain climbing, and has lived a productive and adventurous life.

Trousdale was inspired to obtain permission to send a copy of “Two Shadows” to a young man she counseled while he was at a juvenile detention center, and who is now incarcerated in an adult facility. Like Winger, this young man has continued his education even while in prison, and she hopes that “in passing ‘Two Shadows’ along I might be able to inspire a young man I came to know quite well.”

“It is exciting to read a true story like this, to know it is possible to climb from depths to heights,” Trousdale said.

“Two Shadows” is available as a Kindle e-book from, and in paperback from and other major booksellers.

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