Biographies/Memoirs

BROKEN BIRDS; The Story of my Momila, Jeannette Katzir

A Conversation with Jeannette Katzir

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Carrie:  What inspired you to write BROKEN BIRDS?
Jeannette:
I began to jot down notes one year before my mother ended up dying, then when she had her stroke and died the after math was so painful that I had to write.  I wrote day and night to vent, then re-wrote and re-wrote.  Because it was a memoir, I wasn’t able to finish the book until all the mess around me ended.

Carrie:  What is your favorite scene in BROKEN BIRDS?
Jeannette:
It would have to be when my mother, a survivor of the Holocaust meets the supposed upper-crust of New Jersey.  I called my parents the Hillbillies after the show Beverly Hillbillies (because they weren’t poor, but knew no better) and the in-laws they had come to dine with the Drysdales.  Never has there been such a mismatch of personalities.  The scene in the restaurant made me laugh out loud . . . and I wrote it.

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She’s a real-life American success story. A small-town girl who wasn’t content to keep things small. In 1996, Sarah Palin was a city councilwoman who had set her sights on becoming mayor, despite unwelcome advice that as the mother of three young children, she might not have a whole lot of success in a political career. She proved any naysayer wrong in a hurry. Ten years later, by 2006, she was the youngest governor Alaska had ever had…and the first woman. Now, still only in her mid-forties and the mother of five, she is one of the best-known women in American politics.

People magazine assistant editor Lorenzo Benet met with Sarah Palin and her family just weeks before the announcement that she would be the Republican vice-presidential nominee. He spoke in depth with Governor Palin; with her husband, Todd, the “First Dude,” as he likes to call himself; with her children; and with other members of her extended family. Now, in a fascinating book, Benet uses skills honed as a longtime professional writer and the author of several biographies to present the intimate portrait of Sarah Palin that America has been looking for.

Beginning with Palin’s birth in Sandpoint, Idaho, and her family’s move to Skagway and then Wasilla, Alaska, Trailblazer details the difficulties of growing up in Alaska, Sarah Palin’s early successes as a basketball star and a beauty pageant contestant, and the story of her elopement with Todd Palin, whom she met at Wasilla High. It describes her career as a broadcast journalist and young mother, and gives details on her move to the political arena that has culminated in making her a household name. From staff firings in Wasilla to her controversies with the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission, from her support of Todd Palin’s snow machine races to her own love for moose and caribou hunting and salmon fishing, and culminating with the almost manic excitement of the 2008 election, Lorenzo Benet has built up a detailed picture of a fascinating and extraordinarily complex woman — an introduction to a Sarah Palin that the world is only just coming to know.

Author, Lorenzo Benet:  Lorenzo Benet is an assistant editor at People magazine and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Lives of Danielle Steel: The Unauthorized Biography of America’s #1 Best-Selling Author; Scott Hamilton’s memoir, Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice; and Star Parker’s Pimps, Whores And Welfare Brats — The Stunning Conservative Transformation of a Former Welfare Queen.

Make Believe Memoirs

After reading The New York Times December 30th Book section, I’m wondering if it isn’t time to open up a whole new genre: Make Believe Memoirs. Between this most recent Angel Girl: The True Story of a Love That Survived and James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces there’s got to be a way to categorize these excellent, but not necessarily true stories. Oh, but wait…What about FICTION?

Read the The New York Times article: As Another Memoir is Faked, Trust SuffersOprah-1-600 (Dec. 30, 2008)

In media circles, there is a joke about facts that are too good to check. This week Oprah Winfrey and the New York publishing industry stumbled on yet another unverified account in the form of a Holocaust survivor who said his future wife had helped him stay alive while he was imprisoned as a child in a Nazi concentration camp by throwing apples over the fence to him.

James Frey and Oprah Winfrey in 2006, after Mr. Frey’s memoir “A Million Little Pieces” was found to be embellished. The story of Herman and Roma Rosenblat, who said they reunited years later on a blind date in New York, turned out to be fabricated, and over the weekend the publisher of his memoir, “Angel at the Fence: The True Story of a Love That Survived,” canceled the February release of the book. This isn’t the first time either a publisher or Ms. Winfrey has been gullible in the face of an exaggerated tale. Now both Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Books, and Ms. Winfrey are faces on a media dartboard, with Ms. Winfrey dodging criticisms of what the media blog Gawker called her “liar’s club.” For More…

Cancer is a Bitch, Gail Konop Baker (audio author interview) & October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Listen NowBitch“Cancer Is a Bitch smartly illustrates how breast cancer impacts our roles as wives, mothers, lovers, and friends. Gail Konop Baker’s candid recollections are also filled with extraordinary hope and humor. Her ‘mammoir’ is witty, wise, and wonderfully written.”—Elisabeth Squires, author of bOObs: A GUIDE TO YOUR GIRLS
 

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Join us as Gail discusses the unexpected gifts she gleaned from cancer…living in the now, renegotiating her life and relationships, allowing herself to feel “It’s unfair,” and allowing others to help her. Come listen in as she describes her journey from over-thinking everything and asking “Why?” to living in the present and asking “Why not?”

Be sure to check out Gail’s wonderful website with links to different resources and foundations and most importantly…

Go schedule a MAMMOGRAM Now!

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Supplemental Q & A with Gail:

Carrie:  How would you address those who are reluctant to read another cancer memoir? Or a book about cancer in general?Gail

Gail:  Good question! In fact when I asked Sara Gruen if she would read the manuscript for endorsement she told me she wasn’t sure she wanted to read about breast cancer and I told her that, believe it or not, the book is more about how the diagnosis served as a catalyst for me to examine my midlife, my mothering, and my marriage more intensely. About how it woke me up to the moment, helped me see how much I had been taking for granted and inspired me to do all the things I’d forgotten to do. A day later Sara Gruen e-mailed and said she’d read the book in one sitting, thanked me for encouraging her to read it, and sent this blurb: “Don’t let the “C” word scare you—CANCER IS A BITCH is smart, funny, hopeful, and as much about life, families and self-discovery as the cancer that prompts it. I loved this book: Read it!” So I guess I would say: don’t let it scare you.

Carrie:  How does your book differ from, say, the recent spate of popular cancer-oriented books, such as Crazy Sexy Cancer? Why should people read your book and hear your story?

Gail:  I really enjoyed Crazy Sexy Cancer but it was more tips on how to deal with cancer. (Great tips, mind you!) My book is more of a journey into the mind of someone going through a major crisis, which everyone has gone through or will go through. So while it is universal it also is extremely personal. This book was culled from my private journals so there is a level of intimacy and honesty that I didn’t even originally plan to share. My book doesn’t tell you how I coped (or didn’t cope): instead it takes you on a rollercoaster ride from despair to triumph. Reading it is both emotionally thrilling and cathartic. And the themes of motherhood and marriage and what it means to be a woman in the 21st century are universal. My book also addresses the psychological fallout that a person lives with even after a “good” breast cancer diagnosis, and I don’t think that’s been written about or is even talked about all that much. And with millions of women diagnosed every year, the mental aspect affects a lot of people.

Carrie:  What inspired you to write such an intimate book on such a touchy subject?

Gail:  I wrote this book because I couldn’t write anything else. The last (unpublished) novel I’d written was about a woman who finds a lump in her breast and wonders if she’s lived a meaningful life. I completed it just before my routine mammogram in 2006. My agent hated it, and I ended up with a breast cancer diagnosis. So I was at a crossroads personally and professionally. I spent most of my time Googling breast cancer and nutrition and alternative medicine sites. I wanted to know what had caused this: Why me? When I wasn’t doing all that productive stuff, I wrote all my craziest most private thoughts in a journal my husband gave me, vowing never to show it to anyone!
Eventually, I wrote parts of the journal into an essay I titled CANCER IS A BITCH and sent it to a couple of writer friends who were like, wow, you should do something with this (although you might want to take the swearing out). Soon after that, I read that LiteraryMama.com was looking for columnists and on an absolute whim, I pitched them a column based on the essay called Bare-breasted Mama and they took it, swearing and all! Immediately after it went live, I started receiving e-mails from readers thanking me for being so open and honest about my journey (both men and women, people who’d had cancer and not had cancer). That feedback encouraged me to keep going, even though it often hurt to relive this and write about it, and I felt very exposed putting my experience out there. Around the same time, I “broke up” with my first agent and started pitching new agents again (for my breast cancer novel). One of them wrote back to say that while he loved my voice, he wasn’t taking on much fiction. Again, on a whim, I pitched him the idea of spinning the columns into a memoir. And he said yes!

Carrie:  What are some of the most ridiculous and memorable things that happened to you on your journey from diagnosis through treatment to recovery?

Gail:  They’re all in the book! One of them was when I was in pre-op and they were poking long fishing-line-like wires into my boob and the technician was talking about her vacation to topless beaches in Europe and all I could think was when I was in Nice a few months before and I hadn’t gone topless and now I never would. Another was when my best friend came over before I had surgery and I was thinking, how can she want to be friends with this “damaged” me? and she said, “If you have to shave your head, I’m shaving mine in solidarity.”  Luckily I didn’t need chemo, but that depth of friendship just blew me away. And another friend had an affair for me. She wanted us to embrace life.

Carrie:  What words of wisdom or encouragement would you offer those diagnosed with breast cancer?

Gail:  It’s hard. And unfair. First I’d just acknowledge those two things. The word CANCER rocked my foundation, flipped my world upside down like nothing else. It’s normal to feel crazy, and don’t beat yourself up thinking you did something wrong (I did that for a while and that was a waste of energy). Then I’d just encourage them to mother themselves and accept mothering from others. Eat organic food and exercise. And sex: have it! I have one scarred breast (from several lumpectomies) and it took me a long time to feel attractive and sexual again. I think if you can find the energy, sex is important. It’s life affirming. It reminds you that you are still a woman. And still beautiful.

Then maybe figure out what you’ve been putting off, and stop saying no to the things you really want to do. I started training for a half-marathon after surgery, and I started writing a column, and then I wrote this book, and then after I completed that I went to yoga boot camp teacher training. These were all things I’d wanted to do over the years but hadn’t. Mostly because in the past I tended to over-think everything, and by the time I was done thinking something through, I would have talked myself out of it and missed the opportunity. So I really try not to do that now.
One last thing. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. That was my biggest hurdle. I didn’t want to burden others with my crazy thoughts. And now you can buy them on Amazon! But seriously, I decided to expose my thoughts, my life, my everything including my bra size because I wanted to make it okay to talk about cancer openly and honestly so others diagnosed, or those who love someone who is diagnosed, would feel less alone.

Carrie:  How do you deal with writing about your life? Do worry about exposing yourself? Your family? Your friends? Where do you draw the line?

Gail:  The best thing about switching from fiction to memoir is that everything is fodder. And it has taught me to pay closer attention to the world I live in. There are so many interesting and funny and poignant things happening in my very own life—in all of our lives. I also learned from writing fiction to look for patterns and the interesting and unexpected way things connect, and I try to incorporate that in my work so it feels layered and multi-dimensional. But at the same time, what I leave out is just as significant as what I put in. I’m very careful when writing about others, especially family and friends. In fact, when I was writing fiction I often exposed “truths” about others I would never dare expose now that I’m writing memoir. I’m not out to expose anyone but me! So in some ways writing memoir has me to be more compassionate about my family and friends.

Carrie:  What are some of your inspirations as a writer, and how do you think this comes across in your own writing?

Gail:  I was an English major so I’m always falling in love with writers and books. My first loves were Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and then Catcher in the Rye and then The Great Gatsby and then Anna Karenina. In that order exactly. Ever since I can remember, I would get on compulsive kicks with writers. First read everything they’d ever written, and then every book about them. I remember doing that with Sylvia Plath when my kids were little, and then that got too depressing and I moved on to Grace Paley. Loved Grace Paley. The year before last I had a major thing for Ian McEwan. Last year it was Nick Hornby. I recently read Donna Tartt’s A Secret History and totally fell in love with her writing. But everything influences me. Seriously, food, music, bad TV, overheard conversations, fights with my husband, stupid things I say to my kids and worry I can’t take back and imagine them discussing in therapy in 30 years, the position of the sun. Since I started my writing life as a poet, almost as important as the story I’m telling is the way the words sound, the rhythm and the beat. The way all that comes across in my writing is that I throw it all in and see what happens. And always, always looking for that one defining moment that crystallizes everything.

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“Gail Konop Baker is a knock-out writer who cracks me up one minute then brings me to tears the next. Her beautiful, funny, feisty, poignant memoir isn’t just an inspiration for cancer patients and their families—but for all of us. There is so much wisdom between these pages, yet the story is told without an ounce of self pity or a trace of triteness. In the end, this tale is a testament to how precarious and priceless life is, and how each of us needs to live it to the fullest, starting right now.”—Lolly Winston, author of GOOD GRIEF

365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy, by Charla Muller “Sex. Every day. For an entire year.” (audio author interview)

Listen NowNightsAbout the Book (From Charla’s website):
365 Nights: A Memoir of Intimacy is a funny and intimate look into turning 40, being married and wondering if there is more to marriage than laundry, babysitters and negotiating the DVR. It started when Charla’s husband was about to celebrate four decades on this planet, and she offered to give him something memorable – something that only she could give.
She offered him sex every day for a year.CharlaThis book documents that year. It’s not the behind-the-scene details of their sex life (which, really, would not be all that interesting), but rather a modest, G-rated story about how a year of daily intimacy transformed a marriage. About how the “stuff” everyone brings to a marriage can bear down on the relationship, intimacy and the desire to connect.This endeavor did not start as a book idea, but an honest attempt to improve a relationship. From “Dr. Phil” to The New York Times, the topic of marriage and intimacy is an incredibly relevant issue, it seems. Certainly Charla is no expert, but she’s been amazed at how her experience has resonated with family and friends who know about this year of intimacy. Everyone seems to have a comment, an anecdote or a perspective about intimacy and marriage…everybody.

Live from Jordan: Letters Home from My Journey Through the Middle East, Benjamin Orbach

JordanLIVE FROM JORDAN: Letters Home from My Journey Through the Middle East ~ On July 16, 2002, 10 months after the 9/11 attacks, Ben Orbach, a 27-year-old Jewish American from Pittsburgh, left for Amman, Jordan.  The purpose of his trip was to do research on a Jordanian-American trade program, and to expand his budding language skills from Modern Standard Arabic, to the Shami dialect spoken by Jordanians and Palestinians.  He returned in August 2003, four months after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, full of fresh insights, unexpected lessons, and colorful tales from 13 months of living in Jordan and Egypt and traveling throughout the region.

LIVE FROM JORDAN presents slices of life from his adopted neighborhoods in Amman and Cairo, as well as his four-week trip across Turkey and Syria.  Drawing on his private journal and e-mails home, he shares observations, conversations, and encounters with wide-ranging Arab men and women.  

Carrie:  What inspired you to write Live from Jordan? OrbachL

Ben:  When I lived in Jordan and Egypt and I traveled throughout the Middle East, I was struck by the human, everyday stories that I saw on a daily basis and the points of similarity between the people I met and the people I knew back home. When I came home from my year of living this intense experience, I was struck by the disparity between the reality of the people’s lives that I met and the world of unconditional violence that was depicted as daily life on the nightly news. I decided to turn my letters home and journal into a book that would attempt to bridge that gap for people who wanted to know more about the Middle East, but did not know where to begin asking questions.

Carrie:  Tell us about Live from Jordan.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Trish Ryan (audio Quick & Wordy interview)

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As you may be aware, I originally posted a review on He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (see earlier post) and Trish and I went back-and-forth a bit  in conversation on our blogs. Some of you provided some great listener/viewer comments, so I went ahead and asked Trish to be on the show.

Initially, this interview started out as a Quick & Wordy, but ended up not-so-quick.

I am one to go-with-the-flow and that’s what I’ve done here. I didn’t want to cut our conversation short, just because I was trying to be…well, short. So, if it ended up being a bit longer than you would have preferred for a Quick & Wordy, my apologies…I’m a firm believer in letting things take us where they may.

Trish was so willing to open up and share herself with us and I wanted to give her ample opportunity. I realize I shared my spiritual beliefs and I hope that is okay and not a turn-off for you…just simply that, my beliefs, without judgments on anyone else’s beliefs. Regardless, I enjoyed my conversation with Trish and getting to know her and I hope you will as well.

Feel free to post or email comments for Trish and I’ll make sure she gets them ~ Let’s start a conversation!

To win a FREE copy of Trish’s He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, leave a comment below or call 206-309-7318 and leave a voice mail I can play on-air. If I don’t already have your mailing address, send it to me at Carrie@WordsToMouth.com.

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Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal

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**Be sure to check out the audio interview posted 8/18/08 & Hear about The Read Leather Diary straight from the author’s lips

Carrie:  What inspired you to write this book?

Lily:  Ever since I climbed into a dumpster outside of my apartment building and rescued a 75-year-old diary, kept by a young woman in the 1930s, I strongly believed that this story was an important one to tell. THE RED LEATHER DIARY: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal (HarperCollins), is about my discovery of Florence Wolfson’s diary, the amazing life that is portrayed in its pages and the return of the diary to its owner at 90.

Carrie:  Tell us about THE RED LEATHER DIARY.

Lily:  The journal painted a vivid picture of  1930s  New York—horseback riding through Central Park, summer excursions to the Catskills, and an obsession with a famous avant-garde actress. Its nearly two thousand entries, written in faded black ink, captured the passions and ambitions of an intensely creative young woman interested in carving out a place for herself. From 1929 to 1934, not a single day’s entry had been skipped. Brief, breathless dispatches filled every page of the five-year chronicle. Compelled by the hopes and heartaches captured in the pages, I set out to find the diary’s owner, my only clue the inscription on the frontispiece—“This book belongs to . . .Florence Wolfson.” A chance phone call from a private investigator led me to Florence, a 90-year-old woman living with her husband of sixty-seven years. Reunited with her diary, Florence journeyed back to the girl she had been, rediscovering a lost self that had burned with artistic fervor.

Carrie:  What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from this book?

Lily:  The book speaks to the significance and “private truths” of all of our lives.

Carrie:  Tell us about your writing process.

LilyFlorenceLily:  THE RED LEATHER DIARY was about excavating a life. The 2,000 entries hinted at a mystery to be reconstructed. My meetings with Florence were delivered into a tape recorder and layered into my description of Florence’s New York and our meeting when she was ninety. We joked that it was like a sexy TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE.

I was like an actress taking on a role. My job was to see the world through Florence’s eyes. The diary was my script. I remember riding down Fifth Avenue in a cab, staring out of the window at Central Park, imagining Florence. My boyfriend turned to me and said, “I think you feel more at home in the thirties.” He was right.

Trish Dish Part II

Trish Ryan is such a good sport. Here’s a portion of her answer to my second question. Go check out the rest at her blog site:

So one of the many things that never made it into my pages is the fact that my BIG dream in life back then was…. To own and run a private, maximum security prison. Yep. Seriously. This was my plan. I was fascinated by the utter failure of our national correctional system (really, there aren’t many places where we get less bang for our buck as taxpayers), and I was certain that a kinder, gentler approach to rehabilitation was the key. And clearly I was the perfect candidate to turn this ship around: my political science major meant I had stored up four years of strong opinions. Pair that with my minors in philosophy and dance, and who wouldn’t think “Prison Management” when looking at my resume?

Thanks, Trish.

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He Loves Me, He Loves Me NOT, a memoir of finding faith, hope, and happily ever after by Trish Ryan (review / ruminations)

TrishWhen I first read the book jacket on He Loves Me, He Loves Me NOT (HLMHLMN), I thought I was in for some light-hearted chick lit or a God on a Harley type ride. Trish Ryan’s desperate hubby hunt turned faith quest ended up far more meaningful than finding Prince Charming.

Spirituality/Religion can be a heavy topic and can put many a reader on the defense, but Trish reveals her journey with such candor and humor, I, for one, walked away appreciating her process. 

In her twenties, Trish threw around the common disclaimer that she was “spiritual, but not religious.” She embraced everything from A Course in Miracles, astrology, tarot cards, feng shui, crystals, chakras, Native American spirituality–you name it, she tried it. If she hadn’t already made her choice, you better bet, Trish would be first in line to buy Oprah’s Book Club pick, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth Awakening To Your Life’s Purpose.  With painful self-dissection and heartache, all that changed…

Even if you’re not exploring enlightenment, you can glean clarity from Trish’s memoir. I appreciate her willingness to allow us a glimpse into her spiritual and psychological trenches–she admits her insecurities and speaks openly about the dreaded “D-word,” depression. Don’t be detered–HLMHLMN is by no means a downer. Think Sex in The City meets Women of Faith  ~ Trish’s relentless self-effacing humor inspires quick page turning.

I doubt we’ll find many people, especially women, who won’t find themselves relating to Trish, at least on some level. She reminds me of our tendency to project our ideals onto our latest man crush–the biggest trap we can set for ourselves. Instead of seeing others–specifically, prospective mates–for what they truly are, we throw our notions of perfection at them in hopes they’ll stick, so we’ll finally find our elusive soul mate glazed in shiny flawlessness. Then, “Life Happens,” and inevitably things heat up and that glaze begins to melt, slowly dripping off to reveal the faulty individual underneath…and we’re left with our disappointment wondering “What happened? Why did THEY change? I appreciate Trish’s comitment to digging deep in HLMHLMN to determine that the hole she thought she could fill with a man truly could not be satiated by someone of this world.

I must admit, I was left wanting her to explore just a bit more:

  1. WHY she had such a deep sense of insecurity in the first place ~ From her account, she comes from a strong Catholic in-tact loving family–anything BUT dysfunctional compared to today’s standards–so where does this deep internal abyss originate? Without God, does that unfillable hole reside in us all? 
  2. Like Trish, in my twenties, I fell into the trap of thinking my boyfriend could complete me . On page 26 of HLMHLMN she admits: Dating Josh marked an evolution for me: it was my first experience with lying about who I was and what I wanted, of guessing what a guy wanted and then pretending to be eactly that.” That was me. I didn’t know myself or what I wanted and I thought finding a guy would fill that void–in was unconscious, unintentional. After reading HLMHLMN, I found myself wanting Trish to explore her own individual passions and purpose apart from her quest for landing a man. Hmmm, maybe visiting her website will provide those answers. You can also visit Trish’s Forty Days of Faith website.

Just a sidenote:  As a young twenty-something “yankee,” living very much like Trish–very defensive to condescending “Christianese.” I had a number of Born Agains hit me with well-intended phrases like “Don’t you want to be washed in the blood of the lamb?” and “My heart is burdened for your salvation” ~ Huh? That, quite frankly, felt far from loving–only sanctimonious–and turned me OFF from Christianity. It’s no wonder Christianity gets a bad rap these days. Conversely, I think Trish does a superb job of articulating the Christian tenets in a nonthreatening conversational tone–very much like a discussion you may have with a nonjudgmental loving girlfriend. Admittedly, I’ve lived in the southern Bible Belt for nearly fifteen years now and embrace the Christian perspective, so maybe I’m immune at this point, but I’d be interested to hear how you receive Trish’s message.

What are your impressions? Let’s start a conversation…

Bottom line: HLMHLMN obviously evokes much introspection. I recommend it and would love to hear your thoughts on the book and the points I’ve raised in this post.

Call (206) 309-7318 or leave a comment below to share! I have one copy of HLMHLMN that I’ll throw in the giveaway hat…Let me know if you want to be entered to win or click the link below and buy NOW.

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