Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We are Meant to Be - Spotlight

Edited by: Susan Cushman   Foreword by: Anne Lamott
Product Code: P542
ISBN: 9780881466126
Product Format: Paperback / softback

A SECOND BLOOMING is a collection of essays by twenty-one authors who are emerging from the chrysalis they built for their younger selves and transforming into the women they are meant to be. They are not all elders, but all have embraced the second half of their lives with a generative spirit. 

Anne Lamott writes about finding herself by rejecting her false selves. Mary Karr shares wisdom from her journey to sobriety. Natasha Trethewey writes about the importance of collective memory to the restoration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Katrina. Sally Palmer Thomason explores spiral dynamics and sacred geometry in "The Triskele." Susan Marquez writes about her daughter's new life as an actor and motivational speaker after falling from her five-story apartment in New York City. Alexis Paige tells the story of her new beginnings following both incarceration and rape. Kim Michele Richardson's "Abuse: A Survivor's Message to the Vatican" is a plea written by one who suffered ten years of abuse in a Catholic orphanage. Emma French Connolly retired from her position as a deacon on the staff of an Episcopal church in Memphis in her sixties to open Uptown Needle and CraftWorks in New Orleans. Other contributors include Jennifer Bradner, Julie Cantrell, Beth Ann Fennelly, Nina Gaby, Jessica Handler, Suzanne Henley, Jennifer Horne, River Jordan, Cassandra King, Ellen Morris Prewitt, Wendy Reed, Kathy Rhodes, and NancyKay Sullivan Wessman. 

These women of all ages have made it over a wall to find their true selves. 

As Agatha Christie says of the second blooming, ".a whole new life has opened before you.. It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you."

 Take a look at the fabulous authors that are contributing to this book!

Foreword by Anne Lamott

Introduction (Susan Cushman,  Editor)

I. Blooming through Surrender

Beyond this Point there Be Dragons (Suzanne Henley)

The Sweet Hereafter (Mary Karr)

II. Blooming after Loss

Pushing Up the Sun (Kathy Rhodes)

Chapter  21 (Jessica Handler,  from Invisible Sisters)

My Brothers Keeper (Julie Cantrell)

The Widow Wessman (NancyKay Sullivan Wessman)

Root (River Jordan)

III. Blooming in Place

A Couple Bad Nights in Brindisi (Nina Gaby)

When Dusk Fell an Hour Earlier (Beth Ann Fennelly)

Syringa Vulgaris (Alexis Paige)

Abuse: A Survivors Message for the Vatican
(Kim Michele Richardson)

IV. Blooming Againand Again

Woman on a Half Shell (Wendy Reed)

The Walker (Ellen Morris Prewitt)

A Second Chance at Empty-Nesting (Susan Marquez)

The Triskele (Sally Palmer Thomason)

Dharma Slut (Jennifer Bradner)

V. Blooming in Careers and Communities

Something Has to Die (Cassandra King)

My Eudaimonia  (Emma French Connolly)

The Second Half (Jennifer Horne)

Liturgy (Natasha Trethewey, from Beyond Katrina)



Reading the essays in A Second Blooming I was immediately reminded of Winston  Churchills memorable appeal to the British people in 1941 in the darkest days of the German  Blitzkrieg: Never, never, never give up.  Susan Cushmans anthology brings that message home to all read- ers, women and men, in a collection of powerful, lyrical, unforgettable prose.
Lee Gutkind,  editor of Creative Nonfiction

You will find yourself somewhere in Susan Cushmans A Second Bloom- ing. I discovered pieces of me within these testimonies. The women in this book dont preach. There are no sermons. Turning  their adversities into advantages, each one has lived to testify to the severe depths at which they traveled to get where they are. Its not an overstatement to say I loved this book. I didnt find instruction or admonishment but I did find a greater sense of comfort, familiarity, and empowerment.  And God. Hes present in every chapter. These inspirational stories breathe frost and fire, offering hope and second chances. Beautifully written
and heartrending,  A Second Blooming is a must read!
Pamela King Cable, best-selling author of
The Sanctum, Southern Fried Women, and Televenge

A Second Blooming reads like an urgent prayer. Inside, courageous wom- en writers relate painfully honest stories sure to inspire not only survival but thrive-al. Filled with heartbreaking transitions from past selves to new, its a must read for any woman tattered by life and circumstances, eager to rise from the ashes again.
—Nicole Seitz, author of The Cage-Maker, Trouble the Water, and Saving Cicadas