I am very honored to have my story "Yom Kippur, circa 1962" included in this new anthology from Familia Books which includes the work of 86 daughters and sons. Each of us has shared a very personal story about their mother or grandmother and in doing so hopefully some insight into "motherhood" and what makes a mother a mother. Editor/Publisher Eric Bowen has pledged a percentage of the proceeds from sales of this book to aid shelters for women and their children who are escaping abusive relationships. Please support this effort by buying copies for yourself and your friends and letting your friends and family know about this publication. The Facebook page for Familia Books is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bellingham-WA/Familia-Books/119264101459401
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WISDOM OF OUR MOTHERS
Stories and Poems by Daughters and Sons
Edited by Eric Bowen
Trade Paperback, 296 Pages
Familia Books, 2010
From the mother who taught her daughter to wire a lamp
to the mother who recruited the President to save her daughter's life,
the memories of daughters and sons of the remarkable wisdom and dedication
of their mothers come to vivid life in this anthology of true stories.
B. Lynch Black
L. Michael Black
Rheana Lee Campbell
Althea Gael Coupé
Shirley Anne Cox
Laura Aviella Davis
Deepanjolie Sonya Figg
Jean M. Hendrickson
Andrea Hernandez Holm
Dee Ann E. L. Horvath
James W. Lewis
Susan E. Méra
Lucy L. Painter
Sr. Josie Palmeri, MPF
Roberta Filzer Pearl
Perry P. Perkins
Gwen Russell Green
Lynn Veach Sadler
Annmarie B. Tait
Nicole A. Tatum
Rita Janice Traub
Dalia van den Boogaard
K. K. Wilder
Lisa K. Winkler
Opposing domestic violence: In honor of those mothers doing their work in the most difficult of circumstances, editor Eric Bowen has pledged to donate one-half of his profits from the sale of this book to shelters for women and their children who are escaping abusive relationships.
About the Editor
Born in Renton, Washington State in 1953, Eric Bowen uses his day job as an accountant to support his family and his various hobbies and social activities, including Toastmasters, the Unitarians, hiking, taekwondo, linguistics, singing, and of course writing. His first book, An American View of Wales, chronicled his decade of volunteering for the Welsh home rule and language restoration movement.
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EIGHTY-EIGHT STORIES CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Anthology aims to raise funds for abused mothers and children
Bellingham, Washington (July 1, 2010) Wisdom of Our Mothers (Familia Books, 2010) is an anthology of true stories and poetry based on the theme of lessons learned from the authors’ mothers. It is the brain-child of part-time philanthropist Eric Bowen.
Following the publication of Tim Russert’s popular Wisdom of Our Fathers, Bowen saw the need for a companion volume of maternal wisdom. Bowen solicited writers from around the world to contribute their stories of what they had learned from their mothers. Guided by his own mother’s teaching that “one does well by doing good,” Bowen has pledged half his profits from the book to raise funds for shelters for abused mothers and children.
Everyone has a mother, and readers will doubtlessly find stories in this anthology that relate to their own experiences. Yet Bowen’s presentation isn’t sentimental. The mothers profiled in the stories are human. Their virtues are balanced by their flaws, and in some cases, the lessons learned from those flaws form the basis of the story.
The anthology explores maternal wisdom in various categories: emotional, relationship, and practical skills; virtues, humor, and heritage. One chapter delves into “the dark side,” profiling some truly dysfunctional mothers. “From other lands” describes motherhood in cultures outside the American mainstream.
For more information about Wisdom of Our Mothers, please visit http://www.familiabooks.com/
or contact Eric Bowen at 360-384-1028.
About Eric Bowen:
Eric Bowen has worked as an occasional free-lance reporter. Of Welsh descent, he covered the Welsh nationalist movement of the 1990s, summarizing his work in his first book, An American View of Wales. In addition to his writing experience, Bowen brings to his new book a social conscience and multicultural perspective developed in his volunteer work with the United Farm Workers and Amnesty International. These perspectives, coupled with his personal trauma as both an observer and victim of domestic violence in his extended family, are evident in the yeasty, gritty, and multicultural facets of the anthology.
About Familia Books:
Familia Books is Eric Bowen’s publishing enterprise. In addition to Wisdom of Our Mothers
, Bowen plans further anthologies including Wisdom of Our Children
and Surviving Domestic Violence