I joined three other authors for a lively evening of readings at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa. We all read from our recently published memoirs. The four authors seated left to right are Patty Somlo, Nathaniel Winters, me (Laura McHale Holland) and Alicia Schooler-Hugg.
I read a slightly adapted excerpt (I had to trim and condense a bit to fit the time allotted) of a winter’s day in high school when a good friend and I cut school and drove along slush-filled streets while smoking Old Gold filters and listening to WLS AM radio. Where did we end up? You’ll have to read Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed an reclaimed to find out.
Charlene Jones of Soul Sciences interviewed Laura for her Blog Talk Radio show.
Here’s the link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/soul-sciences/2017/06/19/childhood-abuse-not-match-for-love-and-determination
And here’s Charlene’s introductory text:
We believe childhood abuse means a lifetime sentence but Laura McHale Holland proves that belief wrong. Her earliest memories of her beloved mother, dead by the time Laura was two, remain lost in the distant past, but her memories of Wanda, the Wicked Witch of the Western Suburbs, Laura’s nickname for the woman who became her step mother, remain clear. In her memoir “Resilient Ruins” Laura recounts her life under Wanda’s weird command, the ways in which young Laura acted out her loneliness including a suicide attempt, with unflinching honesty. Lacking any sense of frilly sentimentality the memoir punches through our notion that a difficult childhood consigns that person to a life of failure. Instead, award winning author Laura McHale Holland grew into a successful wife, loving mother and to our benefit continues to write about life as a beacon for so many of us.
Laura McHale Holland’s latest book, Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed, won the National Indie Excellence Award in the New Adult Nonfiction category. Here’s a link to the awards page: https://www.indieexcellence.com/11th-annual-winners-80-120
This doesn’t mean it appeals only to people in their late teens and early twenties, but it corresponds to the time in Laura’s life recounted in the book. Those years present unique challenges and opportunities, as all of life’s stages do.
Here’s a link to Resilient Ruin’s page on this website: http://wordforest.com/book/resilient-ruin/
It contains links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Powell’s.
Questions? Comments? Ideas? Want to connect? Contact Laura via the Contact form here: http://wordforest.com/contact/
Come see author Laura McHale Holland read from her coming-of-age memoir, Resilient Ruin, at the following three events coming up this spring and summer. You can ask Laura questions about being an orphaned teen unhinged in the Sixties, as well as talk with several local writers and share insights:
Monday, May 8: Dine with Local Authors, 6 to 8 p.m., at Gaia’s Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. I’ll be one of five local authors featured at this popular event where people get to have dinner with the featured author of their choice, listen to all authors read and then discuss the work with the authors. If you live in Sonoma County, come sit at my table and converse with me and others
Sunday, July 9: Redwood Writers 2017 Author Launch celebration, 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Flamingo, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa. This is a chance to listen to authors who are members of Redwood Writers read excerpts from books published since last July. I’ll be reading from Resilient Ruin, my latest memoir, launched in November.
Tuesday, August 1: Hot Summer Nights, 7 to 8 p.m., at Copperfield’s, Montgomery Village, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa. I’ll be one of four authors reading from their memoirs during this bookstore event jointly produced by Copperfield’s and Redwood Writers.
The events listed above are all admission free. Gaia’s does request that those who attend make a $5 minimum purchase. The venue offers a tempting selection of food and drink, so it’s money well spent.
Charlene Jones, founder of Soul Sciences, just posted a recording of an interview she did with me that aired in February.
We talked about some of the life experiences recounted in my new memoir, Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed; finding hope during dark times; overcoming trauma; forgiveness; women’s rights; today’s renewed activism; how important good parenting is for the health of our society; and more.
Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/2njzcve; I hope you’ll tune in and let me know what you think.
Thank you, Charlene, for including me in your podcast.
The Midwest Book Review spotlights Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed in the March 2017 issue of Reviewer’s Book Watch.
The book is listed on the Reviewer’s Choice page. Just scroll down, and you’ll see the terrific review written by Kathleen Pooler.
Thank you, Kathleen, and thank you Midwest Book Review.