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.
Many thanks to Folio Books in San Francisco’s Noe Valley for hosting an event Thurs., Jan. 26, during which Laura McHale Holland read from Resilient Ruin, her latest memoir. The book was published by WordForest in November 2016. Bookstore staff members Susan Kroll and Andrew McIntyre welcomed all who attended with spirited grace.
Laura was also joined by two friends at the mic. Storyteller Susan Ford told of when she made inroads as a young woman working in a furniture manufacturer that had previously hired only men. Novelist and poet Olivia Boler read a poem about a friend with whom she formed a lasting sister bond in grammar school.
In addition, Folio is stocking all four books published by Wordforest: Reversible Skirt: A Memoir; Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed; and the flash fiction collection The Ice Cream Vendor’s Song—all three penned by Laura McHale Holland—and the anthology, edited by Laura, Sisters Born, Sisters Found: A Diversity of Voices on Sisterhood. The anthology contains the work of 76 writers from across the globe. It won a gold medal in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was a finalist in the IndieFab Book Awards 2015.
It is incredibly supportive of Folio to carry these books. So if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to purchase one or more of them, take a trip to Noe Valley and stop in at Folio, a true community resource. There are some terrific restaurants to check out on 24th Street, as well.
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Folio Books, a vibrant independent bookstore in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, invited Laura McHale Holland to read from her new memoir, Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed, on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017.
Laura, who used to live in the neighborhood and looks forward to seeing friends she made there, will read from her book and then answer questions.
The reading begins at 7 p.m., 3957 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114.
Here’s a book description:
A teenage girl breaking free. A cunning classmate on the prowl. Can she recover after they collide?
Orphaned as a child, fourteen-year-old Laura finally rebels against her abusive guardian. Living on dreams, rock ’n’ roll, and kisses in moonlight, she believes whatever comes next can’t be worse than what she’s already endured. She has no idea how far she will fall before she can build a better life. Resilient Ruin is a poignant personal story that recounts a rocky, ultimately inspiring journey. If you like brave, unaffected heroines; striking scenes and characters; and pacing that keeps you turning page after page, you’ll relish this masterful memoir of survival and learning to forgive.
Join Laura for an inspiring time in a welcoming bookshop in a beautiful city.
Laura’s guest post is now up at Kathleen Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey blog!
The title is “One Reason Not To Publish A Memoir.” Intrigued? Hop on over and check it out: http://wp.me/p1vAO5-3kn
Many thanks to Kathleen, who started the blog seven years ago and is the author of the excellent memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead, which recounts her own journey out of an emotionally abusive relationship.
Many, many thanks to Crissi Langwell of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat for featuring my new book, Resilient Ruin: A memoir of hopes dashed and reclaimed, in her books blog: http://bit.ly/2fNAJ82.
In addition to writing for the paper, Crissi has authored eight books so far. She is a creative powerhouse.
I met many fine people and sold books, too, at the Rohnert Park Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year.
Thanks to all the folks who stopped by the table, as well as to authors Dorothy Rice, Skye Blaine, S.C. Alban and Bob Winters who took shifts sharing the table with me.
If you’re an author, consider testing the arts and crafts faire waters. I plan to do more events like this next year.