Friday, June 3, 2016

New Book: Mark Twain and Time Capsule Widow Featured in "After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child"



Stories of 18 Famous Widow/ers. Published by Act II Publications, LLC


Public Book Launch on International Widow’s Day: June 23


East Lyme, Conn.—Act II Publications, LLC, just released the second book in its “After the Loss of a Spouse” series. The new book, After the Loss of a Spouse: Henry VIII to Julia Child by Lisa Saunders, examines the bittersweet human condition of love and loss though the lens of history. By learning how these famous (and infamous) people managed their lives after the loss of a spouse, we come to realize the potential that exists in all of us. Anyone who loves a romantic history lesson will be intrigued by this book.  Perfect for individuals and for groups. Includes questions for discussion. Click here to see/buy on Amazon: After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child.” Can also be ordered through local bookstores.


FEATURED WIDOW/ERS INCLUDE:









·         C.S. Lewis (England)

·         King Henry VIII (England)

·         George Burns  (from Lower East Side of Manhattan to Beverly Hills, California)

·         Coretta Scott King (The King Center in Atlanta, GA)

·         Martha Washington of Mount Vernon, Virginia

·         Katharine Graham (of The Washington Post)

·         Julia Child of Cambridge, Mass. (her kitchen donated to the Smithsonian in D.C.) 

·         Mary Todd Lincoln with detailed account of her night at Ford's Theatre. Buried Springfield, Illinois)

·         Milton Hershey (Hershey's Kisses) of Pennsylvania.

·         Mark Twain, formerly of Hannibal, Missouri and Hartford, Conn. Buried in Elmira, New York.

·         Abby Day Slocomb, the former Confederate nurse behind the design of the Connecticut State flag who enclosed a challenge in a recently opened 100-year-old time capsule sent from Europe during WWI.

·         Norman Rockwell, buried in Stockbridge, Mass., home of Norman Rockwell Museum.

·         Captain von Trapp, of Stowe, VT (of The Sound of Music)

·         Hetty Green of New Bedford, Mass., the Guinness World Record Holder for "Greatest Miser" and known as the “Witch of Wall Street.” Her father once owned the last surviving wooden whaleship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, now located at Mystic Seaport.

·         George Palmer Putnam (Amelia Earhart’s widower). Secretly married Earhart in Noank, Conn.

·         Francis Wolfe Sisson of Mystic, Conn., who likely contemplated the dramatic death of her sea captain husband in Texas's deadliest maritime disaster on her "widow's walk." 

·         Grandma Moses of Hoosick Falls, New York. Largest collection of her art at Bennington Museum, Vermont.

·         William Gillette (a.k.a Sherlock Holmes) of Gillette's Castle in East Haddam, Conn.

 
Review by David S. Martin, Professor/Dean Emeritus, Gallaudet University: "Lisa Saunders has written another fine piece of historically-based literature. Based on a unique and previously uncovered topic in history, this work encompasses a broad span of time and shows clearly the commonalities, as well as uniquenesses, of these stories about the famous. How they handled their loss, their guilt, and in some cases a plan for a future without their spouses, makes fascinating reading for anyone with interest in both the history and the human side of well-known figures."


About the Author: Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and TV talk show host residing in Mystic, Connecticut. A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of several books and works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport. Visit Lisa at: AuthorLisaSaunders.com, LisaSaunders42@gmail.com.



The public is invited to celebrate the book launch scheduled for June 23 to honor International Widow’s Day (un.org/en/events/widowsday).



Thursday, June 23, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Book Launch: “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child”
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
A Taste of New England
12 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT 06355


Other book events include:




Friday, August 12, 7:45 p.m.
Talk: "Tales of Famous Connecticut Widow's Walks"
Free and open to the public
Mystic River Yacht Club (next to Engine Room restaurant)
14 Holmes Street, Mystic, CT 06355,  (More info: amarfoster@gmail.com, 860 536-0066, http://www.mysticriveryachtclub.com)
Lisa Saunders, author of “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” with discuss famous widow/ers with Connecticut ties such as Amelia Earhart’s widower, George Palmer Putnam (married in Noank); Mark Twain, who had a lot to say about Mystic; the widow behind the Connecticut State flag design, Abby Day Slocomb, who enclosed a challenge in a 100-year-old time capsule sent from Europe during WWI to Groton; William Gillette (a.k.a Sherlock Holmes) of Gillette's Castle in East Haddam; and the Guinness World Record Holder for "Greatest Miser," Hetty Green, who is connected to the last surviving wooden whaleship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport.




Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.
Talk: "After the Loss" Self-Improvement Series
Free and open to the public
Authors Lisa Saunders and Dr. Joanne Z. Moore will discuss lifestyle options after the loss of a spouse. Saunders will tell stories of historic figures with Connecticut connections such as Amelia Earhart's widower and Mark Twain, while Dr. Moore will present modern strategies for developing a new philosophy of life after the disappointment of loss. Saunders and Dr. Moore are authors of the books, "After the Loss of a Spouse, Henry VIII to Julia Child" and "After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?" respectively.

The first book in the “After the Loss of a Spouse” series is “After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?” by Dr. Joanne Z. Moore. She is editor of the digital magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey and owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme, Connecticut.   


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Book Details: “After the Loss of a Spouse: Henry VIII to Julia Child”
Published: May 25, 2016
Act II Publications, LLC
$9.95 U.S.
150 pages
Paperback: 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Interior: Black & White on Cream paper
ISBN-13: 978-0692705407
ISBN-10: 0692705406
BISAC: History / General
 


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