'Every Two Minutes: One Woman's Healing Journey Through Sexual Traumas' by Rosemary Neidig
As a child, Rosemary D. Neidig learned to be silent and suppress her fears in order to appease her peace-loving mother, who was focused on presenting a perfect image to others.
But when Neidig was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 47, she embarked on a therapeutic journey that forced her to face her lost memories and realize that her perfect world was only a facade.
In her candid memoir, Neidig recalls the events of her life, explaining how daily journaling and weekly therapy sessions helped her to unearth trauma from her subconscious. She managed to resolve inner conflicts and bravely confront an assailant; she also details how she eventually faced the truth and learned to move on as once-buried secrets slowly carried her down a path to forgiveness and healing.
Neidig grew up in Williamsport, got married while in her teens, had two children by her first marriage, three by her second and eventually became executive director of the local YWCA.
"Every Two Minutes" shares the unforgettable story of one woman's journey as she moved from behind the walls of secrecy and shame and discovered the power of the human spirit.
'Blindsided (Sisterhood)' by Fern Michaels
Fading into the background isn't the Sisterhood way.
Even after all the adventures they've shared, the courageous, close-knit heroines of Fern Michaels' New York Times bestselling series are always ready to embrace another challenge.
All good things must come to an end. But Myra Rutledge isn't ready to put the Sisterhood - the stalwart band of friends who've become legendary for meting out their own brand of justice - behind her just yet.
Though she loves her beautiful home and her husband, Charles, Myra can't deny that she's restless. And as it turns out, she's not the only one longing to dust off her gold shield and get back in action.
When Maggie Spritzer, former editor-in-chief of the Post and an honorary member of the Sisterhood, arrives with a new mission in mind, Myra welcomes her in.
Maggie's newshound instincts haven't dulled since she left the Post, and she suspects that two Maryland judges - identical twins Eunice and Celeste Ciprani are running a moneymaking racket that sends young offenders to brutal boot camps, often on trumped-up charges.
Soon the Vigilantes are gathering in their war room once more, catching up on the momentous events in each other's lives even as they plan their campaign.
The Ciprani twins are powerful and ruthless, and taking them down won't be easy. But with the aid of formidable allies - including former President Martine Connor - Myra, Annie, Maggie and the gang concoct a scheme that will bring justice to the innocent - and leave the guilty blindsided.
'Board Stiff: Xanth No. 38' by Piers Anthony
Be careful what you wish for "I'm actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance."
So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel in which Irrelevant Candy looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection.
She was man's desire.
That was part of the problem.
And in the shallow magic of a wishing well, she asks her wish to be granted. Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing, somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground.
Literally. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes.