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5-Star Review of “Nancer the Dancer”

Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Nancer the Dancer: Myositis and MeNancer the Dancer is a work of non-fiction in the health and medical experience and personal memoir sub-genres, and was penned by author Judith Gwinn Adrian. As the title suggests, the work focuses on the condition of a person called Nancy, whose life was torn apart by the autoimmune disease dermatomyositis. Written by her sister, this memoir recollects Nancy’s battle with the disease, whom she nicknamed Reuben to personify her adversary, and explains not only the struggle with the condition but an uplifting portrayal of living life regardless of limitations. Whilst the book discusses the loss of a person’s health, it also shows us that spirit and livelihood will never be stolen from us if we choose to fight to keep them.

Author Judith Gwinn Adrian has triumphed with this heartfelt work that expresses so much more than a simple health advice book could ever give you about living with a chronic and debilitating illness. There is a beautifully nostalgic air to the narrative which gives it a literary quality, painting gorgeous backgrounds filled with exciting people that peppered Nancy’s life despite some of the terrible goings-on within her body. More than this, there is a clear and passionate expression of love and joie de vivre, something that is sure to leave other readers feeling emotional but powerfully inspired by the experience they have read through. Overall, I would highly recommend Nancer the Dancer: Myositis and Me to readers of deep memoirs and stories of triumph against adversity.
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“In Warm Blood” featured in Madison Magazine

Add these local books to your 2018 reading list

Books by local authors and other Wisconsin ties
Madison Magazine – Winter 2018

While we turn the page to 2018, now is as good a time as any to pick up a great book and put a dent in your yearly reading list. Below, our staff recommends 10 books—some brand new this year—written by local authors. We’ve also included a few books written by some of our very own contributors to Madison Magazine, as well as a list of 32 other books written by local authors or books that have Wisconsin ties. We’d say that part of the fun of starting a new book is the time you get to yourself—maybe wrapping up with a blanket by the fire and sipping on a cup of coffee or cocoa. (But that’s not even the best part—we hear that comes in chapter 10.)

“In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart” by Judith Gwinn Adrian and DarRen Morris
This is a story of two people—a respected and accomplished professor at Edgewood College and an inmate at Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage serving a life term for murder—whose lives could not be more different and whose relationship could not be more profound. It’s a book about inherent differences and discovered similarities, told with brutal honesty and heartrending beauty. HenschelHAUS Publishing Inc., 2014 –NH

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Five HenschelHAUS Authors USA Book Awards Finalists

HenschelHAUS Publishing is proud to announce our 2015 USA Book Awards Finalists

Feng Shui & Charlotte Nightingale
by Pam Ferderbar
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Finalist in the Fiction: Chick Lit / Women’s Lit Category

Our Final Melody: Teaching My Dying Father How to Love Meby Marian L. Freund
HenschelHAUS Books
Finalist in the Health: Death & Dying Category

In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heartby Judith Gwinn Adrian & DarRen Morris
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Finalist in the Multi-Cultural: Non-Fiction and True Crime: Non-Fiction Categories

The METUS Principle: Recognizing, Understanding, and Managing Fearby Brian A. Peters, M.Ed., M.S.A., M.B.A.
Mavenmark Books
Finalist in the Philosophy Category

Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind
by Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD
HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc.
Finalist in the Health: General and Self-Help: Motivational Categories