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THE BOOK: An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer’s Story.
PUBLISHED IN: 2016
THE AUTHOR: Pamela Jane
THE EDITOR: Jennifer Geist
THE PUBLISHER: Open Books Press
SUMMARY: It is 1965, the era of love, light—and revolution. While the romantic narrator imagines a bucolic future in an old country house with children running through the dappled sunlight, her husband plots to organize a revolution and fight a guerrilla war in the Catskills. Their fantasies are on a collision course. And then, just when it seems that things cannot possibly get more explosive, her wilderness cabin burns down and Pamela finds herself left with only the clothes on her back.
From her vividly evoked existential childhood to writing her first children’s book on a sugar high during a glucose tolerance test, Pamela Jane takes the reader along on a highly entertaining personal, political, and psychological adventure.
THE BACK STORY: Behind this book is the immense satisfaction of turning a huge mess into a good story
WHY THIS TITLE? As a child from a family of renowned scientists, without the science gene, I felt my main talent (and I should become famous for it) was existing. After all kids on sitcoms sat around doing nothing but existing and they were famous.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s a read-in-one-sitting story about overcoming nearly insurmountable inner and outer obstacles to become an author of 30 books, and is both social commentary, introspection, and pure entertainment.
“A five-star read!–Story Circle Reviews
“[This book] takes us masterfully through this story of a lifelong writer struggling to emerge.”—Deborah Heiligman, author, Charles and Emma: a National Book Award Finalist
“…a harrowing story that invites the reader to experience the thrill and danger of the Sixties from a place of safety and acceptance. – Tristine Rainer, Director, Center for Autobiographic Studies
“Pamela’s memoir is a lovely, simple, straightforward story that will touch the heart…” – a comfychair
“…incisive, funny, and touchingly candid evidence of the power of the stories we tell ourselves.” – Howard Rheingold, author, The Virtual Community
“Of all the hundreds of memoirs I’ve read this is the first one I’ve found that takes us behind the flashy images of Woodstock and hippies of the Sixties.” – Jerry Waxler, author The Memoir Revolution
“This coming of age story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming – Allie’s Opinions.com
“…I started and finished the book in an entire sitting, due entirely to the magical way Pamela Jane weaves her story…this is a book not to miss.” – Karen Jones Gowen, author of Farm Girl and Lighting Candles in the Snow
“Jane has given us a book that will touch the life of every woman who has ever questioned who she is, where she is going, and what the future holds.” – Matilda Butler, Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story and Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep
“…a gem, a well-written and powerful memoir. I highly recommend it.” – Sherry Meyer, author
[Pamela Jane] describes her life with an effortless narration…the writing is excellent… it reads as something of an autobiography of an everyman (or everywoman) from the 1960s and beyond” – Inside the Inkwell.
AUTHOR PROFILE: Pamela Jane, an essayist and author of thirty children’s books including Little Goblins Ten (Harper) illustrated by New York Times best-selling illustrator, Jane Manning. Her memoir, An Incredible Talent for Existing was excerpted by The Writer. She is also the author of Pride and Prejudice and Kitties. Her essays have appeared The Writer, Mothersalwayswrite, The Antigonish Review, and The Philadelphia Inquirer and (coming out) The Wall Street Journal, and Writer’s Digest.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: My memoir took me twenty years to write, but, like an angel food cake, it will make light (though sometimes poignant) reading.
SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link).
LOCAL OUTLETS: The Doylestown Book Store, Doylestown PA
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Open Books Press.
PRICE: $14.46 (on Amazon)
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: firstname.lastname@example.org