The American Writers Museum sign on the side of a building caught my attention as I cut a path through the crowd along Michigan Avenue to meet a friend. What exactly is the American Writers Museum, I wondered as I hurried to reach my luncheon destination north of the Chicago River. My curiosity piqued, I vowed to check it out later during my weekend stay in the Windy City.
Finding a few hours of free time the next morning, I retraced my steps to 180 North Michigan Avenue and entered the American Writers Museum on the second floor as the doors were unlocked at 10 am sharp, pleased to be the first visitor of the day. Wowed by the high-tech and shiny-new gleam of the place, I learned the museum’s grand opening on May 16, 2017 had been less than two months before my visit. Here’s what I discovered on my tour. Click on any image to enlarge and use your back arrow to return. Continue reading →
I recently read the book Motherhood: Lost and Found by Ann Campanella. It was a good memoir about the sandwich generation trying to do the right thing for their aging parents, their children, and themselves. Campanella writes beautifully and truthfully about the difficulties of undertaking and balancing the tasks of having and raising children, family caregiving for ailing parents, and pursuing a career and personal hobbies. Thank goodness for Campanella it all works out in the end. Job well done!
First, a little bit about the group offering this great eBook sale. AlzAuthors was founded in 2016 by four daughters of dementia who met over the internet because of their books, and formed a friendship and a mission to create a space where caregivers can find solid support, and those who share their stories can find the proper audience. I am pleased to be a member of AlzAuthors.
Illinois Author Earns Next Generation Indie Book Award for Dementia Novel
Kathleen H. Wheeler’s poignant family drama Brought to Our Senses named a finalist in the First Novel category of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Illinois author Kathleen H. Wheeler’s debut Brought to Our Senses has been named a finalist in the First Novel category of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Known as the ‘Sundance’ of the book publishing world, the international book award competition recognizes the most exceptional books published independent of the “Big Five” conglomerates through small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are judged by leaders of the indie book publishing industry, including many coming from long careers with major publishing houses, to identify cream-of-the-crop books worthy of support to reach a wider audience of readers.
I enjoyed reading Where the Light Gets In and recommend the book. I think I wanted to see if a celebrity might somehow have a different experience with dementia than the average person. And largely the pain and struggle is the same, regardless of status. Dementia is cruel and difficult for all. My favorite part of this memoir was when the author rid herself of selfish expectations and learned to connect with her mother in the moment of what was left to share. It’s an “a-ha” moment that I finally reached as well, and what I hope others will discover too as they struggle through a loved one’s journey through dementia. Kudos to Williams-Paisley for showing the reality of this disease and not sugar coating the difficulties.
The Nightingale was an enjoyable read. It was fascinating to relive WWII from the perspective of two French sisters. I liked the conclusion and how I wasn’t sure what happened and which sister was left until the very end. A lovely, emotional story and good reminder that war is hell. Hopefully history has taught its lesson. View all my reviews
Vono Medical Supplies now carries Brought To Our Senses: A Novel
Vono Medical Supplies in Springfield, IL is where you need to go for home medical equipment. They carry all the medical products caregivers need to keep loved ones comfortable and cared for at home. And now you can pick up a copy of Brought To Our Senses there too! Look for the novel at the cash registers or on the front table with other educational reading materials. Caregivers will find inspiration in the family drama about four troubled siblings brought together by their mother’s health crisis.
I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to read and shared all the main characters from a first person perspective, making it clear where they were coming from and why they behaved the way they did. Not that it made them all likable, because some were just so hateful and deplorable. Picoult was brave to tackle the divisive topic of racism head on. With one daughter in nursing school and another considering law school, I’ve recommended they both read this book. This novel shows we all could benefit by practicing more acceptance and love. What a wonderful takeaway!
The Corkscrew in Springfield IL now sells Brought To Our Senses
I love reading, and I love wine. But reading with a glass of wine? Forget about it, that’s the best! What a luxury to sip a smooth glass of Pinot Noir and read a compelling story, one that just makes obligations and responsibilities fade away. If only there were enough hours in the week to read while enjoying a great bottle of wine. Sigh. Continue reading →
I set a goal of 24 books for my 2016 reading challenge, and I’m sorry to say that I missed it by four books. What a bummer! I’ve been so busy this year that my reading time was cut short, although I did try my best, especially in the last couple of weeks of the year with additional free time due to the holiday.