Lives Lived: A Reading: Melanie Neale on Boatgirl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, and Fiberglass and Judith Hannan on Motherhood Exaggerated Saturday, Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m., Room 8316 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)
Author(s) and Guest(s)
Melanie Neale presents the trials and the rewards of a life at sea in her debut,
Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love, & Fiberglass (Beathing Windward Press) Neale grew up on a 47-foot sailboat and later aboard her own boat. But life wasn’t always smooth sailing. She went through several relationships looking for someone who wasn’t intimidated by her stubborn independence and free-spirited lifestyle. “An inspiring and beautifully written true story of a young woman schooled in the sea.”—Dan Wakefield. “Short Story” column appeared bimonthly in Cruising World Magazine from 2006 to 2009. Judith Hannan
Motherhood Exaggerated (Cavancerry, $21.00) is Judith Hannan’s memoir of her efforts to shepherd her child out of illness, towards health and survival. Hannan recounts the ordeal of her young daughter’s battle with cancer and how the frightening medical journey tested and strengthened a mother’s resilience. The book features contributions by Alan M. Dershowitz and Dr. Leonard Wexler. Hannan teaches writing about personal experience to homeless single mothers and to at-risk adolescents. Her essays have appeared in many publications, among them Woman's Day, Twins Magazine and The Martha's Vineyard Gazette.
Miami Book Fair International * Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Room 8316 (Building 8, 3rd Floor)