Meg’s Book Club introduces up-and-coming debut authors – one of my favorite things!
For August, introducing the She Writes Press 2021 Cohort with a spotlight on authors Carolyn Arnold and Wendy Sanford.
By Wendy Sanford
These Walls Between Us: A Memoir of Friendship Across Race and Class
I am a white woman, a former women’s health activist, and a Protestant campus minister. I’m 77 years old, retired from all but writing. I live with my spouse of 42 years, Polly Attwood.
I wrote These Walls Between Us in order to reflect on, and honor, the still-evolving sixty-year friendship between Mary Norman and myself, and to chronicle how we came to call each other friends.
Though we are close in age, we met in my mother’s kitchen; Mary was the Black “help” and I the privileged white daughter. Years later, my work as a co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves, a widely-selling resource on women’s health and sexuality, prompted me to face my unexamined biases around class and race. These Walls Between Us offers lessons from my oft-stumbling efforts, as a white woman, to see Mary Norman more fully and to become a more dependable friend.
These Walls Between Us will be out on October 5, 2021.
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By Carolyn Lee Arnold
Fifty First Dates after Fifty: A Memoir
I’m Carolyn Lee Arnold, and my book is a memoir called Fifty First Dates after Fifty. I’m a former educational researcher and song-writer turned memoir writer, a relationship workshop assistant who hikes and travels, and a free-spirit who lives in the SF Bay Area with my partner, one of my fifty dates.
My memoir is about the quest I undertook in my late fifties to find a committed male partner: I challenged myself to go on 50 dates in order to get over my previous non-committal boyfriend and find the right partner for me. Within the SF Bay Area New Age world of personal growth workshops and spiritual ceremonies, I navigated the highs and lows of dating and managed to turn my search for love into a sexy adventure of self-discovery and self-love along the way to a man who matches my spirit. The story includes a lot of take-aways about dating and relationships.
Although I experienced the usual ups and downs of dating, I mainly enjoyed myself during this “dating project,” and I found the man who was the perfect partner for me. I noticed that many women my age considered dating a discouraging slog on a long rough highway, and either just gave up or settled for the first guy who came along. I wanted to share the ways I approached dating that kept me from being discouraged and kept me going even when I was rejected, as well as give women hope that they can find their perfect partner as well. Being sexual was a big part of dating for me, so I wanted to provide a positive vision of dating for older women that included effective communication, self-care, emotional responsibility, and joyful sexual freedom.
Release date is 11.2.21
For more information, including ways to pre-order and dating resources,
Go to carolynleearnold.com
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Meg Nocero is the author and creator of "The Magical Guide to Bliss" - Daily Keys to Unlock your Dreams, Spirit and Inner Bliss. Meg formed with her “soul sisters” her own group "Soul Talk". She also created the five-part workshop "Follow Your Bliss and Realize Your Dreams". She also went on to found the “Give Love Project” with her children, as well as established Butterflies & Bliss LLC. Meg also chaired the successful first annual S.H.I.N.E. Miami - Spirit.Hope.Insight.Networking.Event in October 2015. She is a long time resident of Miami, Florida, and lives with her husband, two kids and two dogs, and in her free time enjoys the beach, sports, spinning, Zumba, traveling, reading, drawing, and simply being with friends and family.