Wauwatosa author Mary Lou Bailey tells the tale of how she gained strength after a loss in her book, I Am My Own Rug, released this past November through Broken Wing Press. The book, penned after the sudden death of her spouse of 24 years, differs from many other grief books due to a personable tone that speaks to many kinds of loss.
“People need a friend after a loss. Many grief books are very technical, with footnotes and doctors’ notes on the grieving process,” Bailey says. “This book is more a tome, to be easily read and re-read whenever a little bit of strength is required. I suffered a big blow, yet I was able to channel my anxiety into becoming confident again, through intention.” So far this year, Bailey has presented readings of I Am My Own Rug and discussed the topic of grieving at events in Racine and New London, Wisconsin.